# Summer 1 Week 4 14.5.21

Hello!

This week the children have continued to work with the story of Jasper’s Beanstalk through our Talk 4 Writing unit. This week they have been learning how to adapt and innovate their stories by changing the character or the seed that was planted. They created their own story map with these new elements in and have been busy rewriting their own version of the story. The children have also had fun trying to write longer stories on strips of paper. Each time they reached the end of the strip of paper they stuck an extra strip of paper to the end to give themselves more room. We rolled these stories up and shared them with the class unrolling the story as we read and being amazed at how long these stories were. You might like to try this at home as a great way to encourage writing at length.

In maths, we have been learning about adding more by counting on from a number. The children have been looking at how we can combine two quantities to find the total by remembering how many objects we have to start with and counting on rather than having to count all of the items by starting from 1 each time. We have been using objects and number tracks to help us count on to find more.

Next week in maths we will be learning about subtraction and how we can take away using a number track and counting backwards. We will also be revisiting the idea that when we take away, our numbers get smaller and we end up with less.

We will starting a new topic about toys and how they have changed over time. Thank you for everyone who has been in touch already to help us with this topic. We have received lots of photographs of the children with their favourite toys which we will be using in Monday’s lesson. If you have not been able to send a photo of your child’s toy yet please send it via email or Tapestry by Friday if possible. Please note we will not be asking children to bring in toys from home this year due to the current COVID guidance.

Note about PE kit: A few black PE hoodies have gone missing. Please could you check hoodies at home to make sure they are firstly named and secondly to check you haven’t got another child’s hoodie at home by mistake. Thank you.

Thank you again for your continued support. Please feel free to continue to send any photos or videos of your child’s activities at home, as they really help to build a full picture of your child’s progress or experiences.

We hope you have a lovely weekend!

The Reception Team

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