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Summer 2 Week 4 1.7.22



This week in maths we have been finding missing numbers using number tracks. The cheeky kangaroo has appeared in each of our maths lessons this week eating food! We have had to figure out how many pieces of food he has eaten by placing counters onto our number tracks and counting the gaps. We have also been counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. We have been exploring ideas inspired by a selection of books. We have been finding more or fewer by putting dinosaurs into and taking them out of a bucket, just like in ‘Harry and his Bucketful of Dinosaurs’. We have been combining amounts using the stories ‘Mr Gumpy’s Outing’ and ‘How many legs?’ We have also been estimating how many marbles it will take to make the water flow over as we place them into a container of water. The children found this very exciting. This was based on the book ‘Mr Archimedes’ Bath’ by Pamela Allen. You may like to try this activity at home. You could use stones or pebbles from the garden and a bucket of container of water. Fill the water near the top and then predict how many pebbles it will take to make the water flow over. How close were you to your prediction?


Next week in maths we will be exploring and investigating relationships between numbers and shapes. The children will be using Cuisenaire rods to explore how numbers are made up. We will also practice counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.


We have been learning about instructional writing in our Talk 4 Writing unit, learning how to write instructions to make a jam sandwich. The children have learned about different features of an instructional text, namely a recipe, including the equipment and ingredients and the numbered steps. They have been using sequencing words to start their steps: first, next, then, after that and finally. They have drawn their own ‘story maps’ to show the sequence of the instructions so they can say them aloud.


Next week we will work on writing instructions for a jam sandwich and then we will come up with ideas of different types of sandwich. I wonder what your child’s favourite sandwich is? You might like to have a go at making a sandwich this weekend and see if your child can tell you the steps that are needed.


Unfortunately due to the wet weather we had to cancel our Sports Day this week, however we will be having this on Friday 8th July at 9.30am. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for a dry sky!


And this week the children have enjoyed time with their teachers for next year. We hope they are feeling excited about their move into Year 1. We will miss them all lots but we feel they are ready for their next step at Springbank and we know they will love their new teachers and new classrooms.


Just a reminder to apply suncream before school and make sure your child has their sunhat and water each day.


Have a lovely weekend.

The Reception Team