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Summer 2 Week 4 2.7.21



This week in reception we continued our ‘Talk 4 Writing’ topic based on the book Whatever Next! by Jill Murphy. This week we have changed parts of the story to create our own stories. The children have made their story maps and have competed some lovely writing based on their new ideas.


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?

You may like to enjoy these stories together at home. Here are the links to the stories:

Harry and his Bucketful of Dinosaurs

Mr Gumpy’s Outing

How many legs?

Mr Archimedes’ Bath


And today was our Sports Day! The children were very excited as they came in dressed in their team colours. They took part in a range of activities including an obstacle course, catching, egg and spoon racing and throwing as far as you can! The children also had some running races and then did a longer run round the field. They were all wonderfully behaved and cheered each other on enthusiastically. All the teams did brilliantly and after counting up all the points, the winners were... LIONS! Well done to all the children. It was a super morning of sports. 


Next week in Understanding the World, we will be learning all about maps. As part of this topic, we will be enjoying Pirate Day on Wednesday 7th July. Your child is invited to come to school dressed as a pirate or anything pirate-themed. They will take part in a range of pirate-themed activities.


In maths next week, we will be looking at patterns and exploring how they can represent numbers.


Just a reminder to apply suncream before school and make sure your child has their sunhat and water each day. Also, on PE days, if your child has long hair please can you ensure your child’s hair is tied up.


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.


The Reception Team