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Week ending 13th January

Firstly, please could you check your school jumpers at home as we have a missing jumper. Thank you!

On Monday we started our topic ‘Living in a Land so Cold’ with the children walking around our 'penguin gallery' in the classroom which included lots of images, penguin facts, maps, a globe and model penguins to help the children start to think about the types of questions they would like answered during this topic. The children then wrote these down during their writing activity. They have come up with some super questions such as ‘how do penguins move?’ ‘What do they eat?’ ‘Where do polar bears live?’ ‘Why do polar bears have sharp teeth and small ears?’ We aim to answer these during our topic.


Whole class reading- Our focus text this week is the story ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers. Mrs Barnett and I love sharing this story with the children. We also had a knock at our Reception class door and had a mysterious visitor, a penguin! The children have been discussing where he might have come from and what we should do next! We found out that penguins live in the South Pole by reading a non-fiction book and have thought that we might try to visit the South Pole. There have been many discussions about how we might get there! Next week the children would like to build a boat! We will also be watching the mini film next week so that we can do some visual literacy and discuss the hearts (feelings) and minds (thoughts) of the characters in the story.


Maths- This week we have been continuing finding out one more and one less. The children really enjoyed using the online number machine. You should have received a letter with a link for this website. Please practise one more and one less to 20 with your child as the more confident they are with this, the easier it will be when they are adding and subtracting. We have also been ordering numbered penguins as this is also a key skill. I have also sent home some numbered penguins so that you can play hide and seek with the penguins. When your child has ordered the penguins, you could then ask them ‘what is one less than 13?’ ‘What is one more than 14?’ If you have any queries regarding your child’s number learning, please come and see me.


PE- The children worked in groups this week to practise their dance routines and have begun to perform these icicle dances in front of their friends. We included spiky shapes, flowing movements and a spinning movement.


Welly Wednesday- We had a very exciting windy Welly Wednesday in which we went for a windy walk and then made kites and wind streamers using sticks, crepe paper, plastic bags and string.


RE- On Monday we were learning about a special person to Muslims, the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and then discussed who is special to us and why. It was lovely to hear from all of the children about the different people in there lives who inspire them.


Have a super (maybe snowy!) weekend Reception!

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