Reception - Pineapples
Miss Mann, Mrs Grant, Mrs Tiley, 

What have we been learning about this week? (wb20.03.17)
This week we have been learning about Spring. We have been Spring detectives and looked for signs of Spring around the school grounds. On our walk we spotted lots of daffodils, tulips, blossom and buds. In the classroom we have frogspawn from the school pond. Everyone has been busy making observations of the frogspawn and are very excited about it hatching.

In Phonics this week we have been using our phonic knowledge to help us write words using phoneme frames and captions to match pictures. For each of these we used the digraph sounds we have learnt so far this year.

In Maths this week we have been learning about 'Time'. We have used time related vocabulary to be able to talk about the sequence of events when growing plants and for the life cycle of a frog. We used words including 'first', 'then', 'next' and 'after that' to help us. We have looked at the features of a clock and have made 'o'clock' times, remembering that the big/minute hand is always on 12 for it to be an 'o'clock' time.

Next week we will be learning about 'Easter' and sharing what we know about this celebration for many people.

What have we been learning this week? (wb13.03.17)
This week we continued our learning about 'Space'. We went on space adventures, remembering to put on our space suits, boots and helmet before blasting off into space to visit the different planets. Whilst on our adventures we learnt about the gas giants and how they are different to Earth. At the end of the week we thought more about the life of an astronaut and how different it is to complete everyday activities such as eating, drinking and brushing your teeth whilst in Space. The children have loved reading 'Whatever Next' and spent time in large cardboard boxes pretending to be Baby Bear. We also used this story to help us with our writing and thought about what would happen once Baby Bear zoomed out of the chimney, thinking of our own imaginative ideas.

In Phonics this week we have learnt the 'ur' and 'ow' sounds. For the 'ur' sound we practised writing words and for the 'ow' sound we have made fir cone owls using cotton wool as the fluffly feathers. Lots of children have been trying really hard to use their phonic knowledge in the writing area too this week to make their own story books based on 'Whatever Next'.

In Maths this week we continued to develop our understanding about subtraction and used this to solve and record simple problems. We also learnt about measuring height and the vocabulary linked to this topic. The children have found out how to compare the heights of others and lego models to put them in order from tallest to shortest.

Next week we will be starting our 'Spring' topic. Maybe over the weekend whilst you are out and about you could look for signs of spring?

Duck rota
Just to remind you that the new rota is up on the cork board in the Reception cloakroom. Please sign up when you are able to look after our ducks on a week day or weekend. It is a very quick job to clean them out or put them away. We really appreciate your help.

Thank you in advance,
The Reception Team, Daisy and Fred