Well, we are more than half-way through our topic and we have discovered who the mysterious porridge thief was. A police officer found the culprit and asked them all of the questions that the children had wanted to ask.
It was actually Mrs. Lancaster dressed up in a wig and a shawl, who happened upon the Three Bears’ Cottage and decided to go in as she could smell something delicious. She felt hungry and wanted to make sure her baby was well fed, so tried the porridge until she found the one she liked, taking it with her as she had to return to work. Well, that solves that mystery!
We are really looking forward to our picnic which will take place at 1:30pm on Wednesday 5th April. We hope to see as many of you there as possible. If you are able to come along, please could you bring a picnic rug or blanket? Many thanks.
Focus for Personal, Social and Emotional Development:
We will continue to re-tell a range of traditional stories and make links in our play. We will be continuing to develop the confidence to speak in front of an audience, and changing our voices to become the characters we are pretending to be. We will be continuing to learn how to be responsible, how to look after each other and keep each other safe.
Focus for Literacy:
This term we have been comparing traditional tales, and discussing the characters within them, the setting of the story, the villain and the main events. We have begun to create our own stories, some remaining close to the original of our core text ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’, and some completely different! We have drawn story maps, made up stories using picture prompts, and have begun to ‘box up’ our stories into the beginning, middle and end. We have been exploring story openers and sentence starters as well as adjectives to make our stories interesting.
In the next couple of weeks we will be sending out a small pack of ‘red words’, appropriate to the level your child is currently working on. The purpose of these cards is to help your child to be able to recognise these words by sight quickly to help develop their overall fluency. Each pack will contain the words twice, enabling you to play games with your child such as snap, match, bingo, pairs or simply as flashcards to earn points / stickers. Once your child is confident with most / all, we will then re-assess and send the next set out to you. Many thanks for your support with this.
Focus for Mathematical Development:
We have been learning about taking away and discovering a range of ways to solve subtraction problems including using objects, counting back in our heads, counting back using number lines and 100 squares, and drawing pictures which we then cross out. We have been verbalising our number sentences and explaining our number stories, recording our answers.
We will soon be learning to tell the time to O’clock and half past, exploring what we can do in 1 minute and making our own clocks!
Focus for character development:
We will be continuing to think hard about making the right choices, demonstrating integrity, honesty and respect towards others and our belongings. We will be continuing to learn how to share and play nicely with our friends at school, asking others to join in our role-play of traditional tales.
How you can help at home this fortnight:
If your child has not yet brought in their ‘Take Home Task’, please can these be completed and brought into school by Monday 3rd April.
Please support your child in their reading by sharing their reading book with them as often as possible. Some information will be sent home about how to help them to become successful, fluent and confident readers. On Friday 7th, your child will be sent home with two reading books for the Easter holidays.
Before the Easter holidays we will also be sending home a sheet to complete in order to help us understand how the children in Reception join in with celebrations with their families and friends. We would be really grateful if you could complete it with any examples of family celebrations or events over the holidays e.g. participating in Easter Sunday service, family gatherings / birthdays, special meals with family etc. Once complete, please send back in to school so we can update our records.
Anything else happening this fortnight:
Thank you to all those parents who have sent in Wow-berries for us to celebrate in class. We have added them to our Wow-berry bushes which are now looking fantastic!
We endeavour to hear your child read their book at least once a week, but if you are able to help by coming in to help hear some readers we would be extremely grateful, please let your child’s class teacher know your availability so we can book you in. (You may be placed in the other Reception class but your help would be greatly appreciated).
Finally, if you have yet to complete the orange permission slip enabling your child to attend the Farmer Palmer’s visit next term, please return it as soon as possible so we can make final arrangements.
We wish you a very happy Easter!
The Reception Team