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16th September 2016

Our Learning Journey

It has been a week full of colour in Reception this week! The children have been busy little bees exploring colour in our Creative Area. We started off by looking and talking about the 3 primary colours. We continued our discussions by talking about what other colours we could make. We decided to put our thoughts and ideas to the test and had lots of fun  mixing the colours together using our hands! We loved the feeling of paint on our hands and rubbing the colours together to find out what colour we had made. Later on in the week we looked at what happens when we add black or white to a given colour. We experimented with this on paper plates and we learned how to make purple, orange and pink and lots of funny looking colours!

This week we have been singing lots of number songs to help recognise and order numbers. We have tried really hard to practise our number writing this week remembering not to write our numbers the wrong way.

This week we had our visit from our Year 5 Reading Buddies. The children were really excited to see their buddies and had a wonderful time creating new characters for their own story.

The children are making great progress in their daily phonic sessions and some of us have started to use this knowledge together to read simple words like mat, sat, pin, tin, in, it. We have also been practicing how to form these letters clearly. 


This week, the students have learnt how to count from 1 to 5 in Mandarin. They have started to trace the writing stroke order of “Left falling” and the basic number characters. They have also learnt a song about numbers to consolidate their speaking and counting skills. Online flashcards for you to use at home will be introduced in the next Weekly Round Up Email.

Physical Education

This week the children have been continuing to develop their ball skills. We have focused on sending the ball to a partner. In swimming, the children have been continuing to work on their front crawl leg kick action with some children moving on to improving their front crawl arm action. 


In Music, the children have been learning about the instrumental families, brass and percussion. We have been learning that there are two types of percussions, tuned or un-tuned. The children listened to a performance of the allegro of Beethoven’s 5th symphony to hear the different instruments being used.

Continuing Our Learning Journey at Home

This week during our reading sessions we have been discussing what a setting is and the characters in a story. When reading to your child at home you could use some of these questions.

Who is the main character?

Where is the story based?

What is the setting?

What happened at the beginning/middle and end of the story?

In Maths we have been looking at simple number problems such as missing numbers, different ways of making a number e.g. 3+2=5, 4+1 = 5 up to 5 and 10.  you could do

To support your child at home we have attached number flashcards for you to practice recognising, ordering and play the missing number game.

For show and tell next week could your child please bring in their favourite book. Could you please make sure that your child's name is on the book, so that it doesn’t get mixed up with any class books. Over the weekend you could discuss why it is their favourite book, what is their favourite part of the story. Who is their favourite character, who is the author and illustrator.


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