# This Week in Reception

We have had a very busy week in Reception this week.

Mindfulness Mondays – we have practised our fine motor skills over this half term. The children have learned to , “Develop their small motor skills so that they can use a range of tools competently, safely and
confidently,” (Development Matters 2021). We have used chalks, pastels, watercolours and scissors to make dinosaur art. This week we chose which media to use and made a picture of a different dinosaur.

Shape Walk – We have been learning to, “Compose and decompose shapes so that children
recognise a shape can have other shapes within it, just as numbers can,” (Development Matters 2021).

We looked at a variety of 2D shapes and explained how we knew their names by describing their properties. After this we went on a shape walk to the playground and were surprised at how many shapes we found.

Dinosaur Dance – We have been learning to, “Listen attentively, move to and talk about music,
expressing their feelings and responses,” (Development Matters 2021). We learned to swoop, plod and stomp like a dinosaur then worked as a small group to make a dance which we performed to an audience.

Maths

In maths this week we have been using the stem sentences:

__________ has more than __________

__________ has fewer than ____________

Can you try using these sentences in practical situations around the home?

“Compare the peas on your plate. Zoe has __________ than you.”

“Who has the most shoes by the door? __________ has more than___________.”

Phonics

In Phonics we have been recapping our sounds. You now have 4 sets of sounds on the keyrings. Can you challenge your child to come up with a list of 3, 4 or 5 letter words using the keyring? For an extra challenge why not ask them to put it in a sentence? Practise it out loud, count the words then write it down on a line.

Ask your child to teach you our sentence song (to the tune of I hear thunder…);

“Capital letters, capital letters,

Finger spaces, finger spaces,

Full stop at the end, full stop at the end,