# This week in Reception

Literacy

This week we have started to learn a new story called ‘Stuck in the Mud’, where poor Daisy the cow is stuck and Farmer Tom is asking the other farm animals for help to pull her out!  This is not from a book but a Talk for Writing original, written by Pie Corbett. The children soon began to join in using story language and the associated actions. One of the Literacy activities this week was correctly sequencing the order the  animals helped  in the story.

Here we are using a tuff tray of the characters in the story to sequence the order. Then we had a go at a shared writing activity and the children became very carried away. They collected chairs and resources to make an outdoor classroom and practised their sentence writing. Finally they made the story come alive by acting it out. The children enjoyed this so much they continued by taking on the role of teachers and pupils for a considerable amount of time.

Maths– Composition of numbers 6-10

Our key sentence this week has been ‘If you rearrange the objects in a group, the total stays the same’. The children have been exploring the composition of numbers 6-10 using the ‘5 and a bit’ structure. We have been practising using our hands and  ‘finger representations’. The children have also been using tens frames and double dice frames to visualise what these numbers look like.

The children have enjoyed various activities to help them develop this knowledge; making 10 with double sided counters on a tens frame then recording, making Numicon sandwiches- working out which two numbers go together to make 10, playing ‘grab 10’ seeing if they can grab 10 sorting toys and if they don’t have enough, how many more do they need? Lastly playing ‘guess my number’ on tens frames outside with large spots.

Sun Safety Week

This week is Sun Safety Week and we have been talking about how we stay safe in the sun. Some children have brought in sun hats and all children knew about the importance of wearing sun cream in the sun. Here the children are making their own sun safety posters.

We have also been getting back to nature in our forest lesson. We have been hugging a tree and making pictures using the natural items we found on the forest floor.

How you can help at home:

Please practise our Nursery Rhyme which links in well to our Maths this week: