In phonics, we have continued with the phase 3 sounds. We explored the digraphs ar , or , ur and ow e.g. cow. Throughout the week we blended and segmented words containing these sounds, as well as blending and reading real and alien words. Towards the end of the week we learnt three new tricky words: was, my, you.
We focused on time in maths this week. To begin with, we looked at the different times of the day: Morning, afternoon, evening and night. We discussed the different activities we might complete at those times and ordered them as a class. We also learnt the days of the week and thought about what we might do during the week and what we do at the weekend. As the week drew to a close, we ordered the months of the year and talked about the different celebrations that may occur during these months e.g. Christmas is in December. We explored the many ways that time can be measured and challenged ourselves to complete a range of activities within a time limit e.g. how many star jumps can you do in 10 seconds?
We began the week by reading the story ‘Whoever You Are’ by Mem Fox. We learnt that although we may look different or go to different schools, we are all similar in other ways. We also looked at traditional clothing in other countries and made our own Massai necklace in the creative area. The children really enjoyed a visit from a parent, who taught us some facts about Poland including, significant people and traditional dress. We really enjoyed exploring music from different countries and discussing how they made us feel, before using the Tibetan bells and Maracas to compose our own music. At the end the week, we looked at the different ways we can communicate with others around the world e.g. emails and letters. We then had a go at video calling another class. In PE, we used balloons to develop our throwing and catching skills.
Have a fantastic half term! We look forward to seeing you all on Monday 25th February.
The Reception team.