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Week Four - Beginning 27th April

We hope you have enjoyed your first week back at 'school' and have had fun starting our new topic of 'Jingle Jangle Jungle'. It is a brilliant topic and one that you can easily adapt for home learning activities and that you may have things at home already that link to the jungle and the animals!


Here are your next set of activities. Don't forget to do your Purple Mash activities which are set every Tuesday.  We have loved looking at the work that has been done and writing back to you on the comments. Thank you to those children who have left messages or comments for us...they have really made us smile!


Have fun and stay safe everyone!


Our Literacy focus this week is... Understanding the difference between fiction and non-fiction texts!

Throughout our regular story time sessions with the children this year we have covered a range of different texts. By the end of the academic year we aim for children to be able to identify what is/isn't a fiction or non-fiction text and understand the different features. It would be brilliant if your child develops confidence to talk about and handle non-fiction books using the features independently by the summer.  Ideally you would be able to access your local library to take out a range of different texts to sort, however these are currently closed so please use what you have in your house and any online resources such as Oxford Owl. 


The above resources are a great place to start. Lots of talking and sharing books is the focus, but once comfortable in identifying the differences and handling any books you have at home - try the fiction and non-fiction sorting activity above. You could even do this practically if you have enough fiction and non-fiction texts at home. 


We are sure you will use lots of these non-fiction texts throughout this topic to help you with your research and fact finding about the Jungle!

Place value is focused upon numbers up to 100 in Reception. We teach children that numbers up to 100 can contain 'tens' and 'ones', or some children may prefer to say 'tens' and 'units'. The idea of place value is for children to understand the worth of a number.  During the Autumn and Spring terms children get used to understanding 'the fourness of four' or 'eightness of eight' - what each number is made up of and how this can look in different ways.  Beyond working with single digits, children are looking at double digits 10-99.  Children have to understand that these are made up with the tens number first, and the ones/units after.  It is very common for children to confuse how to write double digit numbers but when they understand place value of a number then this helps significantly.


The sheets above are there for you to have lots of practise.  This activity requires lots of visual aids and these sheets will help with that. To bring this activity to life you could use packets of sweets (packets of ten!) and single sweets as the ones/units.  Or alternatively you can use threadable cereal pieces (the ones which are hoops) and out ten on one string for each ten and use single hoops for the units. These are just ideas but have worked well for us before. You can then set your own numbers that you child is able to work with and see if they can make that number using tens and ones, or flip it around and you set out tens and ones and see if they can work out and record what number it is (making sure that they get the numbers in the right order!). 


We have been learning to count in tens this year so practising this daily this week will help you with this activity too!  For our mathematical wizards in our year group extend yourself to hundreds, tens and units as a challenge. This is beyond the expectation for Reception so please do not feel obliged to do this if your child is not comfortable or fluent working with numbers to 100 across the curriculum. 

Science activities for this week... Finding out about habitats and what we need to survive!

This week we would like you to explore what we (humans) need to survive.  You may need time to explain to your child what the words 'survive' and 'habitat' mean and give examples of this before beginning these activities.  Other key topics words that can be introduced are 'safe' and 'shelter'.


You can have great discussions with your children about habitats but to begin with we are looking at our habitats and the fact that most humans live in homes. Talk with your child about this and about what we need in order to survive. It is a great opportunity to share and develop ideas together and as a family. We would like children to know that we need food, water, shelter, a place to feel safe and somewhere that we can have a family and raise young children.  Your child may come up with their own ideas - such as heating or living somewhere warm. This creates excellent discussion and is one which you can develop as much as you feel comfortable with, but it is important that children make the distinction between 'need' and 'wants' or 'non-essentials'. 


Following on from this discussion we would like you to complete our first science activity...sorting our needs to survive. Cut out the pictures from 'What do we need to survive?' and then place in a random order in front of your child, around the picture of a house if you would like a visual focus. Your child can then sort the cards into an order from most important to least important. We would like you to look together at the order they have created and talk about their choices. It is an important skill for children to be able to give reasons for their choices.  


The second activity is 'My Habitat!'  Children are asked to draw the people and pets that live in their house. This helps children to think not only about others habitats but make links to their own personal experiences and what is within their habitat too.

Our R.E. focus this week... books that are special to me!

This half term our R.E. focus is about special books. To begin we ask the children to think about their own special book. Many children will say 'it's my favourite' and in class we often have great discussion about what 'special' means and give examples of why something is special.  It could be that it was a gift from someone who is very important to us, that it came from a special place, that it has a memory attached to it, or that it is the book which they have enjoyed and loved the most that makes it special for example.   Have a look through the books your child has access to and see if together you can find which they feel is special to them and identify the reason why.  We would then like you to give them the template 'My Special Book Cover', or they may recreate their own on A4 paper, and write why it is special.  We would love to share these so don't forget to tweet us your special book covers!

PSE (Personal, Social and Emotional) focus for this week is...'I am good at...'!

Throughout the year we have seen your child grow in confidence in many different ways.  We know that they are all special and have many talents.  It is now time for your child to realise this and to spend time thinking about what they are good at as well as contemplating the things that they would like to improve on.


We would like your child to talk with you and your family and think about the things that they think they are good at and things they would like to improve - not forgetting to use the provided sheets for your child to record these.  Another way you could do this is to get two jars or containers to place your ideas into.  Please keep hold of these for further activities to follow throughout this half term.


Please tell your child that their teachers think they are awesome!

Creative learning for this week...Animal prints!

Take a look at this weeks creative activity - how you can make your own animal prints at home. Download the link above 'Tape Resist Animal Prints' to see how to make your own animal prints.  All you need is some paper, paint and masking tape or something similar. You can roller the paint on, brush it or get messy with your hands.  We wonder how many different kinds of animal prints you can make?  Don't recycle them though once they are done...we may need them later in our topic!




We hope that you all have a brilliant time this week taking part in all the different activities we have planned.  Don't forget to tweet us @RhiwbeinaPrm to share with us your amazing learning!  We love seeing your pictures.


Stay home, stay safe and stay well everyone!