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Week Fourteen - Beginning 13th July

Well, we've all made it! It is the last week of the academic year and your child's last week officially in Reception!


We simply cannot believe that the year is over - it has flown by, as they say "time flies when you're having fun". Its had its challenges with Covid-19 and we still feel like we still have more of a journey to travel together but we are excited for your child to start the next step in their school journey - Year One!


We have all had an amazing time learning, exploring, singing, dancing, laughing and smiling together. Even when in lockdown we have loved the messages from you all, and coming back to school in bubbles catching up and getting ready for the Year One.  Every teacher has lots of fantastic memories of this year and we will each treasure the special moments that have been made...


Mrs Burkley - "I was so immensely proud of the children in the Christmas Concert. We all worked so hard on it and the children blew me away! They sang the best I have ever heard in any Christmas performance. The children looked fantastic and made both teachers and parents proud! I won't forget those big smiles when the audience were clapping - a special moment".


Mrs Lewis - "I loved it when we did the topic 'Superheroes' and had to write our own superhero speech bubbles! After drama and acting out superhero missions the children had some truly brilliant ideas, some of which made us all chuckle. The children have all developed their imaginations this year - it's been wonderful to watch the children grow".


Mrs Brown -  "My favourite thing we have done this year was the amazing Superhero day we had - the best was the obstacle course. The children rose to the challenge and had a brilliant time. The smiles at the end of the course was so special!".


Miss Smith - "I loved our class trips to see Beti Bwt at St. Fagans.  It was magical seeing the newly born lambs on the way too! The children all learnt some brilliant facts and enjoyed talking about their visit for days after!"


Mrs Small - "My favourite thing we have done this year is making our Superhero Landscape Art pictures. The colours, cutting out, taking the photos dressed as superheroes and putting it all together was really exciting and the expressions on their faces when they finished it was special".


Miss Rees - "I really enjoyed our visit from the mini theatre who re-enacted the story of 'Billy Goats Gruff' with the most amazing puppets. The laughter, learning and concentration by all the Reception classes was fantastic!". 


Mrs Thomas - "We have had brilliant role play areas this year but my favourite was our fantastic pirate shop! The children spent so much time in there and it was amazing to see the children apply their numeracy skills independently. Seeing the children  use what you have taught them is an indescribable feeling".


Thank you to all of you for your support, enthusiasm and efforts this year. We appreciate that home learning will  have brought its challenges but we hope that you have found all the content, explanations and resources of great use. We have truly enjoyed our year with both you and your child. We wish them the very best of luck for their time in Year One - they are going to love the new topics and challenges that lie ahead!  Have a wonderful summer, The Reception Team.

This week's literacy is...Preparing for the Royal Banquet!

***The 'invitation making' will be completed during your child's time at school this week. Please only complete this aspect of the activity if your child is not attending school this week. Thank you***


This week the King and Queen are having their celebration banquet for the end of the school year and are very excited. The servants haven't been very organised though and need to get their invitations and menus ready pretty sharpish!  They would like you at home to host your own celebration too! They can get dressed up, take part in the different activities below and add their own ideas in as well. We would love to see your photos of your own royal banquet celebration on Twitter.


Above are templates your child can use to create their own menu and/ or invitation for the royal banquet for your convenience, however your child is encouraged to create their own menu and invitation using a range of different craft materials - the more original the better!


Invitation and menu writing are both different formats of writing that we look to cover and help children to think about the content of the writing rather than a structure of a sentence.  Your child will need to select the information that they think is important and needed on both a menu and invitation. You can extend your child by getting them to think about using adjectives on their menu to make it sound more enticing as well as thinking of their own names for food. To help them with this they could study menu's that they would see in a restaurant (these can be sourced online) and then enhance their ideas by giving the different food they choose a title followed by an explanation. For example - 'Spaghetti Bolognese - a rich tomato sauce with beef mince, served hot over long, fresh egg spaghetti pasta'. 


Please also use this opportunity for addressing any letters that aren't formed correctly. 


If you would like to celebrate the end of year at home then why not bring your royal banquet menu to life and get cooking what they have planned?! Good luck!

This week we have a few small maths activities we would like the children to do in final preparation for Year One. 


Number Formation...

During our time in the bubbles the teachers have observed through our maths activities that some children are still reversing their numbers, or if they can form their numbers the right way around that they get in a pickle with teen numbers remembering that the 'one' comes first. We would like you to spend some more time this week looking at which numbers your child needs to practise and spending time to  get it the right way around. 


If your child has found number formation challenging then you may wish to focus on two numbers each day and practise in a variety of ways - in sand, painting, chalking outdoors, with bath crayons, tracing with fingers, making and then tracing with playdough are all more interactive ways that can help address number formation. Ultimately your child will need to then complete this with paper and a pencil.  The template sheets above will help you when it comes to using the pencil.  


If you can find time each week over the summer holidays to practise number (and letters if appropriate)  formation then that will put your child in a strong position for entry into Year One. 


Counting in 2's, 5's and 10's...

Children have been practising regularly in school how to count in 2's (minimum to 20), 5's (minimum to 60) and 10's (minimum to 100). We would like your child to be confident in counting in 2's, 5's and 10's upon entry to Year One as this skill weaves through many parts of the Year One Maths and Numeracy curriculum. 


Above are activities that you can try at home to embed this counting more and help to visualise better what it means to count in these amounts.  The best thing that you can do however is practise orally in a rhythm and with a theme. For example, you can count in cowboy 2's using two fingers together, firework fives (each five has an explosion of five fingers, hands alternating and when you reach 100 you use both hands), and drinking tea tens (one hand is the saucer, the other is holding the tea cup and you raise it to drink for each ten, twenty, thirty stressing the word tea in each word).  You may have your own that works for you!


This activity is also important for the final maths activity of the week...



This year we have introduced your child to counting larger amounts of items. By the end of Reception it is expected that your child should be able to touch count reliably up to at least ten objects. Many children in Reception have achieved this and are ready to count much larger amounts.  We would now like the children to apply their counting in 2's, 5's and 10's to count larger amounts. 


First of all children will need to identify which denomination to use, for example for smaller amounts counting in 2's may be most beneficial, however for significantly larger groups of objects it may be 5's or 10's. Once they have worked out which denomination they want to use, they then have to group these accordingly. Once they have grouped they then need to count the groups (making sure not to count each group more than once) and find the total.  The purpose of this skill is to be able to group and count large amounts with a clear strategy, that takes the least amount of time needed. 


You can use the owlet sheet to help you get started, or even better use pasta pieces, gems, counters etc and complete practically. 

This week's art is ... banquet decorations!

***This activity will be explored during your child's time at school this week. Please only complete this activity if your child is not attending school this week. Thank you*** 


In order for the children to decorate their table appropriately for such an event we would like them to draw and make a vase full of beautiful flowers.


Thinking about the designs they used last week for their DT activity, ask your child to draw and decorate the shape vase of their choice. It is best to do this on cardboard as it hold the shape when threading through the flowers. 


Make a number of holes in and above the top of the vase shape. To fill their vase with flowers the children can either pick fresh flowers from outdoors or make their own out of paper, tissue, card, and pipe cleaners for stems. These can then be fed into the holes to create their beautiful table piece.


This activity promotes refining your child's fine motor skills as well as developing their creative skills. You can even incorporate maths into the design of the pot with shape and patterns. 


There is also the activity of making a crown that your child can wear to their own royal banquet. This activity has a maths focus of 2D shapes and develop scissor precision. You can always embellish it with your own symbols you created in R.E. last week as well as your own gems and jewels at home. 


In school we are hoping if time allows to make our own royal jewellery using pasta which is another activity that you could develop at home if you would like. 

This week's PSE is... a letter to my teacher!

A few weeks ago your child was asked to think of their favourite things throughout their time in Reception and what they considered to be their biggest achievements. The time is now upon us for the children to move to Year One and with this in mind we would like the children to write a letter to their new teacher telling them all about themselves.


Remember to include:

· Name and age.

· Things you enjoy doing.

· Who your friends are.

· Things you are good at.

· Things you are looking forward to exploring in Year 1.


Remember to keep the letter safe so that your child can bring it to school with them as they enter their new class in September.  There is a letter template above if you would like to use this. 

***This activity will be explored during your child's time at school this week. Please only complete this activity if your child is not attending school this week. Thank you*** 


In order to help with transition whilst your child is in school this week, we will be completing this transition butterfly. You can use these ideas to help your child write their letter to their new teacher if you would like. 

This week's science is... the last of the plants!

This topic your child has learnt so much about plants, fruit and vegetables. Since returning to school we have loved hearing about the things that you have done at home, what you have planted as we as what is growing in your gardens and allotments. We hope that if you have been able to take part in the bedding plant experiment from last week that it is going well and that your child is remembering to regularly feed your plants the different liquids they chose. This week we would like your child to...


... Complete the activity ‘Plant parts and Plant needs’. We would like your child to independently cut and sort the words into the correct boxes. Take a look together afterwards to see how many they got right and to discuss any errors. 


... Develop their understanding of the different parts of the plants thinking that when we eat fruits and vegetables we are either eating the ‘roots, stems or leaves’. We would like your child to cut and sort the pictures and put them under the correct heading.


If you are taking part in the plant experiment, don't forget to continue making observations this week on your plants and see what changes you can see are taking place. At the end of the two weeks we would like your child to evaluate what has happened, reflect on if this was the same or different to their prediction and explain why they think this has happened. 


This week in RE we would like to conclude our insight into Christianity and ask your child to find out about Christian beliefs.


We would like you to use the PowerPoint in order to find out and talk about Christian Beliefs and the meaning behind them; and understand why it is important to respect the beliefs of others. 


Following this we would like your child to..

...Write down or discuss 3 important Christian beliefs. If they are engaged they could also record one question they may still have.

...Discuss why it is important to learn about what different people believe in with you.

...Design and make their own stained glass window.  As we are having a royal banquet this week they could incorporate this into their design and use this to decorate and set the scene within the castle. 

...Play a matching game with the different parts of the interior of a church.  You can cut up the pictures and description cards for your child or if you have time then they can cut them up themselves. Shuffle them and mix them up. Your child then has to match the picture card to the correct explanation. Your child can attempt to read the words themselves but please feel free to read these to your child - the focus is on the R.E. in this instance rather than developing their reading skills.