# Soup making!

It has been a busy couple of weeks in Reception! Whilst practising our songs and rehearsing our lines for our Christmas Nativity, we have also been busy with lots of new learning.

In Literacy, we read ‘The hungry Giant’s Soup’ and the story ‘Stone Soup’. We learnt new sight words; he, me, the, put and said. We wrote shopping lists for our own soup ingredients, and we used our sounds to say the word, robot the word and write the word. The children worked really hard to learn the new sounds, to say them, to hear them and to form them. Ask your child to tell you the sounds the graphemes make; ‘g’, ‘o’, ‘c’, ‘k’, ‘ck’, ‘e’, ‘u’, ‘r’.

With our shopping lists in hand, we took two small groups to Chrisp Street Market. We enjoyed looking at the different vegetables and practising our counting when paying the market trader.

When we returned to school, we peeled and chopped the vegetables and made a delicious healthy soup! It was very tasty!

We have also been learning about the meaning of Advent and how we are waiting for the birth of baby Jesus. We have made Nativity Advent calendars and drawn pictures behind each door.

We have been exploring Numicon tiles in Maths and the children were able to recognise and order them to 20!

We have also been busy in our outdoor environment and have enjoyed making ‘Stone Soup’ in the mud kitchen!

# The Toys’ Party

This week in shared reading we read the story; ‘The toys’ party’. We practised using our reading strategies and looking for sight words. Ask your child if they can retell you the story.

In literacy we applied our newly learned sounds; ‘i’, ‘n’, ‘m’ and ‘d’ to support writing a shopping list for our own party! Ask your child to show you the sounds the letters make.

In maths we have continued learning about 3D shapes. This week we learned about a cone, a pyramid, and a triangular prism. We explored the shapes and described their properties.

For expressive art and design, the children have enjoyed using a variety of mediums to make poppies. We talked about why people wear poppies on the 11th November for Remembrance Day.

# Autumn 2

We have had a lovely first week back in Reception. We have enjoyed sharing our half term news with our friends and drawing and writing about it in Literacy.

In Phonics we have started learning sounds; ‘s’, ‘t’, ‘a’ and ‘p’. We practised saying and hearing the sounds and learnt how to form them correctly. Please ask your child if they can show you! We are having a phonics and shared reading workshop on Thursday 9th November where you can come and find out more about how we teach reading and phonics.

In Literacy we read the story; ‘Splishy-Sploshy’. Ask your child if they can retell the story to you. The children worked hard to recognise the sight words; the, she, on and they.

In Maths we have been learning about 3D solid shapes. We looked at; cubes, cuboids, spheres and cylinders. We explored the shapes and their properties and then used the 3D shapes to build a play-house for the meanies!

In Art the children enjoyed painting their Diva lamps for Diwali creating beautiful patterns!