# Mary’s Prayer Garden

This week we have continued to learn about doubling in maths and to write the corresponding number sentences. The children enjoyed exploring doubling using ladybird templates and black playdough for their spots.

In Literacy we assessed the children’s phonics to see how many new sounds and sight words they know. Please see inside your child’s reading record for a copy of their assessment and help them to continue practising any sounds / words they are unsure of.

This week to celebrate the Month of Mary each class paired up with another class in the school for a visit to Mary’s prayer garden. The children learned to say a short version of the Rosary Hail Mary Prayer. Both reception classes joined with the year 6 classes and said one decade of the Rosary together. We then all joined in with the Ave Maria hymn.

We wish you all a restful and happy half term!

# Minibeast visit to Reception!

This week the children have been learning about Minibeasts. On Tuesday we had a visit from Zoolab where we got to look touch and learn about lots of different Minibeasts. We then wrote sentences about our favourite minibeast and the reasons why. In maths we learned about symmetry. The children had lots of fun painting and drawing symmetrical Minibeast pictures. On Friday we had a Royal Wedding party celebration and enjoyed the excellent weather in our garden. We then said goodbye to our 5 butterflies and set them free!

# The life cycle of a duck

This week in Literacy we read ‘Duck Diaries’ a non-fiction book about ducks and their eggs. We learnt lots of interesting facts about the life cycle of a duck. In Expressive Art and Design we made our own life cycle wheels. We talked about the pictures, coloured, cut and stuck them in the correct order. Then we labelled our pictures and wrote sentences.

In Maths we have been learning number bonds to 10 and 20. We used big coloured blocks to find the different ways of making 10. We also used Numicon tiles to check our answers. Ask your child to tell you 2 friends of 10. Can they show you the magic trick?!

# Duck Eggs!

This week in Reception we received six duck eggs. We looked at their shape, size and colour and predicted how many of the eggs would hatch! The children were very excited to see the first duckling hatch out of its egg. We had fun thinking of names for the ducklings and wrote a list. We painted pictures of the ducks and used our phonics skills to help us to label them.

In Literacy we read the big book; ‘Move Over!’, a story about a farmer who bought a new water bed. Ask your child to tell you what farm animals they can remember from the story and what the goat did?!

In Maths we have revisited subtraction. The children practised taking away using objects and recorded their number sentences. We also introduced ‘number bonds’ to 10 (or ‘friends of 10’) when recording take away sentences;

10-9=1    10-8=2    10-7=3   10-6=4   10-5=5

We looked to see if we could notice any patterns.

Next week we will continue to explore the different ways of making 10 and 20.

Have a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend!