Thank you for discussing the menu choices each morning with your child before drop off - it is really helping us to speed through the dinner register and allowing us to make a quicker start to our learning.
Last week we enjoyed having a go on the play equipment and hop scotch in our front playground. This week we will be using the hall for our P.E. sessions.
The children have made a great start in our formal phonic lessons with Fred the Frog. They should have brought home phonic homework sheets on m, a, s and d. Also the school office will have sent you out the links for m, a and s. The link for d will be sent out on Monday, when we re-cap the sounds from last week. Then we will be learning t, i, n and p. In Literacy sessions we will also be learning/practising nursery rhymes and performing them to our friends.
We will be painting self-portraits and learning how to wipe the brushes, change the water and not mix the colours together! We will also be learning about the Seasons and spotting signs of Autumn.
In Maths we will be completing week 2 of the NCETM's Mastering Number programme.
This week, the children will engage with activities that draw attention to the purpose of counting – to find out ‘how many’ objects there are. They have used subitising to identify the number in a set; they will now develop their counting skills to enable them to identify how many there are in a set that cannot be subitised. This connects subitising and counting to cardinality whereby the last number in the count tells us ‘how many’ things there are altogether. Using a ‘circling’ gesture to indicate all of the objects in a set will support children to develop an understanding of cardinality. They will also practise developing 1:1 correspondence, by counting numbers at the same time as moving or tagging the objects. Using active gestures, such as indicating with a wand, will help to make this link explicit.
The children will also explore how all sorts of things can be counted, including sounds. Singing counting rhymes will give them opportunities to hear, join in with and develop their knowledge of the counting sequence.
As they move through Reception, children will begin to develop their counting skills, organising and counting larger sets of a wide range of objects. They will become secure enough with their counting skills to be able to count out a set of objects from a larger set, remembering the ‘stopping number’ and knowing that this means they have selected the correct number in total. They will be able to use counting skills in a range of contexts, including counting things that cannot be seen (for example, the number of times a ball is heard bouncing) or using counting to measure time (for example, when playing ‘hide and seek’).
They will also be learning about 2-D shapes in our Maths session on Friday.