Home Learning - Reception Class
Homework 20th April 2018
We hope you had a good Easter break and are looking forward to the busy summer term ahead. The children have come back refreshed and full of energy (and the sun has finally made an appearance) which has been a great start to the term.
This half term we are continuing with our topic of Spring and Growing. We have started talking about life cycles; our caterpillars turned in chrysalises over the holidays and we are watching them closely waiting for the butterflies to emerge. We also have frog spawn in the classroom to observe and we will be learning about the life cycle of a frog.
This week we have been focusing on properties of 2D (flat) shapes and learning about 3D (solid) shapes. The children have been using words such as edge, corner, side, face, point and various shape names to describe different shapes and they have been using and creating shapes in different ways. To support this at home, there is a sheet attached which is a recording sheet for a shape hunt. Perhaps you could help your child identify shapes around the house or when you are out and about for example, rectangular windows, circular road signs, square bathroom tiles etc. We have also done some work on capacity this week, having fun at the water table in our outside area measuring with various containers.
Thank you to those of you who have been able to log in to Tapestry and record observations. We are aware that some of you did not receive and activation email from Tapestry. If you have not received an email from Tapestry asking you to create a password to log in, please let us know – it would also be useful for you to give us the email address you would like us to use and then we can reactivate your account. Thank you.
Observations from home
As part of the observations we make for the Physical Development Early Learning Goal, we look at how independent the children are at dressing and undressing when changing for PE. It would be useful for us to hear from you about how well your child can manage dressing themselves, in particular managing fastenings such as zips, buttons, buckles or laces. Please make a note on Tapestry to tell us about how well your child can manage these things, or if you prefer a short written note in book bags is fine too.
Role Play Area Appeal
As part of our Spring and Growing topic, this half term we have created a flower shop in the classroom, however we have a limited number of blooms! If anyone has any artificial flowers or plants, or if anyone would be willing to donate some from the £1 shop where they are in stock at the moment, we would be very grateful! We are also happy take donations of unopened packets of seeds or gift bags/flower bags for when the children are creating bouquets.
Just a reminder that we are going out on our Spring Walk on Monday morning. Please remember to send your child with appropriate footwear. If you have returned a slip to say that you can come with us, thank you and we look forward to seeing you on Monday morning – after you have dropped your child off at the gate, please go round to the office to sign in.
Thank you for your continued support,
Mrs Joyce & Mrs Simpson