Spring 2018

Subtracting Numbers
Now our knowledge of numbers is so good in Reception, we have been learning about subtraction. We have been using ten frames and pennies to solve some subtraction equations. Some of us even subtracted from number up to 20 without any support! Super maths, Reception!
Traditional Tales
This half term in Reception, our topic is 'Once Upon a Time', in which we focus on traditional tales throughout most of the curriculum areas. We read one of the most famous traditional tales, 'The Three Little Pigs', and the children were transformed into amazing actors and actresses as they worked in groups to dramatically produce the story. We spent a week learning about the story, 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff'.  We had fun using a range of instruments to bring the story to life as we were reading it.  In science, we tested a range of materials to see which would make the strongest bridge for the goats to cross over.  It seems that we all agreed the 'brick' or 'wood' would be the best.  Toilet paper certainly wasn't very good at all! 
Learning about the story of 'The Gingerbread Man' provided us with the perfect opportunity to do some cooking! We love cooking in reception class, especially because we get so messy! The children followed instructions that they had ordered in a literacy lesson to make the dough and cut the biscuits. They chose how they wanted to decorate them too! The children practiced their story sequencing skills too by putting pictures from the story into the correct order, without using the book to help!
Writing Sentences and Using Finger Spaces
We used our superb knowledge of the story of 'The Gingerbread Man' to help us improve our use of finger spaces in our writing. We had to write what characters the gingerbread man met in the story, making sure we left a finger space after each word!