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'Thank you, God for the Harvest, Thank you for your Goodness.'

It has been another busy week in Reception Class, as we have explored why people of faith say thank you to God at harvest time.

To begin, we opened up our chatterbox to discover and explore different items linked to saying thank you and food items that are harvested at this time of the year around the world as part of our understanding the world development. Through discussion we understood that some of the food we eat comes from around the world because of the climate. Alice kindly shared how her daddy had been busy recently harvesting the corn on the family farm and we thought of some of the other vegetables that are harvested by farmers throughout the year. Using a thank you card, we explored why people like to say thank you and how they sometimes do this.

We are so fortunate at school to have a mini orchard and so busied ourselves harvesting the apples to make a delicious apple crumble for our families as a way of saying thank you for all the food they prepare for us each day. We hope you enjoyed them.

In our mathematical development we compared quantities of identical objects using the mathematical language of more, fewer and less. As the week progressed, we explored the misconception that more refers to the actual number of objects in the group rather than the size or space they take up. In our journal work we lined up the quantity of objects to compare using cubes, confidently saying which group showed more or fewer. In our afternoon mastery sessions, we continued to develop our skills of subitising numbers to 3 and then presenting 3 in different spatial arrangements. Great maths works this week Reception Class, well done.

Following on from our discovery of a hole in a classroom last week, we shared the front cover of our story book 'The Something' and compared the hole on the front cover to the one discovered in our classroom as part of our literacy development. Using some of the images from the story we discussed what could be down the hole. For our first incidental write, we made labels for the different animals and displayed on our working wall. We then read parts of the story across the week, exploring the meaning of new words. At the end of the week, we completed our first sentence session on the sentence snake: In the hole is a dragon. Reception Class I am so proud of how well you did this, using a capital letter to start, attempted finger spaces, great sounding out and a full stop at the end. Wow, wow, wow!

In our physical development this week we continued with our invasion games and developed and practiced the skill of a push pass with hockey sticks.

We listened to 'Sing a Rainbow' by Peggy Lee to begin our music session this week as part of our expressive arts and design development. We all really enjoyed this song and lots of us had heard it before so really loved being able to sing along. We said it made us feel happy as we thought about rainbows and things that made us happy. We then found the beat to a games track in different ways, we began by clapping our hands and also marched, tapped our shoulders and heads. Building on our knowledge of musical syllables from last week, we thought about some of our favourite foods and clapped the beat to them with a partner before sharing some of them as a group. And finally, we sang 12345 and joined in with the actions.

This week in Heartsmart we learnt to read facial expressions to understand how others are feeling. We also began to think about why someone may feel that way as part of our personal, social and emotional development. In discussion, we revisited Boris' story and how the characters go through lots of different emotions which we identified, including, happy, sad, angry, tired, scared and worried. Using facial expression, we showed these different emotions ourselves
Looking at some photos of different people, we looked carefully at their facial expressions to decide how they were feeling, we also thought about why they might be feeling this way.

Boris says, "When we notice our friends are feeling sad we can help to cheer them up."
Bible link, 'So comfort each other and give each other strength, just as you are doing now.' 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Have a wonderful weekend Reception Class
See you on Monday.
Mrs Ward and Mrs Wainwright

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