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And just like that reception class, another week has gone by super quick!
We have had to contain our excitement all week as we have planned and practiced our class worship for our parents. 'Is it Friday yet?' has been a popular question most days.

And finally it was, and we got to share our courageous advocacy project next steps with you as part of our Language and Communication Development and our Understanding the World Development. As a class we are supporting the Nantwich Foodbank and it was lovely to share our work so far and our next steps in setting up a community garden and pantry to support our school community as well as donating our surplus food to the foodbank. If you would like to support us in our project, we are collecting: pasta, long life milk, tea, coffee, cereal, biscuits, tinned meat, tinned fish, tinned fruit, custard and rice. Our collection point and pantry will be located in the conservatory.

A huge well done reception Class, you were fantastic, your message was so clear and well delivered. You have made me a very proud teacher.

Here's a little snap shot of our learning from across the week...

Personal, Social, Emotional Development and Wellbeing: In our HeartSmart session this week we thought about ways to ensure everyone is included in our class. We discussed that good friends always make sure no one is left out and everyone is included. We played a game of musical friends and each time the music stopped we joined up to make a pair, then a four, then an eight and eventually we ended up with everyone holding hands dancing to the music.

Boris says: good friends always make sure everyone is included.
'Do not look out only for yourselves. Look out for the good of others also. 1 Corinthians 10:24

In our my happy mind session we explored the three steps to being an active listener.
Step 1: stop
Step 2: understand
Step 3: consider
We revisited the story of Rose and understood why listening is important in the classroom.
We then set up an assault course and navigated Anya blindfolded around it. Anya had to rely on her listening skills and trust the information we gave her. We understand we can use our good listening skills in class, stopping to take time to listen, understand people's feeling and then consider how we respond to them.

Physical development: On Monday we had our Sportscape session with Hayley and our second session of cricket with Harry today, consolidating our throwing and catching skills and then batting. Today our additional challenge was to try to aim for and hit the wicket with when we batted.

Expressive Arts and Design Development: In our music session, we listened to 'Beyond the Sea' sung by Robbie Williams and discussed how it made us feel. We identified some of the instruments that we thought we could hear: piano, drum, guitar and a trumpet. We the performed Old Macdonald, Incy Wincy Spider and Wheels on the bus.

Mathematical Development:Our learning focus this week has measurement and weight. We explored the concept of heavier and lighter, comparing objects using balance scales. We discovered that some objects look big but are actually lighter than some smaller objects.

Literacy Development:Would you believe it, this weekwe received a letter from T-Rex at the museum. He was every excited to hear we are learning about dinosaurs and said he would love to answer any questions we have. He asked us to write and tell him a little bit about ourselves and ask a question. For our literacy task we looked at how simple letters are constructed and thought about what we wanted to write back. After a modelled write we had ago at writing a simple letter to T-Rex which we hope to pop in the post next week. I think he will be very impressed with our smart letter formation. As they say 'practice makes perfect!'

In our daily 'Read Write Ink' sessions, we have continued to increase our letter sound knowledge. This week all groups have been learning special friend sounds and applying them in our reading and writing activities. We have also continued with daily handwriting activities this week as we have focused on forming the curly letters e f and s more accurately.

Have a fantastic weekend
Mrs. Ward and the Reception Team, Mrs. wainwright and Louise.

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