Hello Reception Families,
It’s hard to believe another fortnight has passed and we are now in the second half of the term. Students have continued to progress their learning and it’s exciting to think about all they have achieved since the beginning of the year. This past fortnight we have continued to learn about our five senses, we’ve worked on writing numbers and ordering them correctly, and we’ve shared a number of literacy experiences together as we’ve celebrated Book Week together. Keep reading to find out more about what we’ve learnt!
Our Five Senses
We continued our learning about hearing in Week 5 and recorded what we had learnt on our Listening Walks. Students found it interesting to note that they heard different sounds to each other, a great platform for a conversation about our diverse understandings of the world. This week we have moved to learning about our sense of smell. Students have been exploring scents such as peppermint, lemon, rosemary, thyme, and investigating a beautiful bunch of scented roses. We’ve discussed if we like or dislike the scents and the things that they remind us of or smell like. Now we are beginning to discuss using different senses together to learn, such as what we can feel, hear and smell. We are looking forward to adding to this as the term progresses!
Students are continuing to develop their curiosity and inquiry skills through this learning. These are vital learning dispositions that support students to wonder about the world around them, and to have the skills to investigate their wonderings. When we record what we are learning, students are engaging in literacy and numeracy work but also learning about scientific processes of experimentation and data collection/evaluation. Curiosity and wonder are open doors to worlds of learning.
We have been focusing on number recognition and recall through many of our classroom experiences. Students are beginning to make groups of objects and represent them with a numeral, such as grouping five black counters and assigning the numeral ‘5’ to this group. We’ve also focused on counting objects one by one and we’ve begun learning to count backwards too. Through this learning we are moving from being able to recall a numeral and count forwards in sequence, to building a deeper understanding of what numerals represent and how they can be created. Counting backwards is a great start to understanding that numbers can be changed or adapted; foundational for then understanding and correctly applying concepts of addition and subtraction.
Supporting this learning at home might involve having your child help you to count out the pegs you will need for the washing, or the pieces of fruit that are going into the fruit bowl. Everyday experiences such as these support both mathematical understanding and the knowledge that maths is a life skill used everyday. Counting down to things that are happening is a great way to reinforce counting backwards too – you could count down to the end of the washing machine, or the steps to the bus stop, or how many pieces of fruit are going out of the fruit bowl!
“Mathematicians notice. They play. They wonder. And mathematicians talk with one another and compare their ideas. In real life, maths is a very social game.” – Denise Gaskins
It’s been great to celebrate Book Week! We have had so much fun reading stories. We’ve been discussing the conventions of a book: what the cover is, the title page, the direction we read in, who an author and illustrator are, and what we learn from books. Students have created artworks to follow what they have been learning about, such as beautiful pastel birds that are hanging in our classroom, to scary monsters using a paper folding technique to get the ultimate scare! It was also great to see so many costumes and characters at school today! There was lots of excitement and anticipation for the parade and it was lovely to see students feeling so positive and engaged with their literacy learning.
Hearing language is a vital part of language acquisition, and repeated language and stories can be so beneficial. Students have been enjoying retelling stories and rhymes they know well. This supports students to explore concepts of character, plot and vocabulary for creating their own stories. Students are refining their receptive language skills when hearing a story, and then expanding their expressive language skills when retelling and recreating the story as they imagine it to be. You can do this at home too – most students have a favourite story or book. Encourage them to retell the story to you, or act it out instead of reading it. Perhaps they might even like to perform their retelling for an audience!
That’s all for now. We are looking forward to continuing our learning in class this term, and to sharing that learning with you at our upcoming Student-Led Conferences. There is so much to celebrate!
Lauren Rosanowski (Reception AM/ Reception PM)
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