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Facts about Space

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Following children's interests, this week we have been learning about Space. After watching a video of Tim Peake's launch and reading a variety of books linked to the moon and space, we thought we'd share a few facts that we have learnt so far.

Facts about Space

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In Maths, we have been using resources including ten frames and part-part-whole models to help us understand numbers. As part of this, when we do our attendance each day, each class uses magnetic faces to represent their classmates. We are becoming more confident at recognising the amount as well as developing our addition and subtraction skills when a friend arrives or leaves “we need to add one more”, “we need to take one away”. Our reasoning is improving as the teachers ask us to “convince them” when we share our ideas.

This term, we have focused on improving our outdoor provision for maths. We have added many new resources such as numerals, timers, ten frames, part-part-whole models and many other things. This is to encourage mathematical thinking in a variety of areas in the unit, as we can choose where to work when we get busy.

Children now understand the vocabulary; represent, partition, count, altogether, add, take away, whole, part, equal, more, less as well as lots of language linked to weight, height, capacity and time. We are becoming more fluent with number.


Take a look at the photos below for a little insight into Maths in Reception...

This term in Literacy we have loved exploring a variety of books during individual, guided and shared reading. However, the tigers and elephants particularly love Friday mornings when their grown-ups stay and read with them. Practise makes perfect so we keep practising! As well as two reading books each week, we have also taken home high frequency words to practise to help us become more confident.

Some of our highlights this term were…creating story maps for the gingerbread man, discovering a new book in the ‘Pooping Dinosaur’ series (The Dinosaur that Pooped a Princess) and reading the messages left by our cheeky Christmas elf!

We have worked hard on our writing, too. We have been practising writing in phonics but also each week we post our super writing in the box to show our friends and share what we have done well independently. Our teachers have been very proud of us – we can all now write our names and some of us are even working on sentences using finger spaces and full stops!

Have a look at some of the photos below...

Understanding the World

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Understanding the World is a curriculum area in the EYFS that incorporates many strands including; People and Communities, The World and Technology.


This term the Tigers and Elephants have had some great opportunities to learn through exploring within school and the school grounds to also having visitors in school.

We learnt about the roles of police and firefighters and how they help our community in a multitude of ways. We loved exploring the vehicles, too! These opportunities inspire us to help the community in our own ways as well as developing the children’s understanding of job roles.

Looking after our class hamster, Coco enables us to see how animals are different to us, the children have enjoyed helping to clean her out, feed her and keep her tame by holding her gently. We have asked interesting questions such as “why does she have sharp claws?”, “why does she sleep all the time?”


Our visit from Freshwater Theatre Company provided the children with a multi-sensory experience when exploring the story of Diwali. They were active participants in the story as they learnt all about Rama and Sita and the Festival of Light. This provoked discussions about the differences between us, our beliefs and celebrations. Children were eager to get stuck into activities linked to Diwali, particularly enjoying Rangoli patterns.


Using the iPads has widened our understanding of how technology is used in a range of places and for a variety of purposes. We had great fun applying our skills by using the mathematics apps. We also loved using the camera to take photos.

We loved our STEM theme week linked to The Gingerbread Man! The biscuit experiment made us think carefully about different materials and how they change. It was great to hear vocabulary such as “melting”, “solid”, “gloopy”, “soggy”. When our Christmas elf visited, we could then make links to think about how our snowman had melted, and a few weeks later think about rescuing our elf from Elsa’s ice blast. Khaylan said:

“We could put it under the dryer" when we discussed our elf being frozen by Elsa and how he would be free.
"Why would it help to put it under the dryer?" I asked.
"It will, ‘cause when my things are cold I put them under the dryer and they get warm and melt. If we put him under the dryer he will melt faster ‘cause dryers are hot"

The excitement of Christmas has been huge and it was a magical moment for the tigers and elephants to see our Christmas tree and help to decorate it. This prompted many discussions about how Christmas is celebrated in our own homes and which other celebrations we may enjoy. The nativity performance ‘I Spy Christmas’ deepened the children’s understanding of the Christmas story and the true meaning of Christmas.