Week 10 in Class Ra

Class: Reception Year: 2023 - 2024

Hello everyone!

It has been another busy week in Reception this week with lots of indoor and outdoor learning. We have been learning all about festivals and celebrations this week. We have been learning about Diwali and why it is called the festival of lights. Mrs Vaja came and spoke to the children about how she celebrates Diwali. Mrs Vaja shared how she celebrates at home with her family and friends, the food she eats and we even got to try on some traditional dresses and saris. Mrs Vaja showed us how her home is decorated with rangoli patterns in colourful rice and sand. The children have designed their own henna patterns and made rangoli patterns with shapes on the floor. We started the week listening and acting out the story of Rama and Sita.

In Phonics we learnt z, qu, zz, ch. All the children have read in their reading groups this week. We played a blending game where all the children had to point to body parts after blending the word in their head- This one is a great one to play at home too!

In Literacy this week, we have been looking at rangoli patterns and Diwali decoration. The children have been composing their own sentences and at the end of the week we have tried hard to write a short sentence. We are working hard on our letter formation, using the visuals from Little Wandle to help us to remember how to write them. We looked at pictures of Diwali patterns and the children spoke about all the colours they could see. They then wrote the sentence “It is…” and added a colour to our sentence. Well done Ra!

On Friday it was children in need. Throughout the week the children have been completing Joe Wick’s ‘Bearpee’ challenge. Our class completed 2,310 burpees this week! On Friday we dressed up as a sport to raise money for children in need. Thank you to everyone who took part in the raffle/guess the teddy games and helped raise money to help children and young people all over the UK.

In maths, we have focused on shape 2D shapes, in particular, circles, squares, triangles, rectangles, semi-circles, and pentagons. In small groups we went on a shape hunt around the school. We found lots of circles and rectangles and the children draw pictures of what they could see. We discuss the properties of each shape and used a feely bag to describe a shape. The children had to then guess what the shape was from what they could feel.

In PE, we practised our throwing and catching skills. We worked together in partners to throw and catch a ball. We also counted how many times we could throw a ball in the air and catch it. The children practised balancing a bean bag on their head and trying to stand on one leg as still as possible.

This week’s VIP has been Bailey. Bailey is a happy and friendly member of our class. He loves playing outside and has made a fantastic rangoli painting this week. Well done Bailey! We enjoyed looking at the yellow teams show and tell this week. Next week it will be red group’s turn for show and tell. Please could the red team bring in their show and tell bags on Friday morning.

Red team – 24th November

Blue team – 1st December

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and we will see you next week!