Looking at autumn in reception

Autumn has been at the centre of all activity in reception this week as you may have noticed from our windows and outside area.

In literacy we have looked at fiction and non- fiction books and poems about autumn. Through shared writing we have written our own autumn poems. You may like to look again at the autumn story entitled ‘In the Autumn’ on: http://www.sebastianswan.org.uk/autumn/bkau.html

We have used the leaves and autumn fruits that you all collected from your walk last weekend to make pictures in the style of an artist called Giuseppe Arcimboldo, so thank you all very much for your contributions.

We learnt about the geese and the swallows migrating and looked at the long journey that they have to make every autumn; and in music we listened to ‘Autumn’ from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

In our number work we have looked at the number line, using numbers to 10 and with many children, numbers to 20. The children need numeral recognition to 10 (and then on to 20). Being able to write the numbers is a priority before we can move towards more formal recording of our counting and our adding up. Many children now have the numbers to 20 in their box. Get them to make a number line with the numerals and ask questions on number order. Playing ‘track games’ such as Snakes and Ladders would be beneficial.

I am looking forward to meeting you on a more individual basis next week. Please remember that parents evening appointments are only for ten minutes. It is meant to be a quick chat about how your child has settled. If you have anything that you think will take longer to discuss another appointment will need to be made.