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Week 14.03.22


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This week is British Science Week which the whole school are celebrating. The theme is 'growth' and in Reception we are going to be looking at the lifecycle of a plant and planting some of our own seeds! If you have some seeds at home it would be lovely for you to plant some. If you have planted some already then maybe you could write about what you have planted. This includes flowers and food. 

I have attached a 'Planting a Flower' sequencing activity that can be printed and cut out, pictures shuffled and then stuck in the correct order on the board. For each of the pictures, your focused writing challenge is to write about what is happening in each picture. 

I have also uploaded a seed to flower matching activity where your child can match the seed to what it grows into. 

We are also going to be conducting an investigation on the conditions seeds need to successfully grow. We are going to plant some grass seeds in separate pots and then put them in different locations, with-holding one element that is needed for growth. e.g. 1 without warmth, 1 without light, 1 without water, 1 with everything. Please could your child write a prediction about what they think will happen for each one. At the end of the week you could have a look at what has happened and record the results. 

Alongside our planting and growth theme we are going to the looking at the changes in the Spring time. Below is a BBC video on Spring. Please watch this and then maybe go for a walk, even if just in your garden, and look out for signs of Spring. New life, baby animals, warmer weather? You could take some photos or draw and write the changes you see. 

Britain in Spring Time | BBC Teach

A variety of native birds display seasonal spring time behaviour, plants burst into leaf and flower which shows the change in the landscape.The birds sing to...

Marvellous Maths

This week we are looking at 3D shapes and patterns. 

Session 1 involves a small investigation to see which 3D shapes roll down a ramp. You could use food packaging for your 3D shapes and you don't even need a ramp. You could see how far they go when you roll them along the floor. 

Session 11 - 3-D shape - matching objects

Building 9 & 10 - Wk 3 - Session 1 - Building with 3-D Shapes

Session 2 invites you to go for a 3D shape hunt around your house and collect as many different ones as you can find. Look closely at them. Do you know which parts are the faces/edges/vertices (corners)? Try and sort them into groups. What groups have you made?

Session 12 - Building with 3-D shapes

Building 9 & 10 - Wk 3 - Session 2 - Matching 3-D Shapes

Session 3 involves making repeating patterns in an AABAAB or ABBABB sequence. Use anything from around the home. Invite your child to make one that you can continue or vica-versa. 

Session 14 - Pattern

Building 9 & 10 - Wk 3 - Session 4 - Pattern

The final session this week looks at making patterns of movement. Have a go at sequencing some actions or body percussion sounds. Maybe you could ask someone to film you so we can see!

Session 15 - Pattern

Building 9 & 10 - Wk 3 - Session 5 - Pattern

Talk for Writing

This week we are starting to look at a new story 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. I have uploaded a video link of a reading of the story. Watch this one day and then on another day have a go at making a story map, drawing pictures to retell the sequence of events in the story. 

Story Time: Jack and the Beanstalk by Nick Sharratt

Examples of storymaps

Guided Reading

Here are some readings of books we will be listening to this week.


A Seed in Need

A short story about the plant life cycle

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

Rabbit's Spring Adventure by Anita Loughrey and Daniel Howarth

This is a video of the story pages of Rabbit's Spring Adventure by Anita Loughrey and Daniel Howarth to support home learning. Adapted and uploaded by Alien ...