In week 7 in Literacy we read the story of Beauty and the Beast and talked about the common features of fairy tales about princesses, e.g. there is usually a problem caused by a bad character or characters and she usually marries a prince and lives happily ever after. We are now painting our junk model castles and exploring how we can mix paints to make new colours or a different shade of the same colour as part of the activity.
The Nursery children are continuing to make good progress with learning their sounds and we have now covered the letters; s, a, t, i, p, z, m, j, n, c, k, e, h, r, d.
The Reception children are still working on the long vowel sounds; ai, ee, ie, oa, ue; practicing hearing or spelling words that contain these graphemes and the alternative spellings. They are also learning to spell the tricky words.
In Numeracy the Reception children have been learning double numbers (1+1, 2+2, etc) up to 5 and in some cases up to 10 and learning number bonds to 6 and 7. The nursery children are working on recognising numbers up to 6 and counting out up to 6 objects from a larger group.
As part of our topic work on transport we have been testing the boats which the Reception children made on colonias and experimenting with how wind and air affects the world around us by trying to make the boats move more quickly or change direction, and by blowing bubbles and windmills.
Suggestions for activities at home:
* Read or tell traditional fairy tales with princesses in (in English or your own language)
* Talk about the structure of traditional fairy tales; characteristics of princesses and typical “bad characters” and “good characters” in these types of stories.
* Talk about the types of transport that were available in the times of knights and princesses as you read traditional tales; walking, horses, donkeys (and other animals), carts and carriages and boats.
* Nursery: count out up to 6 toys (or other objects) and match them to the correct number. If it’s easy for your child, use larger numbers.
* Reception: practice number bonds to 6 and 7 by splitting groups of 6 or 7 objects in different ways then making a number sentence about it, (5+1, 4+2, etc) and use your fingers to practice double numbers up to double 5.
* Build models at home with building kits or old boxes and talk about the shapes you used to build the model and which shapes don’t work, e.g. wheels need to be round so they can roll, castles towers are cylinders, bricks are rectangles, etc.
Another castle, complete with moat!
Experimenting with air and wind