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Current Learning Adventure

All Creatures Great and Small

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This half term we are learning about…

  • A farmers role on the farm
  • How to look after chicks
  • The lifecycle of chicks and how to document changes by creating a diary
  • How to follow a map by writing instructions using the story ‘What the ladybird heard’
  • How to solve addition and subtraction words problems
  • How to half using eggs and nests
  • How to double using spots on ladybirds
  • How to create a pictogram of favourite mini beasts
  • Subtraction with the help of ‘The hungry caterpillar’
  • Creating fact files and information sheets from a mini beast hunt
  • Healthy eating and writing instructions for how to stay healthy
  • Sequencing the days of the week
  • How to describe what vegetables are and what they look like/ how they grow


The children will be:

  • Matching animals to their babies
  • Exploring our farm tuff spot and using their imagination
  • Creating their own farm maps
  • Sorting wild animals and farm animals
  • Painting symmetrical butterflies
  • Making and tasting a healthy fruit salad
  • Vegetable printing
  • Making robbers masks
  • Exploring the resources available within our chick area and farm role play
  • Making vegetable soup
  • Observational drawing of vegetables
  • Making caterpillars using grass and tights
  • Labelling vegetables


You can help your child at home by:

  • Listening to them read at home
  • Encouraging your child to practise ordering and recognising numbers to 20
  • Encouraging your child to sound out words themselves when writing and encouraging them to write labels and captions
  • Helping your child to learn their tricky and high frequency words
  • Talking to your child about how we can find out information from the internet and books

The Farm
This week the children have learnt about the farm and they have introduced themselves to Farmer John. The children have begun to realise the problem that Farmer John is having on his farm. The children have told Farmer John about their ideas of how they could solve his problem and they have tried to trick the robbers by writing false instructions and by creating false maps so that they are unable to find the fine prize cow. 

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‘What the Ladybird Heard’


This week the children’s learning has been focussed around the story ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ by Julia Donaldson. The children have consolidated their knowledge of farm animals and the noises they make. They have also written some fantastic instructions of how to get to the prize cow shed, as well as creating their own maps of the farm.  

In mathematics this week, the children have been learnt the concept of doubling. The children were independently doubling the amount of spots on the ladybird and writing the corresponding number sentence.


Reception Class Chicks


This week in Reception has been very exciting indeed. On Monday morning, we received a very special gift from Bluebell the hen. Bluebell was having trouble with her nests so she asked for the Reception children’s help when looking after her eggs. Bluebell has given the children six of her chick eggs to look after until they hatch. She had sent the children some special equipment to help them keep the chicks safe.


The children have learnt all about each piece of equipment and what is it used for. We have been watching the eggs very closely since they arrived and we have each written a diary entry about the development of the eggs. We have also learnt all about the life cycle of a hen and we have also been learning how to half a number of eggs between two hens nests.


We are looking forward to see if all of Bluebells eggs hatch into chicks as we are really good at looking after and caring for pets Reception!


Today we had a very exciting day as it was World Book Day. We all dressed up as our favorite book character. Throughout the day we talked about our favorite books and as a class we created a list about why we love books.

We said…

  • They have good stories.
  • They help us learn.
  • They tell us things.
  • They make us laugh


At the end of the day we were each given a voucher that we can spend in bookshops so that we can treat ourselves and buy some more lovely books that we can read at home with our families.


Well done all looked FANTASTIC!!!!


Over the next couple of weeks the children are going to be learning all about the different types of mini-beasts. The children will be using the iPad’s and magnifying glasses to go on their very own bug hunt and they will be writing about their favourite mini-beast, describing its features.


The children will also be carrying out lots of independent activities these next few weeks, such as creating their own repeating patterns using different insects, completing the life cycle of both a butterfly and a frog, creating their own spiders webs using wool, marbles and paint, labelling various mini-beats and they will also be consolidating their knowledge of addition and simple 2D/3D shapes.

‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’


This week the children’s learning has been focussed around the story of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’.


This week the children have read the story, re told the story using role play and they have also had a go at writing parts of the story as part of their Literacy focus activity. The children have also independently created their own sticky book of the different types of food that caterpillar ate on each day in the story.  In Maths, the children have been ordering numbers on a caterpillar number line and they have also been learning how to find one more/less and two more/less using a number line. As part of the children’s learning in knowledge and understanding of the world, they have touched upon the life cycle of a butterfly.


Super learning this week RSP!


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Oliver’s Vegetables


Oliver’s vegetables is our new story focus in Reception as we beginning to learn about different vegetables and how they grow.  The children have also been looking closely at the different vegetables from the story Oliver’s vegetables this week. The children have used real vegetables to create some fantastic observational paintings. Later in the week the children will also be using their senses to explore how the different vegetables look, feel and taste. They are then going to transfer their exploring into some descriptive writing.  Over the next couple of weeks in maths, the children are going to be consolidating their learning on the properties of 2D and 3D shapes.