# Stars and Monet

Friday 25 November 2022

Literacy
This week, we’ve been reading the book How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers. We worked together to sequence the story and talked about what happened at the beginning, middle and end.
We also had a go at writing how we would catch a star.
On Wednesday, we talked about star constellations. We researched our star sign constellations and had a go at drawing and painting our own.
Art
On Thursday and Friday, we explored impressionism by looking at Claude Monet’s series of impressionist oil paintings of the Houses of Parliament. We used short, thin marks when using the soft pastels to create the background. When we were happy with our background, we used acrylic paint for the House of Parliament.
Maths
This week, we developed our understanding of the composition of numbers by investigating the composition of 3, 4 and 5. Composing and de-composing numbers involves the children investigating part–part–whole relations, e.g. seeing that 3 can be composed of 1 and 2.

Through practical experiences, we explored combining parts in different ways to find out the whole.
We had lots of fun playing the ‘Hats’ game.
How many children are wearing a hat? (part)
How many children are not wearing a hat? (part)
How many are there altogether? (whole)
“1 is wearing a hat. 2 are not wearing a hat. There are 3 children altogether.”

“3 children are wearing a hat. No children are not wearing a hat. There are 3 children altogether.”
“2 are wearing a hat. 2 are not wearing a hat. There are 4 children altogether.”

We watched the Numberblocks Stampoline video and had a go at printing our own Stampoline patterns of 4 and 5.

Poetry Picnic
This week’s is called Mice by Rose Fyleman.
We talked about how poems can sometimes have rhyming words in them. Can your child tell you the rhyming words in this week’s poem?
Christmas is coming!
We’ve been practising our Christmas songs for our Christmas performance. We just love to sing and dance in Reception! We can’t wait to for you to come and watch us on Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 December.

Reminders
– PTA Christmas fair
– Friday 09 December
– Learning journey drop in’s – Monday 12, Tuesday 13 and Thursday 15 December at 8.50 – 9.30am or 3.15 – 3.45pm
– The cold weather is here! Please make sure your child comes to school wearing a suitable coat.
– Please label hats, scarves and gloves!