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This half term our topic in Reception is called `What is a reflection?'

Mirror, mirror, on the wall...  Why can I see myself in a puddle?  Are a butterfly’s wings the same on both sides? In this project, we’ll answer lots of intriguing questions about reflections and symmetry.

This half term, we’ll get dressed up and look at ourselves in mirrors. How will our reflections change? By looking closely at shiny objects and materials, we’ll be able to sort them. Using our mathematical knowledge, we’ll create symmetrical patterns from natural and man-made materials. We’ll use different gadgets to take photographs and learn how to delete or save images. Our artistic skills will help us to sketch stunning self-portraits using charcoal. Looking carefully in the mirror, we’ll discuss what a reflection is and what we can see. We’ll fold shapes in half to investigate whether or not they are symmetrical, and complete symmetrical patterns on pegboards. We’ll think about our feelings, and how these can change our facial expressions. Using mirrors, we’ll practise our doubling skills and create patterns. We’ll discuss why butterflies and moths have patterned wings, and use 2-D shapes to create symmetrical wings. By listening carefully, we’ll be able to learn about echoes and copy rhythms by ‘clapping them back’. 

At the end of the project, we’ll have a shiny treasure hunt and search for reflective items. We’ll also look at photographs to discuss what we have learned.


Here are some things you could do at home:

Help your child prepare for their project.  Reflections are everywhere! Why not do a reflections hunt together around your home, to see what reflective surfaces you can see yourselves in? You could also play ‘follow the leader’ in the back garden, where you take it in turns to copy each other’s actions. Alternatively, visit a butterfly house to look at the different creatures and plants. Which ones are symmetrical? Can you spot any reflective surfaces at the butterfly house?

This half term in Nursery our topic will be `Is it shiny?'

All that glitters is not gold! Is it shiny? Does it sparkle? It’s time to find out more about materials and their properties. 

This half term, we’ll hunt for missing treasure and discuss whether the treasure we find is shiny or not. We’ll watch how shiny objects catch the Sun when we hang them outside, and we’ll group and sort different objects. From what are they made? For what are they used? Looking at different types of mirrors, we’ll investigate how our reflections look different in each one. We’ll also find out about stars and how to clean tarnished copper coins. In literacy, we’ll sing and play triangles along to the nursery rhyme, Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, and we’ll use tools to write letters and numbers in foil. Using our maths skills, we’ll write numbers in sequins and build structures out of shiny 2-D and 3-D shapes, naming the shapes and sorting them by size. Getting creative, we’ll become glitter monsters as we explore the texture and appearance of glitter, bake a batch of firework cookies, make space rocks and mould twinkle lamps out of clay.

At the end of the project, we’ll look back on what we’ve learnt about shiny and non-shiny objects, make a display out of our twinkle lamps and create wind spinners out of old CDs and other shiny items. Where will we hang them so they sparkle the most?

Here are some things you could do at home:

Help your child prepare for their project `Let it shine!'  Why not open a jewellery box and explore the treasures inside together? Which item is the shiniest? From what is it made? You could also take a walk around a local pond or lake on a sunny day. What can you see reflected on the surface of the water? How does the appearance of the water change when the Sun goes behind a cloud? Alternatively, research which natural materials are the most valuable. Are they shiny?


Thank you for your continued support

Class 1 Team


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