Welcome to Reception
The focus for this term will be to raise children’s confidence in counting and writing numbers to 10. Alongside this, we will be investigating measures, looking at shapes and participating in a variety of problem solving activities. It is important that all children practise counting, recognising numbers and writing numbers at home as well as in school. All children will have two guided group maths sessions per week with Mrs Cowling and Mrs Newman, alongside daily whole-class teaching sessions and a range of child-led opportunities to develop mathematical skills through meaningful play during ‘independent time’.
This term we will be focusing on developing early reading and writing skills through a range of fiction and non-fiction texts linked to our topics, including I Like Myself and Seasons Come and Seasons Go -Tree in the first half term and The Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk and Christmas-themed stories in the second half term. The children will have daily whole-class English sessions, with two guided group sessions plus a guided group read and individual read with the teacher or teaching assistant each week. They also have opportunities to develop their early literacy skills through the indoor and outdoor continuous provision, including the ‘writing area’ of the classroom.
In our daily Phonics lessons we are concentrating on learning our initial sounds and the corresponding letters, based on the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised systematic synthetic phonics programme. You may find the informative videos on the attached link useful: https://www.littlewandlelettersandsounds.org.uk/resources/for-parents/ . All the sounds learnt in the Phonics sessions will be sent home each week in the sound tins – please check these weekly, as they will be updated. We will also be reading a Collins Big Cat Phonics decodable ebook in class each week, which your child can also access at home using their individual login.
Foundation topics (Understanding the World/Expressive Arts and Design)
During the first half of the Autumn Term our cross-curricular topic is ‘Ourselves’ and ‘Autumn’, moving on to ‘Traditional Tales’ and ‘Christmas’ in the second half of the term. Within these topics the children will be able to enjoy a wide variety of inspiring experiences including creating drawings and paintings themselves and their families, going on autumn walks and creating autumn-inspired artwork using natural materials. Planned activities after half term include constructing homes for the three little pigs using different materials, making gingerbread men and engaging in a range of Christmas-related arts, crafts and songs.
In our weekly Charanga music lessons, the children will listen to and describe different songs by a range of musicians through the unit ‘Me!’. They will explore and engage in music making and dance using a range of musical instruments, and will sing songs across the curriculum.
Forest Schools/The Natural World
We are extremely lucky to have Mrs Moore taking our Reception class out for a Forest Schools session every Friday. A note from Mrs Moore: Foundation children will be introduced to their Forest School area. An important part of Forest School is learning about and respecting boundaries. A lot of time is spent so that the children are confident with their outdoor learning environment and understanding where they can play. Foundation children will experience all the seasons throughout the year and will learn to dress appropriately according to the weather. They will be introduced to the Forest School rules, for example, learning to listen for and respond to the whistle, learning how to approach and leave the fire pit, learning about the different areas of play and resources available. They will find out about our native trees, plants and insects and learn how to recognise some of them. They will have the opportunity to toast marshmallows on the fire and as their confidence grows participate in other cooking activities with adult support.
In addition to engaging in a range of activities linked to improving physical development through indoor and outdoor continuous provision, KS1 is following the Real PE learning platform. These sessions will focus on key skills and co-ordination. All children will have an extended P.E session on Wednesday afternoons, plus an additional session with our Federation PE lead, Mr Jacobson on Thursday afternoons.
PSHE/Personal, Social and Emotional Development
This term every child will develop their personal, social and emotional skills, learning how to get on with each other and to have mutual respect and responsibility. This will be achieved through a variety of methods including through play, circle times as well as mindfulness yoga. They also have a focused PSHE session each week with Mrs Newman, this term looking at the theme of ‘health and wellbeing’ exploring healthy lifestyles, growing and changing and keeping safe.
In Reception we ask you to support your child’s learning by supporting them with practising their letter sounds in the sound tins and reading his/her book (or Collins Big Cat Phonics ebook) every night for ten minutes. We would also recommend that you enjoy reading and discussing a longer, high-quality text to your child, especially if s/he is still developing reading fluency. It is beneficial to help your child practise correct letter and number formation and to support them with learning their Phase 2 and 3 phonemes and key words as the term progresses. If you would like some ideas for optional tasks linked to our topics, this term you may wish to share family photographs from the past, create self-portraits or go on autumn walks in the local area, collecting autumnal objects to inspire artwork. After half term, you may wish to read and act out a range of traditional tales, create story props or make gingerbread men.
Many thanks for your support with your child’s learning.
Mrs Cowling, Mrs Newman and Mrs Hannaford
This Year’s Curriculum
If you would like further information in relation to the curriculum please feel free to contact the school office.
This Term’s Topics
Class teachers send out an outline of the learning each child will be undertaking that term. If you wish to find out any further details, please contact Mrs Page or Mrs Newman.