Welcome to Reception Learning

Key information for children, parents and carers

Tricky Word of the week list

Reception Curriculum Map

Understand Building Learning Power


Phonic Homework

Phonic homework is given out every Thursday. Please work every day with your child to practise recently taught phonic sounds and words.

Reading Books

Reading books are given out every Thursday. Bring your completed reading record into school on Monday with your reading and library books.

Friday Newsletter

At the bottom of each newsletter we provide a suggested home activity. Please make an effort to do this with your child over the weekend.

Physical Education

Our Physical Education day is Friday. The children’s full PE kits stay at school and are sent home for the holidays. Please check that your child has a full PE kit.

Reception Curriculum Map

Autumn 1 Topic - ALL ABOUT ME

Building Learning Power:

Our learning muscles will be stretched this term as we focus on being Noticing Newts as we notice things around our new classroom and school environment.

Be a Noticing Newt

Be a Noticing Newt
Communication, Language & Literacy

Our first topic will be ‘all about me’. In this topic we will be looking at our families, our senses, similarities and differences, and belonging to our school community. This project crosses all areas of our learning and is underpinned by our school ‘BASICS’ ethos.

Reading will be taught through guided reading as well as through literacy and phonics lessons.

We will be teaching the children about turn taking, reading together as part of a small group and developing an understanding of story language.


‘10 green bottles sitting on the wall…’ We love to sing in Reception! Using well known number songs and rhymes the children will be learning a number of maths concepts such as counting forwards and backwards.

We will set up activities both indoor and outdoor to practise key maths skills including number recognition, number ordering and one to one correspondence.

We will be developing the children’s knowledge and understanding of patterns and simple 2D shapes. Some of the practical activities we will be doing include making rainbow toast and shape pictures.

Expressive Arts & Design

We will be making self portraits for our classroom display.

While learning about senses we will be designing and making glasses and our own musical instruments.

We will be taking part in developing the role play area in each class.

This half term it will be a home corner, where we will paint the house and decide on additional props to make the house as an exciting place to be.

Understanding of the World

We will start by looking at ourselves, our family, our school environment, our communities (people who help us) and will celebrate our diverse school culture through International week.

During International week parents will be invited to share a story from their culture with the class.

The children will also have the opportunity to dress in their traditional clothing and experience foods from around the world

Physical Development

We will develop fine motor skills through a range of activities such as threading, play dough, small construction and finger painting.

We will develop gross motor through weekly dance and PE lessons.

This half term we will be playing parachute games and will be using the gym apparatus to develop climbing and balancing skills.

BASICS & Characteristics of Learning

This half term we will be focussing on following two characteristics:

  • Playing and Exploring – using our senses to explore the world around us.
  • Active Learning – bouncing back after difficulties.
  • Belonging – to our class and school
Personal, Social & Emotional

We believe it is vital for children to feel safe, secure and confident within their environment. During circle time we will be playing games to help children learn about one another.

We will discover things that we have in common and things that are different. We will organise activities to support developing positive friendships and feeling comfortable and confident in our new class.

What is The Big Talk?

Blue Class – Miss Borren

Yellow Class – Mrs Nanji

Red Class – Mr Jeans

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