Reception Class

Who Am I? – Autumn 2019

Our first topic of the year is ‘Who Am I?’ The children will be exploring what is special about them and discussing similarities and differences within the class. During the first week the children will bring in a favourite teddy from home whilst they explore their new classroom and get to know their new teacher and friends. During the week the children will compare their teddies and discuss what is special about them. At the end of the week we will have a ‘teddy bear picnic’ where the children have the opportunity to make sandwiches to eat with biscuits and fruit during the picnic. During this time, we will discuss healthy eating and food hygiene whilst preparing and eating food.

We start the school year off creating special boxes with the children. These boxes are brought into school in the first week and contain lots of photographs of people, pets and objects that are special to the children. These boxes are kept on display all year and the children love looking at them and discussing them with friends or sharing them with adults who come to visit. This develops children’s Personal, Social and Emotional Development and encourages Communication and Language skills early on in the year as children share little bits of themselves with the teachers and their friends.

As part of the ‘Who Am I?’ topic, the children will create self-portraits to stick into the front of their writing journals. We will look closely at the detail on our faces and think carefully about the shape of our eyes, nose and lips. We will also be discussing how to create different colours and select which paintbrush to use for different features. In Literacy we will use the book Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne to create story maps to help us retell the story and write about what different families may look like.

During this half term, we will also be looking at the book Funny Bones by Janet and Allen Ahlberg. The children will be discovering how their bodies work and what is inside them. This will link to their physical development where the children will learn how to keep their bodies strong and healthy. We will observe the effects of exercise on our bodies, discussing our heart, how fast it beats when exercising, how we breathe more heavily when we are really exercising hard.

We will end the half term by learning about Diwali discovering who celebrates the festival of light. The children will learn about Rama and Sita and discuss other festivals they may celebrate at home.


Reception Spring 1 – 2020

Topic: What is Cold?

We will begin the new term by introducing the topic, ‘What is Cold?’ to the children. During a carpet session, the children will plan and ask questions on what they would like to learn about. We will record all their questions and revisit them throughout the topic.

To hook children in, we will go on an educational visit to the Chill Factore in Manchester. They will get to physically feel what cold is and learn how people stay warm; as well as participate in ‘cold’ activities such as snow play, sledging and much more. They will also learn all about the Polar Regions finding out about habitats, animals and any people who may live there. The children will get to go in an igloo dressing up as Inuits learning all about the Inuit people.

The children will investigate the process of freezing and melting, giving reasons why they think ice melts and how they could prevent the ice from melting. We will carry out a ‘blubber’ investigation describing how the ice feels when their hand is covered in blubber compared to not.

They will learn about the Arctic and Antarctica, finding them on the globe and will discuss the similarities and difference between these places and the different animals found there.

During literacy sessions, we will explore the books ‘Penguin’ by Polly Dunbar and ‘Polar Bear, Polar Bear, what do you hear?’ By Eric Carle. The children will also look at other types of genres such as non-fiction comparing the features creating their own contents page. The children will be writing about their holidays challenging themselves to write sentences as well as creating instructions and lists later on in the term.

In maths we will be exploring number, recognising numbers 1-20 as well as one more/one less than a number 1-10 first and then 1-20.

Spring 2 Learning question- Where are all the wild things?

Our new topic for Spring 2 is ‘Where are all the wild things?’ The children will begin by reading the story ‘The Gruffalo’s Child.’ They will be writing sentences all about the characters from the story making sure they add lots of exciting describing words. The children will also go on a woodland walk looking for clues to find the Gruffalo! We will also be reading other Julia Donaldson books this half term such as Stick Man and Monkey Puzzle. These stories will link in to our literacy lessons where the children will be sequencing the stories, creating speech bubbles, writing about their families (Mother’s Day). We will finish the term off reading the story of Chicken Licken. The children will create story maps to help them retell the story and have a go at writing their own versions.

In Maths this half term, the children will begin by learning all about 3D shapes. They will be naming and describing the features of the shapes. They will then be very busy recapping addition and subtraction. We will be challenging the children with counting on and counting back activities as well as some problem solving challenges. The children will then move on to learning about time exploring the seasons, days of the week, months in the year and times of the day.

As part of the ‘Where are all the wild things?’ topic, the children will be very busy getting creative. During ‘The Gruffalo’s Child’ the children will be making Gruffalo music, exploring different materials and textures and creating their own pictures using natural materials. As it is Pancake Day, the children will choose what they want to put on their pancakes designing it first before making it for real. We will link this to healthy eating and exercise in PE. The children will also be making their own daffodil pictures, first learning about the parts of a daffodil and what flowers need to survive. During Easter, the children will learn about the life cycle of a chicken and will be making Easter cards to take home.

We will end the half term by learning about the Easter story including Palm Sunday. The children will discuss why this holiday is so important to Christians linking it to other festivals we have explored.