Reception Class

Reception Summer 2 –  Topic: What changes can I see?

This last half term will be focussed on changes in the environment. We will be learning about plant life cycles, mini beasts and other animals. The children will be encouraged to ask questions and find out facts and information about plants, bees, butterflies, and other mini beasts.

As a WOW to hook children in, we will have a visit from Zoo lab. They will be bringing in different creatures for the children to look at, touch (if they want to) and learn lots of interesting facts about. A letter was sent home before the holidays about the visit. If you have not seen a letter, please speak to a member of staff.

During our literacy sessions, the children will look at other types of genres such as non-fiction comparing the features to other styles they are familiar with. They will be researching the life cycles of butterflies and ladybirds as well as finding out how honey is made. We will also be practising story writing remembering to include exciting words and different joining word other than ‘and’. The children will also be writing their own bean diaries- recording all the changes they see happening to their bean plants.

In maths we will be continuing to practise addition and subtraction as well as one more and one less. We encourage the children to try and find one more/less in their heads by counting forwards and backwards. We will also be estimating numbers and making graphs. We will also be covering problem solving.

The children will be creating lots of exciting art work such as abstract portraits focussing on Picasso, clay mini beasts to decorate, junk modelling creations looking after different joining techniques.

Reception Summer 1 Topic – I Like…?

We will begin the new term by introducing the topic ‘I like…?’ to the children. They have already chosen what they would like to learn about this half term, they all voted on Dinosaurs and space.

As a ‘WOW’ moment to hook children in, the children will arrive on the first day back to find that a dinosaur has been in and trashed the room! This will prompt questions such as ‘why was she here?’ ‘where did she go?’

During our literacy sessions, the children will look at other types of genres such as non-fiction comparing the features. They will create wanted posters to put up around the school to see if anyone has seen the dinosaur. They will also be creating their own fact files all about dinosaurs. We will also read the story ‘Whatever Next!’ by Jill Murphy focussing the space topic around this story.

In maths we will be exploring doubling and halving using objects. Linking to the dinosaur and space topic, the children will halve and double various numbers and objects introducing them to the concept of dividing. We will also be practising counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.

We follow the children’s interests as much as possible. Before we broke up for the Easter holidays we asked the children what they would like to learn about and they chose dinosaurs and space. On the first day back, the children will be introduced to the topic question and themes and will think of questions to ask about the themes and what they would like to find out in particular.


Reception Spring 1 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 Snowdome in Tamworth so that children are given the opportunity to feel what cold is. The children will take part in Snow Play and Tiny Sledging.

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 covered in ‘blubber’ compared to not.

We will learn about the Arctic and Antarctica and where on our globe they are discussing the similarities and difference between these places and the different animals found there.

During our 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.

Why did it happen?

Our new topic question is ‘why did it happen?’ We will begin by learning all about Diwali and why it is called the ‘Festival of Light.’ The children will read the story of Rama and Sita, acting it out and making their own story maps. They will also create their own Diva lamps and Happy Diwali cards. We will compare this to other festivals and religions from around the world.
We will also be learning about bonfire night and the story of Guy Fawkes finding out what happened all those years ago and why we celebrate bonfire night. The children will create firework pictures using lots of different materials and will label words related to bonfire night.
Following on from this, we will be basing our learning on fairy tales, in particular ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ and ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff.’ The children will find out what a fairy tale is and how it can be told in lots of different ways. We will introduce the children to ‘Talk4writing’ where they will be able to create their own actions for the stories and act them out retelling the whole story. This will lead on to the children creating their own versions of the story displaying this in a story map. This helps promote the children’s communication and language skills as well as literacy. It also links into their personal, social and emotional education and expressive arts and design.
We will also be learning about healthy eating and exercise linking this to the story Goldilocks and the three bears. The children will be making porridge discussing the changes that they see. Another activity for discussion will be when they make a bridge for the three billy goats gruff. It will take a lot of problem solving and working together to create a bridge for the goats to cross.
Towards the end of the term we will learn all about the Christmas story. We will be busy rehearsing for our Nativity play learning lots of songs, actions and lines! The children will find out about the Nativity Story linking this to their previous learning on Diwali. They will be writing Christmas letters and cards to their family and friends. The children will be busy getting creative too! We will have lots of Christmassy arts and crafts activities for the children to get imaginative.

Autumn Term 2018 Topic, Who Am I?

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 first 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 English 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.