Reception Class

Who Am I? – Autumn 2020

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. They will explore their new classroom and discuss our class promises. We will read the book Harry and the Dinosaurs Go to School discussing how the children felt on their first day discussing feelings raised from the story.

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.

Reception Summer 1

Topic: I would like to learn about…

 We will begin the new term by introducing the topic ‘I would like to learn about…’ to the children. Before the Easter holidays, we asked the children what they would like to learn about. It is so important to follow the children’s interest and keep the children engaged so we thought this would be an excellent way to do it. The children had so many amazing ideas and topics they were interested in. We managed to narrow it down to 5 and then the children voted for their top three topics. They have chosen to learn about- under the sea, superheroes (real life as well as comic book themed) and knights, castles and dragons (a few unicorns and fairies slipped in there too after lots of asking!)

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 linked to our superhero topic. They will also be creating their own fact files all about sea creatures as well as writing kindness letters to their friends linked to ‘The Rainbow Fish’. We will also be looking at non-fiction books about knights and castles and will be focusing on the story ‘Zog’ by Julia Donaldson. The children will be sequencing the story and writing extended sentences describing the characters and setting. The stories we will be focusing on are: ‘The Rainbow Fish’ by Marcus Pfister, ‘Juniper Jupiter’ by Lizzie Stewart,’ Zog’ by Julia Donaldson and a variety of non-fiction texts linked to each topic.

In maths we will continue to learn about 3D shape as well as exploring numbers to 20. The children will learn about partitioning and how the numbers to 20 can be made in different ways using numicon. We will also be recapping addition and subtraction challenging the children to answer problem solving, wordy addition and subtraction questions.

We will also continue to offer a range of exciting child initiated continuous provision activities for the children to access throughout the day. The children always have access to the outdoor area and have a range of gross motor and fine motor activities available to them.