Teacher – Mrs Rodgers

TA-  Mrs Campbell, Miss Austen and Miss Simescu

Autumn 1:

Communication Language and Literacy- The children in reception have been enjoying our topic “Traditional Tales from Around the World”. We have shared stories of such as The Gingerbread Man, Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs. The children enjoyed tasting gingerbread and making gingerbread men with scented playdough and card templates. We have also read stories about children in other cultures in the world such as Handa’s Surprise and Handa’s Hen. In our literacy lessons, we have been working hard as “Word Collectors” learning and using lots of new and interesting vocabulary in our writing.

Maths- We have been learning how to sort and match and compare with objects, shapes and numbers. The children have enjoyed making repeating patterns using beads, duplo and Autumn objects.

Understanding the World- As part of our topic the children have been learning about the place they live such as their own home and other types of homes. We have become geographers exploring maps of our local area and other places in the world. The children gained knowledge about what life might be like in a Kenyan village looking at different features on Google maps. They explored this further by playing in our small world African village. The children loved making fruit kebabs using tropical fruit and learning about animals of Africa. We also talked and researched about food and where it comes from through our RE work on Harvest.

Expressive Art and Design- In our creative lessons the children have found out about famous painters and paintings and they have learned to mix paint with different tools to create new colours and shades. The children created some wonderful African safari sunset pictures using their skills. They also enjoyed their African dance and music lessons in the hall.

PSE- The children have continued their work with Boris during our Heartsmart lessons. They had a great time making a real life Boris the Robot with boxes! We have also been learning about our rules and routines in reception. The children have started to understand the importance of oral health by brushing their teeth daily at school.

Physical Development- The children have enjoyed learning about different ways of moving such as hopping, crawling and jumping. In their outdoor PE lessons the children have been working at improving their hand-eye coordination. We have done so by using a variety of equipment such as beanbags, dodge balls, tennis balls and even used the tennis racquets. The children have been introduced to the basics of throwing and catching, as well as reacting to a moving target. The class have been very engaged in PE and worked well. In addition to this, we have all been learning to hold our pencil properly to write the letters in our name.


  Understanding the World (see med term plans) EAD (Expressive Arts and Design- See med term plans)  ) ART 13, 29, 31 PSED (see Heartsmart/whole school PSHE doc)

ARTICLE 12, 7,8,, 15)

RE (ARTICLES 14,31) Physical Development (ARTICLES 31, 24) Literacy (Reading and Writing) (ARTICLE 13,17) Maths- (Using White-Rose Reception Guidance)



Traditional Tales from Around the World

(ART 29/30)



When I grow Up…….

(ART 5,6,7,8,9,10, 24,27, 28,29)



Places- Where we live/African village

Autumn and seasonal change/

Bonfire night and Diwalli

Jobs and occupations (People who help us)

Winter/cold places and seasonal change





(Technology: Everyday technology

Effective use of IPADs and IWB Beebots, iPads, introduction to laptops.

Using Google maps)


Painting- Aut1



Dance- The UK/Weather


Music Express- Special people (Beat and Tempo)

Stories and sounds (Structure)


Nativity songs and performance



Role play- home corner, African roundhouse, police/fire station, post office.

Heartsmart – Get Heart smart (Meet Boris)


Heartsmart – Don’t forget to let love in (I am special)


Compromise and negotiate, name emotions, set goals and begin to know how to stay calm, begin to talk about health and wellbeing (teeth etc), Begin to see self as a valuable individual.


I am special (diversity)

Harvest (Sukkot- Jewish Harvest)



Special people (inc those who help us)


Christmas (Births and birthdays, The Nativity)




Values- Thankfulness, Respect and Love

Gross Motor Skills 

Revise and refine the fundamental movement skills they have already acquired: – rolling – crawling – walking – jumping – running – hopping – skipping – climbing

Begin to develop overall body-strength, balance, co-ordination.

Begin to combine different movements with ease and fluency

Change movements / directions quickly

▪Begin to confidently and safely use a range of large and small apparatus indoors and outside

Further develop and refine a range of ball skills including:  throwing, catching, kicking/Use different sizes / types of balls – in pairs

Fine Motor Skills 

▪ Use a comfortable grip with good control when holding pens and pencils, Consolidate tripod grip

Continue to develop small motor skills using pencils for drawing and writing, paintbrushes, scissors, knives, forks and spoons

PE- Stretching shapes (Gym),

Reading (Revise Phase 1/ Phase 2/3 letters and Sounds phonics)

Beginning to retell stories and narratives using their own words and recently introduced vocabulary.

Re-reading books to build up our confidence in word reading, fluency, understanding and enjoyment

Concepts about print- left-right, 1:1 correspondence.

Beginning to read simple words we can blend such as “cat” and “it” as well as some common words.

Beginning to read a few common exception words such as I, to,go, no the, into.


Write name correctly

Use correct letter formation  

Use some of their print and letter knowledge in their early writing

▪         Begin to form lower-case letters correctly 

▪         Begin to spell words by identifying the sounds and then writing the sound with letter/s, using known GPCs … spell. Use □ initial sounds □ VC □ CVC words

Write labels, Begin to write lists & captions, focusing on …label, caption, space

Oral rehearsal / vocabulary, Begin to reread what they have written

WRITE STUFF- Word jotters and writing sentences in pairs

Match and sort

Compare amounts

Comparing mass, size and capacity

Pattern- AB

Representing, comparing and compositions of 1,2,3 (identical and ono-identical objects)

Circles and triangles

Positional language

Representing numbers to 5

Addition and subtraction – Change within 5.

–           One more

–           One less

Measurement – Time.

–           My day


Homework Leaflet-Homework leaflet

Class Newsletter: Class newsletter Reception Autumn 2021

Take a look at this document to show what the Reception class will be looking at in Autumn 2021 – Autumn 1 Topic Web Reception 2021