Teachers – Mrs Rodgers, Mrs Gill

TA- Miss Murphy, Miss Crolla, Miss Austen


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 play-dough 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 and the children have played in our small world African village. The children loved making fruit kebabs using tropical fruit on our experience day and they also created African sunset paintings. In our literacy lessons, we have been working hard as “Word Collectors” learning and using lots of new and interesting vocabulary in our writing.

In maths we have been learning how to sort and match and compare with objects, shapes and numbers. The children have enjoyed lots of fun maths activities outside in the sunshine.

We opened our mud kitchen as well. 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.

In our topics lessons 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 an African village. We also talked and researched about food and where it comes from through our RE work on Harvest.


Today Reception enjoyed their experience day. We have been reading the story Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne which is set in Africa so today, we tasted some delicious fruits from the story when we made fruit kebabs. We tried mango, banana, tangerines, avocado, pineapple, passion fruit, pink grapefruit and pomegranate. Some of it we really enjoyed, and some not so much! We also made some African sunset paintings and added some silhouettes of animals from Africa like wildebeests and giraffe’s. We enjoyed making some colourful African necklaces out of paper plates too. We also looked at photos of an African village and talked about what life might be like there. It was a busy, exciting day!


  TOPIC NAME Understanding the World Technology EAD (Expressive Arts and Design PSED RE Physical Development Literacy (Reading and Writing) Maths- (Using White-Rose Reception Guidance)


Traditional Tales from Around the World




When I grow Up…….

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)


Rules and routines

I am special (diversity)

Harvest (Sukkot- Jewish Harvest)



UC F1 Why is the word ‘God’ so

important to Christians?


Special people (inc those who help us)


Christmas (Births and birthdays, The Nativity)


UC F2 Why do Christians perform

Nativity plays at Christmas?




Values- Thankfulness, Respect and Love

Handle tools, objects, construction and malleable materials safely and with increasing control,


Begin to use simple tools to effect changes to materials,


Use a pencil and hold it effectively with correct pencil grip

Use anticlockwise movements and retrace vertical lines

Begin to form recognisable letters

Write name using correct letter formation, Writes name


Health- Independent self care, foods and healthy eating, stranger danger (link to topic)


PE- Net Games- Bat and Balls at the circus


PE-Invasion Games- Ball Skills at the Zoo

Reading Concepts about print.  (Phase 2/3 letters and Sounds phonics)

• Continues a rhyming string.

• Hears and says the initial sound in words.

• Can segment the sounds in simple words and blend them together and knows which letters represent some of them.

• Links sounds to letters, naming and sounding the letters of the alphabet.

Writing – Give meaning to marks they make as they write.

Begin to break the flow of speech into word

– Develop oral rehearsal – think it, say it, write it, read it

– Develop memory, holding a word, caption, short sentence to write

– Begin to leave spaces between marks representing words

– Begin to leave spaces between words

Use some clearly identifiable letters to communicate meaning, representing some sounds correctly and in sequence

– Represent individual words through GPC of

– Initial sound

– All three sounds in simple CVC words

Is able to link sounds to letters.

Begins to read simple VC and CVC words as well as some HFW.

Can continue a rhyming string.

Number and place Value – Numbers to 5.

–           One, two,three.

–           Four

–           Five

Addition and subtraction – Sorting.

–           Sorting into groups.

Number and Place Value – Comparing groups.

–           Comparing quantities of identical objects.

–           Comparing quantities of non-identical objects.

Addition and subtraction – Change within 5.

–           One more

–           One less

Measurement – Time.

–           My day


Homework Leaflet-Homework leaflet

Class Newsletter: Class newsletter Reception Autumn 2020

Take a look at this document to show what the Reception class will be looking at in Autumn Term- Autumn 2 Topic Web Reception 2020