Teacher – Mrs Rodgers

TA-  Mrs Campbell, Miss Austen

Autumn 2:

Communication Language and Literacy- The children in reception have been enjoying our topic “When I grow up ………”. We read stories about growing up like Avocado Baby, Granpa and When we were Giants. Our key authors were John Burningham and Martin Wadell. The children retold the stories in their writing using lots of new vocabulary. They enjoyed “meaningful moments” such as mashing avocado! Reception also enjoyed our Christmas text “The Jolly Christmas Postman” where they wrote a Christmas card and Christmas letters like the characters in the story.  They enjoyed using our Christmas role play post office and they created their own postage stamps in the creative area. They practised hard for our Nativity Show learning songs and lines.

Maths- We learned about numbers 1-5 in maths and the children started to learn be able to add, subtract, order, count and double with these numbers. They have also learned about triangles and squares in their work on number 3 and 4.

Understanding the World– As part of our topic work, the children and staff brought their own photographs from when they were babies and we all had to guess who they were! The children learned about the stages of human growth. They also learned about different occupations such as people who help us in the community, like police officers and nurses. The children dressed up on our experience day, talked about the jobs they would like to do and their aspirations for the future. We had a visit from Mrs Ward who is a midwife. We also enjoyed a welly walk in the local park where we looked out for signs of Autumn.

In RE, we talked about special people such as Jesus reading some special stories in the Bible and we celebrated Diwali making diva lamps with playdough and rangoli and mehndi patterns.

Expressive Art and Design– The children created some fantastic self-portraits using the drawing skills they had gained. We looked at other famous artists and artwork created using drawing materials such as Lowry. 

PSE– The children have continued their work with Boris during our Heartsmart lessons. For our theme this time “Don’t forget to let love in” the children started to think about how special they are and ways that they can love themselves. The children also learned aout very important topics such as road safety and anti-bullying week where we had a fun “Odd socks Day” to celebrate our differences.

Physical Development- The children have continued to refine and refine fundamental movement skills in rolling, running, hopping, jumping and crawling. We have all made great progress in learning to hold our pencil properly to write lots of letters.


  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)



Toys/ Life in the past

ART 31, 13,24





Growing (Fruit and Veg)






Chinese New Year


Spring and Seasonal Change


Plant growth


Mothers Day




(Everyday technology

keyboard skills, typing our names and words


Focus on E-safety)


Textiles- Spr 1

Printing – Spr 2


Dance- Fictional characters (Julia Donaldson)


Music Express- Growth and Change (Loud and Quiet)

Moving patterns (Structure)/Going Places (High and Low)


Role play-Toy shop/museum, garden centre, Jack and the Beanstalk

Heartsmart – Too much selfie isn’t healthy (I love others)


Heartsmart – Don’t rub it in, rub it out! (I am a good friend)


Express feeling and think about the feelings of others, think about the perspective of others, talk about good health/wellbeing inc screentime.

See self as a valuable individual and build respectful relationships.

The Stories Jesus Heard (The Bible)

The Stories Jesus Told




Holi (Hindu festival)


Values- Forgiveness, compassion and Love

As above including: Gross Motor

Continue FMS, Begin to progress towards a more fluent style of moving, with developing control and grace

▪Develop overall body-strength, balance, co-ordination and agility.

▪Use their core muscle strength to achieve a good posture when sitting at a table or sitting on the floor 

▪Combine different movements with ease and fluency

▪Confidently and safely use a range of large and small apparatus indoors and outside, alone and in a group

▪Further develop and refine a range of ball skills including:  passing, batting and aiming

Fine Motor

▪Begin to develop the foundations of handwriting style which is fast, accurate and efficient, consolidating: Effective pencil grip, Correct letter formation

In addition- e-safety, road safety, managing risks.

PE- Balance (gym), Beanbag skills (invasion)

Reading – (Phase 2/3 letters and sounds phonics)

Begin to use and understand some recently introduced vocabulary during discussions about stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems and during role play…fiction, non-fiction, set

Retell story in small world / role play (in correct sequence

Take on role of character using some story language

Talk about likes and dislikes of texts, rhymes and poems

Choose a book and begin to explain why …because

Begin to anticipate – where appropriate – some key events in stories …predict / prediction

Oral blending and segmenting – Say the sound for each letter of the alphabet, double letters, consonant digraph.

Begin to read words consistent with their phonic knowledge

CVC words

▪               Read some common exception words

▪               Read simple phrases / sentences.


▪Form most lower-case and capital letter correctly

▪Spell words by identifying the sounds and then writing the sound with letter/s, using taught GPCs  – CVC words

▪Write captions/phrases and begin to write simple sentences using known GPCs …sentence, full stop, capital letter- Include word spacing

Orally rehearse caption of sentence before writing

▪Re-read what they have written to make sure it makes sense 

▪Begin to write a variety of □ fiction and non-fiction sentences / captions

WRITE STUFF- Writing sentences in pairs moving to Just Me sentences


Introducing zero,

Comparing numbers to 5 Composition of 4 & 5

Compare Mass and capacity- Full and Empty, Hold most, least, heavier, lighter than.

Numbers- 6, 7 & 8,

Making pairs and combining 2 groups

Length & Height- longer, shorter, taller, breadth- narrower, wider.

Time- Sequencing

Comparing 9 and 10, number bonds to 10.

3D shape and pattern- ABB, AAB, AABB, AABBB.



Homework Leaflet-Homework leaflet

Class Newsletter: Class newsletter Reception Spring 2022

Take a look at this document to show what the Reception class will be looking at in Spring term 2022 – Reception Topic web Toys 2022