Night- Topic November 2018

We started planning our new topic ‘night’. We talked about the things we already know and we discussed the things that interest us.

We have been discussing bonfire night and how we can safe. We created some firework pictures on the computers.(Technology: 40-60 Months Completes a simple program on a computer. Uses ICT hardware to interact with age-appropriate computer software.)

We introduced the fire service dressing up costumes into our role-play area and introduced our own story lines into our play. We helped each other dress up in the fire fighters costumes.

Introducing a story line into their play.“ Put the water on Sophia, whilst I put out this fire.” Says Jimmy “Can we stretch the hose pipe a little longer so it can reach the fire?” Says Quinn.

We used glitter and collage materials to create bonfire and firework pictures.

(Owl babies) We have been talking about animals that come out at night (Nocturnal animals).We enjoyed reading the story the owl babies, we used props to retell the story and we wrote some speech for the owls. We watched and discussed the life cycle of an owl and we researched information about owls on the computers with support.

We have also been retelling the story whatever next. 

We have been using 2d and 3d shapes to make rockets and shape pictures, we have been talking about the shapes properties.


Ourselves                Sept 2018

We have been looking at ourselves in mirrors, drawing and painting ourselves and talking about similarities and differences between ourselves and others in the class.

Our Families  October 2018

We talked about who is in our families and who we live with. We shared photographs of people in our families with the rest of the class. We spoke about activities and events we enjoy taking part in outside of school that are part of our routines.

“I live with my mum Jade, my dad Andrew who is a policeman and my dog Minnie.” Says Sophia 

Our Bodies                                October 2018

We have been introducing a story line into our play in the role play hospital. We have been learning new vocabulary.To introduce the new vocabulary associated with our bodies we demonstrated what equipment is used for.We enjoyed writing prescriptions for the patients and checking the baby’s temperatures.

Class Teacher: Miss Vinter

Learning Support Assistant: Mrs Booth

Welcome to the Reception Class!

Your child will take part in a shared read in a small group each week and will also read individually once a week. Each child will be allocated a day that their book will be changed each week.Parental support makes a huge difference to your child’s education therefore sharing your child’s reading book with them for five minutes each evening will have a huge impact. Please sign or leave a comment in your child's reading diary. To support your child’s segmenting and blending skills further there is a great free phonics resource at which has a range of tricky word games and segmenting and blending games.


Topics in Reception 2018/2019

Autumn 1 -All about me/Ourselves

Autumn 2 - Celebrations 

Spring 1- Traditional Tales- Chinese new year/ Shrove Tuesday/ Ash Wednesday

Spring 2- People who help us

Summer 1- Living Things

Summer 2- Journeys


In the Reception class we learn through play, adult led and child initiated activities.Through play and adult led activities,children develop language skills, their emotions and creativity, social and intellectual skills. For most children their play is natural and spontaneous although some children may need extra help from adults. Play takes place indoors and outdoors and it is in these different environments that children explore and discover their immediate world. It is here they practise new ideas and skills, they take risks, show imagination and solve problems on their own or with others. Through play we hope that all children will reach the end of Reception expectations. Below are some of the expectations.

Look at books and listen to stories
• Use phonic knowledge to decode regular words
• Be secure at Phase 4 phonics
• Read Phase 2, Phase 3 and Phase 4 tricky words
• Identify rhymes and alliteration
• Join in with rhyming patterns
• Read and understand simple sentences
• Demonstrate understanding when talking with others
about what they have read
• Make basic predictions
• Identify the start and end of a sentence
• Know the alphabet and link letter names to the sound
they make
• Know the difference between a capital and lower case
• Learn some simple rhymes and poems by heart

 Speaking and Listening
• Use complete sentences to explain or describe things
• Listen carefully to what is being said and repeat this if
• Know not to interrupt when someone else is saying
• Stand up in front of others and re-tell something that
has happened to them.

• Use phonic knowledge to write simple
sentences which can be read by themselves
and others
• Write name (correct capital and lower case)
• Use capital letters and full stops to
demarcate sentences
• Write clearly demarcated sentences
• Use a correct pencil grip
• Correct formation of all letters

 Mathematics- Number/ Shape
• Count reliably to 20
• Count a number of objects by pointing to/moving
each one as they count
• Recognise numbers to 20
• Order numbers 1 – 20
• Say 1 more and1 less than numbers to 20
• Add and subtract two single digit numbers
• Form all digits 0-9 correctly
• Know the names of the days of the week in order
• Begin to recognise and name common 2D shapes,
e.g. square, rectangle, circle and triangle
• Begin to recognise and name some 3D shapes, e.g.
cube, sphere, cylinder, cone.

This half term, our topic is All About Me. We will be learning about our families, our bodies, where we live,similarities and differences between ourselves and our friends and what we like and dislike. 

Please can your child brings some photographs to share with the class.

We have been working on letter formation this term and we have been using our phonic knowledge to segment the sounds in simple words.

We have been making patterns using coloured cubes, bricks, shapes and paint.