Labelling pictures of ducklings and signets (webbed feet, eye, wing, tail, leg, head, beak)
Learning about the properties of 2d shapes
Finding out about how many sides and vertices each shape has
Learning more about the Easter story - (Palm Sunday and The Last Supper)
Making spring chicken pictures
Exploring Purple Mash in computing
Recapping Phase 3 phonemes and all tricky words
Key Vocabulary: 2d shape language - curved, straight, round, corner, square, triangle, rectangle, circle, vertices, sides, odd one out, same, different
3d shape language - sphere, cuboid, cube, cylinder, cone, face, curved, straight
Activity to do at home: See how many 3d and 2d shapes you can find at home. Can your child name each shape? Try placing each 3d item on paper and drawing around it. What shape is it's face? (eg. a cereal box has rectangular faces)
Look on the Home Learning section of our website!
Week commencing 9th March
Talking about and looking for signs of Spring
Writing a sentence about signs of Spring
Learning about the properties of 3d shapes
Investigating whether 3d shapes stack, roll or do both
Singing Easter and springtime songs
Carrying out science experiments for British Science Week (Our Diverse Planet) - melting a hole in ice; finding out when oranges float and sink; painting pictures of daffodils; making painty bubble pictures; using Explorify to stimulate scientific discussion; exploring textures; making paper doll chains in connection with discussion about Our Diverse Planet
Learning and using positional and directional language
Painty flower prints
Key Vocabulary: positional and directional language; under, over, across, forwards, backwards, left, right, behind, between, in front of, up, down
3d shape language - curved, straight, flat, stack, roll, face, slide, cube, cone, sphere, cylinder, pyramid, cuboid
Activity to do at home: look for signs of spring in the environment, carry out the Brilliant Bubbles sheet which has been sent home, let us know any other science experiments or activities that you do at home - we'd love to know!
Week commencing 24th February
This week the children are learning about Shrove Tuesday. We will be making pancakes and learning about Shrove Tuesday traditions.
The children begin the new topic of 'dinosaurs.' Our book of the week is Owls and Dinosaurs by Ruth Merttens.
The children will be learning facts about different dinosaurs and writing a factual sentence.
In Maths the children are continuing to learn number bonds to 10. They are beginning to learn the number facts by heart.
The children are doing a variety of dinosaur crafts which include, painting pictures, clay models and paper plate collage.
We will be exploring a variety of fact and fiction books about dinosaurs.
In PE the children will continue with gymnastics.
In Music the children will be listening to Mars from The Planets by Gustav Holt
The children are focussing on friendship and how to be a good friend.
In phonics the children are recapping the sounds 'ai', 'ee', 'igh', 'oa', 'oo', 'or', 'ar', 'ur', 'ow', 'ear'.
Activity to do at home: What can you find out about these dinosaurs? (Sheet to go home.)
Week commencing 17th February
our stories of the week are 'Stick Man' by Julia Donaldson and Stanley's Stick by John Hegley
using sticks in imaginary play
decorating a stick
writing a sentence about their stick - my stick is a ... (fishing rod, wand etc)
finding ways of making 10 (number bonds)
singing 10 green bottles and counting back from 10
making a stick person
listening to 'Lovely Day' by Bill Withers and finding the pulse
listening to 'Stick Song' (Hey Duggee)
In RE talking about how Nemo felt being lost and whether the children have ever lost something
Discussing the importance of forgiveness
General vocabulary: number bonds, pulse, imagination, forgiveness
Have a look at www.woodlandtrust.org.uk>nature detectives for lovely activity ideas (including Twig Towers)
Week beginning 3rd February
Learning the sounds oi, ow, ur, ear
Listening to the story of "The Giant Jam Sandwich" by John Vernon Lord and "The Disgusting Sandwich" by Gareth Edwards and Hannah Shaw
Looking at lots of strange combinations of food in "Ketchup on your Cornflakes" by Nick Sharratt
Practised using the part-part whole model in maths up to 10 using cubes and counters
Combined 2 groups to make a whole (up to 10)
Did a class survey to find out the children's favourite food for tea
Looked at different pictograms in computers
Used the large apparatus in PE
Talked about healthy eating naming food which is good to eat and food which is better not to eat too much of
Talked about ways in which we can greet other people (and what may be appropriate/inappropriate)
Found the pulse in different pieces of music including ABC by Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five
Learned about the rhythm in a piece of music as well as the pulse
General vocabulary: pulse, rhythm, vitamins, healthy
Maths vocabulary : altogether, is the same as, equals
Suggested Activity: Find ways to show children simple practical addition, eg. How many sausages are there altogether if there are 3 on your plate and 2 on your sibling's? Then actually put them together on a third plate to show 5 and then resplit into 3 and 2. This is the part-part whole model which can be extended into more than 2 parts. The putting the parts into the whole and then splitting up again is important and can be repeated several times until the child grasps the concept of the 2 (or more) parts making the whole.
Week Beginning 27th January 2020
This week we are continuing to look at Chinese New Year, we are discussing the celebrations across the world.
In Maths we are exploring the similarities and differences in quantities.
In PE we are working on our gymnastic skills and developing our confidence with higher level skills.
In RE we will finish looking at God's creation and our responsibility in looking after it.
The story of the week is The Great Race: The Origin of the Chinese Zodiac. We will be retelling this story in various ways and writing the animal names.
We are working hard on our comprehension skills and digging deep into understanding text.
We will have a Chinese art focus in our creative activities such as completing willow pattern plates, cherry blossom painting, Chinese number painting and making Chinese slat books. Key vocabulary: Similar, different, compare, sort, more, less. Activity at home: Comparing quantities in the household (making potions, bath experiments, measuring and cooking).
Week beginning 20th January 2020
Our book of the week is Tell Me a Dragon by Jackie Morris.
The children are making dragon masks and doing dragon crafts.
The children are beginning to learn about Chinese New Year. They will look at family customs and traditions.
In Maths the children are exploring numbers 9 and 10.
In PE we continue our 'dinosaur' dance topic.
The children will continue to learn about Creation and will be thinking about our role that God has given us to look after our planet.
Key vocabulary: Tradition, celebration, 'Kung hei fat choy', China, Chinese New Year, dragon.
Activity at home: Look at a map and find China.
More information on the Reception curriculum can be found under the main 'Curriculum' page on this website.
This broad curriculum remains reasonably flexible allowing us to adapt to any particular interests of the children or current events.
Week beginning 13th January 2020
We continue with our Winter theme and will be learning how animals survive in winter.
Our book of the week is The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson.
The children will be thinking about warming winter food and they will be making carrot soup.
In Literacy the children will be writing instructions to make soup.
In Maths the children will be learning how to count, manipulate and sort up to eight objects securely.
Through Bible stories and songs, the children will continue to learn about Creation.
In PE, our current topic is 'dance' and the children are learning through a dinosaur theme.
Our Heartsmart theme is 'Too Much Selfie Isn't Healthy!' and we we are learning about the special people in our family.
Activity to do at home: Discuss your family favourite comfort foods to enjoy when it is cold outside. Ask your child to help you prepare a warming meal or snack.
Week beginning 7th January 2020
Our book of the week is a non-fiction text called 'What Can You See in Winter?' The children will be learning to look for signs of winter.
The children will be learning the letter sounds 'ee', 'sh', 'ch' and 'th'.
In Maths the children are learning about number partition through the 'part-whole' model.
In PE the children will be starting their gymnastic sessions.
The children will begin to learn about Creation and how God made the world. We will discuss how humans look after the world but also destroy it. We will think of ways that we can have a positive impact on our planet.
Our heartsmart topic is 'Too much selfie isn't healthy' and the children will be encouraged to think about the special people in their lives.
On the art table the children will be making winter collages using 'cold 'colours such as blue, white, grey, silver.
Activity at home: Make a bird feeder; cut a bagel cut in half and spread with peanut butter before dipping in bird seed. Thread string through the bagel hole and hang on a tree. Discuss with your child that birds find it difficult to find food in winter.
Week commencing 16/12 - the children:
watched the 'Christopher's Christmas' production in the hall
finished their Christmas books
made bread and salt dough Christmas decorations
talked about our trip to see 'Mr Popper's Penguins ' at Sale Waterside
practised hand writing
worked on phonic skills and tricky words
talked about the months in a year and days in a month
read lots of lovely Christmas stories and sang Christmas
Activity to do at home over the holidays: Make a holiday diary (with photos or pictures) to let us know what you got up to (don't worry about doing the whole holiday - we'd just love to see a little snippet!).
Christmas Tree Pizzas!
Week beginning 9th December 2019
Our book of the week is 'Harvey Slumfenburger's Christmas Present' by John Burningham.
The children will be designing and making a Christmas present using junk modelling.
We will be making a variety of fun Christmas crafts!
We will be practising tricky words. These can be found in the front of your child's reading book and we are focussing on set 1 and 2.
We are beginning the 'bar modelling' approach in Maths and children will be learning how to do this using numbers 1-5.
We are continuing with our Christmas books.
We are making Christmas cards.
We are making Christmas tree pizzas!
Activity to do at home this week: To look at the ingredients of a pizza and discuss where they come from.
Week beginning 25th November 2019
Our book of the week is' Man on the Moon: A Day in the Life of Bob' By Simon Bartram.
In Phonics we will be recapping letter sounds covered so far and tricky words from set 1 and 2.
In Literacy we will be writing pages in our Christmas books.
The children will be writing 'alien words' in glitter and gloop.
In Maths the children are exploring 2D and 3D shapes. They are making shape models.
The children are continuing to practise the nativity and learn the songs.
The children are making their own aliens.
The children are creating planet pictures by marbling ink.
Key vocabulary: Moon facts! Did you know that the moon orbits the Earth every 27 days? Can you learn more moon facts?
Activity at home for this week: Please encourage your child to learn the nativity songs.
Making shape robots
Week beginning 18th November
We continue with our Space theme and will be exploring fact books.
Our book of the week is 'National Geographic - The Big Book of Space'.
In Literacy the children will be writing their special 'Christmas Books'.
In Maths the children are learning about 2d and 3d shapes. We are focussing on 3d shapes and learning facts about them.
We are making paper mache planets.
The children are listening to Space songs and learning more facts.
We are practising the nativity and learning the songs.
The children are listening to different versions of the Christmas story.
Something to do this week: The fifth day of Diwali is known as 'Bhai Dooj'. On this day, brothers and sisters take care of each other. Can you help your child think of ways to take care of their family this week?
Week Commencing -14th October 2019
Our story this week is Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen,
In Literacy we will be retelling the story using descriptive vocabulary.
We will be making up our own version of a 'hunt' and experimenting with different story ways of storytelling with music and movement.
In Maths we are looking at different types of repeating patterns. We are creating our own patterns using body percussion and recording these using symbols.
In Phonics we will be learning the new sounds 'ck' 'e' 'u' 'r' and recapping the sounds we have learnt so far. We will be writing words with these sounds, making words and pracstising handwriting.
We will be continuing to look at the good news stories from The Bible.
We will be continuing our gymnastics unit in P.E focusing on safe and skillful jumping.
In computing we are exploring simple programmes and developing our early coding skills.
Key Vocabulary this week- Position words (on, next to, between etc), sequence, pattern, repeating, same, match
Something to do this week- Find out a fact about a bear to tell your teacher! / Make a repeating pattern with household objects e.g. knife, fork, spoon, knife, fork, spoon.
Week commencing 7th October 2019
Our story of the week is 'Little Rabbit Foo Foo' by Michael Rosen.
In Literacy the children will be making up a new ending for the story 'Little Rabbit Foo Foo' and writing a simple sentence.
In phonics the children will be learning the sounds 'g', 'o', 'ck' and recapping the sounds we have learnt so far.
In Maths the children will be learning about measurement and ordering. They will be ordering 3 or 4 objects by length.
We will be learning about 'Harvest' with a focus on bread. We will be learning about how bread is produced from grain. We will be tasting a variety of different types of bread and discussing likes/dislikes and what we enjoy eating at home.
When talking about Harvest we will be asking the children to think about sharing what they have with others.
We are learning the songs for the Harvest Festival.
We are doing gymnastics in PE and have been focussing on travelling in different ways and making big/small shapes with our bodies.
In computers this week we are exploring espresso and using a mouse.
We are reading stories about Jesus.
Key vocabulary this week: tall, short, longer, thick, thin.
Something to do this week: comparing the shoes in your family, can you put them in order?
Week commencing 30th September
Our story of the week is 'Peace at Last' by Jill Murphy. We are also sharing other Jill Murphy stories such as 'Five Minutes Peace' and 'A Quiet Night In'.
In Literacy the children are writing a sentence about their favourite food, with a focus on foods beginning with the letters we have covered so far in our phonic sessions.
We are recapping the letter sounds from last week, 's', 'a', 't', 'p' and are now learning 'i', 'n', 'm' and 'd' (next week g, o, c, k)
We are learning about healthy foods and making flat bread pizzas.
We are developing our critical thinking skills through sorting activities.
We are finding comparisons between objects and thinking about what is the same and what is different.
We are learning songs for the Harvest Festival next Thursday.
We continue to explore 'good news' stories from the Bible.
We are learning our classroom expectations and the importance of treating one another with respect.
Learning how to log on and off in the computer suite and how to use a computer mouse.
We are changing for PE and our current focus is gymnastics - travelling in different ways.
We continue our discussions about Autumn and signs of Autumn.