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Welcome to the Reception page!

In Class 1 and 2 our topic is 'Pirates Ahoy!'

Take a look at some of the activities we will be carrying out this term:


Subject Area


Personal, Social

& Emotional Development

  • Exploring different emotions and finding ways to express how we feel
  • Talking about and setting goals
  • Following rules
  • Questioning skills and talking about home life
  • Learning about the cultures and beliefs of others
  • Studying a different country
  • Working together as a team
  • Talking about change and preparing for Year 1




  • Finding out about other countries and the seas that surround them
  • Learning about sea creatures – real and imaginary
  • Cooking foods from around the world
  • Investigating the outdoor area
  • Exploring in Forest School
  • Using the class iPod, cd player and computer to explore technology
  • Planting flowers and vegetables
  • Learning other languages

Communication, Language



  • Talking about the features of non-fiction texts
  • Discussing another culture and learning new words
  • Singing songs and chanting rhymes from around the world
  • Writing words (with feathers, in the sand and on pirate hats)
  • Talking to the class in full sentences about their weekend news
  • Independent reading/writing (receipts, passports, leaflets, riddles, wanted posters and treasure hunts)
  • Using the Internet as a research tool to find out more about our topics
  • Joining in with story-making sessions, creating story maps and re-writing the stories; The Train Ride and The Night Pirates
  • Performing songs and stories for the nursery children


  • Recognising numbers to 20 and above (on pirates, ships, parrots and flags)
  • Counting to 20 in everyday situations (the number of pirates on a ship, the number of vegetables in a basket)
  • Finding one more/one less using stories about pirates walking the plank!
  • Adding & subtracting using pirate treasure and toy food
  • Weighing & measuring (cooking/role play in the mud kitchen and Fruit & Vegetable shop)
  • Halving/doubling shapes and numbers (cutting pirate food in half, doubling ice-cream scoops)
  • Solving practical problems (missing numbers, broken pirate ships, telescopes)
  • Using positional language to follow and give instructions during voyages and treasure hunts
  • Using stop watches to time their exercises and introducing clocks during free play
  • Exploring money/money problems (class role play area, different currency & coin rubbings)
  • Recognising and describing 2D/3D shapes in pictures and objects
  • Creating repeating patterns with potato/vegetable prints


Arts & Design

  • Singing traditional songs from around the world
  • Story making ‘pirate’ stories to perform to the nursery children
  • Making pirate masks, eye patches, telescopes, hats, watches, belts and ships
  • Creating music on the outdoor stage, exploring different instruments and the sounds that they make
  • Designing leaflets/posters etc. for the role play areas (indoor seaside and outdoor shop)
  • Taking on the role of different people in the role play areas & singing summer songs
  • Creative art activities on the ‘busy table’ (child-initiated)

Physical Development

  • Taking part in daily yoga and relaxation sessions
  • Identifying how our bodies change during exercise
  • Learning how exercise and mindfulness can help wellbeing
  • Dances from all around the world (Latin dancing, African dancing, Zumba)
  • Being able to find a space and work in teams to make up movements to different music e.g. fast/slow
  • Learning how to be a Pirate (finding different ways to travel in and around, under and over the equipment, walking the plank!)
  • Finger Fun Friday using sandpaper sounds, gloop, cotton bud painting, bead threading and tweezers with rice
  • Outdoor physical development with streamers, construction, sand/water tray and mud kitchen
  • Balance Bikes – learning the skills required to ride a balance bike in preparation for riding a pedal bike
  • Understanding how to keep safe on a bike – wearing a helmet, slowing down and using the brakes



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