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All About Me

During the Autumn term we are going to read Owl Babies.  We are going to think about how the owls feel in the story and how we feel when we leave our grown-ups.

We will have fun learning about each other and what makes each of us special!


Have a look below at some of the activites we will do!

Areas being covered in Reception in the Autumn Term

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Learning to share and take turns
  • Following new rules and new routines
  • Questioning skills and talking about home life
  • Learning about the cultures and beliefs of others (Christianity, Islam)
  • Studying similarities and differences
  • Working together as a team
  • Talking about feelings (linked to ‘Owl Babies’)
  • Learning the ‘Respect’ song and dance for Anti-Bullying week
  • Taking part in circle time and philosophy discussions
  • Playing with a friend inside the classroom and in the outdoor area

Understanding of the world

  • Finding out about the world around us and learning about other cultures and special events (Diwali, Bonfire Night and Christmas)
  • Self-portraits (using paint, natural objects and chalk)
  • Investigating the outdoor area and exploring nature in Forest School and the mud kitchen
  • Using the class digital camera
  • Planting bulbs and exploring our senses
  • Learning other languages > learning key words in Italian, Polish and Welsh

Communication and language/literacy

  • Reading stories: Owl Babies, Once There Were Giants, Stick Man, The Smartest Giant, The Colour Monster, The Rainbow Fish
  • Listening to adults and following instructions
  • Discussing likes and dislikes with our talk partners
  • Reading single and double sounds during our ‘Little Wandle' phonic sessions
  • Writing single and double sounds in the sand, in foam, in the mud etc.
  • Singing songs and nursery rhymes 
  • Writing own full name and some tricky words
  • Talking to the class about the ‘This is Me’ box and the class toy who visits the children’s houses
  • Independent reading/writing: shopping lists for the owls, labels for the ingredients we need to bake, telephone messages in the home corner, messy play to encourage writing, flavoured playdough to form letters, writing recipes
  • Using the Internet to find out about owls, fish and other animals
  • ICT activities: discussing the pictures they have created and giving instructions for Beebots
  • STORYMAKING: Learning a story with actions and creating storymaps


  • Recognising numbers to 10 and above (on owls, stars, fish, pebbles)
  • One more/One less > Using topical figures
  • Weighing & measuring (cooking/role play in the house and the mud kitchen)
  • Positional language (using characters and props from the story)
  • Counting to 10 > using topical objects
  • Feeding Rainbow fish to help learn ‘one less’
  • Time – discussing what the Owl does at different times of the day
  • Shape & Pattern - Creating repeating patterns on crowns, spotting shapes around the school and in the role play area

Expressive Art & Design

  • Singing whole school songs and joining in with the Harvest songs
  • Story making to perform to parents on our 'Share Day'
  • Learning songs and dances for our nativity play
  • Craft activities linked to our stories (cars, junk modelling, collages, spoon craft, designing clothes for the Christmas party, helping to fix Owl’s broken wing)
  • Creative Cube and the 'Magic Table' outside, exploring sounds, water movement and small world play
  • Role play in the house, the theatre, shop and storymaking chair (outside)

Physical Development

  • Dance – movement to music during our nativity rehearsals, Jump Start Jonny and joining in with 'Sticky Kids' sessions
  • Hall: Gym > Find different ways to travel in and around, under and over the equipment. How does your body changes during exercise?
  • Finger Fun Friday: Exploring sandpaper sounds, gloop, cotton bud painting, bead threading and rice to strengthen our finger muscles
  • Outside role play – the theatre, shop and mud kitchen. Indoor role play – Home corner, themed tuff trays and small world

Outdoor PD > streamers, construction, sand/water tray (with transport, sounds, flags, shells)

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