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All About Me

During the 'Autumn Term' Reception will learn about themselves, their friends and their school environment. 

We will be busy exploring the classroom, reception garden and  forest school area. 

We will read many stories, including; Owl Babies, We're going on a Bear Hunt and The Three Bears.

Scroll down to find out more!

Areas being covered in Reception in the Autumn Term

Prime Areas – lifelong skills



Personal, Social, Emotional Development


  • Exploring the classroom and outdoor areas
  • Learning where to find resources and how to put them away
  • Following new rules and classroom routines
  • Learning how to look after my belongings
  • Making friends and finding out about each other
  • Taking part in ‘Odd Socks day’ and recognising why I am special
  • Learning to share and take turns
  • Learning about mental health and wellbeing and what things help me to feel good
  • Talking about feelings and using words like; happy, sad, angry and worried
  • Learning how to stay safe on my way to school (Green Cross Code)
  • Identifying the people who can help to keep me safe
  • Learning how to dial 999 in an emergency





Communication & Language




  • Using talk to communicate with my friends and teachers
  • Understanding a question or instruction that has two parts (such as; get your coat and wait by the door)
  • Listening to stories and remembering the key parts
  • Making up my own stories and retelling familiar ones
  • Understanding ‘why’ questions, like: “Why do you think the caterpillar got so fat?”
  • Singing songs and nursery rhymes from memory
  • Talking to my friends about my likes and dislikes
  • Talking to the class about the ‘This is Me’ box and explaining why I have chosen the special items that I have put inside



Physical Development




  • Linking movement to music during our daily Wake and Shake sessions
  • Skipping, hopping and balancing on one leg during games like musical statues
  • Learning to find a space and how to stop safely when travelling indoors and outdoors
  • Using large-muscle movements to wave flags and streamers on the outdoor stage
  • Using one-handed tools safely, for example when snipping with scissors
  • Using a comfortable grip with good control when holding pens and pencils
  • Drawing lines and circles before learning letter formation
  • Becoming independent when getting dressed and undressed, for example, putting my coat on and doing up zips
  • Knowing how and when to wash my hands, developing good personal hygiene

Specific Areas – essential skills and knowledge




  • Sharing library books with my family, talking about the pictures and guessing what might happen next
  • Clapping out the syllables in my name (Is-a-bell-a)
  • Listening to stories and joining in with the repetitive parts that I know, for example; ‘we’re going on a bear hunt, we’re going to catch a big one…’
  • Playing I-Spy to practise hearing the first sound in a word
  • Learning how the marks I make can represent meaning
  • Learning to read and write some single letter sounds (s, a, t, p, i, n)
  • Writing my name and some ‘tricky’ words (such as;  is, I, the)
  • Learning how to blend to read simple CVC words (c a t = cat)
  • Reading and writing messages in the home corner and in other areas of my provision and play
  • Using the Internet to find out interesting facts about animals, including some facts about owls
  • Learning to recite a story with actions during my  Talk4Writing sessions







  • Singing the days of the week, rhymes and other counting songs
  • Identifying amounts that are equal and that are not equal, for example; when handing out snacks
  • Comparing quantities using the language ‘more than’ and ‘fewer than’
  • Learning to recognise amounts without counting, such as the spots on a dice (subitising)
  • Showing finger numbers up to 5
  • Matching numerals to quantities and vice versa
  • Finding one more or one less than, using up to 5 objects
  • Looking for numerals in my school and home environment
  • Weighing and measuring in the role play area and mud kitchen
  • Talking about 2D and 3D shapes (circles, rectangles, triangles and cuboids) using simple and mathematical language (‘sides’, ‘corners’; ‘straight’, ‘flat’, ‘round’)
  • Spotting patterns that I can see around me and making up my own with spots, stripes or shapes




Understanding the World



  • Talking about my family and who is special to me
  • Finding out about my friends and their families
  • Identifying people who can keep me safe
  • Learning about different beliefs and traditions (Islam, Buddhism, Christianity)
  • Learning about some special celebrations (Diwali, Bonfire Night and Christmas)
  • Learning other languages (Arabic/Sinhala/French and some sign language, such as Makaton)
  • Investigating the outdoor area and exploring nature in Forest School
  • Talking about what I can see, hear, smell and touch  using a growing vocabulary
  • Using the class digital camera, cd player and interactive whiteboard to enhance my learning



Expressive Arts & Design


  • Making up stories during pretend play, by myself and with others
  • Using construction and junk modelling to create ‘small worlds’
  • Selecting materials and tools to create pictures
  • Using shapes and lines to draw pictures that represent objects and people
  • Exploring colour mixing with paints and water colours
  • Listening to sounds and explaining what they make me think of and how they make me feel
  • Remember and sing entire songs by myself of with my friends
  • Playing instruments with increasing control



Take a look at some ot these useful websites.  

Just click one of the flowers to begin.




Take a look at some of these fun websites.  

Just click a shape to play a game!


Numberblocks is a fantastic educational programme and it is suitable for all ages!  

You can find it here:




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Things to Note


 Return library book.  Children bring a reading book home.


Listen to your child read and comment in the yellow reading record.


Forest School – come to school dressed in a tracksuit/leggings and bring wellies and a waterproof coat.


Return pink phonic book.  Remember to check Tapestry to see what we have been learning this week.


P.E – children get dressed at school.

Return reading books.  Children bring home a library book and their pink phonic book with our new sounds in.

Saturday & Sunday

Look out on Class Dojo for a home learning challenge - upload these to tapestry.

Share library book and practise sounds in pink phonic books.


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