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Welcome to Reception's page!

In Class 1 and 2 we are learning all about the Gingerbread Man

and other traditional tales.

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

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Autumn Term 2018-19

Subject area


Personal, Social & 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
  • Studying similarities and differences
  • Working together as a team
  • Talking about feelings (linked to the Gingerbread Man story)
  • Learning the ‘Respect’ song and dance
  • 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 and Christmas)
  • Baking gingerbread men
  • Investigating the outdoor area and exploring nature in Forest School and the mud kitchen
  • Directing floor robots and using the Learn Pads
  • Planting bulbs and exploring our senses
  • Learning other languages > learning key words in Romanian, Polish and Welsh

Communication Language & Literacy

  • Reading the story, ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and many more traditional tales.
  • Listening to adults and following instructions
  • Discussing likes and dislikes with our talk partners
  • Reading and writing single and double sounds during our 'Letters & Sounds' phonics sessions
  • 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 old man/lady, labels for the ingredients we need to bake, telephone messages in the home corner, messy play to encourage writing, gingerbread flavour playdough to form letters, writing recipes
  • Using the Internet for finding out about foxes and other animals
  • ICT activities: discussing the pictures they have created and giving instructions for Beebots

STORYMAKING : The Gingerbread Man (learning the story with actions and creating storymaps)


  • Recognising numbers to 10 and above (on gingerbread men and foxes)
  • One more/One less > Using topical figures
  • Weighing & measuring (cooking/role play in the Old Lady's house and the mud kitchen)
  • Positional language (using characters and props from the story)
  • Counting to 10 > counting Gingerbread Men, wooden spoons, foxes, stepping stones to cross the river.
  • Feeding Fred the fox to help learn ‘one less’
  • Time – discussing what the Old Lady does at different times of the day
  • Shape & Pattern - Creating repeating patterns on hats, spotting shapes around the school and in the role play area

Expressive Art & Design

  • Singing Jolly Jingles and joining in with the Harvest songs
  • Story making ‘The Gingerbread Man’ 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, fox collages, spoon craft, designing clothes for the Gingerbread Man, helping to fix his broken leg)
  • Creative Cube and the 'Magic Table' outside, exploring sounds, water movement and small world play
  • Role play in The Old Lady's house, the theatre, shop and storymaking chair (outside)

Physical Development

  • Dance – movement to music during our nativity rehearsals 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 – The Old Lady’s house, Gingerbread Man themed tuff tray and small world

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




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