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Welcome to Reception's page!

In Class 1 and 2 our topic is 'Out Of This World'.  We are going to focus on the story 'Whatever Next' by Jill Murphy.

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



Autumn Skills 2019-2020

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 story Whatever Next)

· 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 teddy bear biscuits

· Investigating the outdoor area and exploring nature in Forest School and the mud kitchen

· Directing floor robots and using the laptops

· Planting bulbs and exploring our senses

· Learning other languages > learning key words in Romanian, Polish and Welsh

Communication, Language and Literacy

· Reading the story, ‘Whatever Next’ and some 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' phonic 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 goes home with the children

· Independent reading/writing: shopping lists for the bears adventure into space, labels for the ingredients we need to bake, telephone messages

in the home corner, messy play to encourage writing, making picnic food with playdough, writing recipes

· Using the Internet to find out about bears and other animals

· ICT activities: discussing the pictures they have created and giving instructions for Beebots

· STORYMAKING : Whatever Next (learning the story with actions and creating story-maps)


· Recognising numbers to 10 and above (on bears and aliens)

· One more/One less > Using topical figures/picnic food

· Weighing & measuring (cooking/role play in the bear’s house and the mud kitchen)

· Positional language (using characters and props from the story)

· Counting to 10 > counting bears, picnic food, space boots.

· Time – discussing what the Goldilocks does at different times of the day

· Shape & Pattern - Creating repeating patterns on hats, alien underpants, 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 ‘Whatever Next’ 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, bear collages, spoon craft, designing clothes for the baby bear, helping to fix his owl’s broken wing)

· Creative Cube and the 'Magic Table' outside, exploring sounds, water movement and small world play

· Role play in Baby Bear'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

· Daily yoga/mindfulness sessions after playtime and weekly Cosmic Yoga sessions.

· Outside role play – the theatre, shop and mud kitchen. Indoor role play – Baby Bear’s house, space themed tuff tray and small world Outdoor PD > streamers, construction, sand/water tray (with transport, sounds, flags, shells)



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