YEAR GROUP: Reception
TERM: Autumn Term 2015
Topic title(s) and summary overview 1st and 2nd half term
Autumn 1: All About Me
Autumn 2: Seasons and Celebrations
Please note that our main focus will be on getting the children to settle into their new class. Our priority is making sure that the children
feel happy, safe and secure as soon as possible so that they have the best possible start to school!
Please read the sections below to find out what your child will be learning in the autumn term.
Communication and Language (C&L)
Rhymes and rhyming/songs
Role play
Partner work
Group work
Circle Time
Key Group Time
Talk for Writing (learning actions for a story)
Learn how to sit, concentrate and listen for sustained periods of time
Listen and respond to ideas expressed by others in conversation or discussion
Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
Learn (and abide by) the rules and routines of the setting (including behavioural expectations)
Follow instructions
Make friends and build relationships with others at school (staff and children)
Share with others
Show kindness towards others
Work collaboratively
Listen to others
Explain own knowledge and understanding
Take steps to resolve conflicts with other children, e.g. finding a compromise, say sorry etc.
Talk about how we are feeling
Physical Development (PD)
Negotiate space successfully when playing racing and chasing games with other children, adjusting speed or changing direction to avoid
Travel around, under, over and through balancing and climbing equipment
Use simple tools to effect changes to materials
Handle tools, objects, construction and malleable materials safely
Begin to show a preference for a dominant hand
Begin to mark make
Begin to write own name
Use scooters and tricycles to develop gross motor control and hand-eye coordination
Partake in PE lessons
Eat a healthy range of foodstuffs and understand the need for variety in food
Show understanding of the need for safety when tackling new challenges
Show understanding of how to transport and store equipment safely
Manage self care independently
Literacy (L)
Begin to recognise sounds that have been taught (we will be using the Jolly Phonics scheme)
Attempt to write sounds that have been taught
Start to hear the initial sounds in words
Practise writing own name
Read own name (e.g. on tray/peg labels etc)
Begin to use known sounds to sound out CVC (consonant vowel consonant) words (e.g. ‘pin’, ‘sat’ etc)
Listen to stories that are read aloud by an adult
Engage in mark making/writing activities
Trace patterns and letters
Maths (MD)
Count up to 10
Recognise numbers 0-10
Recognise numbers of personal significance (e.g. age, door number etc)
Find the total number of objects by counting them
Join in with counting songs/games
Recognise a range of 2D shapes
Begin to use positional language (e.g. behind, on top of etc)
Begin to recognise colours and patterns
Start to create own patterns
Play games that are linked to maths (e.g. snakes and ladders, peg boards, dominoes etc)
Understanding the World (UW)
Talk about parts of the body and what they are used for (look closely at our 5 senses)
Find out about different types of weather and seasons
Learn about different religions of the world
Look at festivals and celebrations from around the globe
Talk about Bonfire Night and how it is celebrated
Begin to use simple computer programmes (e.g. ‘Simple City’, ‘2 Paint a Picture’ etc)
Christmas Nativity!
Expressive Art and Design (EAD)
Learn and perform a range of old and new songs
Play with musical instruments (e.g. drums, tambourines, maracas etc)
Engage in role play
Use the dressing up clothes and costumes
Use junk modelling materials to create own models (please bring in cardboard boxes, tubes etc for us to use!)
Choose particular colours to use for a purpose
Construct with a purpose in mind, using a variety of resources
Use simple tools (e.g. scissors)
Play alongside other children who are engaged in the same theme
Play cooperatively as part of a group to develop and act out a narrative
French (MFL)
Learning colour names in French
Learning to count to 10 in French
Special Events
Christmas Nativity – date TBC
How parents can be involved in home learning
Please read the EYFS newsletter for ways to support your children in each of the seven areas of learning