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Reception                       (Please scroll to the bottom of this page for class newsletters.)

  Early Years Foundation Stage Overview

The Reception classroom learning environment is planned around the seven areas of Early Years learning and development:

  • Personal, Social & Emotional Development

(making relationships / self-confidence & self-awareness / managing feelings & behaviour)

  • Communication & Language

(listening & attention / understanding / speaking)

  • Physical Development

(moving & handling / health & self-care)

  • Literacy

(reading / writing)

  • Mathematics

(numbers / shape, space & measure)

  • Understanding the World

(people & communities / the world / technology)

  • Expressive Arts & Design

(exploring & using media & materials / being imaginative)

 Children will be supported in their development across these seven areas through short carpet sessions, adult led group work and structured play and exploration opportunities.

To help them as they embark on the journey of learning to read and write, the children will be starting Phase 2 of the government’s Letters & Sounds phonics programme and then will move on through Phase 3. Phonics is just one part of the learning to read and write process and so the children will be immersed in a language rich environment with the aim of encouraging a love of reading and books. Communication and language (listening, understanding and speaking) and literacy (reading and writing) will be promoted throughout all activities during the day whether for example child-initiated play and exploration or a structured music class or carpet session.

Children will be encouraged to take story books home each day to share with their family and will also be introduced to reading scheme books.

 In Maths, early mathematical concepts will be explored through play, stories and songs.

 Children will be given daily opportunities to express themselves creatively through role-play, art, music and dance. The will explore different media such as watercolour painting, printing, pastels, chalk, collage and clay.

 In music sessions, children will be able to express themselves through opportunities to sing, move and play instruments.

 As well as free Physical Development play, we will be having regular games sessions in the playground and dance and movement sessions in the hall.

Autumn Term 2016

This term, the children will be settling down to life at St. Paul’s School, getting to know each other, learning the class and school routines and how to look after each other and our environment.

Our class name this year is Calypso Class, named after the famous ship Calypso which Jacques Cousteau used to explore the seas and oceans of the world. Later in the school year, we will be doing some focussed learning around the theme of boats and sea life. During this first half term, we will be exploring Autumn and Harvest and will be reading the books The Little Red Hen and The Enormous Turnip and doing activities around these focus books.

As the days grow shorter, we will be observing the seasonal changes that autumn brings both in our outdoor classroom and with trips to Primrose Hill.

In Maths, we will be spotting numbers around us in the environment and learning to recognise and order numbers 1 to 20.  We will also practise counting accurately, doubling numbers and saying what one more than a given number is. In addition, we will be focussing on measurement, in terms of learning the days of the week, the seasons and what happens at different times of the day. We will begin to explore 3d shapes and build models using shapes.

We will be visiting St. Mary’s Church to learn about why some people go to church and what we can find in a church and will be attending the Harvest Festival with the rest of the school. We will also look at other faiths starting with how Jewish people celebrate Rosh Hashanah.

Spring Term 2017 

Our topic this term is Space.   The learning will be based around the focus story books Bob, the Man on the Moon and Beegu. We will also be looking at information books on space.  

For our Understanding the World part of the curriculum, as well as finding out about our own planet, the moon and the solar system, we will be looking at the immediate changes around us as spring approaches.  We will plant sunflower seeds.

The children will be using their knowledge of letters and sounds to attempt writing phonically plausible words and sentences and to accurately write some high frequency words such as the, look, we. There will be a strong emphasis on writing for a purpose such as writing cards, labels, lists, posters, recipes, captions and writing in role play. We will also be having a go at making and writing our own space information books.

 We will be planning a trip to the Science Museum to look at their Space exhibition.

In Maths, in practical activities, children will be exploring the concepts of addition and subtraction using objects and numberlines. They will be solving problems including doubling, halving and sharing. We will also be exploring the concept of money and will look at different coins.

We will also be looking at the celebrations of Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day and will explore the Christian story of Easter.   We will explore the seasonal changing colours of the Christian Church.


Summer Term 2017

This half term our main topic is Growing. We will be looking at the spring changes around us and we will be planting and growing sunflower seeds and learning about the lifecycle of plants.

We will then move on to looking at Traditional Tales, focussing on The Three Billy Goats Gruff.  We will read different versions of the story and act them out in different ways. The children will also be challenged to engage in problem solving activities linked to this story. 

We will be using different media and techniques to represent spring flowers and will be making masks and clay models linked to our focus story. 

As well as becoming more secure with counting and ordering numbers, in Maths we will be estimating, checking and recording amounts. We will use quantities and objects to add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find answer. We will look at measuring language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position and time, and to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems.

 In Physical Education, the children will be practising changing into and out of their PE kit independently and will be trying out throwing, catching and balancing activities.

This term we will continue with Phase 3 of the Letters & Sounds phonics programme and will be practising writing short sentences using our knowledge of phonics and high frequency words.


Reception Class Trip to the Science Museum - April 2017 (29 images)

We had a fantastic but very busy day at the Science Museum, where we explored the Space Gallery and saw a piece of actual moon rock. After lunch, we watched a 3D film about the International Space Station.

Created: 5 May 17 12:42 | Last modified: 5 May 17 12:55

Autumn & Harvest (5 images)

Created: 23 Oct 15 11:02 | Last modified: 23 Oct 15 11:04

Autumn Walk (14 images)

We went on a lovely walk to Regent's Park to look at the colourful autumn leaves.

Created: 20 Oct 15 16:40 | Last modified: 20 Oct 15 17:31

Church Visit 18.09.2015 (8 images)

Created: 18 Sep 15 16:19 | Last modified: 21 Sep 15 16:52

First Days (133 images)

Created: 11 Sep 15 16:26 | Last modified: 11 Sep 15 16:33

Science Museum Visit (53 images)

We enjoyed a fantastic day at the Science Museum on Wednesday 6 May!

Created: 8 May 15 08:54 | Last modified: 8 May 15 09:17

Reception - Owl Babies (24 images)

We have been exploring the story Owl Babies. Owl Mummy is special to Percy, Sarah and Bill in the story. The children did artwork of a person who is special to them. They drew the outline in black pen and then added colour using watercolour paints. We have also been acting out the story and making masks. We have also been learning about other nocturnal animals and made nests and dens for them.

Created: 7 Oct 14 11:03 | Last modified: 7 Oct 14 11:14

Reception - Harvest & Autumn (24 images)

We have been looking at the seasonal changes and talking about the harvest. We explored the story The Little Red Hen about a busy hen who plants seeds, harvests the wheat, takes the wheat to the mill and makes bread with the flour. None of the other animals will help her, as they say they have better things to do, but when the bread is ready, they all want to eat it. Should she share it with them? We read the story a couple of times in a big book version and practised using the reading skills prediction, repetition and what makes sense in a sentence. We painted the animals in the story, and used our knowledge of letters and sounds to write speech bubbles of what the animals say. We even made our own bread to celebrate the harvest and worked hard making autumn soup in a kitchen in our outdoor classroom.

Created: 7 Oct 14 08:40 | Last modified: 7 Oct 14 08:42


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