Return to Classes

Reception – Lowry and Van Gogh

Summer Term 2021

Our theme for this term is ‘If you go down to the woods.’

In our Literacy sessions we will use focus texts to explore stories about bears and woodland settings.  These sessions will concentrate on story structure, language, and vocabulary acquisition.  Children will be encouraged to retell the stories in their own words and to write labels, captions, and simple sentences to accompany associated pictures and their drawings.

Our theme will also be explored in our continuous provision where we will study various species of bears and owls. We will learn about woodland animal habitats and produce our own representations of what we have learnt in our creative work.

In maths throughout the first part of the Summer Term the children will be continuing to count beyond 10, along with finding the difference by counting forwards and backwards. The children will develop their spatial thinking by developing positional language along with exploring “routes” within their learning environment. The children will continue to develop their skills of ordering and estimating. Children will use 10 frames to explore the properties of numbers by finding the “whole” and finding the “parts” that make the whole.

In PHSE we will be exploring the theme of “Relationships” through our school scheme “Jigsaw”. The children will talk and explore the idea of: How to make friends, Solve friendship problems when they occur, Help others to feel part of a group, Show respect in how they treat others, Know how to help themselves and others when they feel upset and hurt and Know and show what makes a good relationship.

Spring Term 2021

Our focus for this term is “Traditional Stories”. The children will read and explore books such as: The Three Little Pigs, The Gingerbread Man, Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Little Red Hen and The Enormous Turnip. Sharing our focus texts will develop reading skills such as recognising the layout of books, predicting events and patterns of language. The children will engage in phonics sessions where they will consolidate prior learning and start to learn their Phase 3 sounds. We will explore blending and segmenting these sounds together in words and sentences.


The children will continue to practice counting, recognising and ordering numbers to at least 10. Children will match numbers to quantities and name one more and one less than a given number. The children will be supported to recognise and describe 2D and 3D shapes. Children will continue to learn new technical vocabulary related to their maths learning. They will explore measures, firstly focusing on capacity.

Through our new whole school scheme of work “Jigsaw”, the children will explore their Personal, Social and Emotional development through the topics “Dreams and Goals” and “Healthy Me”. Children will engage in class discussions and circle time along with activities to explore these topics. By talking, children will develop their confidence to speak in larger groups. Children will continue to develop their friendships through adult and child led activities.

Autumn Term (1) 2020

To start the first part of the autumn term we will be looking at “Marvellous Me”.  This is a great opportunity for us to get to know your child in all of the 7 areas of learning.  As part of this topic children will be doing various activities such as painting self-portraits, discussing their favourite things with their peers and drawing pictures of them, talking about their family and special times and events.

In the first part of the Autumn Term we will spend time exploring a range of books. This will help develop communication and language skills. The children will develop early reading skills such as recognising the layout of books, predicting events and patterns of language.

Throughout this term the children will become familiar with the classroom equipment and routines, providing them with security. The children will explore our large outside area with activities such as gardening, forest school and “Welly Walks”. In the wake of the lockdown due to Covid-19, and the ongoing situation, we will explore stories such as “The Rabbit Listened” that focus on feelings and emotions. By talking about these feelings,’ children will develop their confidence to speak in larger groups.

In maths, the children will learn to count, recognise and order numbers to 10 and beyond. Children will be encouraged to match numbers and quantities and begin to name one more and less. The children will also be supported to recognise and describe 2D shapes.

“With its spare, poignant text and irresistibly sweet illustrations, The Rabbit Listened is a tender meditation on loss. When something terrible happens, Taylor doesn’t know where to turn. All the animals are sure they have the answer. The chicken wants to talk it out, but Taylor doesn’t feel like chatting. The bear thinks Taylor should get angry, but that’s not quite right either. One by one, the animals try to tell Taylor how to process this loss, and one by one they fail. Then the rabbit arrives. All the rabbit does is listen, which is just what Taylor needs. Whether read in the wake of tragedy or as a primer for comforting others, this is a deeply moving and unforgettable story sure to soothe heartache of all sizes.”