Welcome to Reception

In the Reception Department, we focus on the Early Years Foundation Stage, helping children to develop their personal and social skills alongside developing their confidence and communication skills. The children have access to a wide range of learning experiences across the day to support their learning in Literacy (Reading and Writing) and Maths (Number and Shape, Space and Measure). Our topic work enables us to focus on different aspects of Understanding of the World, helping the children to develop a fascination for the world in which they live.

These are some of the stories that we are reading this half term:
Physical Development:
The children will be exploring the outdoor environment, helping them to develop their climbing skills as well as using different small equipment such as bats and balls. Staff encourage them to try out new activities to enable them to develop their confidence and skills.
We have a daily 'Funky Fingers'  session to help develop fine and gross motor skills. This helps the children with their fine motor development and early writing skills.
Communication, Language and Literacy:
The children are supported and encouraged to develop their speaking and listening skills through a variety of activities across the week.
They are developing their confidence to talk about what they are doing and ask questions of their friends.
We use different stories to help children to develop their imagination, ideas and vocabulary. 
Much of the work we do in Reception is linked to a story every week . This half term we are looking at stories with repeated patterns and refrains for the children to listen to and join in with. The children have the opportunity to act out the stories with their friends, both indoors and out.
The children have a daily phonics session to help them to learn their letter sounds and how to write letters . We are introducing Ruth Miskin's 'Read, Write , Inc' programme . The children will be learning Set 1 and Set 2 sounds.
Mark making and writing are encouraged throughout the department with all children wanting to have a go, displaying their drawings and writing wherever they can.
The children will be learning a different number rhyme each week to help with recognising numbers to 10 and beyond, exploring the concept of addition and subtraction in practical ways. 
We will exploring adding two sets together, simple subtraction and ordinal numbers.
Practical activities will include investigating weight and capacity, using non-standard units. We will also be exploring and comparing the length of different objects using bear rulers around the school. The children will be going on a bear hunt, following and giving directions to help each other to find the bear. 

Understanding of the World:

This half term our topic is on 'Bears'. The children will be learning all about different bears and their habitats, going on a bear hunt using maps and making a bear den. The children will also be following instructions to make porridge, choosing their favourite flavour.


The children will be visiting the ICT suite to develop their knowledge and skills. They will also be programming Bee-Bots, linking in with our Maths work on directional language.


We will have a mini-topic on Chinese New Year. The children will learn about traditions linked with this celebration, having the opportunity for food tasting, joining in with a dragon dance and setting up a Chinese Take Away in our role play area.


Expressive Arts and Design:
The children will be developing their role play skills and imagination in the Post Office and the Space Station outside, enabling them to act out familiar events and experiences. 
In our creative sessions and throughout the department the children will have the opportunity to explore activities such as making bears, sewing, designing a chair for Baby Bear, making binoculars and using different textures. The children will also be investigating different ways of joining materials together.
All of these activities help the children to develop their practical skills as well as their creativity and imagination.

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