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Welcome to our Reception Class Page

In Reception our Class Teacher is Mrs. Rocks and our Teaching Assistant is Miss. Collins. On this page, you can find out about the learning that takes place in the Foundation Stage. Our learning links to specific topics that are driven by the children’s interests and are taught across a whole term. You can use this page to find out more about the areas that we will focus on. Each area covered is sparked with a Key Question, where we find out what the children already know about it. The children then decide what they would like to learn next about this, which drives the learning forward. We hope you enjoy having a look at our page!

Welcome to the Reception Family at Manor Farm Academy!

We are very much looking forward to working together with yourselves and your children in the coming year, and just know that we are at the beginning of a very exciting educational journey. Our provision in the Reception class is designed to motivate, inspire and challenge our children. The topic for the first term is, “Ourselves”, which lends itself brilliantly to starting where each child is at and developing those working relationships within the class. Manor Farm Academy is a place where together with the support of yourselves the children will flourish both personally and academically.

Below you will find an outline of the areas of learning that we will be covering this term.

Personal, social and emotional development

· Learning about rules and behavioural expectations and why we have them. ·

· Encouraging children to become independent learners, selecting their own resources needed for a task.

· Encouraging perseverance towards an end goal.

· Concentrating on a task either chosen by them or prescribed by an adult.

· Considering the consequences of their own actions.

· Caring for each other and respecting each other’s property.

· Developing a feeling of being part of a class team.

Communication, Literacy and language

· Encouraging children to use spoken and written language in their play.

· Learning songs related to the topic area.

· Learning appropriate ways to speak to each other, negotiating plans and taking turns to speak and to listen.

· Using language to create roles whilst engaging in role play or small world activities.

· Learning to recognise some high frequency words in reading books and in the environment.

· Learning to recognise and write their own names and to form some simple labels, captions and sentences with support.

· Learning to form some letters correctly and understand the sounds that they make. (Phonics).

· Recognising rhyme and alliteration in spoken language.

Physical development

· Children will be learning to name the main body parts.

· Learning to control their body during P.E. sessions.

· Developing the ability to steer and ride various ride on toys, negotiating spaces and avoiding obstacles.

· Learning to build and balance with a range of large scale equipment.

· Learning to work safely with a wide range of small and large equipment and tools.

· Fine motor control will be developed by engaging in tasks such as threading, sewing, drawing, writing, pegging and painting.

· Learning how to use a writing tool and hold it effectively.


· Children will be learning to say number names in order.

· Begin to count accurately a given set of objects.

· Learn to respond appropriately to number rhymes and songs.

· Learn to sort objects using both given and their own criteria.

· Use comparative language to talk about sets of objects. (More/ fewer etc.)

· Develop the ability to talk about both 2d and 3d shapes.

· Follow and create simple patterns.

· Order and sequence familiar events.

Understanding the world

· Learn about themselves, their families and events which are important to them.

· Use play to imitate events in their own lives.

· Learn about the things that make them unique.

· Develop the ability to make up a storyline through small world play.

· Learn to ask appropriate questions about a given subject matter.

· Look closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change around them.

· Show care and concern for each other and for the school environment.

· Begin to develop the skills needed to operate simple ICT equipment. E.g. CD players, remote contolled objects or toys.

· Use an ipad with developing skill to click on objects/ icons on the screen.

· Enjoy using a computer to aid learning.

Expressive arts and design

· Learning to join in with songs and movement activities.

· Explore the sounds made by different musical instruments.

· Begin to build a repertoire of songs.

· Construct using a wide range of materials, with a specific purpose in mind.

· Use simple tools safely and effectively.

· Experiment with different mark making tools and techniques.

· Express ideas through imaginative play.

Enterprise and Philosophy

Enterprise this term will comprise of pupils being taught basic Enterprise skills e.g. What is money? Why do we need money? Where does money come from?

The Philosophy Curriculum will aim to teach pupils to use a range of age appropriate language in order to have a debate or discussion and give reasons for their ideas.


We value the support of all parents and carers. If you feel that you can help in any way with the work we are covering, then please let us know or if you would like any further information regarding this term’s learning, please do not hesitate to contact the academy.

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