Reception Mrs Rocks

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Welcome to our Reception Class Page

  • In Reception, our Class Teacher is Mrs Rocks and our Class Teaching Assistant is Mrs Brown.
  • We work together to ensure your child’s time in Reception the best that it can be!

This Term, our topic is ‘Exploration!’

This term we will work together to explore a wide range of subject areas.  Throughout the term these will be chosen by the children, and this will steer the provision within our setting. We will be using the, “Key Question”, approach, where each mini- topic will begin by asking the children what they already know about the subject matter, and what they want to find out. The children will have ownership of their learning and will be given the opportunity to show what they have learned through either images, dance, song or text. They may even choose to prepare a presentation to show to an audience what they have learned!

The Core Areas of Learning

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • The children will be thinking about personal challenges and setting their own goals. They will find out about some of the challenges faced by the famous people that we study, and how these were overcome. 
  • We will be learning to consider what is right and what is wrong, and to understand the consequences of their own actions. Children will be given time to reflect and debate these with each other.
  • The children’s ability to sustain attentive listening will be promoted through the use of engaging stories, rhymes and fact finding. 
  • They will continue to learn about and abide by our school rules, and will begin to understand why these rules are needed. 
  • The children will be continuing to learn about personal hygiene, and ways to stay clean and healthy. A healthy lifestyle will be encouraged throughout their journey through our school.
  • We will be learning to understand that other people may have different needs than ourselves, and trying to see things from different points of view. 
  • Sharing, team work and listening to other people’s ideas will be a focus.

Communication, Language and Literacy

  • The children will be learning to respond appropriately to what they have seen and heard. They will be supported in asking and generating questions and to make relevant comments.  They will study non-fiction texts, signs, posters, poetry, labels, captions, traditional stories and narrative texts. The Queen, Robin Hood, Julia Donaldson, David Attenborough and others will be used as a stimulus for this in many fun ways!
  • The children will practice correct letter formations both indoors and outdoors, differentiating between tall and shorter letters.
  • There will be lots of opportunities to use talk for thinking in a range of situations, from Circle Time and Philosophy through to construction and mental maths.
  • Children will engage in both group and guided sessions of reading and writing, with these skills being underpinned by phonic development. 
  • Phonics will be delivered daily in relevant ability groups using the, “Read, Write Inc”. programme.

Physical Development

  • This term the children will be learning through games, dance and challenges to move in a range of controlled ways. 
  • They will be learning to build and balance with a variety of large scale equipment, including wooden planks, large foam bricks and den making equipment.
  • The children will be supported in recognising how their bodies change during exercise, and why exercise is good for us.
  • Fine motor control will be developed through the manipulation of a range of tools and materials. For example, paint brushes, threading, peg boards and playdough. This will strengthen their fingers for writing.
  • Scissor control will also be developed through real life challenges.
  • Through exciting P.E. sessions children will work towards developing their hand/eye co-ordination whilst working safely.

Mathematical Development

  • The children will be learning to recognise and use numbers past 10 in everyday situations, linking this to their previous learning. 
  • They will have opportunities to order a set of given numbers, to count, read and write numbers in real life contexts, using numbers for a real purpose. 
  • Opportunities to work practically on addition and subtraction problems will be given, again, linked through our topic. 
  • The children will study volume and its associated language, comparing the volume of different containers and using the correct vocabulary.
  • They will explore the value of 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins, matching prices with appropriate coins. They will also begin to use language associated with money, supported by an adult. 
  • There will be a range of opportunities for the children to solve practical problems relating to money.                                                                                                                                                
  • Together we will enjoy learning to use and name both simple 2D and 3D shapes, describing their properties in terms of sides, corners and faces. 
  • The children will learn to say and use the names of the days of the week and months of the year confidently during this term.
  • We will begin to use language associated with time, and will learn to tell o’clock times on an analogue clock. 
  • Repeated patterns will be studied, identified and created in many fun ways.

Understanding the World

  • The children will be finding out about our monarchy, the human effects of pollution on our planet and how people have made an impact on our world. 
  • They will be using their senses appropriately to explore a range of materials and will be learning to describe their observations with broadening vocabulary.
  • Children will have the opportunity to explore a range of real and found musical instruments, comparing the different sounds that can be made. 
  • Children will, with support, learn to talk scientifically about what is seen and what is happening. 
  • They will have the opportunity to use a range of different tools in order to build or make objects with a purpose in mind. This will be linked to our overarching topic. 
  • They will learn to access a range of ICT programmes in order to support their learning, both on the Ipads and computers. Internet safety will be promoted throughout.
  • The children will talk about the differences between the past and present, using historical photos, artefacts and stories as evidence. 
  • There will also be the opportunity to experience maps and atlases, identifying key places of interest.
  • As we move towards the end of term, the children will learn about the Easter story and talk about the significance of this on our lives.

Expressive Arts and Design

  • During this topic the children will use collage, paint, print and drawing to represent images that are related to the subject area. 
  • Colour mixing using different kinds of paints will be explored and the children will learn to recognise and name colours. 
  • They will be learning to work independently, in pairs and in groups, in small and large scale. 
  • We will learn topic related songs, and will make up our own songs too! 
  • The children will be encouraged to create movement to music from their own and other cultures and will begin to learn simple notation in music. 
  • We will engage in role play activities daily, creating our own storylines and narratives, and building upon the skills that we are gaining.


  • Homework will be handed out every Monday.
  • Spellings will be tested on Monday, (where appropriate).

Outdoor clothing

  • As the weather is quite challenging during this term, the children will all need appropriate coats and foot wear to enable them to work outdoors comfortably. Please ensure ALL clothing is named to make sure it finds its way back to the rightful owner.  We will continue to work outside for 50% of the day.
  • Please ensure that PE kits are in school all week.

How Can you Help?

  • Please support the development of reading skills with your child by making time each day to enjoy sharing their home reading book, and looking at their sight words or spellings.
  • Reading sessions with the class teachers will take place throughout the week with your child changing their book when required. We will usually swap books once we can see that it has been shared at home.
  • Please practise your child’s number recognition and skills regularly too.
  • Try to complete the homework activities each week and share any learning at home with us through Tapestry, although there is no expectation that homework is completed.


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 school.

Thank you, Mrs Rocks

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