Year R Autumn Topics 2017

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Miss S Wheble Miss T Henderson
Mrs H Boswell - Ladybirds
Miss B Ellis - Hedgehogs
Autumn 2017

In Reception, our topics and contexts change regularly as we are guided by the interests of the children. This term we will be learning and practicing some of the following skills: 

Communication and Language
We will be learning to:

  • Listen in a group
  • Follow instructions
  • Explain our ideas


  • Belonging: We will be thinking about ways to keep ourselves safe in school and thinking of ways to be kind to others.
  • Enjoying: We will be learning about how to be a good friend by inviting others to join in our games and sharing.
  • Trying: We will be learning to try new challenges and thinking of ways to help ourselves if we get stuck
  • Succeeding: We will be learning to say what we are good at and think of things we would like to get better at. We will be learning to make good choices about how to use our learning time.

Physical Development
We do Physical Education sessions twice a week.

  • We do Fidgety Fingers activities, dough gym and fine motor activities every day to help improve our fine motor skills
  • We have access to a variety of equipment in our Reception playground to help strengthen our muscles and improve our spatial awareness, including: wheeled vehicles and crates and bricks.

Literacy: Reading

We will be learning to:

  • Recognise the front cover and the book title
  • Recognise letters and say the sound they make
  • Blend sounds to read words
  • Retell a familiar story
  • Answer questions about a familiar text

Literacy: Writing

We will be learning to:

  • Hold our pencils correctly
  • Form our letters correctly
  • Say and write the first sound in a word, e.g. p for pirate
  • Write simple words by segmenting the sounds in them, e.g. split cat into c-a-t
  • Spell some common words correctly
  • Use finger spaces to separate words


We will be learning to:

  • Count a group of objects by saying one number for each object
  • Recognise written numerals to 10, then 20
  • Compare groups of objects using the language of more, less, fewer and the same.
  • Say the number that is 1 more and 1 less than a given number
  • Add 2 numbers by counting objects.
  • Recognise, name and describe 2D shapes
  • Compare the height, length and weight of different objects

Understanding the World

  • We will practise describing changes we see
  • We will compare similarities and differences

Expressive Arts and Design

  • We will practice: mixing different colours, painting for a purpose, painting recognisable shapes, adding detail to our paintings
  • We will explore malleable materials including clay and salt dough, learning how to use our hands and our tools to create different effects
  • We will learn to use a variety of materials to create models, exploring different ways to join them together
  • We will explore a variety of musical instruments and learn to sing some simple songs

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