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Reception Autumn 2 2017

Here is an overview the things your child will be learning this half term across the different areas of learning.  The topics we choose are heavily led by the children’s interests and usually encompass several areas of learning. For this reason, the topics will change to reflect the direction the children wish to take their learning.  This half term we are going to be looking at what makes the seasons of Autumn and Winter special as well as dipping into superheroes mid festivities.  

If you have any questions about the learning this half term, please contact us as we are more than happy to discuss any queries with you.


Best wishes

Mrs Bennett and Miss Heslop


Understanding of the world

This half term we have three main questions the children will be learning about.

  • What makes Autumn special? (Halloween, Diwali, Bonfire night, the seasons)
  • What special powers do you have? (Super heroes)
  • What makes Winter special? (Christmas traditions, the seasons)

These questions will form the basis of all of our learning this half term and will have particularly strong links with the understanding of the world aspects of our curriculum including comparing festivals, cultures and seasons as well as observing the effects the changing times of year have on the weather, nature and wildlife. Our over-arching questions this term also link well to the personal, social and emotional areas on the curriculum as we look at the behaviours of goodies and baddies.



This half term we will be completing our initial teaching of the phase 2 phonic sounds and tricky words which we sent to you in phonics pack 1. We will spend some time revising these sounds as it is important to ensure that all children can recognise and write all phase 2 sounds and tricky words before they move onto phase 3. Practicing these sounds at home is crucial, especially if this is a skill they are finding a bit tricky.  When moving onto phase 3 we will begin to learn digraphs and tri-graphs (where one sound made up of more than one letter) such as ‘sh’ ‘th’ ‘igh’. The children will continue to increase their bank of tricky words and begin to write in full sentences using capital letters and full stops to show the beginning and end. At this stage we will be looking for children to leave gaps (finger spaces) between each word so that their writing can be read back easily by both themselves and others. This is essential for them to make a good level of development in this area. We will also be beginning our first ‘Talk for writing’ project with the children this term. Talk for writing’ links pictures and actions to a well-known story as a strategy to help children retell the story using full sentences, interesting vocabulary and a consistent story structure.



This term we will be revising our understanding of the numbers 0-10. We will also be investigating the concept of more and less, finding one more and one less than any given number. We will do this physically first using objects and Numicon plates, then move to more abstract methods such as number lines. This develops the skills and understanding needed for addition and subtraction which we will cover later in this half term. Over the term we will also start to learn about money and begin to use vocabulary linked to money and buying.


Physical development

Finally, a large proportion of our time will still be spent developing our fine and gross motor skills.  We will be developing these skills using a range of strategies including messy play, flipper flappers, dough disco and movement play. A fine and gross motor ideas for parent’s leaflet will also be distributed to parents later in the term so that these skills can continue to be worked on at home with the ultimate aim of every child confidently holding a pencil with a tripod grip and feeling confident whilst forming all of their letters.