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Reception Autumn 1 2020

Here is an overview of 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 start by looking at what makes us unique and go onto follow the children’s interests in family, pets and occupations.

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

Miss Charles, Mrs Ashley-Cooper and Miss Smith


Personal social and emotional development:

During our topic we will be discussing the question ‘What makes me unique?’ Through this question we will be developing many of the children’s personal social skills including building confidence when talking in small groups, talking to friends about personal wants and needs and developing the children’s ability to communicate about their own homes and communities.  This topic will also help to raise awareness about all the different aspects that make us unique and give us the opportunity to talk about a range of different appearances, cultures and beliefs.



As an introduction to phonics we will be reviewing oral blending and oral segmenting from phase 1 of the Letters and Sounds scheme.  These 2 skills are the foundation for all future reading and writing and it's important that we spend time consolidating these skills before we start teaching the children their letter sounds. The skill of oral blending enables the children to push single sounds together so that they can hear whole words. The skill of oral segmenting enables the children to break down words into their smallest single sound components. After consolidating their phase 1 knowledge, we will move on to teaching the first set of sounds in accordance with the Read Write Inc scheme.  Nearer the time, we will be in touch through Tapestry with more information about this.



This term will focus mainly on developing your child’s pre-counting skills. This will involve sorting items into groups, identifying similarities and differences and making patterns. We will spend much of our time asking the children to ‘say what you see’ and modelling giving answers using full sentences such as, ‘They are the same because’, ‘They are different because’ and ‘I can see…’. On top of this we will begin to develop your child’s ability to subitise amounts which means being able to identify how many items are in a group without counting. This is a skill which precedes counting and only applies to small groups up to an average of 5 objects. 


Physical development:

Finally, a large proportion of our time will be spent developing our fine and gross motor skills.  The biggest focus of which will be on developing the children’s shoulder and finger strength and dexterity so that they can master the tripod pencil grip.