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Reception curriculum

In your child’s reception year they will develop and learn through topic exploration.  Each half term sees the launch of a new topic to engage and enthuse the children.

 

 

autumn tree

Autumn Term 2019

Starting School with Harry and the Dinosaurs / Space and Christmas

Harry and dinosaurs

solar system

 

 

 

Personal and Social Development

  • Being me in my world
  • Circle time – getting to know each other and our routines
  • Healthy choices – for mind and body
  • Celebrating difference

RE

  • Big Questions, Who is God? What is he like?  Where is God?
  • Harvest time and what we are thankful for
  • Christmas

Literacy

  • Focus on developing recognition of sounds in words, blending sounds and development of reading strategies
  • Handwriting (letter formation and name)
  • To be able to listen and give attention to a speaker
  • To be confident to speak in a familiar group
  • To learn to use non-fiction texts and know what they are used for

Maths

  • Using  basic language to describe 2D and introduce 3D shapes
  • To read, write and order numerals from 0-20
  • To count reliably at least 20 objects
  • Positional Language
  • Measures: weight, length
  • Colour repeating patterns
  • Problem solving
  • Finding 1 more 1 less
  • Adding two amounts together to make a total

Physical

  • Gymnastics/ Dance
  • Co-ordination and control of body movements
  • Development of  fine motor skills through cutting activities, small construction etc.
  • Correct pencil grip

Understanding the world

  • The world around us – who helps us in school?
  • We explore the past. When did dinosaurs live?
  • Bones – what is a fossil?
  • Space – can we help an alien?
  • Post Office – where do our Christmas cards go?
  • Exploration of autumn and winter, finding clues
  • Sequencing the days of the week
  • Developing vocabulary of time
  • Our past, when we were younger
  • Journey maps in space
  • Park Project
  • The world around us – school / Solihull
  • Using technology for research and to create and draw
  • Staying safe online

Expressive arts and design

  • We develop our singing voice
  • We explore how to play percussion instruments loudly and quietly holding a beat
  • Cookery – how do the ingredients change?
  • Clay/junk modelling using different tools and media
  • Collaging moonscapes
  • Making Christmas cards


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spring treeSpring Term

Traditional Tales / Bears

Jack and the beanstalk                     bear

 

Personal and Social Development

  • Our dreams and goals
  • Showing concern for others and helping.
  • Listening and responding to each other in small groups.
  • Understanding forgiveness
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Healthy me
  • Class and school councils

RE

  • Old Testament Stories
  • New Testament Stories
  • Forgiveness
  • Easter.

Literacy

  • Enjoy an increasing range of books and stories.
  • Describe main story settings, sequence of event and principle characters and begin to adapt stories and rhymes by changing elements in a story
  • To link information and stories to their own experiences
  • Begin to develop their ideas to create a story – What happens to Daisy the cow?
  • Exploring poetry
  • Continued focus on developing recognition of sounds in words, word building and further development of reading strategies (phonic Phase 2 & 3).
  • Handwriting (formation of full name and less familiar letters)
  • Use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds
  • Write for different purposes:  letters, recount, captions, stories, instructions, lists, etc.
  • Story-telling and drama

Maths

  • Problem solving: Describe solutions to practical problems, drawing on experience, talking about their own ideas, methods and choices. Begin to solve problems involving doubling, halving and sharing.
  • Calculation: adding and subtraction with numbers to 10.
  • Recognise, name and describe features of 3D shapes.
  • Use shapes to create and recreate patterns and build models.
  • Explore and talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems.
  • Number patterns; counting in 2’s, 10’s
  • Handling Data

Physical

  • Games / Dance /Gymnastics
  • Development of hand-eye co-ordination
  • Co-ordination and control of body movements
  • Develop skills using a variety of tools and equipment (e.g. scissors, pencil for writing, construction toys, etc)

Understanding the world

  • Recognising similarities and differences in relation to objects and materials and explore why some things occur
  • Sorting materials
  • Floating and sinking
  • Exploring materials and tools
  • Observing and describing simple features of plant growth and similarities and differences between plants – growing a beanstalk for Jack
  • Exploration of winter and spring, knowing, discussing and recording key features
  • Changing states – solid, liquid, gas through cookery
  • Sequencing the days of the week and months of the year
  • Developing vocabulary of time
  • History of Bears and own time line
  • Journey maps – We’re going on a bear hunt!
  • Physical features – eg rivers, fields, oceans, mountains etc.
  • Look at similarities and differences in relation to places
  • Story settings
  • Left and right, positional language using technology using simple coding
  • Staying safe online

Expressive arts and design

  • Collage, painting, drawing
  • Exploring media and materials
  • Mothering Sunday and Easter cards
  • Painting to a music stimulus
  • Design a quilt for Grandma, beanstalk
  • Make a wolf with a hinged jaw
  • Develop cutting skills, sewing skills
  • To develop the singing voice and use vocal sounds
  • To explore high and low voices and instruments
  • Exploration of long and short word patterns
  • Creating patterns and sequences of sounds
  • Experiment with ways of changing music


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summer treeSummer Term

Animals / Minibeasts

zoo animals         minibeasts

 

Personal and Social Development

  • Spring Fever – me and my family
  • Relationships
  • Changing me
  • Continue to show concern for others and helping
  • Listening and responding to each other in small groups
  • Understanding honesty, trustworthiness and what it means to be ‘fair’
  • Class and school councils

RE

  • People of Faith in the Bible

Literacy

  • Continue to enjoy an increasing range of books and stories
  • Use non-fiction text to find information about animals and minibeasts
  • Use instructional text (cookbook,craft book) to complete a task
  • Exploring poetry eg Rumble in the Jungle
  • Continued focus on developing recognition of sounds in words, word building and further development of reading strategies (phonic Phase 3 & 4).
  • Handwriting (formation of full name and correct formation of all letters)
  • Continue to use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds.
  • Continue to write for different purposes:  letters, recount, captions, stories, instructions, lists, information, reports, menus, etc. including more descriptive language
  • Continued story-telling and drama

Maths

  • Problem solving: Continue to describe solutions to practical problems, drawing on experience, talking about their own ideas, methods and choices
  • Solving problems involving doubling, halving and sharing
  • Calculation: adding and subtraction with numbers to 10 and beyond
  • Recognise, name and describe features of 3D shapes.
  • Use shapes to create and recreate patterns and build models.
  • Explore, measure and talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems involving these
  • Number patterns; counting in 2’s, 10’s, 5s
  • Handling Data

Physical

  • Games/Dance/Gymnastics/multi-skills
  • Continued development of hand-eye co-ordination
  • Continued co-ordination and control of body movements
  • Continue to develop their skill using a variety of tools and equipment (e.g. scissors, pencil for writing, construction toys, etc).
  • Staying Healthy
  • Being safe

Understanding the world

  • Continue to recognise similarities and differences in relation to objects and materials and explore why some things occur
  • Continue to sort materials starting to discuss their properties
  • Continue to explore floating and sinking
  • Observe and research animal and minibeast life (habitat, needs, behaviour, etc)
  • Explore and discuss similarities and differences between animals and habitats
  • Life cycle of a butterfly through observation of live caterpillars
  • Exploration of spring and summer, knowing discussing and recording key features
  • Changing states solid, liquid, gas through cookery
  • Sequencing the days of the week and months of the year
  • Continue to developing vocabulary of time
  • Habitats around the world  (jungle, desert, ocean, grasslands, etc) looking at similarities and differences
  • Technology in the classroom and beyond
  • Staying safe online

Expressive arts and design

  • Collage, painting, drawing
  • Exploring media and materials to create spring / summer / animal and minibeast displays
  • Fathers’ day cards
  • Baking/fruit tasting
  • Animal masks
  • Design and make a model of an animal enclosure-whole class model of zoo.
  • Create models of buildings and features to include in model of zoo (toilets, ticket office, café, gift shop, playground/funfair, etc)
  • Minibeast habitat
  • 3D animal made out of recyclable materials
  • Create animal habitat using natural resources.
  • Continue to develop cutting skills, sewing skills
  • Exploring rhythm
  • Continue to develop the singing voice and use vocal sounds
  • Continue to explore high and low voices and instruments
  • Continue our exploration of long and short word patterns
  • Creating patterns and sequences of sounds and experiment with ways of changing music
  • Compose a simple jingle for advert using rhythm and percussion instruments


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