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Autumn 1

Reception Class  Autumn 1 2017

Jelly that wont wobble

Our theme title for this half term is ‘Jelly that won’t wobble’. Books we will be looking at will include – The jelly that wouldn’t wobble, Monster Feast, Don’t put your finger in the jelly Nelly, Feelings books, Nursery Rhyme books and information books about vans and lorries, David Hockney and polar bears.

In Week 2 the children will be making jelly; following and reading simple instructions, ready for the jelly and ice cream party. We will then talk about where milk comes from and in week 3 parents are invited to a ‘Down at the dairy activity morning’ in class. We shall make ice cream vans, using the B-bots; creating algorithms. We shall then be observing the country side and paintings of David Hockney and making our own representations. We will also be setting off to Harlow Carr in Harrogate, observing nature and our surroundings. We will learn about the colours of the rainbow and mixing paints to produce primary and secondary colours. We shall finish by observing polar animals and finding out by scientific investigation how polar bears can survive in such a cold climate. The planning will always change slightly depending on the children’s interests. At the end of each half term the children will have a planning meeting to decide which ‘vehicles’, interests they would like to incorporate into their learning. 

Within the first few weeks, we will be focussing on ‘Being willing to have a go’ (and resilience) and then stressing the importance of ‘Having our own ideas’ (and independence).


Autumn 2

Reception Class Autumn 2 2017

Was Humpty Pushed?

This half term our theme will be Nursery rhymes. Guided by the children’s own planning meeting, the children decided they would like a Vet Practice. Many of the characters in our Nursery Rhymes have a bump or a knock which is why we decided to have a garage....fixing cars and lorries for outside role play. We shall also be working with money.

In the first week, the theme will be spiders (Incy Wincy Spider and Little Miss Moffat). The children will be learning and writing about real spiders, counting their legs and making a web. Then the children will be learning more Nursery rhymes, linking with rhyming words and rhythm. We will then be investigating whether Humpty was pushed, looking at which 3D objects will roll down a hill and why. We will be looking at different materials and decide how we will wrap up our hard boiled eggs so they don’t crack when they are accidentally pushed off the wall. We will also have a Humpty team building morning, developing our listening and problem solving skills,

We will be learning about the Nativity story and making our own props, and sharing a Christmas craft activity morning with parents.


Spring 1

Reception Class Spring 1 2018 


We have lift off!

Following on from the children’s planning meeting, we have decided to build our learning around a space theme. We have already had an assessment session where we shared what we know already about space and have now began to think about what we want to find out. We are beginning to encourage the children to ask questions and to think about what they would like to know and how they can find things out. For example one child is convinced that there is cheese on the moon! So we need now to think about where cheese comes from and would cows be able to live on the moon.... if they did, what would they look like... it goes on.

We will begin our topic, learning about adjectives as we take a journey just as Davy did in the book ‘Davy’s Journey’. We will then travel on a magic carpet and go where ever we decide, but we will need to pack a suitcase and so will be learning to make lists and think about things we will need through out the day.

We will be learning a little bit about space, planets and scientists. We will be having a space party and exploring different space foods. We will be thinking about vehicles in the 30th Century and then we will head off to look at famous buildings around the world, including the Great Pyramids and the Great Wall of China ((3D shapes...which can be seen from space) and then join in with celebrations around the Chinese New Year....The Year of the dog.

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