Reception Curriculum Newsletter – Autumn Term 1 2012
Dear Parents and Carers,
The beginning of the Autumn term marks a big change for children and parents alike,
but Reception are settling really well and enjoying exploring their new school
environment. Our topic for this half term is ‘All About Me’ and this will span across
all 7 areas of learning within the Early Years Foundation Stage. I have provided a
brief overview of the learning that your child will engage in over the next few weeks
below. I hope you find this both useful and informative. PE is on Monday and
Wednesday, so please ensure your child has their PE kit in school on these days. If
you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask any member of the Reception
Miss Reid – Reception class teacher.
Area of Learning Content How you can help at home
Communication and This half term the children Talk to your child at home
Language will be developing their and model good
speaking and listening skills conversational skills such as
through class discussions and listening.
by playing in our ‘Home’ role
play area. Children will be
given the opportunity to
develop their confidence
when speaking to an
audience as we share
information about our
families and home lives with
our class as part of our topic.
Literacy Over the next few weeks Talk to your child about the
Reception will start to learn phonemes and ‘tricky’ words
single letter sounds, which that we have been learning at
will be known as phonemes. school.
Towards the end of the half
term, the children will begin Encourage your child to
to consider how these engage in mark making
phonemes can be blended activity, and to hold a pen or
together to read a word, or pencil using a correct pencil
segmented to spell a word. grip
We will also be learning to
recognise some ‘tricky’ Share a story with your
words. We will continue to child talking about characters,
develop our interest in books settings and events.
by reading a range of books
during story time.
Mathematics Number recognition, ordering Help your child to
and counting to 10 will be our recognise the numbers 0 to
main focus this half term. We 10 and spot numbers when
will also be exploring the you are out and about.
characteristics of shapes, and
considering how objects can Whilst playing games at
be ordered by length or home, or at any appropriate
weight. opportunity, encourage your
child to count in a stable
order, with 1:1
Help your child to notice
shapes within their local
Talk to your child as you
weigh or measure things at
Personal, Social and A continuous emphasis this Help your child to think
Emotional half term will be the about sharing and considering
Development importance of turn taking, others feelings at home.
sharing, listening, considering
others feelings and following Encourage your child to
our school ‘Code of Conduct’ dress/undress and toilet
and class ‘Golden Rules.’ The independently.
children will also think
particularly about new
beginnings and a sense of
belonging. As part of our
topic we will also be
considering how we take care
Understanding the As part of our topic the Talk to your child about
World children will be exploring our important features of your
school environment and our local environment and
local environment. We will be community when out and
talking to one another about about.
our families and our home, as
well as considering the things Talk to your child about
we like to do and those that any local harvesting you
we don’t. We will also be might spot.
thinking about our bodies
and the things that we can
do. As part of our Harvest
celebration the children will
be looking at the changing
season and the harvesting of
crops in England.
Physical This half term the children Praise your child as they
Development will be exploring the different explore new ways of
ways that we can move and travelling, such as hopping or
travel and the different skipping.
shapes our bodies can make
through dance and Practice holding and using
movement in our PE lessons. scissors effectively at home.
We will also look carefully at
the changes that occur within
our bodies when we exercise.
Developing fine motor skills
needing for holding a pencil
and cutting with scissors will
be a continuous focus as well
through our ‘Fantastic Finger’
Creative The children will continue to
Development have lots of opportunities to Encourage your child to
paint, make and draw. We draw or paint at home,
will complete family portraits selecting appropriate colours.
using paints, a harvest still life
using chalk pastels, create 3D Use a variety of junk
models of our homes using materials at home to explore
junk boxes and will even making and joining.
explore painting with
Ask your child to teach you
the rhymes and songs they
have been learning at school.
play will be developed
through our ‘Home’ role play
area and in music we will be
exploring beat and tempo.