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Welcome to Hedgehogs - Reception class!







LOVE FOR READING - In Reception we love reading a variety of books for pleasure and recently during our home-schooling via google classroom we have been working through an exciting box of 20 stories giving every child a chance to choose one by choosing a number. So far we have read 19, 1 more to go!!!!




I also want to take this opportunity to say thankyou to all the parents and children for your support during this time. The work the children have produced has been to a very high standard and I love to see how engaged they are! Below are a couple of examples of children's amazing writing that has totally blew me away!




From us to you, Thankyou! 

Reception is....


The year that your child will become 'school-ready'; developing their independence, confidence, resilience and curiosity.


Welcome to our class page! Here you will be able to keep updated on all events happening in your child's class whilst also following their learning journey throughout the year!


We plan for learning in all 7 areas of the curriculum: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Communication and Language, Literacy, Maths, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. Our topics are all formulated from children's interests in which we then tailor the EYFS curriculum accordingly. Curriculum areas are not always taught in isolation and may cross over each other in which these cross curricular links are always made clear on any planning. 



Characteristics of effective learning. (COEL)


COEL are ways in which the child engages with others in their environment. They underpin learning and development across all areas of the curriculum and when we observe your children in their setting we will often comment on what COEL they are showing. 



We strive to create a strong partnership with parents which will help us ensure your child has their full individual needs met. Please share their achievements at home. You can help yourself to a 'WOW' voucher which will be available at every class entrance. These will impact on your child's development and be part of their learning journey in School.  


Our intent


Language development is the driver of our curriculum and we strive for children to become skilful, effective communicators.



Autumn 1 -  What makes me marvellous? / Marvellous Me!


Leaving nursery behind and moving into Reception class can feel like a big step for both children and their parents. This half term we have spent quality time baselining your children ensuring each child has a secure starting point, enabling us to measure the progress they will make throughout the year.  


This half term we will reading and doing work on the text 'Owl Babies' where children will have the opportunity to use the talk for writing method to help them  re-tell the story orally using story maps. This not only develops children's self confidence as story tellers but will also impact on their story writing as the year progresses.


We will be focusing on the text 'Bedtime for Monsters'. Our texts are chosen from the power or reading scheme we follow in School. This scheme really allows us to teach texts in great depth and has proven to develop a whole school love of reading and writing. 


Understanding the world...

We will be looking a our season Autumn and going on Autumn walks to comment on what you see during this season. We will also be looking at technology and completing age appropriate games on our interactive white board as well as exploring other technological toys.  


In Maths we are focusing on number and place value to 5 reinforcing the 5 counting principles. At Sacred Heart we follow the White Rose Maths scheme of learning. Our aim is to develop a whole new culture of deep understanding, confidence and competence in Maths - a culture that produces strong, secure learning and real progress.


Autumn 2 - What do we celebrate? / Festivals and  Celebrations!


This half term we will be learning about a variety of festivals and celebrations such as Diwali / Children in need / Eid / bonfire night / Christmas. We start by reading a firework poem and then look at some popular stories from another cultures and traditions like 'Handa's Surprise' and 'Anna Hibiscus' song.

As the term progresses we will be then preparing for our Christmas celebrations reading 'The Christmas story' We will be role-playing a lot of these stories in our Literacy lesson to help us better understand the story behind the Christmas celebrations. We will also be taking part in a lot of Christmas related activities in preparation for this exciting time of the year. There is a lot of cross curricular links with understanding the world during this topic! We will be looking closely at similarities and differences between people and communities in this country and others.


In Maths we will be focusing on one more / one less where children will be able to take part in a variety of practical, concrete activities allowing children to understand quantities whilst also developing their mathematical reasoning skills.


Spring 1 - Tell me a story? / Traditional tales.


This half term we will be focusing on some traditional stories that we have not covered before in Nursery such as 'The Gigantic turnip' / 'Biscuit Bear' / 'The Gruffalo 'focusing on story structures and discussing in detail the what happens at the beginning / middle and end of these stories. We will be retelling the stories using story maps and sequencing pictures in the correct order in which they appear in the text.


Understanding the world...

We will also be celebrating Chinese new year / valentines day / pancake day and the season change to Winter this half term.


In Maths we will focusing on 2D and 3D shapes and talking about their simple properties / repeating patterns / ordering numbers - 20. Our role-play area will also be a popular supermarket 'ASDA' where children can buy / sell food, make shopping lists and count out coins.



Some children chose to make their own shops at home too! Here is a fab one! 



Spring 2 - What can we grow? / Growing!


This half term we will be focusing on texts such as 'Errol's Garden' and ' Yucky worms' looking at growing / planting with lot's of cross-curriculor links with understanding the world.  We will be drawing our own story maps and beginning to write simple sentences to match parts of the story.


Understanding the world....

We will also be celebrating Mothers day / Easter and the beginning of Spring this term.


In Maths we will be focusing on measures ( height  / length ) spending time measuring a variety of objects as well as looking at capacity and weight.


Summer 1 - Why do we have toys? / Toy Story 


This half term we will be looking at toys today compared to toys from the past. 


In Literacy we will be reading 'Billy's bucket', 'Stanley's stick' and 'Knuffle Bunny' discussing how precious a special toy/ teddy can be to us. We will be labelling and writing about our favourite toys. We will also be making predictions reading only the beginning and middle of stories guessing how it may end!


In Maths we will be changing our role-play into a toy shop using coins up to the value of 10p to buy toys. We will also be reviewing 2d and 3d shapes and look at the shapes of toys e.g, a ball being a sphere/ a dice being a cube. We will also be problem solving lots this term and solving word problems.


Summer 2 - Where shall we go? / Off we go!


We will end our Reception year thinking about travel / holidays and transport. This half term we will be writing stories based on travelling somewhere or a holiday / day trip that we have enjoyed with our families.


In Literacy we will be reading a variety of stories linked to this theme being, 'The Naughty Bus', 'We're going on a bear hunt', 'Train ride' and 'Astrogirl'  all based around going on adventures and having lot's of fun!


Understanding the world......

We will also be celebrating special days such as Fathers day / sports day / celebrating the new season change ( Summer ) and also preparing children for their transition into Year 1.


In Maths we will adding and subtracting 2 single digit number and counting to find a total. We will also be solving problems including doubling and halving.




Remember, remember.....


- We will be sending out reading books and words for your child to learn. Please support them the best you can with learning these. Books and new words will be changed weekly.

- We have an open door policy so please don't hesitate to come and find us if you have any worries or concerns regarding your child.

- Help yourself to WOW vouchers and Proud Clouds to celebrate your children's achievements at home. These will be available every day outside all EYFS doors. 


Thank you for your continued support!


Mrs Cope / Mrs Bowen