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Reception: Red and Blue





This term in Reception the focus Power of Reading book is ‘Biscuit Bear.’ During a baking session with his mother, Horace makes Biscuit Bear, but, despite all his best efforts, he is made to wait until the next day to eat him. In the middle of the night however, the bear comes to life and, finding himself alone, decides to make some friends of his own, using flour, butter and sugar to make a whole circus of delectable friends. And so the fun begins, until it attracts the attention of a hungry visitor…


Through Literacy lessons, pupils will look at recipes and will read instructions to find out how to make their own Biscuit Bear. Pupils will learn how to write a shopping list and also a set of instructions to explain how to make a biscuit. There will also be an opportunity to use their instructions to make their own biscuit and decorate it!


In Maths, pupils will explore measures, focussing on weight and capacity. Pupils will learn to use mathematical language such as heavier, lighter, full and empty to compare and solve problems. When baking, pupils will use cup measurements and weighing scales to weigh the correct amount of ingredients they need. They will also be introduced to subtraction and will learn to find out how many are left in a group when some have been taken away. Biscuits will be used to explore this concept, for example, how many biscuits are left when 2 have been eaten, and pupils will learn to solve simple problems such as sharing and doubling in practical ways.


Through the book ‘Biscuit Bear’, pupils will explore the topic ‘Sweet Treats’. They will have the opportunity to discuss and learn about why it is important to go to the dentist and what happens at a dentist’s surgery. Pupils will learn about healthy eating and how to look after their teeth through the ‘Dentist’ role play area. They will have reading and writing opportunities throughout the experience, such as exploring non-fiction books and leaflets about dental care and writing appointment cards and prescriptions for the patients. In their Literacy lessons, pupils will write an explanation text to explain why it is important to brush teeth. In the role play area, pupils will use 1p coins to pay for their dental treatments such as a check-up or an x-ray and will learn to recognise numerals and count out quantities accurately. They will also have a visit from the School Nurse to talk about how to look after and clean their teeth. Pupils are looking forward to hearing about each others’ experiences of visiting the dentist!


Finally, pupils will have the opportunity to create their own Bakery shop where they will be able to buy and sell cakes, moving on to other items such as sandwiches and drinks. They will be able to make their own cakes using playdough and various materials to sell in the shop and create posters to advertise their shop. Pupils will use their skills of calculation to add together the price of two items and will have the opportunity to apply their phonic knowledge to write order forms and recipes.


PE for Reception pupils will begin this term on Fridays. Please ensure that your child has a PE kit in school on these days.


Pupils are looking forward to lots of new learning opportunities in the term ahead!