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Reception: Red and Blue

This term in Reception our focus Power of Reading book is ‘Yucky Worms.’


This is the story of a grandmother who finds a worm in her garden and shows it to her grandson. She begins to teach him about these creatures, with lots of facts about worms such as how worms help the earth and plants, what worms eat, and which animals eat worms.


In Literacy, Pupils will explore the similarities and differences between non-fiction and fiction. Pupils will have the opportunity to predict what they think will happen in the story and explain their reasoning. The pupils will explore, identify and label the different parts of the worms. This will lead to writing fact files about mini-beasts. The pupils will then be able to develop instructional writing about caring for mini-beasts. The pupils will work on developing their sentence writing to create a sequence of instructions in chronological order.


In Maths, the pupils will explore positional language. Through our topic work the pupils will consolidate their mathematical language of length to compare and describe similarities and differences between the growth of worms. They will also consolidate their mathematical knowledge of addition and subtraction by solving word problems.


Through the Power Of Reading book, the pupils will explore the topic ‘Mini-beasts.’ The pupils will have the opportunity to discuss and learn about mini-beasts and their habitats. The pupils will be able to learn about how to make observations of animals and plants and be able to explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.


Through our role play areas, the pupils will embed their knowledge of mini-beasts with a ‘Vet surgery’ and an ‘Investigation Lab’. The pupils will have the opportunity to develop their reading skills through the use of labels, signs and books in the role play areas. The pupils will have the opportunity to write receipts, forms, and create their own menus to support their learning in Literacy through these areas. The pupils will be introduced to 2p coins to pay for the items they purchase in the ‘Sandwich Shop’ and ‘Market’ role play areas, where they will also consolidate their understanding of weight as they explore heavy and light fruit.


This term, the pupils will have a PE lesson every Friday morning. It is essential that pupils have their PE kit in school with the correct change of clothing for every lesson. This term the pupils are focusing on fastening buttons independently and turning their clothes the right way around. Please support this at home to help develop their independence further.


We look forward to lots of new learning opportunities in the term ahead!