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Reception: Red and Blue

This term in Reception the Power of Reading book is ‘Stanley’s Stick’. Through the book, pupils will explore the topic of ‘Seasons’. Reception pupils will look closely at similarities, differences, patterns and changes in the environment, participating in activities to further their learning such as an autumn walk. Pupils will focus on colour changes throughout the seasons and will be introduced to mixing paint to create different shades of autumn colours.


In Literacy, pupils will continue to develop their phonic knowledge and will apply these skills to read and write simple words and begin to form simple captions. They will create and label story maps to help retell the story of ‘Stanley’s Stick’ and use their imaginations to create their own ‘stick’ story. Pupils will look at the use of speech and thought bubbles to support their story writing opportunities. Throughout the learning environment, there will be many opportunities for pupils to develop their writing skills, such as creating and labelling a plan for a model in the construction area.


In Maths, Reception pupils will develop mathematical language to describe and compare length and height. Pupils will have the opportunity to compare sticks and order them according to their length as well as a range of other autumn objects such as leaves and pine cones. Pupils will be encouraged to explain and reason as to why they chose to order objects in a particular way. They will learn the language of ‘longer’, ‘shorter’, ‘longest’ and ‘shortest’.


Following this, pupils will move onto measuring weight using non-standard units such as cubes and hands and they will have the opportunity to measure objects around the classroom and compare their length. Throughout the term, pupils will also consolidate their number recognition and order to 20 whilst beginning to introduce early calculation through doubling.


The focus of the role-play areas this term will be a coffee shop and a clothes shop. Throughout these role-play experiences, pupils will have the opportunity to take part in a real life experiences where they will have to pay for the service they require whether it is buying coffee or using the correct number of 1p coins to buy a new scarf!


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


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