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Reception: Red and Blue


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


In English, the pupils will continue to develop their phonic knowledge and will apply these skills to read and write simple words, also beginning to form simple captions. Pupils will create and label story maps to help retell the story of ‘Stanley’s Stick’ and use their imagination 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, the focus will be developing 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. They will be encouraged to explain and reason why they have ordered the objects in a particular way. They will also learn language relating to length including ‘longer’, ‘shorter’, ‘longest’ and ‘shortest’. Pupils will then move onto measuring weight using non-standard units such as cubes, hands, and have opportunities to measure objects around the classroom independently using these skills. Throughout the remainder of this term Reception pupils will consolidate number recognition and order to 20 and begin to be introduced to early calculation through doubling.


Our focus role-play areas this term will be a ‘Coffee Shop’ and a ‘Clothes Shop.’ Through these role-play experiences, pupils will have the opportunity to take part in real life experiences. They will have to pay for the service they require whether it is buying coffee or using the correct amount 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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