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Reception: Red and Blue



Welcome back, Reception!


The teachers hope that the pupils have had a lovely half term break and are looking forward to a busy term ahead.


Pupils will continue to learn about a variety of concepts through the ‘Power of Reading’ approach in their lessons. ’Yucky Worms’ will be providing both fiction and non-fiction reading opportunities for the children, based around worms, other mini-beasts and the natural world. Over the half term, pupils will be learning facts about worms and other mini-beasts, role playing as ‘wormologists’ and using their observation skills to inform their writing.


Pupils will be developing their reading, writing and prediction skills by using the text as a focus across the different activities in the learning environment. Using their phonics, they will examine fact files, reading information and following written instructions to find, identify and describe worms and other creepy-crawlies.


The role-play areas will be an observation area, where the pupils will first be watching the growth of the chicks that will kindly be provided by Living Eggs. Alongside this, a green grocer’s shop and a café will offer opportunities for pupils to use their maths skills, such as counting, adding amounts together and comparing size and weight.


Maths will continue to focus on accurate counting with numbers to 10. Pupils’ knowledge of number will continue to develop as we look at the concept of counting precisely, and how the ‘one more’ and ‘one less’ pattern of numbers helps us recognise numbers to and past 10. Around the learning environment, maths will appear in multiple contexts, such as finding the cost of items in the role-play areas, counting resources that are needed and recognising patterns.


Pupils will continue to have opportunities to express their creativity through different media such role-play, song, making and creating. Songs and rhymes will support their learning across the areas, including during lessons based around ‘Yucky Worms’.


We are looking forward to a very busy and exciting half term ahead.

Reception Recommended Reading


  1. Seasons- DK first facts
  2. Tyrannosaurus drip- Julia Donaldson
  3. We’re going on a bear hunt- Michael Rosen
  4. The Gruffalo- Julia Donaldson
  5. Mad about minibeasts- Giles Andreae
  6. What the ladybird heard- Julia Donaldson
  7. The hungry caterpillar- Eric Carle
  8. We’re going to find the monster- Malorie Blackman
  9. Handa’s Surprise- Eileen Browne
  10.  Colour monster- Anna Llenas
  11.  Shark in the park- Nick Sharratt
  12. Elmer- David McKee
  13.  Tiger who came to tea- Judith Kerr
  14. Oliver’s Wood- Sue Hendra
  15. Yucky Worms- Vivian French