Topics covered in Reception Autumn Term 2018


We will be covering a number of topics this term. The topics will include Autumn books and other bear stories, for example: ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’, ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’, ‘Whatever Next’ and ‘Peace at Last’. The children will collect conkers, acorns and look at changes in seasons, weather and days of the week. The topics may change direction according to the interests of the children in the class and will link to the new curriculum for the Early Years Foundation stage.

Please remember that for children of this age practical and hands-on experience is the best.

Please be aware that PLAY is still an important component in your child’s education.


Personal/Social and Emotional

  • Self Care – learning to look after their things by recognising their names on their belongings ie., P.E. clothes, reading folders, lunch times, washing their hands.
  • Attitude to learning – start taking pleasure in learning new things.
  • Making relationships – sharing and taking turns.
  • Sense of community – respect and value different cultures, customs and learn about beliefs.


Here is a short list of some of the things the children will be expected to know and be able to do at the end of the Autumn term.

  • use language for an increasing range of purposes
  • listen with enjoyment and respond to stories, music, rhymes, poems and make up their own stories, songs and poems.
  • continue a rhyming string (use of rhymes)
  • to know the direction of print
  • differentiate between words and letters
  • to match letters to the sounds they make
  • begin to identify familiar words
  • re-call and re-tell events in a story
  • to write their own name and independently label their own piece of work.
  • Learning sounds of the letters

Daily reading and Reading Record

Please read with your child on daily basis for 10-20 minutes. Your child is given a reading record where you can add a short comment every time he/she has read to you. Your child’s class teacher checks the reading record on daily basis and will give your child a stamp every time they’ve read at home. When 20 stamps are collected, your child will get a certificate/ reward for being a proactive reader. We are looking forward to your support and co-operation.

The children will be given access to the ‘Bug Club’ online reading resource and will be provided by logins and usernames in due course. Please work through the books that are allocated to your child.

Library Books

The Reception Class library time will be Thursday morning. The children are allowed to borrow a book of their choice. Please ensure that the book is returned the following week on Thursday.


Here is a short list of some of the mathematics the children will be covering this term.

  • recognise some numbers of personal significance (ie., numbers on cars, when shopping etc)
  • to recognise small amounts without counting (1-10)
  • to begin to count an irregular arrangement of ten objects and more
  • read, write and order numbers to ten and more
  • separate a group of three or four objects in different ways
  • begin to use the vocabulary of adding and subtracting
  • talk about, recognise and recreate simple patterns
  • show curiosity about shapes by talking about how they are the same or different
  • identify 1p 2p and 5p coins.

Understanding of the World

  • Learning days of the week.
  • Look at changes in the weather and their environment.
  • To start collecting seeds, conkers, acorns for their interest table.
  • Learn about themselves, talk about their five senses: touch, taste, smell, sight, hearing.
  • Look at magnets and talk about their properties.The children will also have the opportunity to use age appropriate ICT hardware and operate simple computer software.


  • The children will be having music lessons every Monday morning.


Suggestions of practical and hands-on experience work will be given to your children on Friday and should be returned the following Thursday or Friday in the folder provided. The children are expected to do these activities at home with adult support. Parents are required to read the tasks for the children but after that please let the children complete the work independently. An important part of the children’s work is that they learn to self-correct. Some children will need a little more direction and encouragement than others and it is up to you how much or little you intervene. Most of the tasks given will have been covered in class during the week.

The children will have access to the ‘Bug Club’ online reading resource and they have been provided with logins and usernames. Please work through the books that are allocated to your child.


P.E will be on Friday and this term the children will be learning Irish dancing. Please ensure that your child has a school P.E kit of t-shirt and shorts to change into and that it is labelled with their name. Although we take every precaution to ensure that the children take care with their kit, it is only by you labelling the children’s clothing that we can resolve issues of lost kit (and uniform). Please check the children’s P.E kit when it is brought home. Please also ensure your child’s name is labelled clearly on their coat and school bags, as well as their uniform.


The children will be taking it in turns to cook once a term. As the cost of ingredients can be quite expensive, we would ask you to donate £2.00 towards this for the term.

Allergies or Medical Issues

Please inform the teacher and the office if your child suffers from any allergy or has a medical concern.

Thank you.

Mrs H Raval