Evonne Williams - Assistant Head Early Years

Simon George - Class Teacher RSG

Teresa Hibbert - Higher Level Teaching Assistant


Curriculum Overview - Autumn 2



In Reception, our main theme is ‘Celebrations!’. We will be learning about the different celebrations enjoyed by people and their communities, such as Diwali, Bonfire Night and Christmas. We are continuing our exploration of the Autumn season.



This half term, we will read the texts ‘The Leaf Thief’ by Alice Hemming and the traditional tale ‘The Little Red Hen’


In our guided writing groups we are continuing to become secure in writing our own name, write simple three-letter words and to begin to write short captions.

The children will continue one-to-one reading with the Reception staff and will also start reading in small guided groups.

Phonics is taught daily and we will be beginning to learn these new sound-spellings

  • Unit 4 <d> <f> <v> <e>
  • Unit 5 <k> <l> <r> <u>
  • Unit 6 <j> <w> <z>
  • Unit 7 <x> <y> <ll> <ss> <zz>



This half term pupils will continue to develop their ‘subitising’ and counting skills. We will be hearing and joining in with the counting sequence and connect this to the ‘staircase’ pattern of counting numbers, seeing that each number is made of one more than the previous number.



We will continue to develop our counting skills and knowledge, including that the last number in the count tells us how many (cardinality).


We will be comparing sets of objects by matching and begin to develop the language of ‘whole’ when talking about objects which have parts.


Other Curriculum Areas

Personal, social and emotional development – We will continue our personal, social and emotional development with our ‘Think Equal’ scheme, focusing on being kind “anonymouse” superheroes.

Understanding the World – Continue to focus on the Autumn season.

Expressive arts and design – Autumn art project with Claire Law our art co-ordinator.

Physical Development – Learning new dances to perform with our friends.

Fine motor activities and handwriting lessons will continue throughout.


Overview of Empowering Learning


Self Manager

Organise themselves and work out goals and priorities
Show personal responsibility, initiative, creativity and enterprise
Anticipate, take and manage risks
Commit themselves to learning and self-improvement                                                                                                                                                                                         Respond positively to change 

Effective Participators

Engage actively with issues that affect them and those around them.
Play a full part in the life of the school
Take responsible action to bring improvement for others as well as themselves
Discuss issues of concern, seeking resolution
Present a persuasive case for action
Propose practical ways forward                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Try to influence others, negotiating and balancing diverse views

Resourceful          Thinker

Think creatively by generating and exploring relevant ideas, and making original connections
Find links and see relationships
Explore & experiment with resources and materials
Ask ‘why’, ‘how’ and ‘what if’ questions
Apply imaginative thinking to solve a problem
Try different ways to tackle a problem                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Work with others to find imaginative solutions and outcomes that are of value

Reflective              Learner

Evaluate their strengths and limitations as learners
Review their work and act on outcomes
Set themselves realistic goals and criteria for success
Monitor their own performance and progress
Invite feedback and deal positively with praise, setbacks & criticism.
Make changes to improve their learning                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Communicate their learning in relevant ways to different audiences

Independent Enquirer

Gather, process and evaluate information in their investigations
Plan what to do and how to go about it
Draw conclusions and evaluate outcomes
Take informed and well-reasoned decisions, recognising that other have different beliefs and attitudes                                                                                                                            Use range of techniques to collect and organise information

Team Worker

Work confidently with others, adapting to different contexts and taking responsibility for their own role
Listen and take account of others’ views
Form collaborative relationships, resolving issues and reaching agreed outcomes
Adapt behaviours to suit different roles and situations                                                                                                                                                                                                        Show fairness and consideration towards others


Important Dates

w/c 13th November – Anti Bullying Week

Friday 17th November – Children in Need

Wednesday 22nd and 29th November – Progress Meetings

Wednesday 6th December – Reception Nativity Performance

Tuesday 12th December – Christmas Enterprise Market

Tuesday 19th December – Christmas Lunch

Thursday 21st December – Carols by Candlelight/ end of Autumn Term (early finish 2pm)



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