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Reception Learning Overview - Autumn 2 2016

This half term our topic will be ‘Celebrations’.

In Literacy, children will learn to ascribe meaning to the marks that they have made as they start to hear medial and end sounds in words to write most letters correctly and in sequence. As we move on to writing simple sentences, there will be a focus on using finger spaces between words. We will also continue our fortnightly ‘Enormous Write’ where children will write about the creative piece they make, which will relate to our topic.

In Maths, children will begin to learn about 3D shapes and their features and also be learning positional language In addition we will be moving on from counting to 10 and beyond and will be learning how to order numbers, find one more and one less than a given number as well as adding two groups of objects together.

In PE, our focus this half term is negotiating space successfully as they run and being able to adjust speed and change direction to avoid obstacles. We will also be practising an exciting firework dance as we begin to move in different ways.

In phonics, we will continue to follow the progression of sounds of the ‘Letters and Sounds programme’. Children will be grouped into smaller groups in phonics. These are some of the sounds that the children will learn:

-        e, u, r

-        h, b, f

-        ff, I, ll, ss

-        j, v, w

-        x, y, zz, qu

Children will also begin to learn some of the reception high frequency words: get, up, mum, had, his, him, but, big, back, of, if. We will also be learning the tricky words: the, to, he, she, I, we, me, be


We will be continuing our ‘Forest Time’ trips with small groups of children every Tuesday and we will also be going on our very first whole class trip to a Hindu temple!


We will be visiting Dulwich Library; each class will visit the library once per term.  In the Autumn Term the visits will be:

Chestnut Class -  21st November 2016

Willow Class – 28th November 2016


If you are able to support us on trips, which would involve being responsible for 4 children with the class teacher present, then please do let us know as we would really appreciate the support.


Please see our year group webpage for further information and of course take a look at what your child is learning when you come to pick them up.

How can you help us?


To help us and your child identify their uniform, please ensure you have labelled every piece of clothing with their name, including vests and tights as well as items of P.E kit.

Now that the weather is getting colder please make sure your child wears their school coat each day– our outdoor learning continues all year round so they will be learning both inside and outside during the winter months. Please also ensure that children have their own (labelled) wellies on the days that we go to Forest Time.


Class routines and home learning

·       Willow class and Chestnut class will continue to alternate their PE lessons each week. Chestnut class will begin with PE on Wednesday 2nd November, with the following week PE being on Friday. Willow class will begin PE on Friday 4th November, with the following week PE being on Wednesday. Your child should have a full P.E Kit (Harris round-neck t-shirt, black or navy trousers/shorts and black plimsolls in a Harris P.E kit bag). All items should be labelled with your child’s name. Please ensure your child is not wearing jewellery on these days such as, hoop earrings. Children will be expected to undress and change themselves. To support children with this, you should encourage them to practise fastening and unfastening buttons and tying shoelaces at home.

·       Home learning will continue to include a ‘thinking question’, a maths activity and phonics (sounds of the week and high frequency words to practise reading and writing). This will be given to children on Friday and should be completed over the weekend, ready to hand in on Monday morning.

·       As always, we expect all children to read every day at home.  We will be looking at the reading records each time your child reads and it will be extremely helpful to read your comments on what you focused on at home, any sounds children recognised and anything they needed support with.  We will then be able comment on progress in school and suggest ways you can support your child further.