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Perspective taking

Perspective taking – this is about enabling children to think and feel as though they were another person. It is being able to imagine what it is like to be in “someone else’s shoes.”

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Autumn Term 2019
YEAR GROUP: Reception

TERM: Autumn Term 2019

Topic title(s) and summary overview 1st and 2nd half term

Autumn 1: All About Us

Autumn 2: Special Seasons and Celebrations

At the beginning of the school year our main focus will be on getting the children to settle into their new class. Our priority is making sure that the children feel happy, safe and secure as soon as possible so that they have the best possible start to school!

Below are all the aspects of learning that your child will have in the Autumn Term.

Communication and Language (C&L)

In Reception, Communication and Language is broken down into three aspects:

·         Listening and attention

·         Understanding

·         Speaking

To ensure your child really excels in communication and language we will be immersing the children in the following activities:

Tales Toolkit

Rhymes and rhyming/songs

Role play

Partner work/partner talk

Group Work

Circle Time

Oracy sessions

Forest School

Talk for Writing (learning actions for a story)

Learn how to sit, concentrate and listen for sustained periods of time

Listen and respond to ideas expressed by others in conversation or discussion

It is our belief that children need as much exposure to these activities to ensure they develop into the best learners that they can be.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

Personal, Social and Emotional Development is recognised as one of the building blocks of success in life. It supports children’s development by helping them to interact effectively and develop positive attitudes to themselves and others.  In order for your child to develop successfully in this area we will:

Recognise and understand sympathy and empathy

Learn the rules and routines of the setting (including behavioural expectations)

Make friends and build relationships with others at school (staff and children)

Share with others

Show kindness towards others

Work collaboratively

Learn good listening skills

Follow instructions

Explain own knowledge and understanding

Take steps to resolve conflicts with other children, e.g. finding a compromise, saying sorry etc.

Talk about how we are feeling

Partake in weekly year group assemblies

Physical Development (PD)

Physical development is as the title suggests about how young children gain control of their bodies, but it also includes how children learn about keeping themselves active and healthy and how they learn to use equipment and materials successfully and safely. In Reception, Physical Development is broken down into two aspects:

·         Moving and Handling

·         Health and Self-Care

·         To support your child in developing in this area they will participate in the following activities:

Negotiate space successfully when playing racing and chasing games with other children, adjusting speed or changing direction to avoid obstacles

Travel around, under, over and through balancing and climbing equipment

Use simple tools to effect changes to materials

Handle tools, objects, construction and malleable materials safely

Begin to show a preference for a dominant hand

Begin to mark make

Begin to write own name

Use balance bikes to develop gross motor control and hand-eye coordination

Partake in PE lessons

Eat a healthy range of foodstuffs and understand the need for variety in food

Show understanding of the need for safety when tackling new challenges

Show understanding of how to transport and store equipment safely

Manage self care independently (including toileting, general hygiene and changing clothes). Children will need to wash their hands before eating their lunch and morning snack.

Literacy (L)

Literacy is often thought of as the ability ‘to read and write’ but it also includes strong oracy skills which includes being able to speak clearly and listen to those around you.

In the EYFS, Literacy has two aspects:

  • Reading
  • Writing

To develop early reading and writing your child will be taught and immersed in the following:

Begin to recognise sounds that have been taught (we will be using the Jolly Phonics scheme)

Following on from the phonic scheme, we will be sending home PM Starter reading books which will have some of the high frequency key words in Reception. These will be learned through sight recognition.

Alongside this will be the ORT books, which have simple CVC words based on our phonics programme. The children will learn to segment (sound out) and blend (put the sounds together) to read e.g: c-a-t.

Write sounds that have been taught using cursive scheme

Start to hear the initial sounds in words

Practise writing own name

Read own name (e.g. on tray/peg labels etc)

Begin to use known sounds to sound out CVC (consonant vowel consonant) words (e.g. ‘pin’, ‘sat’ etc)

Listen to stories that are read aloud by an adult

Engage in mark making/writing activities

Trace patterns and letters

Tales Toolkit- a literacy scheme which provides children with the building blocks to retell and create their own stories.

Maths (MD)

In the Early Years Foundation Stage, Mathematics is broken down into two aspects:

  • Numbers
  • Shape, Space and Measures

Mathematics is all about understanding and using shape, space, measures and numbers to solve everyday problems. Helping children to enjoy Mathematics is probably one of the most important things that adults can do so that children realise that mathematics is a way of finding things out and solving problems. In order to do this, we will be using concrete apparatus (Numicon) and immersing the children in a number rich environment through songs, play, activities and investigational work. In the course of this, your child will learn to:

Count up to 10

Recognise numbers 0-10

Recognise numbers of personal significance (e.g. age, door number etc)

Find the total number of objects by counting them

Join in with counting songs/games

Recognise a range of 2D shapes

Begin to use positional language (e.g. behind, on top of etc)

Begin to recognise colours and patterns

Start to create own patterns

Play games that are linked to maths (e.g. snakes and ladders, peg boards, dominoes etc)

Understanding the World (UW)

Understanding of the World is about how children get to know about other people, the place where they live and about all aspects of the environment.  In Reception, Understanding the World is broken down into three aspects:

  • People and Communities
  • The World
  • Technology

To help your child understand the world we will:

Talk about parts of the body and what they are used for (look closely at our 5 senses)

Find out about different types of weather and seasons

Learn about different religions of the world

Look at festivals and celebrations from around the globe

Talk about Bonfire Night and how it is celebrated

Perform the Christmas Nativity

Perform as a class with a drama workshop

Expressive Art and Design (EAD)

In Reception, EAD is broken down into two aspects:

·         Exploring and using media and materials

·         Being imaginative

Your child will:

Learn and perform a range of old and new songs

Play with musical instruments (e.g. drums, tambourines, maracas etc)

Engage in role play

Use the dressing up clothes and costumes

Use junk modelling materials to create own models (please bring in cardboard boxes, tubes etc for us to use!)

Choose particular colours to use for a purpose

Construct with a purpose in mind, using a variety of resources

Use simple tools (e.g. scissors)

Play alongside other children who are engaged in the same theme

Play cooperatively as part of a group to develop and act out a narrative

Expand children’s exposure to new songs and rhymes

Special Events

Aladdin Pantomime- date TBC

Christmas Nativity – date TBC

How parents can be involved in home learning

Please read every day with your child and practice the key words that will be highlighted each half term in the front of the blue reading diaries. Please be familiar with the seven areas of learning (as stated above) and think about how you can support your child at home in developing in these areas.

English Key Skills

Speaking and listening

I can speak aloud to friends, in a group and to an adult.

I can talk about things that interest me including stories.

I can listen whilst others are speaking and wait for my turn to talk.

I can listen and follow simple instructions.

I can ask and answer questions appropriately during carpet time / circle time.

I can use talk during role play activities.

I can use talk to deepen my understanding.


Reading (word/comprehension)

I can read all Reception key words and the majority of key words for Y1.

I can show an awareness of full stops when reading aloud.

I can blend and segment unfamiliar words.

I can talk about a favourite story, poem or character.

I can answer simple questions about a familiar story.

I can make simple predictions about a text.

I can use a simple word bank.

I can read fiction, non-fiction and poetry appropriate for my phonic level.

I can retell key points in a familiar story.

I can join in during whole class retelling of a story.



I can write three simple sentences.

I can show an awareness of full stops, capital letters and finger spaces.

I can say a sentence, write and read it back to check it makes sense.

I can begin to write a sentence using the connectives ‘and’ or ‘but’

I can write simple texts such as names, labels, captions, lists, diagrams and messages.



I can write simple sentences using full stops, capital letters and finger spaces.

I can use simple connectives to join two simple sentences.

I can use prepositions correctly in my speech (e.g. up, down, in, into, out, to, onto).

I am familiar with determiners and use them correctly in my speech (e.g. the, a, my, your, an, this, that, his, her, their, some, all).

I can use adjectives to describe nouns (e.g. old, little, big, small quiet).



I can hold a pencil correctly, sit up correctly and steady my work.

I am beginning to form all letters and numbers (0-9) correctly.

I am beginning to write on the line.

My teacher and I can read what I’ve written.



I can read and spell all key words for Reception and possibly year 1 (red words).

I can recognise all phonic sounds and blends (set 1, 2 and 3).

I can ‘have a go’ at spelling words using my phonic knowledge.


Introduce: finger spaces, letter, word, sentence, full stops, capital letter.

Maths Key Skills


  1. I can count backwards and forwards to and across 20.
  2. I can count, read, write numbers up to 20
  3. I can double and halve numbers up to 20.
  4. I can use the language of: equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most, least.
  5. I know the number story of all numbers up to 20.
  6. I can identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations including the number line.


  1. I can begin to recognise and use +, – and = symbols.
  2. I know my number bonds to 20.
  3. I can identify one more and one less from a given number less than 20.

Fractions, Decimals and Percentages

  1. I recognise and use doubles and halves of numbers and quantities.


  1. I can use common vocabulary for comparison e.g. heavier, taller, full, longest, quickest.
  2. I can compare two lengths, masses or capacities by direct comparison.
  3. I can say and order the months of the year.
  4. I know the number of and names of the days in a week.
  5. I can sequence events in chronological order using terms such as: before, after, next, first, yesterday, today, tomorrow, afternoon and evening.
  6. I can use everyday language to talk about time, money, size, weight, capacity, position, distance, to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems.


  1. I can recognise and name common 2D, and some 3D, shapes.

Ms Marshall

Year Team Leader

Miss Roberts

Class Teacher

Miss Sinclair

Class Teacher

Miss Brownlie

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Mrs Roach

Nursery Nurse

Mrs Huckle

Teaching Assistant