Dove, Chaffinch and Eagle
WHAT IS MY CHILD LEARNING?
Autumn Term Curriculum 2021
RECEPTION CURRICULUM PLAN
YEAR GROUP: Reception
TERM: Autumn Term 2021
All about me and Mindful Play
In Reception we want to immerse the children in an environment that is rich in language and communication with the pleasure reading at the core of our curriculum. We want every child to thrive and develop positive relationships within an environment which is both stimulating and enabling. Our school commitment to building a culture where children not only value themselves, but others and the planet will be at the forefront of our practice. Our school values this term are: Peace, Trust, Creativity and Courage.
During the Autumn Term we will be focussing on ‘This is me!’ and the children will explore their similarities and differences, learn how to look after themselves and others and investigate their family and home. During ‘Mindful Play’ we will be exploring independence and healthy living – including meditation, breathing and moving and stretching. The Term will be divided as follows:
Autumn 1: This is me! – me and my world
During this age-range, children develop an increased sense of ‘self and other’, with a growing interest in the similarities and differences that exist within family and friendship groups. In particular, this is a period when children develop greater bonds with those they have regular contact with and begin to understand more about the roles and relationships within families. As they develop, children demonstrate a growing interest in others, and a desire to develop friendships beyond their immediate circle. Children will also be starting to explore and learn more about their feelings and examine these more closely, with a growing sense of what are acceptable and unacceptable ways of expressing themselves. This theme is ideal for helping children to navigate many of these changes – helping them to make positive friendships, to understand and appreciate the similarities and differences in people, and to help them explore the idea of family and home, and what those represent for themselves and others.
It is important to remember that, while we are celebrating what we have in common, this unit will also highlight differences – which should also be celebrated and validated. Whether it is height, weight, or our facial features, we are all unique.
Autumn 2: Mindful Play
We’ll be thinking about what makes us happy and peaceful, things that make us laugh, and how we can stop and be still. By the end of the unit, we will be able to see things a little differently – both out in the world and inside our heads! We can practise doing this in many ways, including through meditation, using our breath, and by focusing on using different body parts to play, such as our ears, eyes, nose, hands, and mouth. Mindful Play is about taking time to listen to ourselves, our environment, and other people.
Below are all the aspects of learning that your child will complete in the Autumn Term.
Communication and Language (C&L)
In Reception, Communication and Language is broken down into two aspects:
· Listening, attention and understanding
To ensure your child really excels in communication and language we will be immersing the children in the following activities:
Rhymes and rhyming/songs
Partner work/partner talk
Talk for Writing (learning actions for a story)
Understanding how to listen carefully and to know why listening is important
Join in discussions/conversations and respond to ideas expressed by others
Learning new vocabulary and use it throughout the day
Learn social phrases
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 Reception, PSED is divided into three aspects:
· Managing self
· Building Relationships
In order for your child to develop successfully in this area they will:
Learn the rules and routines of the setting (including behavioural expectations)
See themselves as a valuable individual.
Build constructive and respectful relationships.
Express their feelings and consider the feelings of others.
Manage their own needs – including personal hygiene
Co-operate, taking turns and follow the rules of group activities
Being a member of a team and learning with others
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:
· Gross Motor Skills
· Fine Motor Skills
· 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
Partake in PE lessons
Eat a healthy range of foodstuffs and understand the need for variety in food
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 addition to the daily focus on communication and language, the children will be taking part in a weekly lesson dedicated to the development of their oracy skills.
In the EYFS, Literacy has three aspects:
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 ‘Read, Write Inc’ 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 ‘Read, Write Inc’ 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.
The following skills will be covered:
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.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, Mathematics is broken down into two aspects:
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:
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:
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
Celebrate the Christmas Nativity
Explore diversity in people and communities
Develop Outdoor Learning
Expressive Art and Design (EAD)
In Reception, EAD is broken down into two aspects:
· Creating with materials
· Being imaginative and expressive
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 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)
Designing and creating 2D and 3D artwork for a range of purposes
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
Drama4all – TBC
Christmas Nativity Celebration – 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.