Reception Mrs Rocks

Welcome to the Reception page!

The Reception team is comprised of a teacher, Mrs Rocks, and teaching assistants, Mrs Brown and Mrs Speed. We will work together to make your child’s time in Reception the best that it can be!

This Term, our topic is ‘Exploration!’

This term we will work together to explore a wide range of subject areas.  Throughout the term these will be chosen by the children, and this will steer the provision within our setting. We will be using the, "Key Question", approach, where each mini- topic will begin by asking the children what they already know about the subject matter, and what they want to find out. The children will have ownership of their learning and will be given the opportunity to show what they have learned through either images, dance, song or text. They may even choose to prepare a presentation to show to an audience what they have learned!

Please find below the key elements of our learning.

The Core Areas of Learning

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The children will be thinking about personal challenges and setting their own goals.

Children will be learning to consider what is right and what is wrong, and to understand the consequences of their own actions.

Children will be learning to sustain attentive listening.

They will continue to learn about and abide by our school rules, and will begin to understand why such rules are needed.

Children will be continuing to learn about personal hygiene, and ways to stay clean and healthy.

Children will be learning to understand that other people may have different needs than themselves.

Sharing, team work and listening to other people’s ideas will be a focus.

Communication, Language and Literacy

Children will be learning to respond appropriately to what they have seen and heard. To ask and answer questions and to make relevant comments.

Children will study non-fiction texts, signs, posters, poetry, labels, captions, traditional stories and narrative texts. Pirates, Space, Floating and Sinking and Life Under The Sea will be used as a stimulus.

Children will practise correct letter formations both indoors and outdoors.

Children will have opportunities to use talk for thinking in a range of situations.

Children will engage in both group and guided sessions of reading and writing.

Phonics will be delivered daily in relevant ability groups.

Physical Development

Children will be learning through games and challenges to move in a range of controlled ways.

They will be learning to build and balance with a variety of large scale equipment.

Children will continue to recognise how their bodies change during exercise.

Fine motor control will be developed through the manipulation of a range of tools and materials.

Scissor control will be developed through real life challenges.

Children will work towards developing their hand/eye co-ordination during M.S.P. P.E. sessions.

Mathematical Development

Children will be learning to recognise and use numbers past 10 in everyday situations.

Children will have opportunities to order a set of given numbers, to count, read and write numbers in real life situations.

Opportunities to work practically on addition and subtraction problems will be given.

Children will study volume and its associated language.

Children will explore the value of 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins. They will begin to use language associated with money.

Children will solve practical problems relating to money.                                                                                                                                              

Children will learn to use and name both simple 2D and 3D shapes. They will describe their properties.

The children will learn to say and use the names of the days of the week and months of the year.

Children will begin to use language associated with time, and will learn to tell o’clock times on an analogue clock.

Repeated patterns will be studied, identified and created.

Understanding the World

The children will be finding out about Pirates, Life Under The Sea, Floating and Sinking, How Water can Change and contrasting climates.

Children will be using their senses appropriately to explore a range of materials. They will be learning to describe their observations.

Children will have the opportunity to explore a range of real and found musical instruments, comparing different sounds.

Children will, with support learn to talk about what is seen and what is happening.

Children will have the opportunity to use a range of different tools in order to build or make objects with a purpose in mind.

They will learn to access a range of ICT programmes in order to support their learning.

They will talk about the differences between the past and present.

Children will experience maps and atlases.

Children will learn about the Easter story.

They will begin to use French words to greet each other and to name colours.


Expressive Arts and Design

Children will use collage, paint, print and drawing to represent images that are related to the topic.

Colour mixing using different kinds of paints will be explored.

Children will learn to recognise and name colours.

They will be learning to work independently, in pairs and in groups, in small and large scale.

Children will learn topic related songs, and will make up their own songs.

Children will be encouraged to create movement to music from their own and other cultures.

Children will begin to learn simple notation in music.

Children will engage in role play activities daily, creating own storylines and narratives.


Enterprise and Philosophy

Enterprise this term will comprise of pupils applying their skills in real life contexts in order to launch Class Projects.

The Philosophy Curriculum will continue to teach pupils to use a range of age appropriate language in order to have a debate and reason their ideas with others.

British Values will be promotes and celebrated.


Visits and Visitors

Visit to “The Deep”, in Hull to learn more about life under the sea and how human beings are affecting the environment.


Homework will be handed out every Monday.

Spellings will be tested on Monday, (where appropriate).

Outdoor clothing

As the weather is quite challenging during this term, the children will all need appropriate coats and foot wear to enable them to work outdoors comfortably. Please ensure ALL clothing is named to make sure it finds its way back to the rightful owner.  We will continue to work outside for 50% of the day.



PE will be on a Monday and will be led by a professional coach. Please ensure that PE kits are in school all week in case of any extra activities. Our focus this term is hand/eye co-ordination.


How Can you Help?

Please support the development of reading skills with your child by making time each day to enjoy sharing their home reading book, and looking at their sight words or spellings.
Try to complete the homework activities each week and share any learning at home with us through Tapestry, although there is no expectation that homework is completed.
Practise your child’s number recognition and skills regularly too.



Reading sessions with the class teachers will take place throughout the week with your child changing their book when required. We will usually swap books once we can see that it has been shared at home. We will aim to read with each child three times a week and to test their spellings/sight words each Monday.

We value the support of all parents and carers. If you feel that you can help in any way with the work we are covering then please let us know or If you would like any further information regarding this term’s curriculum please do not hesitate to contact school. Thank you, Mrs Rocks