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!

Our Topic

An Overview of the Topic

This Term, our topic is ‘Our Ourselves!’

We shall be engaging in a wide range of learning experiences which will help us to further develop our understanding of ourselves and help us to settle in to full tme education. Activities will encourage us to become independent, motivated learners. A large part of our learning will be centred around the stability of routine and an ethos of careful exploration.

Please find below the key elements of our learning.

The Core Areas of Learning

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Encouraging children to become independent learners, selecting their own resources needed for a task.
Developing an understanding of right and wrong.
Encouraging perseverance towards an end goal.
Considering the consequences of their own actions.
Caring for each other and respecting each other’s property.
Developing a feeling of being part of a class team.
Understanding that we are part of a group.

Communication, Language and Literacy

Encouraging children to use spoken and written language in their play.
Learning songs related to the topic area.
Learning appropriate ways to speak to each other, negotiating plans and taking turns to speak and to listen.
Using language to create roles whilst engaging in role play or small world activities.
Learning to recognise and read high frequency words in reading books and in the environment.
Learning to write simple labels, captions and sentences with support.
Remembering the rules for writing, including capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.
Learning that letters make sounds. (Phonemes).

Physical Development

Developing physical skills such as throwing and catching
Taking part in team games. (Football).
Developing the ability to negotiate spaces and avoid obstacles.
Learning to build and balance with a range of large scale equipment.
Learning to work safely with a wide range of small and large equipment and tools.
Fine motor control will be developed by engaging in tasks such as threading, sewing, drawing, writing, pegging and painting.

Mathematical Development

Developing  number recognition and understanding that a numeral represents a given set of objects.
Learn to sort objects using both given and their own criteria.
Use comparative language to talk about sets of objects. (More/ fewer etc.)
Develop the ability to talk about both 2d and 3d shapes.
Develop the skill of following and creating a simple repeating pattern.
Learn to count a set of objects accurately up to 20.

Understanding the World

Children will be learning to use their five senses.
Develop an understanding of growth and change in human beings.
Learn about  cultures and traditions.
Learn about different kinds of food, which are healthy and which are not so!
Learn to ask appropriate questions about a given subject matter, and develop the skill of finding out answers.
Look closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change around them, especially in connection with the seasons.
Show care and concern for each other, for creatures and for the school environment.
Develop the skills needed to operate simple ICT equipment. E.g. iPads, remote controlled objects or toys.
Use a mouse with developing skill.
Enjoy learning through using a computer and ipad.


Expressive Arts and Design

Begin to develop an understanding of pitch, volume and pace in music.
Develop a repertoire of songs.
Construct using a wide range of materials, with a specific purpose in mind.
Problem solve when constructing.
Use simple tools safely and effectively.
Experiment with different mark making tools and techniques.
Express ideas through imaginative play.
Explore the qualities of different materials.


Enterprise and Philosophy

Enterprise this term will comprise of pupils learning about money. Recognising different coins and thinking about where money comes from.
The Philosophy Curriculum will aim to teach pupils to use a range of age appropriate language in order to have a debate or discussion and give reasons for their ideas. Each discussion will be based around the needs of the group.


Visits and Visitors

We will be having visitors in to talk to us about health care.

We are also planning to visit a local church in the run up to the Christmas celebration.



Homework will be handed out every Monday. Please add any photos or comments following on from this onto Tapestry for us to see.


Outdoor clothing

As the weather cools down 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 football.


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 twice 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