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Reception Thematic curriculum 2018-19

We often welcome children into our school from over 20 different settings.  We have a short transition period to allow children to settles (usually half days for 2-3 days) before the children become full time.  Our parallel classes plan together and are working on the same topic concurrently.  This means that children can share experiences with their friends and that we can use both classrooms and the interconnecting doors to best effect as free flow is often between both classrooms.  Children can explore in both rooms taking advantage of a wider range of learning opportunities and getting to know a wider group of friends. 


Phonics sessions start very early on in the Autumn term - generally by week 2 at the latest.  Children will also have mathematics sessions daily as a whole class.  


The thematic learning in Reception is built upon questions.


Autumn Term 1: 

Do you want to be friends?

Friends are the family you choose! Do you want to be friends? Would you like to play with me?  It's time to find out more about friendship, being kind and working together.


During this theme, children will find out more about the school and the people who work there.  They will talk about friendship, being kind and helpful.  They will learn about responsibility by taking on a job.  In English lessons they will learn new words to describe themselves, and write sentences to compare and contrast each other.  


Autumn 2:

Why do Squirrels Hide their nuts?

Children will explore autumn and think about changes.  They will sort autumnal treasures and create land art.  They will learn about woodland animals and migration and discuss how animals survive in the winter.  

Children will also work with the nursery class to put together a Christmas production. We will also celebrate Diwali. 


Spring 1

What happens when I fall asleep?

Children will be entering a planetarium and exploring the pattern of the stars.  They will listen to stories and nursery rhymes.  They will learn about people that work at night and nocturnal animals.  They will also learn about the importance of a good night time routine. 


Spring 2 

Will you read me a story?

This half term the children will explore traditional stories and look at different character types.  Using different materials they will make castles and bridges. They will also test houses for the Three Little Pigs.  Book Week will also form part of our learning this term. 


Summer 1

Why do ladybirds have spots?

The children will explore the school habitat and woodland habitats to carry out a mini beast safari.  They will compare the insects they find and think about how they move.  


Summer 2

Are we there yet? and Why do zebra's have stripes?

Having explored different types of transports and maps the children will think about journeys.  they will explore floating and sinking and friction by rolling cars down ramps.  They will lean about road safety.  they will also plan a trip to a wildlife park to explore different animals. We will learn where Africa is and about African animals.