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Autumn 2 CArnival ! - Reception Topic


Personal, Social and Emotional Development: We will be introducing ‘reading buddies’, a chance for the older children in school to read to/ support them in their reading and to form relationships. We will be practicing performing for our Harvest Festival and the Christmas show in front of an audience. We will be talking about different emotions and feelings and how to help each other.


Physical Development: We will continue to have daily gross-motor activities in class including yoga, massage and wake up and shake up dancing. We will be focusing on eating healthy food linked to our harvest celebration and our personal hygiene needs.


Communication and Language: We will sing and chant lots of rhymes and songs daily. We will have show and tell and news time for the children to share their experiences/ special items with their class. We have story telling sessions with props to encourage speaking and listening with peers.


Understanding the World: We will be looking at lots of different festivals and celebrations including Halloween, Diwali, Christmas and Harvest. We will talk about our local community and the needs within it e.g collecting food for the food bank. We will be part of an assembly with the eco cadets about saving our seas and using less plastic.


Expressive Arts and Design: We will be designing and making our own costume props for our carnival parade and the Christmas show. We will make musical instruments for our parade and begin to make our own beats and sounds. We will learn how to safely use and explore a variety of tools and materials.


Literacy: Our main ‘Talk 4 Writing’ texts will be ‘Room on the Broom’ and ‘Nini at Carnival’. We will be acting out the stories, sequencing the events in a story map, modifying the characters and setting and having a go at writing and telling our own story with the structure already learnt. Daily we will have stories, songs, rhymes and phonics. We will make marks which include recognisable letters and write names and words of personal significance.


Mathematics: We will continue to focus on number formation especially 6,9 and teen numbers. We will explore length, height and capacity using mathematical language to describe and compare. We will reinforce matching spoken numbers and written numerals to appropriate quantities to 20. We will begin to explore 3D shapes and describe their properties. We will use real life maths throughout the day and in our learning areas indoor and outdoor.


PE: We have P.E on Friday mornings. We will start to use P.E kits in January, please ensure all items of kit are clearly labelled.


Upcoming Dates: Book bags should be returned to school every Monday to be changed. Harvest Festival – 15th November 2pm-3pm Carnival Festival – 29th November 2:45pm-3:0pm Please see separate letter for further information.