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Curriculum - Autumn term 1


This half-term the children will start off with phase 1 phonics.


Every child will be encouraged to listen to different sounds within the environment and explore musical instruments. They will also begin to participate in carpet sessions, where we will focus on our listening and attention skills to help us move onto phase 2 phonics.

Towards the end of the half-term, we will begin to move onto phase 2 phonics.


Alongside our daily targeted phonics sessions, the reception environment will be filled with lots of opportunities for children to develop and practise their skills – from playing musical instruments, listening to stories, mark making and emphasising the sounds in words we say.         



In Maths we will begin to look out our daily routines, as well as remembering the different homes within our learning environment for all of our toys. This will teach us positional language and help us to keep our learning environment safe.


We will look at matching and sorting different objects. We will begin to learn that different objects can be sorted in many ways, i.e., colour, shape, size. Once we have learnt how to match and sort objects, we will begin to compare them and discuss why they are different.


We will also be looking at our numbers. We will identify the different numbers we see and use different objects and resources to represent our numbers. We will be matching numeral to quantity.


Alongside our numbers, we will be learning about some 2D shapes, like a circle and a triangle. What is different about these shapes and discuss the different properties of the shapes.




In Literacy we will be looking at an increasing range of books. Our core text this half-term is ‘Little Red Hen’ and we will look at the different features of a text.



Through our core text of ‘The Little Red Hen’ we will listen carefully and discuss what happens in the story, using actions to re-enact parts. We will discuss the different language used within the story.


Children will also be encouraged to use their ‘mark making’ skills to re-tell the story.


We will also be continuing with learning to understand the importance of listening. Children will retell the story through role-play and music.




Being Imaginative

The children will have plenty of opportunities to be imaginative within the learning environment. The children will use their imagination to re-enact life experiences in the home corner. We will be making lots of different foods to inspire us. 



Exploring media and materials              

Children will explore lots of different colours and textures within their learning environment. We will use our mark making skills to create different masterpieces and use prior knowledge from our core text to re-create characters.


We will be creating self-portraits using different media.                                          



Understanding the world

Understanding the world falls into three different categories:

  • The World

We will be talking about different materials and how they can change.


We will visit the nature garden and use our senses to explore different materials i.e. wet log.


  • People, culture and communities

We will look at different people and discuss differences and similarities as well as looking at our immediate family.


  • Past and present

We will look at famous people past and present. We will discuss who is in our family and a sense of their own history.



Physical development

Physical Development is set out into 2 categories:

  • Fine motor skills

Children will be learning how to hold a pencil/pen using pincer grip. We will begin to form our letters and use our fine motor skills to help manipulate tools. We will be doing lots of mark making as well as ‘funky finger’ activities.


  • Gross motor skills (P.E)

For our weekly PE session, which is on a Friday afternoon (please wear sports clothes on this day), we will be doing multi skills. This will consist of ball games; throwing, catching, bouncing and kicking.     



Personal, social and emotional development (PSED)

PSED is individual to every child, and what they need socially or emotionally to develop in unique to them. However, on top of each child’s individual needs we will also be looking at building positive relationships.


We will feel confident about expressing our own opinions to our teachers and our friends, as well as managing our feelings.


Click here to find home learning resources and useful websites to support the curriculum.