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Reception - Curriculum

Dear Parents,

Below you will find the curriculum your child will be covering this Spring term (2023). As a result of this planner, you may be able to discuss the areas with your child or do research together.

Spring Term

RE

Christmas Unit

  • To know that Jesus was born in a stable in Bethlehem.
  • To know that we celebrate Jesus’ Birthday.
  • To know the first visitors were shepherds.

Baptism Unit

  • To learn that through Baptism we become a member of God’s Family.
  • To take part in a role play of a Baptism.
  • To know that Jesus is the Light of the World.
  • To know about the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • To show resilience and perseverance in the face of challenge through problem-solving skills by talking through how they resolved a problem or difficulty.
  • Learn that mistakes are an important part of learning and going back is trial and error not failure.
  • To express their feelings if they feel hurt or upset and consider the feelings of others.

Communication and Language

  • Talk about what they have learnt about space, what an astronaut does and name some planets
  • When talking to use different tenses to discuss things that are happening now and things that happened in the past, and things that happened a long time ago.
  • To ask questions to find out more information e.g.- I wonder why…….
  • To share their opinions and ideas with others e.g. My favourite planet is……because……

Physical Development

  • In Gymnastics your child will be learning to develop confidence in fundamental movements, such as jumping, sliding, rolling, leaping and turning over and under apparatus.
  • To continue to develop small motor skills to use a range of tools competently and safely such as pencils for drawing and writing, paintbrushes, scissors, knives, forks and spoons.
  • To develop handwriting style and correct letter formation.

Literacy

  • Talk for Writing Texts- Whatever Next by Jill Murphy and Beegu By Alexis Deacon
  • To hear and say the initial sounds speedily.
  • To blend sounds into words, so that they can read short words made up of known letters: for example, h-a-t = hat,
    sh-o-p=shop
  • To begin to write short sentences with some adult support.
  • To learn to re-read what they written to check it makes sense.

Mathematics

  • To continue to subitise through a variety of different activities.
    To count verbally beyond 20.
  • Explore different number tracks, calendars and hundred squares to become more familiar with two digit numbers.
  • To become more confident when talking about comparing numbers using the following words: ‘more than’, ‘less than’, ‘fewer’, ‘the same as’, ‘equal to’.
  • To compare length, weight and capacity through interactive activities.

Understanding of the World

  • To know that we live on planet Earth, that has air for us to breathe, land to live on and oceans.
  • To understand that gravity is a force we can’t see that keeps us on earth
  • To learn about the astronauts and astronomers including Tim Peak and Caroline Herschel
  • To understand that astronauts have to train and work hard so they know how to survive in space.
  • To recognise and describe the planets in our solar system. Explain how the planets are different from each other e.g. colour, size, rings etc.

Expressive Arts and Design

  • To distinguish between different types of line and name them correctly.
  • To use spirals and curved lines in their work.
  • To use different techniques to create a painting inspired by Jackson Pollock
  • To follow instructions to make a paper Chinese Dragon
  • To be able to listen attentively, move to and talk about music, expressing their feelings and responses.
  • To be able to sing in a group or on their own, increasingly matching the pitch and following the melody.

PRE / PSHE

  • To show resilience and perseverance in the face of challenge through problem-solving skills by talking through how they resolved a problem or difficulty.
  • Learn that mistakes are an important part of learning and going back is trial and error not failure.
  • To express their feelings if they feel hurt or upset and consider the feelings of others.

Festivals & Celebrations

Epiphany – 6th January 2022
Chinese New Year- 1st February 2022
Valentine’s Day- 14th February 2022

Special Events

To visit the Church to pray at the Crib together.
To visit a Planetarium to support learning on Space.
In RE the children will be learning about Baptism and a letter will be going on asking your child to share photos of their Baptism with the class.
Children will be celebrating Chinese New Year. 

Key Vocabulary

  • Earth- The planet we live on

     

  • Space- Where all the planets and stars are found

     

  • Astronaut- A person who travels into space

     

  • Orbit- The path an object takes when it travels around a planet, moon or star

     

  • The Moon- Our Moon orbits the Earth

Texts

  • Whatever Next By Jill Murphy
  • The Way Back Home By Oliver Jeffers
  • How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers
  • Man on the Moon By Simon Bartram
  • Beegu By Alexis Deacon
  • Astro Girl By Ken-Wilson Max
  • Zoom to the Moon by Jenny McLachlan
  • A variety of non-fiction texts focusing on Space

Autumn Term

RE

Creation- God’s Gifts

  • To know that the Creation story is a very special story from the beginning of the Bible.
  • Recall parts of the story of creation using pictures and captions.
  • To know that God who created the world is Our Father.
  • Know that they are blessed with gifts, which develop as they grow.

People Who Care For Us

  • Know that families show love and care for each other.
  • That Jesus’ family included Mary and Joseph.
  • Know that Jesus grew up as a little boy in Nazareth.
  • Hear stories about the life of Jesus as a child.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • To express their feelings if they feel hurt or upset using descriptive vocabulary.
  • Activities that encourage talk about feelings and offering their opinions.
  • Opportunities for children to tell each other about their work and play. Adults to help them reflect and self-evaluate their own work.
  • Supporting in developing problem-solving skills by talking through how they and others resolved a problem or difficulty.
  • Show that mistakes are an important part of learning and going back is trial and error not failure.

Communication and Language

  • To start a conversation with an adult or a friend and continue it for many turns.
  • To begin to understand how to listen carefully and why listening is important.
  • Ask questions using what where, when and why to find out more information.
  • Role Play- using imaginative movement and vocabulary to recreate scenes from familiar stories.

Physical Development

  • Listen and respond appropriately to instructions.
  • Move in a variety of ways, changing speed and direction.
  • Jump on and off apparatus with safety and control.
  • Move over, under, around, through, on and off apparatus safely.
  • Be increasingly independent, as they get dressed and undressed, for example, putting coats on and doing up zips.
  • Use a comfortable grip with good control when holding pens and pencils.

Literacy

  • Read individual letters by saying the sounds for them.
  • Blend sounds into words, so that they can read short words made up of known letter– sound correspondences.
  • Read simple phrases and sentences made up of words with known letter–sound correspondences and, where necessary, a few exception words.
  • To write their first name independently with correct letter formation.

Mathematics

  • Count objects, sounds and actions
  • Subitise to 5
  • Can count forwards and backwards to 5
  • Represent numbers to 5 in different ways (five frame, ten frame, Numicon etc.)
  • Compare numbers- use vocabulary: ‘more than’, ‘less than’, ‘fewer’, ‘the same as’, ‘equal to’.
  • Continue, copy and create repeating patterns.
  • Compose and decompose shapes so that children recognise a shape can have other shapes within it, just as numbers can.

Understanding of the World

  • Children identify main body parts.
  • Children begin to identify additional body parts and their functions e.g. wrists, knuckles etc.
  • Children know we have bones inside our bodies that help us to move.
  • Children are beginning to recognize different growth stages within the life cycle of a human.
  • Children are beginning to imagine what they might do when they are an adult.
  • Children will describe their journey to school.
  • Children will begin to understand that maps show us where places are located.
  • Children know that emergency services are there when people need urgent help.
  • Children know that people in our community work together to make it a good place to live.

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Children will explore primary colours (red, yellow, blue) and be able to name them.
  • To learn about the artist Mondrian and look at his work.
  • To explore their facial features and create a self-portrait using pencils and paints.
  • To learn how to mix paints to make secondary colours.
  • Listen attentively, move to and talk about music, expressing their feelings and responses
  • Begin to create collaboratively, sharing ideas, resources and skills.

Key Vocabulary

  • Family: People who are connected to each other.
  • Community: A group of people who live in an area.
  • Local Area: The place where I live.
  • Map: A picture or a drawing of a place.
  • Emergency: When someone needs help quickly.

Texts

  • Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer
  • Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers
  • Tree by Britta Teckentrup
  • The Squirrels who Squabbled by Rachel Bright and Jim Field
  • Owl Babies
  • Little Bear Lost
  • Where’s My Teddy?
  • Ruby’s Worry by Tom Percival
  • Peepbo by Janet and Alan Ahlberg
  • A Great Big Cuddle (poetry) by Michael Rosen

Festivals & Celebrations

  • Roald Dahl day -13th September
  • Harvest Festival
  • Hallowe’en – 31st October 2022
  • All Saints Day – 1st November
  • World Smile Day 7th October 2022
  • Diwali- 24th October 2022

Reception Class Blog

Welcome to reception class first ever exciting ‘Twitter takeover’ sharing some of our fun experiences in school

We had lots of fun this morning during our ‘wow active’ session. We just love being active together!

We have been celebrating St Joseph- our class saint who guides us in reception. We love learning and praying to St Joseph. We hope you enjoy our artwork too.

St Joseph- pray for us

We loved our art lessons, learning about primary colours. We even got a chance to mix them this week to create beautiful artwork

This month we have been raising awareness and celebrating Black History Month. We love celebrating everyone’s unique gifts from God

We have loved our first few weeks at St Joseph’s, learning and growing together in all weathers! We’ve loved making new friends in our class and are super proud of our hard work!

We hope you’ve enjoyed our reception Twitter takeover. See you soon!