Class Teachers

Mr Gary Hellyer (Blue Class)
Ms Jane Owusu (Red Class)

Important Information

Curriculum Map - Spring 2019

Bring Book Bags in: Monday & Thursday

Book Bags & Home Readers go home: Tuesday & Friday

Please return the library books in book bags on Monday and Thursday so we can swap them. We would love to know if your child has particularly enjoyed something about a story or any feedback, so please write messages in the comments box or just tick when read into the blue Reading Record book.

PE kit: Wednesday (please make sure it is named)

Things to pack:

A named plastic water bottle – just water please! We have milk at playtime, so squash and juice is not allowed.

Things not to pack:

Toys or things from home – they get broken and/or lost!

Sweets or snacks – we have fruit, milk and water breaks every day. We will also let you know if your child did not eat well in the day and we have copies of the menu.

Autumn Term

Autumn in Reception is all about getting to know each other and our new classroom, so that we can feel confident to make friends and have a go at new challenges!

We want your child to feel happy to share their ideas and experiences in class so we will be doing a lot of talking and listening; expanding our vocabulary and listening to others’ ideas. We will develop the key skills we need to socialise and communicate with our peers, encouraging children to express their needs and emotions verbally.

Our Topic and Events:

We will become ‘Intrepid Explorers’ as we talk about ourselves and families and learn about the people in our class and community. We will be using our senses; investigating and exploring the change in the season and our immediate environment, as we go on nature walks, visit Hackney City Farm, a café and the fruit market. Please let us know if you would like to join us on a trip.

We also can’t wait for Work Week, when we will learn about the people in our community that help us, such as the emergency services, and hopefully even meet real firefighters! Get ready for a boogie as EYFS will celebrate different cultures during Motown Week … more details to follow!


In Reception we are counting everyday! As we learn to play and share in groups, we will inspire a natural curiosity as children solve problems based on number. We will be learning to count forwards and backwards from zero using songs, games and rhymes which will help us recognise, write and order numbers. When counting objects, we will use key strategies: putting the objects in a line, touching each one as we go slow and say one number name at a time. This will help us become accurate and efficient counters!

We will be using positional language (next to, above, below, behind) and exploring the names and properties of 2D shapes, noticing shapes and patterns in our classroom and environment.

Phonics, Reading and Writing:

Since we believe that imagination is free, we will be listening to a lot of stories and thinking about the way that they are structured and things that makes them good. We will become our own story tellers, acting out stories we have read in class or using our imagination to create new ones.

To help us develop the skills we need to read and write, we will be thinking about what sound a word starts with, saying the sound out loud and then recognising how that sound is represented by a letter. The aim is for children to be able to see a letter and then say the sound it represents out loud (decoding).

We learn 4 new sounds each week so we can progress from saying the individual sounds of each letter, to being able to blend the sounds and say the whole word. This can be a big step for many children and takes time. We will then learn to match the sounds to letters, and using a tripod grip and rhyme, form them perfectly!

However, writing starts with practising our names and getting those just right so that we can label things we work on in class and be celebrated.


Physical Education gives the children the opportunity to develop their skills of co-ordination, control, manipulation and movement. This term we practice and increase the control we have in using pencils, scissors, glue sticks and paint brushes. During our P.E. sessions on Wednesdays, Mr Keith will help us develop our gross motor skills. We will be learning to negotiate space safely, as well as using equipment to learn balancing and climbing skills.

How to help at home:

Talking – we will always have lots to talk about at the end of our school day, but we know that often children can answer with ‘can’t remember’ … to help prompt conversation you can always ask them who they played with, what toys were on the carpet or what story we listened to.

Early nights – we love to play, run outside and move our bodies so we are doing and learning a lot during the day at school!

Bed time story every night – we want your children to love stories and reading as much as we do and we have a huge book collection, so please do ask if you would like to borrow more!

Praise for independence – in Reception we will nurture children’s independence in dressing, putting shoes on and choosing activities.  You can support at home by encouraging them to get dressed and zip up coats independently every morning.

Observing numbers … everywhere! Your front door, the bus, number plates, birthday’s.

Counting … everything! Raisins into cereal, steps to the bus stop, stairs up to bed, claps, jumps.

Labels – we find post-it notes are popular as any kind of drawing or writing is great experience and if praised, will boost confidence to try writing.

We love to hear about how your child is doing at home, so please stop and talk to us in the morning if you have any stories to share.


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