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Autumn Term 2017

Welcome to Reception at Hampton Hargate Primary School! Every half term you will receive a curriculum statement outlining what your child will be learning about at school.

Our first topic at school will be Ourselves. This has been written to highlight the activities we are carrying out in school this half term across the seven areas of learning in the Foundation Stage.

Personal Social and Emotional Development

Most of the focus in this area of learning will be to settle the children in to school and classroom routines. We will be encouraging the children to be as independent as possible – looking after their own belongings including clothes, book bags and coats. We will also be encouraging the children to dress themselves for PE and when going out onto the playground – putting on and doing up their coats. We will be sharing the rules of the classroom and the school and encouraging good behaviour using mini merits and stickers. We will be discussing what makes us special – our favourite things, what we were like as a baby, who are the members of our family, how are families different to/the same as others, how do I keep healthy and special times for us.

Communication and Language, and Literacy Development

We will be introducing letter sounds or ‘Phonics’ to the children in daily sessions in the classroom. These letter sounds are sent home as homework. We will be encouraging the children to apply these letter sounds when reading and writing. The children will be coming home with reading books to share with you. They will read to an adult in the classroom at least once a week. Through literacy lessons we will be writing about different things including baby photos, our favourite things and posters for keeping healthy. There is also a writing table in each classroom to encourage the children to write independently.

Mathematical Development

In this area of learning we will be playing with number jigsaws, counting objects accurately and matching the total to a number. We will also be making pictures using 2d shapes, describing the shapes used and the pictures that have been made. We will also be using language to compare objects by size and length, and sorting objects eg by size, colour, shape etc.

Understanding the world

In this area of learning we will be talking a lot about the new experience of starting school and making new friends. We will also be learning about our class bear and celebrating his birthday! We will ask you to bring in photographs of your child’s birthday celebrations so that they can talk about them. We will also be learning about Autumn time and animals that hibernate for winter.

Physical Development

We provide a wide range of activities – indoor and outdoor – to develop physical skills. To promote fine motor skills our provision includes cutting, tracing and threading activities. To promote gross motor skills our provision includes the use of bikes and scooters, bats, balls and hoops in our outdoor area. Another part of Physical development is our PE lessons. The children have PE once a week. These lessons include elements of Dance, Games and Gymnastics.

Expressive Arts and Design

As part of this area of learning we provide provision for painting, drawing, collage and junk modelling. We will be working with the children to make self portrait paintings and collages. We will also be using clay to make ourselves or members of our family. We also provide instruments for the children and will introduce them to songs related to our topics.