Children’s chosen topics
Bats/The Arctic
Julia Donaldson
Habitat Explorers
Communication and Language

•We will develop an emerging self-confidence to speak and listen to others about wants, needs and interests.

•We will begin to develop our vocabulary and explore the meanings and sounds of new words.

•We will be supported and encouraged and we will know that even tiny steps will be valued and celebrated.

•We will become confident at talking in groups in different contexts such as contributing to displays, exploring themes and ideas and participating in assemblies.

•We will begin to learn how to ask questions.

•If we need extra support we will be given this through an early language group to help us to become more confident talkers.

•We will retell narratives with increasing detail.

•We will become confident at retelling stories giving main points in sequence.

•We will confidently contribute to role play scenarios with our friends.

Personal, social and emotional development

• We will begin to try and tackle our own challenges.

• We will learn to operate independently within our new environment and show confidence in linking up with others for support and guidance.

• We will learn how to behave for circle time and share experiences and feelings.

• We will begin to develop an awareness of cultures and religion.

• We will interact with other children and teachers and we will learn from our experiences, including our mistakes.

• We will take part in activities which enable us to ask questions, seek answers, make decisions and solve problems.

• We will have a go at experiences, activities and materials which are challenging but achievable.

• We will join in with activities and familiar experiences that allow us to share knowledge from different parts of our life experiences.

• We will begin to show an understanding of other cultural and religious differences.

• We will experience daily opportunities to become curious, enthusiastic and busy and we will leave Reception as confident, independent learners.

Physical Development

• We will be supported and encouraged to dress and undress independently and manage our own personal hygiene.

• We will learn how to use tools and equipment safely.

• We will be encouraged to respond to action songs.

• We will observe the effects of activity on our bodies.

• We will handle tools, objects, construction and malleable safely and with increasing control.

• We will confidently use a pencil and hold it effectively to form recognisable letters.

• We will negotiate space successfully when playing racing and chasing games with other children, adjusting speed or changing direction to avoid obstacles.

• We will experiment with different ways of moving.

• We will confidently talk about good practices with regard to exercise, eating, sleeping and hygiene.

• We will develop a comfortable and efficient pencil grip.

• We will begin to recognise some letter sounds.

• We will learn to write our own names.

• We will be encouraged to show an interest in illustrations and print in books.

•We will look at simple non-fiction texts, including recounts.

• We will try to recognise high-frequency and familiar words.

•We will develop our confidence to join in with stories and poems one to one  and also in small groups.

• We will begin to learn to recognise diagraphs and will start to segment and blend simple words.

• We will begin learning correct letter formation.

• We will begin to recognise upper case letters.

• We will become aware of the need to use punctuation.

• We will develop our interest in illustrations and print in books.

• We will begin to be aware of how stories are structured and make predictions in our stories.

• We will become ‘Super Writers’ and start to write labels captions and simple sentences.

We will continue and consolidate work from previous terms.

• We will start to show an understanding of the elements of stories such as main characters, sequence of events and openings.

• We will begin to use writing as a means of recording and communicating.

• We will know initial, medial and final sounds in common C.V.C. words and we will confidently identify sound blends in words.

• We will write captions for our work.

•We will start to write stories based on our own personal experiences.

• We will confidently write simple lists.

• We will learn to recognise numerals 0-5 and then 0-10.

• We will begin to count reliably up to 10.

• We will begin to confidently count different objects and will say one number name for each object.

• We will talk about, recognise and recreate patterns.

•We will start to use language such as ‘circle’ or ‘bigger’ to describe the shape and size of solids and flat shapes.

•We will begin to find one more or one less than a number from 0-10.

• We will develop our confidence in counting and ordering numbers to 20.

• We will begin to use the vocabulary involved in adding and subtracting.

• We will learn about money.

• We will develop our mathematical language (such as more or less, greater or smaller, heavier or lighter) to compare numbers or quantities.

We will consolidate all areas covered in previous terms.

• We will begin to relate addition to combining two groups of objects and subtracting to ‘taking away’.

• We will confidently read, write and order numbers from 0 to 20.

•We will confidently use everyday words to describe position.

•We will use our developing mathematical ideas and methods to solve problems.

• We will begin counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.

Understanding the world
•We will introduce ourselves and our families and talk about special times or events for our families or friends.

• We will be encouraged to remember and talk about significant events in our own experiences.

• We will be supported to talk about some of the things that we observe such as the owls that will visit us.

• We will be taught to show care and concern for living things and the environment

•We will develop our interest in different occupations and ways of life as we learn about people who work in space and with robots.

• Through the topics we have chosen we will be encouraged and supported to comment and ask questions about aspects of our world such as the place where we live or the natural world.

• We will begin to confidently talk about why things happen and how things work.

•We will look closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change.

• We will confidently teach others how to show care and concern for living things and the environment as we become expert gardeners.

• We will regularly access the iPads and laptops and will confidently complete a simple programme on a computer.

•We will confidently talk about how we enjoy joining in with family customers and routines.

Expressive arts and design
• We will have fun with the musical instruments and learn how sounds can be changed.

•We will be given opportunities to experiment with construction kits, collages, paintings and drawings.

• We will learn to move with confidence and expression.

• We will be taught how to use lines to enclose a space and then begin to use these shapes to represent objects.

•We will begin to capture our experiences and responses with a range of materials such as music, dance and paint and other materials or words.

•We will confidently act and sing in our Christmas Nativity performance.

•We will begin to be interested in, and describe the texture of things.

•We will explore what happens when we mix colours.

•We will begin to build a repertoire of songs and dances.

•We will construct with a purpose in mind using a variety of resources.

•We will use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately.

•We will explore the different sounds of instruments.

•We will learn how to use available resources to create props to support role play through our deconstructed role play area.

•We will initiate new combinations of movement and gesture in order to express and respond to feelings, ideas and experiences.

•We will play alongside other children who are engaged in the same theme.

•We will confidently introduce a storyline or narrative into our play.

•We will develop our understanding of colour and texture and use this knowledge to choose colours and textures for a purpose in our work.

Outdoor Provision
Bikes, rickshaw, pull along cart, (all intended to develop communication skills alongside physical development), crates, scooters, wheelbarrow, balance bike, mud-pie kitchen. Introduction of tyres to develop balance and strength. Introduction of pedal bike. Development of the mud-pie kitchen with new tools and modelling Planting, growing fruits and vegetables, exploring the outdoors, minibeast hunts, developing minibeast habitats
Trips and visits

•Wild wings bird sanctuary to visit Unity with their owls.

•Abraham Moss Library to visit and issue library cards for children.

•To be decided by the children.

•To be decided by the children