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Welcome to Amber Class!

Our class teacher is Mrs Healy and our adult is Miss Hazelwood.

 Reading Meeting PowerPoint


Early Years Foundation Stage 2018

A day in the life of Reception 2018

Early Years Big Talk PowerPoint 

Development Matters PDF Document


Communication and language:

  • Interact with others, negotiating plans and activities and taking turns in conversation

  • Circle time, speaking and listening and turn taking

  • Use talk to organise, sequence and clarify thinking, ideas, feelings and events





  • Phase 3: Learning two new digraphs per week.

  • Beginning to learn the letter names.

  • Small group teaching  to recap over the sounds / words children are unsure of extend into sentence writing and story writing.

  • Books about Animals : Book of the week.

  • Children to take home a library book to share and a reading book, based on their phonic knowledge.


  • During structured play children will have free access to a wide variety of writing tools and materials .

  • Hand and finger exercises, clapping. etc.

  • Daily shared writing.

  • Develop fine motor skills- jigsaws, threading beads.

  • Weekly writing focus based on the book of the week.

  • Encourage all children to have a go at writing.



  • Number songs and rhymes and stories.

  • Addition and subtraction problems.

  • Focus on the language of more and less.

  • ICT: I Pad, Expresso and specific number programs.

  • Use the role play area to develop counting skills

  • Halving, sharing and doubling

Shape, Space and Measure:

  • Different ways of sorting and analysing information.

  • Looking at growth and height charts.

  • 3D shapes.

  • Coins and money.

  • Positional language.



Our topics this term will be 'A Virtuous Life'

Children will begin to lead their own acts of worship


Exploring and using media and materials:

  • Develop fine motor skills- painting, charcoal, drawing etc. Recognise Primary colours.

  • Work with a variety of collage materials.  

  • Create own pictures from paints.

  • Look at different artists including Andy Warhol and Bruce Grey.  Interpret African and Indian Art.

  • Use boxes and resources to make own models

Being imaginative:

  • Books about Animals in the reading area.  

  • The role play area is currently a fairytale / banquetting castle.

  • Use musical instruments to create sounds heard in the environment. 





Moving and Handling: 

  • Have access to a variety of large equipment: caterpillar, slide, tyres etc.

  • Moving and handling : Throwing & catching, balancing & skipping.

  • In PE focusing on Dance and performing a dance to music.

  • Develop body management skills- static and dynamic balancing, stopping and landing.

  • Fine Motor Skills : Dress dolls, zips, buttons and fasteners on coats, drawing patterns and using scissors to cut.

Health and Self-care:

  • Develop independent  dressing.

  • Recognising changes that occur when we exercise.

  • Healthy eating.






  • ICT – going to ICT room and using simple packages. Using the computer 

People and Communities:

  • People who help us.

  • Visit from PC Doris who explains how the police help us.

The World:

  • Observing changes that take place with caterpillars.

  • Talk about weather patterns for Spring / Summer.

  • Life Cycles of different animals.

  • Changing materials


  • Can play in a group, extending and elaborating play ideas, e.g. building up a role-play activity with other children.

  • Initiates play, offering cues to peers to join them.

  • Keeps play going by responding to what others are saying or doing.

  • Demonstrates friendly behaviour, initiating conversations and forming good relationships with peers and familiar adults.

  • Can select and use activities and resources with help.

  • Welcomes and values praise for what they have done.

  • Enjoys responsibility of carrying out small tasks.

  • Is more outgoing towards unfamiliar people and more confident in new social situations.

  • Confident to talk to other children when playing, and will communicate freely about own home and community.

  • Shows confidence in asking adults for help.   

  • Aware of own feelings, and knows that some actions and words can hurt others’ feelings.

  • Begins to accept the needs of others and can take turns and share resources, sometimes with support from others.

  • Can usually tolerate delay when needs are not immediately met, and understands wishes may not always be met.

  • Can usually adapt behaviour to different events, social situations and changes in routine.





Edward De Bono

We continue to use Edward De Bono's six thinking hats to help us to organise our thinking and process or ideas. There are 6 hats and each has a different colour and so a different use or meaning. When children answer questions in class, each question will have a different colour hat attached to it. The diagram below shows you in better detail how we use them. Ask your children what hats they have used in their learning today!


Habits of Mind
The Habits of Mind are a collection of 16 thinking dispositions designed to help children develop their critical and creative thinking skills. Every week children are taught to use a different ‘habit of mind’ to help with their thinking and apply this to their work.


Visual Maps
The children are now using visual tools in all areas of their learning. These tools help the children map out their ideas and organize their thinking.



Please have a look at our timetable and newsletter!


For more information about the curriculum please contact your child's teacher.

Class Timetable 2018 2019

Curriculum Map Autumn 2018

Newsletters Autumn 2018

Class Timetable 2019

Curriculum Spring 2019 Reception

Spring Term Newsletter 2019




Class Timetable Summer 2019


This was our successful Reception Reading Meeting 2018