Reception and Year 1

Teacher: Mrs Louise Pearson                                                                                    Autumn 2017

Learning Support Assistants: Mrs Marie Holmes, Mrs Sharon Jane & Mrs Nicola Bailey

The School Day:

Morning:        9.00 – 12.30 (Break time 10.50 – 11.05 Assembly 11.05 – 11.20)

Lunchtime:    12.30 – 1.35

Afternoon:     1.35 – 3.25

Welcome back to a new school year!

At the start of a new school year, as parents, you will probably have lots of questions or things you would like to know. Please feel free to speak to any member of staff who works in class 1.  If for any reason, we are not available, then either leave us a note or call the school office and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

These are the ‘topics’ that we are covering in the autumn term.

1st half term:          

Our topic for the first part of the term is ‘Kings, Queens and their castles’.  We will be making junk model castles and learning about who lived inside the castle walls. In science will be learning about our bodies and our 5 senses. Our learning in computing will be all about using an iPad to take photographs and videos and we will become familiar with laptops.

2nd half term:  

‘London’s burning’ is our topic for the second half of this term.  We will learn about London and how the fire of London spread so quickly.  In science we will continue our learning about animals, focusing on how they grow and change.

In English we will be reading a wide range of Traditional and Fairy Tales throughout the autumn term. 


In the 1st half term our writing will be based around traditional tales, castles and dragons!! From these stories we will write lists, letters, sentences and simple stories.

In the 2nd part of this term our reading and writing will be based around autumn and harvest and this will include learning a collection of poems and rhymes by heart.  Then as we progress into December, we will read stories about different festivals and celebrations.

For the year 1 children, handwriting will be practiced regularly whilst the Reception children will be developing their ability to hold and use writing equipment effectively.

In maths we will be covering the following areas of number and calculation in the 1st half term–

  • One to one counting skills
  • Numerals to 10 (reception children) and up to 100 (year 1 children)
  • Finding one more and one less than a given number
  • Forming and recognising numerals
  • Simple addition and subtraction skills using practical equipment

In the 2nd half of the autumn term we will be covering the following areas in maths-

  • 2d and 3d shapes
  • Weighing and measuring using non-standard measures
  • Continuing to build up our understanding of numbers and calculation from the first half of the term.

SHARING BOOKS  (details to be given at ‘Meet the teacher’ session). We look at the children’s sharing books on Monday afternoons.

Please ensure your child’s NAMED PE kit is in school every day. Our PE sessions will usually be on Monday’s and Thursday’s.  If the weather is good, then we will be going outdoors.


Year 1 children only -This will continue to be given out on a Monday and should be handed back into school on Friday.

Reception children will have letter sounds to practice as the term progresses.

All the children will eventually be given reading books. Books will be changed twice a week on a Tuesday and Friday.

Please may we ask that you do not send your child’s morning snack in a lunchbox as this causes confusion at lunchtime.