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Welcome to the Autumn Term in Reception Class Venus


Welcome to the Reception class page.

Our priority at the start of the term, will be supporting the children’s well-being and helping them settle in and learn the new routines. We understand the children will have many different feelings about returning to school, and we will have daily sessions to discuss or express how we all feel. 


The children will enter school in the mornings and start with a ‘Busy Finger’ activity or Dough Disco (it is great fun!). These are designed to develop their fine motor skills and coordination, which later supports their handwriting skills.

Each morning we will have short adult led activities in Phonics and Maths, which are fun and active learning sessions. 

Initially in Phonics, we will recap on what the children already know before we start learning phase 2 phonics (Letters and Sounds).

In Maths, we will develop the children’s problem-solving skills by starting off with exploring the concepts of number, quantity and counting. 


Each week we will have PE lessons, focussing on how to keep ourselves healthy and exploring the different ways our body can move. This is in addition to the outdoor time the children will have each day to extend their Physical Development.


To further develop the children’s Personal, Social and Emotional Development, we follow the ‘Jigsaw’ PSHE health and well-being scheme each week, starting off this term with ‘being me in my world’. 


Each term, we will also celebrate cultural festivals and events, like the season of Autumn, Diwali, Guy Fawkes, and Christmas. We also welcome you to share any family celebrations with us, that we could include. 


Do not worry, we will also have time to expand our imaginations and explore our artistic sides, with creative projects, music, and role play. Look out for our self-portraits this term. 


In the Early Years, we understand the importance of Communication and Language. This will be supported with listening activities and speaking opportunities to create a language rich environment, which is integrated throughout our learning. 


Reading and books will play a large part of our daily routine in Reception. Regular story times and book activities help to create a love for reading. Please support your child at home by reading with them as often as you can. More information will be sent home shortly on the children’s reading books. 


In Reception, there will also be lots of time to play! We follow an ‘In the moment approach’ that utilises the children’s own play to develop their interests and learning opportunities. Adults will use interactions and resources to further develop learning during the children’s play times. 


Our aim is to always make learning fun and we look forward to the term ahead. 


Mrs Green and the Reception team. 


In Reception the curriculum we follow is the Early Years Foundation Stage framework.  As you will see from the document below there are seven areas of learning within the Early Years:


  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Art and Design


Alongside these and vitally important are the Characteristics of Effective Learning. The unique child reaches out to relate to people and things through the Characteristics of Effective Learning.


  • Playing and Exploring- engagement, finding out, playing with what they know, being willing to 'have a go'.
  • Active Learning- motivation, being involved, concentrating, keeping trying, enjoying achieving what they set out to do.
  • Creating and Thinking Critically- having their own ideas, making links, choosing ways to do things.





This information is taken from the Department for Education Document 'Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage'.


The Early Learning Goals


The Prime Areas


Communication and language


Listening and attention: children listen attentively in a range of situations. They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.

Understanding: children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.

Speaking: children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.


Physical development


Moving and handling: children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.

Health and self-care: children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. They manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.


Personal, social and emotional development


Self-confidence and self-awareness: children are confident to try new activities, and say why they like some activities more than others. They are confident to speak in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas, and will choose the resources they need for their chosen activities. They say when they do or don’t need help.

Managing feelings and behaviour: children talk about how they and others show feelings, talk about their own and others’ behaviour, and its consequences, and know that some behaviour is unacceptable. They work as part of a group or class, and understand and follow the rules. They adjust their behaviour to different situations, and take changes of routine in their stride.

Making relationships: children play co-operatively, taking turns with others. They take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity. They show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children.


The Specific Areas




Reading: children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.

Writing: children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.




Numbers: children count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.

Shape, space and measures: children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.


Understanding the world


People and communities: children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. They know that other children don’t always enjoy the same things, and are sensitive to this. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.

The world: children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

Technology: children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.


Expressive arts and design


Exploring and using media and materials: children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.

Being imaginative: children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories.

Reception intake 2021: If you would like to request a virtual meeting with the Headteacher, please contact the office. Our video tour can be viewed on our 'About Us' section.