Reception Topics - 2021/22

Below are the whole school topics for the year in which all children in Reception will participate. In addition to these planned activities, children will regularly be encouraged to think of some of their own ideas, which we will incorporate into our planning. Children’s ideas are collected through weekly class discussions and observations. We value all children’s contributions towards our planning, and by allowing children to share their own interests and ideas they continue to be motivated learners. Alongside the topics below, we also look at a wide range of seasonal and religious festivals throughout the year such as Diwali, Harvest, Christmas, Chinese New Year, Easter, Holi and Tanabata.

Each area in Early Years has exciting opportunities, where children can start their learning journey.

Autumn Term (First Half)

Welcome and Farm to Fork

Starting school is an exciting but daunting time for everybody, particularly in the current climate. This is why we spend the first few weeks of Reception getting used to the new environment, meeting new people and focusing on our wellbeing. The children will play games with their new class, have time to explore their new environment and have opportunities to talk about their feelings. The children will gradually be introduced to the Zones of Regulation and learn how different feelings have different colours. The following weeks will be spent looking at Farm to Fork, where we will be exploring different farm animals and sing-along with our favourite nursery rhymes. We will also talk about healthy and not healthy foods, and will be making our own healthy fruit salad! The children will have opportunities to participate in messy play, look at shapes and practise their number recognition and counting.

Autumn Term (Second Half)

Show Time!

The show must go on! The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Billy Goats Gruff – what a lot of number 3s! After half term we will be using role-play opportunities to act out a range of traditional tales, thinking about which language is used in stories and what we might need to help us act. We will be exploring height with the giant, making porridge with Goldilocks and helping the pigs to make strong houses! Through messy play the children will explore colour, design and mixed media and materials. We will be getting busy with numbers, learning 1:1 correspondence, the language of more and less, and much more! As we move into the festive period, we will focus more on winter and how Christmas is celebrated. The children will be talking about their own traditions and experiences as well as learning about Christmas around the world!

Spring Term (First Half)

Time to Move

This half term we will get moving! We will look under the bonnet of cars, exploring how bikes move and get our bodies moving too! The children will compare how vehicles have changed over the years and what they look like now. They will explore creating their own things that move and will have opportunities to test their ideas. We will be learning about ‘People who help us’. We will be using role-play opportunities to identify how fire fighters, police and health care professionals help others and keep people safe.

Spring Term (Second Half)

Nature Rocks!

Let’s Rock and Roll, everybody! Get out your magnifying glasses and notepads and become detectives; exploring the wonderful world around you. Over the second half of the Spring term we will be putting on our scientist lab coats and doing our own investigations and observations, spending a lot of time in the Spring air. The children will learn about plants, minibeasts and other animals, and think about what we can do to take care of them. They will grow seeds, explore minibeast habitats and nature and observe all the wonderful changes that occur in nature. We will have opportunities to create minibeast hotels, explore different rocks and hunt for fossils! We will be challenging ourselves to learn about how we can manipulate shapes in different ways, explore number bonds, and we will practise persevering through these challenges!

Summer Term (First Half)

Beyond the Sea

SPLISH SPLASH! Dive in with us on our adventures under the sea! This term we will be exploring what is hidden deep beneath the ocean waves. Is it animals? Is it treasure? Is it pirate shipwrecks?! Let’s find out! We will be creating maps to find long lost treasure, exploring our imaginations with merpeople, and helping Luca hide from human beings! The children will learn about addition and subtraction using lots of practical resources to help, practise sharing fairly with our friends and learning about capacity! We will also be exploring different scientific concepts in a hands-on way, including learning about floating and sinking and finding out what on earth is magnetic!

Summer Term (Second Half)

Dream Team

Strawberries and Cream – now that’s a dream team! What other dream teams will we find along the way? This half term we will be getting our trainers and sports clothes on and learning all about different sports. We will celebrate Wimbledon, Women’s Euros, the Common Wealth games and much more! The children will practise teamwork whilst learning about different sports, and we will be thinking about how we can challenge stereotypes in sports. Do just men play football? Is ballet only for girls? Absolutely not! At Chestnut Lane we will be learning how anyone can do anything! Towards the end of the summer term, the children will start to think about moving up to Year 1 and will reflect on their fantastic year in Reception. We will participate in a range of exciting transition activities, which will prepare the children for the next part of their learning journey.

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