Reception Topics - 2020/21

Below are the whole school topics for the year in which all children in Early Years 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)

Wellbeing and Earth and Beyond

Starting school is an exciting but daunting time for everybody, particularly in the current climate. This is why we spend the first three 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 be introduced to The Colour Monster and learn how different feelings have different colours. The following weeks will be spent looking at Earth and Beyond. Though our topic will have moved on from Wellbeing, it will remain a priority for us as a school. Before the half term, we will be focusing on beyond Earth. We will explore space through various storybooks, including The Way Back Home and Mae Among the Stars, learn about astronauts and create our own aliens! The children will have opportunities to participate in Space role-play, look at 2d shapes in space and practise their number recognition.

Autumn Term (Second Half)

Earth and Beyond (continued)

We’ve explored Space, but now let’s look closer to home at our planet - Earth. We will be exploring the world around us and finding out about different people in different countries. We will be using books such as Mirror and Same Same But Different to help us learn about other cultures and reflect on how they are similar or different to ours. We will even sample a taste from different countries during the term! 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)

Walking with Dinosaurs

‘Shake, shake, shudder!’ What’s that noise in the distance? ‘Stomp, stomp, stomp!’ It’s the dinosaurs getting ready to romp! It’s time to get funky with dinosaurs and join in their dinosaurumpus. This term we will be getting busy learning all about dinosaurs! We will explore books, including Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus and Tyranosaurus Drip, to help us learn about different dinosaurs, what they looked like and where they lived. We will be counting and adding dinosaurs – how many dinosaurs are there? Have you even seen a dinosaur’s footstep? We have and we will be using them to measure! The children will be getting messy making dinosaur homes and following the dinosaurs on a dinosaur hunt!

Spring Term (Second Half)

Machines and Me

It’s time to invent! We will be exploring different types of transport and how it moves, e.g. making our own boats and testing them. The children will get the opportunity to be ‘engineers’ and design their own vehicle, thinking about which materials are best to use and what it could be used for. 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. We will also be developing our writing further and the children will create and write about their own inventions they have created. They will explore many hands-on tasks with size and weight. They will also look at subtraction and solve problems using practical resources.

Summer Term (First Half)

Habitat Hunters

Get out your magnifying glasses and notepads and become detectives; exploring the wonderful world around you. We will be going on minibeast hunts and see what great creatures we can find, observing their features and where they live. The children will be given the opportunity to write fact files on the minibeasts they have found. We will be looking at the different habitats where animals live and discussing the similarities and differences between them.  The children will also look at doubling and halving using different features of minibeats, for example ladybird’s spots. The children will explore 3D shapes and begin to consider simple properties of them such as, if they can roll, slide or stack. We will be thinking about our environment and how to be resilient recyclers! The children will consider ways to help recycle and create posters to remind others of the importance of recycling. The children will use resources to sketch the natural habitats around them. Healthy eating is an important topic so the children will be considering ways to stay healthy and create their own poster to demonstrate and share their ideas. 

Summer Term (Second Half)

Dream Big

Dream of a magical world of kings, castles and dragons… that is where we will be heading off to this term! We will be using role-play opportunities to act out a range of traditional tales. We will be using different materials to create our own fantasylands and castles and we will consider the different characters that might live there. The children will explore junk modelling resources and will discover the best way of assembling their chosen materials such as sticky tape or glue. We will be asking the children to discuss and imagine their aspirations and dreams for when they grow up. 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 like Little Miss Proud. 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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