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Trotts Hill Primary School and Nursery


Welcome to Reception

Welcome to Reception. Your class teacher is Mrs O’Brien and Mrs Bailey is your teaching assistant. Your midday supervisors are Mrs Howell and Mrs Taylor. 


As we enter our final term in Reception, we continue to offer a stimulating learning environment with plentiful opportunities, which will challenge and support children to extend their learning every day. 


The children are well used to the routines of the day by now and we will continue with whole class, as well as small group Literacy and Maths, alongside our topic activities. This term the children will also learn gymnastics on a Wednesday and dance on a Thursday, so will need their PE kits on these days. 


To ensure a smooth transition into Year 1, we are working hard to support the children to be as independent as possible, which includes being responsible for their belongings, dressing and undressing and using cutlery correctly. Please continue to support your children with this at home. We will also begin to join the rest of the school for whole school assemblies.  


Above all, we want the children to enjoy their last term in Reception and leave us with a love for learning. 

Reception Class Curriculum Overview Summer 2022

Articulation of Phonemes

A useful video clip showing the correct 'pure' pronunciation of phonemes (units of sound).

21.6.22 - LI: To weave. This week our topic is Under the Sea and today the children have been weaving fish for our role play zoo and aquarium. We practised as a whole class by weaving border role between us! Then we had a go independently. The children showed good fine motor control and some children were able to make patterns.

14.6.22 - LI: To write in sentences. This week we wrote our own version of the book  'Dear Zoo'. The children used their phonic knowledge to write. In DT, the children made lift the flap pictures and evaluated them. We then stuck them all in a book together.

10.6.22 - LI: To compare animal habitats. Today we learned all about different animal habitats as part of our topic this half term on animals. We worked in groups to sort the animals into their correct habitat and we also discussed what a predator is!

23.5.22 - LI: To make distinctions between the past and the present. Today we learned all about Queen Elizabeth II and why we are celebrating the Platinum Jubilee. We ordered some photos of the queen based on whether we thought they were from the past or the present. 

20.5.22 - LI: To explore water colours. Today the children used water colours to paint Little Red Riding Hood inspired pictures. They used water on the paint pallet and mixed colours to create the colours they needed.

13/5/22 - LI: To understand equal parts. This week, our focus in Maths has been on doubling and halving. Today we were exploring part and whole where the parts are equal. The children sorted objects equally into parts using a part / whole model for support.

3.5.22 LI: To sequence a story. This week we have been reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Today we had a go at drawing story maps independently and then using them to retell the story to our friends. 

29.4.22 - LI: To explore different media. This week we have been focussing on the book The Three Little Pigs. Today we made the three bears houses using a variety of materials - straw, sticks, glue, plastic bricks with paint. 

20.4.22 LI: To recognise Springtime changes. This afternoon in Forest School we noticed many springtime changes in our Forest School such as Bluebells, many more leaves and blossom on the trees. We observed the tadpoles, who have grown much bigger over the Easter break.

31.3.22 LI: To talk about how we celebrate Easter. This week we have been learning all about The Easter Story and why Christians celebrate Easter. Today we talked about the different ways in which we celebrate in our own families. The children drew pictures and described what they like to do.

22.3.22 LI: To identify the parts of a butterfly. This week we have been reading 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. Today we carefully drew representations of butterflies, identified each part and labelled them.

16.3.22 LI: To use observational drawing skills. After studying daffodils in Forest School, the children used their observational skills to draw daffodils, selecting the correct colours and paying attention to detail.

10.3.22 - LI: To order numbers on a number line. This week in Reception we have been learning how to plot numbers on a number line. We have ordered the numbers, estimated where numbers should go and reasoned why, as well as using the number to help us see one more and one less. 

1.3.22 - LI: To observe changes to food when cooking. This week we learned all about why Pancake Day is celebrated. We made pancakes by measuring out ingredients and mixing them into a batter. We then observed what happened to the batter as it cooked. 

24.2.22 - LI: To learn about the lifecycle of a bean. This term our topic is 'Growing' and this week we learned all about the lifecycle of a bean. During CIL, we planted some green bean seeds. Over the coming weeks, we will care for them and observe their growth. 

8.2.22 - LI: To begin to understand E-Safety. Today was E-Safety Day and we talked about keeping safe online, being kind and respectful and telling an adult if anything makes us feel uncomfortable or worried. We drew pictures of what we like to do online.

3.2.22 - LI: To talk about vehicles past and present. To link in with our topic of Transport this half term, we looked at vehicles from the past and the present. We then looked at some toy vehicles. There were some toy trains that are 70 years old which we compared to a toy train from the present. We also looked at a hot wheels car from 40 years ago compared to a hot wheels car from today.

27.1.22 - LI: To make a finger puppet. As part of our learning on We're Going on a Bear Hunt this week, we made bear finger puppets. We used cutting and sticking skills to do this.

20.1.22 - LI: To create a sea creature. This week the children designed sea creatures linked to our book of the week 'Lost and 'Found' where the boy and the penguin sail across the ocean. First, they designed their creature on paper and then referred to their paper plans when drawing it onto the laptop using Purple Mash.

10.1.22 - LI: To draw a map of the school grounds. On Thursday this week, we went outside with Mrs Magdeburg to draw maps of the school grounds. We were thinking about how vehicles and people travel around the school site. 

6.1.22 - LI: To use positional language. This week we had a Maths and Science challenge called 'Flap the Fish'. We had to see which fish would go the furthest when flapped with a book. We used the mathematical vocabulary of first and last.

15.12.21 - LI: to use cutting and joining skills. This week we have been making Christmas cards. We also had a visit from Father Christmas who read us a story.

8.12.21 - LI: To learn about common British birds. For Forest School this week the children learned all about common British birds. They listened to their songs, named and identified them as well as discussing what they eat. The children then made bird feeders using lard, seed and pine cones for the birds in our school grounds.

30.11.21 - LI: To explore how ingredients change when they are mixed together. Today we made gingerbread people and the children enjoyed weighing and mixing the ingredients together to create the biscuit dough. 

23.11.21 - LI: To write an invite. This week we have been focussing on family celebrations and writing party invites. We used some of the high frequency words we have been learning and focussed on using our phonics to sound out decodable words. 

19.11.21 - LI: To show empathy towards others. Today was Children in Need and the children came into school in non-uniform or pyjamas. We discussed why we need to raise money and help other children within our community and the UK. We had fun doing Joe Wicks, colouring and reflecting on how fortunate we are compared to some.

12.11.21 - LI: To move our bodies in a variety of ways. Today we were very lucky to have a visit from Julia, Stevenage Sporting Futures, who came along to run 'Full of Beans' which was a PE session for Children in Need. We pretended to be all kinds of beans and then we balanced beanbags on various parts of our body.

6.11.21 - LI: To understand the benefits of exercise. In PSHE this week, we have been discussing the benefits of exercise and why it is so important for our bodies. We went to the top playground and set up some fitness challenges.

22.10.21 - LI: To make vegetable soup. This week at school was 'Grow to eat, eat to grow' week and, after learning all about where our food comes from, we made a vegetable soup. The children used cutting and peeling skills and we all enjoyed trying the soup.

15.10.21 - LI: To create repeating patterns. This week our focus in maths has been to recognise and create repeating patterns. Using concrete objects, children made a variety of patterns. We also looked at patterns within the environment, patterns with sounds and patterns with movements.

7.10.21 - LI: To talk positively about ourselves. This week we wore yellow to school on Friday for 'Hello Yellow' to raise awareness for young people's mental health. During circle time, we spent some time reflecting on being positive about ourselves. We said one positive comment about ourselves and one about someone else in the room.

1.10.21 - LI: To recognise initial sounds in words. In Reception we have now learned s, a, t, p, i and n from our phase 2 sounds. We had fun going around the room looking for words that began with the letter sound we were given. 

24/9/21 LI - To talk about our family. This week our topic was 'My Family'. Children brought in photos from home and came to the front of the class to talk about their families. 

17/9/21 LI: To use describing words. Today we tasted different fruits and vegetables (from snack time) and talked about how we thought they tasted. The orange was 'nice' and 'yummy' and the carrot was 'lumpy'. The lime was 'very sour and fizzy'.

06.09.21 - LI: To paint a self portrait. This week we painted our self portraits. We used a mirror to look at our features and colouring. We looked at the similarities and differences between us.