Teacher: Ms J Glen
Teaching Assistant: Miss Misha Atkins - Giovanna Quintero - Raquel White Freckleton - Cinetta Peter Laing
Bellenden Reception Topic Web: Autumn 2019
What’s special about me?
Bear’s Birthday, Starting School, I’m absolutely too small for school, Bet You can’t, Hats of Faith, My Amazing Grandpa, You’ll soon grow into them Alex, Baby Brains, Only One you, The Great big book of families
Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSE)
The children will spend time getting to know each other, their new class environment and the adults that will be supporting them. They will be introduced to the school routines and behavioural expectations. They will be encouraged to form positive relationships with each other and start to make secure friendships.
- Sing name songs as part of circle time
- Discuss school routines and behavioural expectations
- In circle time role play how to have good relationships with each other
- Turn taking games and circle games such as pass the hug, roll the ball to someone and tell them your favourite…
- Bring in photos and discuss similarities and differences between each other and each others’ homes
- Adults to promote sharing, turn taking and negotiation in independent play through modelling and then supporting children if necessary
Physical development (PD)
The children will be involved in activities to develop their fine motor skills and gross motor skills. In term of fine motor, various activities will help them strengthen their hands so that they can use pencils, pens and other one-handed tools with control. To develop gross motor actions they will experiment with different ways of moving and will start to learn how to throw and catch. They will be encouraged to be as independent as possible with dressing and toileting.
- Cutting out pictures to make cards
- Threading pasta and beads to make bracelets and necklaces
- Using mark making tools to make cards and presents
- Playing party games such as musical statues, musical bumps and hide and seek
- Ball games
- Competitions to see who can take off their jumper or put their shoes on the fastest
- Planting spring bulbs.
Communication and Language (C&L)
The children will be introduced to a variety of stories and songs around the theme of “What’s special about me?” They will be encouraged to join in with repeated refrains in stories, memorise songs and rhymes and predict key events in books. They will be given opportunities to talk about themselves, their homes, their families and things that are important to them and they will be supported to listen to other children when they talk about their lives. They will be taught to follow instructions.
- Listening and responding to a variety of books linked to the topic and making links to their own lives
- Joining other children in role play
- Drawing pictures of themselves and their families as a starting point to talk about their own lives
- Playing games where they need to respond to instructions, for example play Simon says and use them to introduce instructions that they will need in school
- Bringing in a teddy or special soft toy and presenting it to the rest of the group in a “Show and tell”
Children will be learning to identify phonemes and wills start to blend them together to read words and segment them to spell words (initially identifying the first sound of a word).
- Learning to recognise phonemes through visual, auditory and kinaesthetic games, songs and activities – I spy, bingo, musical phonemes, treasure hunts,
- Learning high frequency and tricky common words using flashcards and games and finding them in books
- Practising writing their names discretely, on their work when playing independently and when taking part in any games (eg when scoring a bean bag game outside)
- Drawing pictures and labelling them by using any initial sounds and any other sounds they can hear (for example writing m for me and d for dad.
The children will be learning to count with and without objects, order and recognise numbers up to 20. They will be encouraged to represent numbers when playing maths games. They will explore patterns and shapes and make comparisons by ordering items according to size, length and height.
- Counting cakes and candles on cakes
- Counting natural objects, (conkers, sticks, cones )
- Writing numbers on birthday cards
- Finding numbers on balloons
- Playing counting games (hide and seek, number bingo, action and counting games, board games)
- Singing number songs and rhymes
- Surveys (eg What are the different eye colours in our class?)
- Making different shaped cakes out of dough
- Exploring and making patterns on wrapping paper
- Making patterns using pasta and beads
- Outside shape hunt
- Junk modelling
- Sorting items by length, height and size (eg making handprints and finding someone with a bigger or smaller handprint,
Understanding the World
The children will be thinking about what they look like, who is in their family, where they live and what sort of events they celebrate at home including birthdays. They will learn how to operate simple equipment. They will be encouraged to join in with ring games and dancing games.
- Paint self portraits and pictures of their families
- Take photos of each other and play the game – guess who this is? (Describing one of the children to the rest of the group)
- Share photos of families in circle time
- Read Birthday Bear and take part in various activities connected to birthdays
- Discuss how we celebrate our birthdays in this country and watch film of how other children around the world celebrate their birthdays
Expressive Arts and Design
The children will learn to form shapes by drawing lines. They will be encouraged to take part in imaginative role play and create their own movements in response to music. They will be joining in with songs and singing games.
- Drawing and painting themselves, people in their families, their pets, their homes etc
- Designing and making birthday cards for the bear’s birthday
- Junk modelling (make presents for the bear using recycled materials)
- Role play birthday parties/home life
- Dancing to music for the bear’s party
Ring games such as Sandy girl.