Miss Bergin Teacher – Class RCB (4days)
Mrs Conlon Assistant Head – Early Years Foundation Stage
Teacher – Class RLC
Mrs Devine Teaching Assistant
Mrs Williams Teacher – Class RCB (1day)

Curriculum Overview – Autumn 1

Literacy- Key texts
This half term, we will read the texts ‘Amazing’ by Steve Antony and ‘The Friendship Bench’ by Wendy Meddour. Using these stories, we will look at starting school, making friends, showing kindness and exploring differences between ourselves and families within the stories.

This term, we will be sending home reading books. They will be changed on a Monday by putting them into the box outside the classroom. Children are not expected to be able to read these, some may be able to, but by encouraging them to handle the book correctly, pointing to the words (1-1 correspondence) and recalling the repetition they will be developing the vital skills to becoming a reader.

We will be holding a reading workshop later in the term but any questions in the meantime, please do ask.

Phonics: We will start our phonics programme ‘Sounds-write’. This is taught as a whole class, each day. During these carpet sessions, children will learn sounds and begin to write words. Unit 1: a, i, m, s and t. Unit 2: n, o and p. Unit 3: b, c, g and h.


This half term we will learn to count, compare and order sets of objects. We will introduce children to the term ‘Subitising’ (say how many there are in a small group of objects- ‘just seeing’ and knowing straight away without needing to count). We will look at number recognition within 10 and naming 2D Shapes.


Understanding the World
This half term the children will learn about where they live, some of the local features and what people do there e.g. Beech road – shopping / eating. Children will look at our school environment, including naming key features within it.


Other Curriculum Areas
PE –This will take place on a Thursday. Children will come to school in their PE kit and they will stay in their PE kit throughout the day. This consists of a white t-shirt, black shorts/ leggings and trainers. Children can wear their school jumpers/ cardigans during cold weather. PE usually takes place inside.


PSE- In Reception we use a programme called ‘Think Equal’. The programme is based on narratives. This process provides an ideal way to combine personal, social and emotional experiential learning. This half term, we will be continuing with naming and understanding emotions. We will introduce the children to a ‘Mood meter’ which is a tool that can help them recognise feelings and to name them (colours- red, blue, green and yellow). We will be introducing strategies for managing our feelings.

Example of the Mood Meter


Important Dates
Drop in to the classrooms-Tuesday 12th September- 3.45pm/ 5pm

Parent focus group- This was started last year as a way for you to share what you think and for us to work together. If you would like to come please could you let the office know. The next meeting is: 9am, 28th September in the training room.

Individual photo day- 3rd October

SEND coffee morning/ drop in- Thursday 5th October- 9am.

Phonics workshop– Week commencing 9th October- (day and time TBC)

Half Term- 23rd October-27th October. Return to school on the 30th October.



Curriculum Overview

Autumn 1


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