Reception – Autumn Term

Autumn Term in Reception Class

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I hope that you have had a safe and enjoyable summer.  At the beginning of this Autumn Term I would like to give a very warm welcome to Marlfields Reception Class.  I look forward to getting to know your children, and building on their learning opportunities and experiences.

During the next few months we are undoubtedly going to experience mixed weather and our fair share of unpleasant weather.  It is most important that you remember to provide a waterproof jacket with a hood for your child so that they can make use of our wonderful outdoor areas in school.

In Reception we learn through topics of interest to your child.  We hand out postcards which you can fill in with your child, to send in any information relating to your child’s interests from which we can build our planned topics.

Please don’t hesitate to speak to me if you have any concerns, questions, or celebrations regarding your child.

Remember you can keep up to date with our learning experiences in Reception Class by looking at our class blog.

To inspire the children, we plan through themes.  The activities may change due to the interests of the children and the observations we make.  All of the activities foster the characteristics of early learning; Play and exploring, Active Learning, Creating and Thinking Critically.

The information below will outline some of the key skills we will be looking at during this term whilst also building on your child’s interests and experiences.

The Prime Areas of Learning and Development:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will be working hard to settle the children into school routine. We will be focusing on working as a whole group, turn taking, sharing and building friendships.  The children will be working towards to speak to others about their own needs, wants, interests and opinions; to play cooperatively taking turns with others; becoming aware of the boundaries set, and of behavioural expectations in the setting; and making conversations with others, asking questions.

Communication and Language

We will be working hard to improve our speaking and listening skills in both our small group activities and whole class circle times.  The children will be aiming to maintain concentration during an activity; responding to instructions; extend their vocabulary; and use their language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences in play.  To help the children to develop their speaking and listening skills we shall be nursery rhymes, circle times, songs, and stories.

Physical Development

We will be using a variety of opportunities and experiences to develop children’s confidence and awareness of space using our wonderful outdoor areas.  We aim for children in Reception to experiment with gross motor movements for example trying out different ways of moving and negotiating space successfully.  As well as fine motor movements for example, handling tools, objects, construction and malleable materials safely and with increasing control, showing a preference for a dominant hand, and holding a pencil correctly.

The Specific Areas of Learning and Development:


Literacy incorporates reading and writing skills in a variety of fun, exciting and sometimes messy activities!  The children will begin to link sounds to letters, allowing children to read words and simple sentences; experiencing an increasing range of books; writing their own names and forming letters of the alphabet correctly.  Children shall learn their letters/sounds and high frequency words through their daily phonics sessions and then we will aid the children to transfer these skills into their reading and writing.


In Reception we will be practicing and using our mathematical skills in familiar contexts (e.g. role play, construction, sand, play dough etc.) to give us meaning to numbers and counting.  The children will be working towards recognising and forming numbers to 5; beginning to match numeral and quantity, in practical activities.  The children will be developing their sorting skills, comparing quantities of identical and non-identical objects. We shall be exploring the measurement of time, using everyday language to talk about our day.

Understanding the World

We will be building upon children’s interests and experiences, developing their curiosity and interest of their surroundings. The children shall be developing an understanding of growth and the importance of good practices with regard to exercise, eating, sleeping and hygiene through our Science work based around ‘Our Bodies’. The children will be looking closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change, as the seasons change from Autumn into Winter.  We shall also be learning about family customs and routines.

Expressive Arts and Design

This term we will positively encourage children’s creative development through a range of media experiences such as paint, clay, song, dance, music and role play experiences. We aim for the children to begin to build a repertoire of songs and dances; experiment to create different textures; manipulate and use a variety of tools and techniques; create simple representations of people, events, and objects, and play alongside other children who are engaged in the same theme.

Click on the links below for learning at home:



Nursery Rhymes and Songs

Click on the links below for Parent Information:

7 Top Tips to help your child starting school

How to talk to your child about emotions

A guide to Phonics

How children learn through play

Learning to write 

Help your child be epic at Maths