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With the exception of phonics and some mathematics, all our learning in Reception is topic based. The curriculum in Reception is holistic and not separated into subjects. The curriculum is set out into areas of learning. We have one topic that covers all areas of learning. We do not always explicitly make links to these areas when talking to the children about topic learning. However, when teachers plan topic learning, it is planned using these areas. As parents, we realise that you might like to know which areas of the curriculum the topic learning links to and so we have provided the curriculum links for you. Please note that all learning that takes place in Reception covers all the areas of learning, however the links provided are the ones that we are particularly focusing on that week. Literacy (reading and writing) and Mathematics opportunities provided as part of all topic learning that we do. In order to prepare the children for Year One we will, where appropriate, link learning to the national curriculum subjects such as History, Science, Geography. When planning for our topic, we will also take into account our whole school curriculum drivers and plan learning that incorporates these.


Below is a key for the areas of learning;


PSED= Personal, Social and Emotional development

C&L= Communication and Language

PD= Physical development

UW= Understanding the world

EAD= Expressive Arts and Design.


Our new topic is called We are Superheroes


Wk bg 18.09.23Why is it important for superheroes to understand and talk about how they feel?- This week we will be looking at 'The Colour Monster' we will be talking about emotions and thinking about why it is important to talk about how we feel. This week will have a PSED and C&L focus. We will be learning lots of new vocabulary- 


Sad- unhappy, gloomy,miserable,upset

Calm- rested, cool, peaceful, relaxed

Angry- bothered, annoyed, angry, furious, livid

Fear- fearful, nervous, agitated, fearful, scared, terrified

Happy- positive, cheerful, delighted, excited

Muddled- confused, mixed up, distracted, flummoxed

Loving- friendly, appreciative, caring, affectionate

We will also be working in groups to create collages of the Colour Monsters using lots of different materials


Wk bg 25.09.23: What rules and routines do I need to become a superhero learner? This is a RESPECT code themed week. We will start by learning about what the words in the RESPECT code mean, we will then learn about the 12 Christian values that form part of the RESPECT code. We will work in groups to create RESPECT code superhero learners by drawing a large person and painting them. We will then think about when we may have displayed that particular RESPECT code trait. In order to help the children learn about the 12 Christian values we will be reading lots of books. If you have some of these at home you can read them and talk about the values. This week will have a PSED and C&L focus

The Selfish Crocodile- compassion, courage, forgiveness and friendship

The Paper Bag Princess- courage

Giraffes Can't Dance- generosity, perseverance and Respect

Hare and the Tortoise- perseverance

The Smartest Giant in Town- generosity

Princesses and not Quitters- perseverance

The Boy who Cried Wolf- trust and truth

Amazing Grace- Justice

The Good Mood Hunt- thankfulness

The Prodigal Son- forgiveness

The Good Samaritan- service

The Koala who Could, Lion Inside- courage

Farmer Duck- justice


Key vocabulary-

Resilience, Equality, Service, Positivity, Empathy, Choices, Togetherness, Friendship, compassion, generosity, justice, perseverance, courage, trust, thankfulness, respect, forgiveness, truthfulness


Wk bg 2.10.23:  What happens in Autumn and what is Harvest? This week we will be taking a break from our superheroes topic to think about Autumn and Harvest. We will be learning about what a Harvest festival is and why Harvest is important to Christians. We will be thinking about some of the changes that take place in Autumn. We will be reading The Little Red Hen and thinking about the process of turning wheat into bread. We will also be reading Oliver's Vegetables and thinking about how fruits and vegetables are gown and harvested. We will be thinking harvests from past to present and how combine harvesters have changed. The children will be sequencing the story of The Little Red Hen and will be learning the art of printing with fruits and vegetables.


Key Vocabulary-

Harvest, Autumn, season, threshing, not I (story language from The Little Red Hen), wheat, mill, grind, dough, combine harvester, past, present, horse drawn


 Wk bg 09.10.23- 

Are there superheroes in other countries? This week is diversity week, we will be learning about Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King. We will be thinking about what makes them superheroes and thinking about equality and treating people fairly. We will be thinking about what our dreams for the world are and we will be thinking about pattern and symmetry and making Superhero masks. We will be focusing on UW and History


Key vocabulary- 

Apartheid, equality, justice, fairness, equal, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance, difference, similarity 




Wk bg 16.10.23- What makes us superheroes? This week we will be learning thinking about loving and being loved. We will be thinking about who is in our families and who is special to us and why? We will be talking about how all families are different and also looking about what makes families the same. We will also be thinking about what makes us special. We will be looking very closely at our faces and making our faces out of clay, we will be thinking very carefully about how to mould the clay. We will also be thinking about our school vision (this can be found in the visions and values section of the website) and drawing pictures of what makes us happy and ready to learn.

We will be reading books about different families such as 'Picnic in the park' and 'Tango makes three'

This week is an opportunity to promote our Diversity driver 

To value individuality and celebrate difference

To understand that we all have the power to act and influence the world around us.

To ensure individual are treated fairly and equally no matter their race, gender, age, disability, religion or sexual orientation


Key vocabulary

 Same, different, similar, difference, equality, individuality, loving, friendship, special, diversity, join, mould, roll, squeeze.



Wk bg 23.10.23- This week will be an RE focused week based around the story of Creation. See the RE section of the website for more details