Personal, social and emotional development

Making Relationships Early Learning Goal

Children play co-operatively, taking turns with others. They take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity. They show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children.

Self Confidence and Self Awareness Early Learning Goal

Children are confident to try new activities, and say why they like some activities more than others. They are confident to speak in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas, and will choose the resources they need for their chosen activities. They say when they do or don’t need help.

Managing feelings and behaviour Early Learning Goal

Children talk about how they and others show feelings, talk about their own and others’ behaviour, and its consequences, and know that some behaviour is unacceptable. They work as part of a group or class, and understand and follow the rules. They adjust their behaviour to different situations, and take changes of routine in their stride.

Communication and Language

Listening and Attention Early Learning Goal

Children listen attentively in a range of situations. They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.

Understanding Early Learning Goal

Children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.

Speaking Early Learning Goal

Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.

Physical Development

Moving and Handling Early Learning Goal

Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.

Health and Self Care Early Learning Goal

Children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. They manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.


Writing Early Learning Goal:

Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.

Reading Early Learning Goal

Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.


Number Early Learning Goal

Children count reliably with numbers from one to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.

Shape, Space and Measure Early Learning Goal

Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.

Understanding the world

People and Communities Early Learning Goal

Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. They know that other children don’t always enjoy the same things, and are sensitive to this. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.

The World Early Learning Goal

Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

Technology Early Learning Goal

Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.

Expressive arts and design

Exploring and Using Media and Materials Early Learning Goal

Children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.

Being Imaginative Early Learning Goal

Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.


This half term we have loved reading and learning about stories. The main story we looked at was Alice and Wonderland. One day we even found that the White Rabbit had done a poo on our carpet! Following this we made look out towers to watch out from, researched pets and made maps we could use to find the rabbit.

Mad Hatter’s Sweet Shop

Another day we were left in charge of the Mad Hatter’s sweet shop. We worked out how many sweets we could buy with our five pence budget, wrote a shopping list and used scales to weigh our purchases. Reception loved working as a team and showed high levels of cooperation when solving these problems.

On the Go

This half term our topic has been ‘On the Go’. We have been thinking about different forms of transport and looking at why we need them. Reception have been thinking about different vehicles such as ambulances, fire engines and delivery lorries. We have also been looking at other forms of transport, such as bikes and boats.


We were lucky enough to go to The National Railway Museum this half term. We looked at trains old and new and thought about what they were used for. The children particularly enjoyed looking at the ambulance train. We were even able to sit in some of the open carriages! A special thank you to all of the parents that helped on the trip.

We have also had lots of fun turning cardboard boxes into cars! The children learnt about the different features of a car and about road safety.


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Me, Me, Me

This half term, our topic has been, ‘Me, Me, Me.’. We have been learning about lots of different things, such as keeping healthy and what makes us special. We have also been on a trip to Eureka! We had lots of fun exploring all the different areas with our friends. We particularly enjoyed the garage and learning about our senses.


Tropical Island

The children have settled well in Reception well and have been very busy in the provision. The children have been really creative and have enjoyed sharing their ideas with their friends. Some of the activities that we have been doing include using different resources to create self-portraits and using loose parts to create a tropical island.


Colour & Patterns

This half term our topic has been ‘Colour and Patterns’. We have enjoyed learning about different artists and exploring a range of styles. It was great fun to host our own art gallery for all of our family to show them what we have made.


Our classroom was transformed into an artist studio this half term. We used all of our knowledge of colours and design to create our own fantastic art work using lots of different resources. It was helpful to research using ipads and non-fiction books to find out even more.


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