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Reception

Spring 2024

Children’s studies
Activities will be adapted for remote learning.

Children will be studying the topic of Fantasy in the first half term. As part of this topic children’s scientific studies will focus on day and night. This will include a visit from WonderDome on Tuesday 6th February.  In history children will develop an understanding of the timeline for space exploration.  In computing children will be using iPads to navigate software and will safely explore the internet with age appropriate search engines.  They will use software to create imaginative pictures.

In the second half term, children will be studying the topic of Travel. Their scientific studies will focus on forces.  In design and technology, children will be making model trains from reclaimed materials.  In geography, the children will be developing their ability to create simple routes using symbols.  Children will also be introduced to a range of poetry on the theme of transport, for example You Can’t Take an Elephant on the Bus by Patricia Cleveland-Peck.  

Over the term in RE children will be identifying special people in their family and community; in history, children will study selected famous people from the past. In personal, social and emotional development, children will be learning how to help and care for friends, taught the rules on how to keep safe, and be identifying and dealing with feelings positively. In music they will sing familiar songs and be introduced to new ones, as well as playing percussion instruments and exploring sound patterns.  In art they will they will be focusing on the artist Vincent van Gogh and his painting of The Starry Night.

Autumn 2023

Children’s studies
Activities will be adapted for remote learning.

In science children will be learning Me and My World, including our bodies, healthy eating and oral
hygiene. Children’s studies will be complemented by a science workshop provided by Set Point
Hertfordshire. They will also be studying seasonal change, incorporating a walk through our woods. In
design and technology children will be developing their cutting skills and using a wide variety of construction
materials to make their own puppet. In history children will be focusing on their growing up memories, and
stories that develop their understanding of change. In religious education the children will be examining the
events in their lives that they celebrate and why. In art they will be learning the skills involved in painting,
including colour mixing, and will be painting self-portraits. In music they will be learning new songs and
exploring sound patterns, as well as singing familiar songs. They will also be learning a range of nursery
rhymes. In computing children will become familiar with Beebots and iPads. In Personal and Social
Education (PSED) children will learn about relationships and rules to support getting on with one another, turn taking and sharing.

Summer 2023

Children’s studies
Activities will be adapted for remote learning.

In science children will be finding out about Minibeasts and how to care for living things. Their
literacy studies will include rhyming songs, such as Tiny Caterpillar on a Leaf, Wiggly Worm, and
stories by Eric Carle, in particular The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and the Woolly Bear by Julia
Donaldson. They will be investigating the school grounds in geography, describing features they see.
Their studies will be supported by exploring the minibeasts and living things in our school
environment, from the woods to the borders of our field, to the hedgerows. Children will also be
visiting Waltham Abbey gardens on the 29th June. In religious education they will be exploring
stories important to different religions. In art children will be studying Vincent Van Gogh’s depiction
of sunflowers in his painting ‘Sunflowers’. In design and technology children will be creating
minibeasts used reclaimed materials. In music they will accompany new songs with movements and
instruments. In computing they will be developing their directional skills. In PSED, children will be
investigating how we look after our environment and the people who help us in our community.

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