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Reception – Elm

Welcome to Reception - Elm Class!

On this page you will find lots of information about what the children have been getting up to.


Forest Hall Reception Yearly Overview 2021-22

Reception Timetable

Summer 1

This half term our topic is 'Where in the world?' We will be looking at maps and globes to pinpoint the different places in the world we have been as a class. We will be comparing life in the North East of England with life in cities and villages in Kenya. We will compare the weather, climate and landscape of the UK and Kenya as well as gain an insight into the beliefs and culture of others. Over the first weekend of this half term our Stick Insect eggs started to hatch so we will also be very busy looking after the smallest members of our class. On the theme of travel we have created our very own campsite within our classroom complete with a real tent!

Spring 2

This half term our topic is 'How does it grow and change?' We will be looking at how different living things grow and change over time. We will look at humans, frogs, plants and chicks. We are extremely lucky to be getting some chicken eggs in school so that we can observe the beginning of the hen life cycle for ourselves! We will also be planting various seeds indoors and outdoors. We will have to take care of them so that they grow big and strong. You may want to ask your child about the Magic Beanstalk that has appeared in our classroom too!

Spring 1 2022

This half term our topic is 'Why choo choo choose a train?' We have been learning all about George Stephenson and what he did for the railways. George Stephenson lived and worked in the Forest Hall/Killingworth area so we have been looking into the region we live in. We have enjoyed painting, drawing, sculpting and building our own representations of local landmarks such as The Angel of the North and the Tyne Bridge. We have had great fun building our own model trains and trying to make them move using magnets, balloons, ramps etc. Anything but our hands! We have also enjoyed discovering the traditions of others during week 5 of the half term when we worked on a mini topic of 'Chinese New Year'. We have also been thinking about the season of winter and what happens to nature around us during this time.

Autumn 2 2021-22

This half term our topic has been 'Where do we live and what do we celebrate?' The children enjoyed learning about Guy Fawkes and why Remembrance Day is special. We have been looking at our local area and learning the names of the streets around us at school. We greatly enjoyed a walk around Forest Hall. We kept an eye out for things that were natural and things that were man-made. We used our sense of direction to guide us back to school and tried hard to use the directional language 'left', 'right' and 'straight ahead'. Once back at school we enjoyed drawing maps of the route we took on our walk. We have been reading the story 'The Gingerbread Man'. We have used our phonic knowledge to help us write some simple captions to accompany pictures from the story. We are very much looking forward to Christmas and finding out about the differences between Christmas in the past and Christmas now.

Autumn 1 2021-22

Welcome to Reception's class page. On this page you will find our timetable and information about what we have been getting up to in the classroom. Mrs Lee and I (Mrs Getlevog) are really pleased with how well all of the new Reception children have settled into school life. There have been a lot of new things for the children to get used to such as getting changed for PE, eating in the dinner hall, playing on the big yard and going to assembly. The children have taken all of these new experiences in their stride and are settled into their new routines. Our topic for this half term is 'Who Am I?' during 'Understanding the World' sessions (UTW) children will be carrying out activities and developing skills based on this topic. We will be talking about our families and where we live. We will discuss how our families and homes may be similar or different to those of other people. We will be labelling the human body and exploring the 5 senses. We will also name and learn to recognise different emotions and discuss our likes and dislikes. We will also look at what Harvest is and why it is celebrated and notice and discuss changes that happen during Autumn. We are all looking forward to starting our learning journey together!

For Your Information...

Read, Write, Inc.

Read, Write Inc letter sound mat

This is what the children use in the classroom to support them with their writing. When saying the sounds they can hear in words, they look for the sound on the mat before writing it down.


White Rose Maths
In school we follow the White Rose Maths schemes of work. The Reception scheme of work promotes a 'hands on' approach to maths, using various types of equipment that the children can manipulate, in order to be able 'to see' the maths they are exploring. This scheme of work also promotes the idea of 'digging deeper' into mathematical concepts.

Early Number Sense

You may have wondered why there has been a large focus on the numbers 0-10 in Reception. Particularly if your child has been able to count to 10 and/or recognise the numerals 0-10 since they were in Nursery or even younger. The truth is there is more to the numbers 0-10 than counting and recognising them. What these numbers represent, knowing the number order, the relationship between each of these numbers and the number bonds within 10 all provide the foundations for future maths learning. The video below discusses this in more detail.

Number Blocks

 The White Rose Maths Early Years scheme of work uses some 'Number Blocks' videos to explain ideas and mathematical thinking. This link will take you to various 'Number Blocks' videos on YouTube.

Books Mrs Getlevog and Mrs Lee recommend

Click on the document below to see a selection of books we recommend for Reception age children. The list includes books that we have enjoyed sharing with children and books that we know children of this age enjoy!

If you do not have any of these books at home you will most likely be able to find it being read aloud online.


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 Activities and games we think you might enjoy.