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Autumn Term 2

Reception have been very busy this term learning about the seasons of autumn and winter. We have had lots of fun learning how the weather changes in each season and how some animals make changes. We enjoyed learning how the leaves on deciduous trees change colour and fall whilst evergreen trees keep their leaves in autumn. We also learnt how ice forms as the weather gets very, very cold. We thought about the changes we make to the clothes that we wear in each season and how we can keep ourselves warm and healthy. We were very lucky to experience some snow before Christmas!

During this topic, we also learnt about some of the different festivals and celebrations that happen in autumn and winter. We learnt about firework night, the Christmas story and the Jewish festival of Hanukkah.



Autumn Term 1


Reception have had lots of fun taking part in our topic ‘Welcome to my World’. Each week, we have learnt lots about ourselves and our friends in our class and have enjoyed reading lots of stories to help us with this.


On our first week in Reception, we read a story called ‘How to Catch a Star’. We were really impressed with how the little boy never gave up with his challenge and thought about things we wanted to try and do. We worked hard to create lots of art pieces around stars – including a giant star which you can see in our book corner! We talked about what the word ‘reflection’ meant and were surprised when the little boy found a starfish at the end of the story. As we read the story, we predicted how the little boy would catch the star and have enjoyed reading this story at home too.                       

Over the next few weeks, we shared lots of information about ourselves!

We talked about what we looked like and how this may be similar and different to others. We used the story of Elmer to help us with this. We painted self-portraits and enjoyed making colourful collages of Elmer.



We read the story ‘Once There Were Giants’ and talked about our families. We learnt that our families are very special but are all different. We enjoyed making homes to show who we lived with and talking to our teachers about the fun things we do with them.



On the following week, we read the story ‘The Colour Monster’ and talked about the names of some of our emotions that we might feel. We talked about how each emotion might make our body feel and what we could do when we felt this way. We enjoyed making monsters out of playdough and practising our fine motor skills by using pointillism and collage.





We really enjoyed our week learning about the human body. We learnt the names of different parts of our body and what they were used for. We worked hard to make faces and bodies out of clay and made faces using fruit, bread and jam. We were extra careful when using the child friendly knife to spread the jam!