Autumn Term

In Class 1....

Class 1 - nursery and reception


Mrs Radley is the class teacher.  Mrs Wallace teaches on a Wednesday morning.


Mrs Blunt teaches Forest School on a Wednesday afternoon.

Nursery staff (every morning) are Mrs Blunt and Mrs Dixon:



This half-term our topic focus is new beginnings and  “This is me ”.  We will learn how Autumn brings change all around us.

Autumn Term Planning

Autumn Term Class 1 planning 2021



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Nursery and Reception Long Term Planning 2021

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Mirror time – This half term we will introduce our animal learning behaviours - how to be ready to learn (an elephant) and about good listening (like a bat).

Circle time: activities will support the children with learning how to express their emotions, share their opinions and consider how others maybe feeling. We will follow the PSHE scheme  “We Eat Elephants”,

Cooperative activities: Reception children will be learning how to change for PE, visiting the village hall and taking part in Forest School activities, in addition to Fun Fit daily physical learning and using balance bikes.


Communication & Language

Topic activities this term these will develop the children’s vocabulary as they learn about "This is me" talking about their family, where they live, their friends and harvest festivals.  They will name and describe what they see from hearing stories, poems or music and participating in activities, visits or investigations. They will be encouraged to choose and use words with care to show understanding of factual information gained from direct experiences.

Show and Tell” sessions will encourage the children to share their ideas with a weekly theme linked to "This is me”. Sessions will discuss new beginnings of starting school and the local change in season as we move into Autumn and Winter.




Forest School – weekly sessions on Wednesday Afternoon will be led by Mrs Blunt, who is a trained Early Years and Forest School practitioner.  These sessions are vital for developing and refining the children’s large and fine motor movements, and crucial for the development of the neural system. The children need to wear the correct clothing to keep dry and warm, and this will be sent home after every session for cleaning.

PE. – weekly sessions using our scheme of work, “Get Set 4 PE”

Fun Fit & High Five: our Classroom Assistant Mrs McFarlane is trained to lead these schemes which have been designed by physiotherapists to support the physical development of young children and to avoid children moving into more formal schooling with unidentified physical needs which will impact on their future progress.



The White Rose Scheme for mathematics is used and the Reception units covered throughout the term helping to build understanding and confidence in number, shape and space and counting.



Reading and Phonics

Phonics: The children have daily phonics teaching matched to their phonics knowledge as they progress through the phases of Letters and Sounds. In sessions they learn how to recognise, read and write individual letters names and sounds and the common letter patterns. Activities include games, IT and the use of whiteboard and pens.
Reading: reading books are carefully matched to the phases in phonics and books are shared in class and sent home for regular reading practise. We use a variety of reading schemes to match individual  learning styles and strengths.
Stories : A love of books and reading is encouraged in Reception by reading stories to the children,  having a weekly library choosing session and termly visits from a storyteller.

Writing: our writing is linked to our topic focus.  Our writing area will also have resources linked to our topic focus to encourage independent writing, in particular links with local Farmer Ford's fields and animals. and writing about Autumn festivals.



Writing: our writing is linked to our topic focus. This term we will focus on choosing and ordering and words to create simple captions or sentences related to a story about farming, or a visit or investigation. Our writing area will also have resources linked to our farm topic focus to encourage independent writing.



Knowledge & Understanding of the world

This half-term our topic focus is “new beginnings”.  We will identify the seasonal changes we can see in Autumn and exploring the local farming area.

Walks & Visits: We will be going on walks around the village to explore the rural landscape, and observe changes at two local small holdings and on  Farmer Ford’s farm.

Investigations: We will find out about humans, families and what makes us special, what makes us the same and different to each other.

Computing : our topic work will be supported by the use of laptops and tablets to help the children capture images of the local areas and also for access to RM Easi-maths and Monster Phonics, and the IWB for on-line activities and video clips.

Expressive Arts & Design

Sketching: this term the children in reception use sketch books to record what they see from walks, visits and during investigations.

Model making: we will learn and develop cutting, moulding, threading and pouring skills..  The children will also be making bread linked with our harvest topic.

Role Play : This half term we will be supporting imaginative play with our small world farm toys and role play area creating a farm shop.

Music: we will be learning nursery rhymes connected to the season of Autumn (higgledy piggledy bumble bee, etc) and listening to music to help our learning.