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St Giles' Catholic Primary School

Part of the Painsley Catholic Academy

Grow in Faith and Love

"In our school we value and respect every person as a child of God, as we grow together in faith, and love."


Welcome to Reception!



Welcome to Reception! We have an excited and fun filled half term ahead. Reception news will be sent out weekly, to keep you up to date with all the fun children are having in Reception class.


Personal Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

Children will be getting to know the staff at school and their peers. We will be focusing on turn taking and sharing with our friends. We will be learning to listen and follow instructions.


Physical Development

Monday is our PE day and ASM will be coming to visit us to play lots of fun games!



In literacy this term we will be starting letters and sounds. Children will start to learn the sounds within phase 2. These are;


We will be singing ‘Jolly Phonics’ songs and thinking of words that have our sound of the day in! We will also start learning to write the sounds we have learnt.

We use cursive writing and all our letters start on the line. We say start on the line and you will be fine! We use letterjoin for our handwriting. You can practice this at home too! Logins will be sent home in bookbags!

We will be reading the story of ‘The Little Red Hen’ and will be making our own story maps!



In maths we will be counting using cups! We use a learning system called Maths Makes Sense. We will be practising our number recognition and writing the numbers 0,1,3. We will be sorting objects and using positional language. 


In RE this half term is Creation – God’s Gifts. We will be learning about the creation story. We will thank God for the world and all the gifts he has given us. We will learn about Diwali in our other faiths work, as the Hindu festival of light.


Understanding the World

Our topics this half term are ‘ourselves’ and ‘Autumn’. We will be learning about how special we all are, linking with our creation work. We will learn about our body, our senses and how we can stay healthy. We will be learning about the season of Autumn. We will observe changes in the leaves and trees, making a leaf hedgehog.




Reception Long Term Plan 2018-2019


Communication and Language/ Literacy


Physical Development

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design

Enhancement Days

Autumn 1





The Little Red Hen


Fine Motor skills


Settling in; Develop independent skills;

Our Senses;

Diwali; Autumn

Using a range of materials and techniques to create art

Art and DT with CD

CAFOD fast day;


Autumn 2



The Enormous Turnip

The Christmas Story


Cursive Handwriting



Being responsible – looking after our things and tidying up


Autumn; Keeping safe

Christmas activities


Art and DT with CD

Christmas Nativity,

Winter Wonderland Visit



Spring 1

Food/ Winter


The Gingerbread Man



Cursive Handwriting



Taking turns;

Being a good friend;

Helping others


Winter; Compare local area with Polar Regions;

Making a Gingerbread man

Colour mixing; cold colours;


Chinese New Year

Spring 2



The Very Hungry Caterpillar


Cursive Handwriting



Working together;

What I am good at


Growing bean plants; human growth and development; Life cycles

Planting cress



Summer 1



The Three Little Pigs



Healthy living; Cursive Handwriting


Working as a team;

Developing good relationships


Mother and baby animals; zoo animals, farm animals

Responding to different types of music; Creating sound effects

Trip to Peak Wildlife Park


Summer 2




Three Billy Goats Gruff


Cursive Handwriting


Solving problems;

Moving on

Scientific processes – magnets; floating and sinking; summer

Art based around the painting ‘Surprised!’ by Henri Rousseau


Sports Day; Transition visit


Suggested Books for Reception