All About Ash - Reception


Prime Areas of Learning

Personal, Social and Emotional- 

Children are confident to try new activities and say why they like some activities more than others. They are confident to speak in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas, and will choose the resources they need for their chosen activities. They say when they  do or don’t need help.  Children talk about how they and others show feelings, talk about their own and others’ behaviour and its consequences, and know that some behaviour is unacceptable. They work as part of a group or class and understand and follow the rules. They adjust their behaviour to different situations and take changes of routine in their stride.

Communication and Language-

Children listen attentively in a range of situations. They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.  Children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.  Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future.  They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.


Children show good control and coordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing. Children know the importance for good health, of physical exercise and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. They manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.

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Week beginning 3rd May 2021

Monday- Bank Holiday- school closed

Tuesday- PE- children must have their kit in school.  Children return to school with water bottles and reading records and books.  These must be in school daily.   Extra Curricular clubs continue.  Children will need to be collected form the KS2 entrance and exit at the other end of the school at 4.15 if the club is after school.

Wednesday-Forest School- children will need their Forest School kit and welly boots. 

Thursday- PE- children must have their kit in school

Friday- Celebration assembly

Phonics/Literacy- this week we will be continuing to work on phase 3 and 4 and writing the sounds we hear in words remembering to leave fingers spaces.  We will be thinking about words with two syllables and writing for different purposes.   We will start to work on phase 5 phonics from next week.  We will thinking about poetry and animals including being detectives and spotting different animal prints, writing guess who poems and watching our cocoons hatch into butterflies.

Maths- this week’s focus is counting and exploring numbers beyond 10 including being able to count on and back from any number from 1-20.  Ask the children to play I count, you count at home.  We will also be thinking about shapes and adding numbers together.

Try this game at home- Ace wins:  you will need 2 dice, a pack of cards with the jokers and kings removed.

Each player starts with one suit of cards face up (ace, 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10, Jack=11, Queen =12)  The object of the game is to be the first player to remove all their cards until only the ace is left.  Roll the dice and remove that number from your cards, if you roll and that number has already been taken, you can roll again but then play moves to the person.  The winner is the first person to be left with just their Ace card.

UW/EAD- wherever our interests take us!  We will also be exploring relationships in PD and thinking about friendships.

Specific Areas of Learning

Over the next few weeks we will be practising to achieve the following in each area of learning:


Children read and understand simple sentences. They  use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.

Children use their phonic knowledge to write words   in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.


Children count reliably with numbers from one to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more  or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.  Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.


Understanding the World- 

Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. They know that other children don’t always enjoy the same things, and are sensitive to this. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.  Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things.  They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.  Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.

Expressive Art and Design- 

Children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.  Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.

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