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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Specific Areas of Learning

Over this academic year 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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Week beginning 18th October 2021

1 week until half term...
Please send in reading books and records daily.  We only managed to get to the library on Friday so the library book your child picked does not need to be returned until the Monday after half term.
Monday- please return water bottles and any PE kits (PE kits will be sent home this week to be washed over half term)
Tuesday- PE- please remove earrings.  Parents evening
Wednesday- Wheelie Wednesday and Forest School.  Parents evening
Thursday- PE- please remove earrings
Friday- Celebration Assembly- 2.30pm/ end of this half term/ Halloween disco in the evening (you must have purchased tickets from Classlist prior to the event; Miss Atkinson and I will be there to support)

This week we will learn the sounds h b f l ll and ss and the tricky words no go and I.  Please use the mini flash cards sent home to practice quick recall of these sounds.  these flash cards rings will be added to as we learn more sounds so please leave in your child's reading record.  We will begin to look at repeating patterns in maths through food, music and loose parts.  With Halloween around the corner, we will make observational drawings of Pumpkins and Halloween items and engage in role play and potion making linked to Room on the Broom. 

A reminder too that any sponsorship money from the Mini Marathon and the FOSW £20.21 challenge is due in by Thursday- thank you.

After half term we will be learning about jobs!  If you or a family member work in an occupation that you think the children would be interested in and would be happy to come in and do a mini show and tell- please do let me know.  It will be anytime during the week of the 8th of November.  Thanks in advance.


Please do remember that all the children are very much still settling, building friendships and getting to know each other and they are all getting very tired too.  Please also check any uniform and Forest school items as we have had a few items of clothing go missing which are all named.  Please return to school if you do find anything that doesn't belong to your little one.

I know you will all be intrigued to know what your children have been up to.  Please remember that Tapestry will be only be used for Wow moments.  Instead of asking what did you do today?  Maybe try some of these instead...
What made you smile today?
Who did you sit with at lunch?
If you could change one thing about today, what would it be?
What was the hardest expectation you had to follow today?
Tell me something you know today that you didn't know yesterday.

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