Reception Topic Web - autumn 1

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School lunch

The children have enjoyed their first lunch together here at Redfield.

Author Rob Hodgson visit

It’s been a busy and exciting first week in Reception. Well done to all the children as they have settled in well to their new classrooms. On Friday, we were very lucky to host author Rob Hodgson. Rob read the children his new book ‘The Cave’. He then helped them to draw pictures of the wolf and bear and Rob gave the children each a copy of his book.

This was even more exciting as it was being filmed for the Book Trust and we even had a visit from ITV news. The children behaved brilliantly and the film crew were very impressed. Well done everyone, we hope you enjoy reading your new book together!


In Reception we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum using the development matters to support our teaching and assessment.

Click here for link to curriculum.  

Children in our Reception classes learn through an exciting, play based approach between our open-plan reception classes and the outdoor area. Staff plan different play based activities across the curriculum related to our theme or topic for the half term and children have access to these throughout the day along with additional resources for them to initiate their own ideas. We encourage children to be independent in our environment but staff are also there to get involved with their play activities. We love creative activities and are often found in our role play area, whether we are a pig from the 3 little pigs or a pilot flying our plane around the world! Children are involved in deciding upon the topics or themes that we cover and our topic based lessons are taught through floor book sessions. Floorbook sessions are led by the children whereby they decide on questions that they would like to find out the answers too; we then use google and books to research the answer and follow up with art or DT based activities and writing challenges related to their questions. Children are encouraged to voice their ideas and opinions and from the onset are taught to be responsible and respectful for all areas of their lives. Our children love learning and enjoy sharing their play and experiences with their friends! 

In addition to the above we teach literacy and maths carpet sessions in a hands on way and following this the children work with adults on a focussed activity to support their individual learning. As the children become more independent we build up to focus time so that the children are all able to carry out short independent tasks linked to the literacy or maths we are covering. We also follow 'Letter and Sounds’ to deliver daily phonics lessons to the children, supporting them to develop their reading and writing skills. To support the children’s early writing skills we have regular write dance sessions which encourages the children to develop and strengthen vital muscles to aid their pencil control. 

Our children’s learning is shared with parents on Tapestry through photographs and written observations and parents/carers are actively encouraged to upload their own photographs and experiences from home. We aim to share and reflect with the children about their learning by regularly sharing their learning journeys via Tapestry as well as WOW moments. 

To find out more about the additional Learn Together curriculum please click here.


To find out about the Learn Together Curriculum click here.

To find out more about the National Curriculum click here.