en English


Miss McGhee
Reception teacher

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Welcome to Reception!

The staff in Reception are Miss McGhee and Miss Bradley.


We will continue the topic of ‘Friends’ where we will talk about our closest friends, our group of friends and how to be a good friend. We will show new children how to be good friends including learning to share and be kind to each other. We will also explore the topic of ‘Our World’ and learn about our world and what it means to us. We will think about how we can look after, preserve and improve our world in a range of ways.  


We will be focusing on our talk for writing book ‘The Treasure of Pirate Frank. We will learn about the characters and words in the story we don’t know. We will explore the topic of ‘Pirates at Sea’ alongside this book and learn about pirate ships and pirates. We will use our language to role play the storyrelated stories and in our role play pirate school and outdoor pirate shipWe will make wanted posters for pirates, use descriptions to make our own fictional pirate and change the story to make a pirate story where we are the main character.   


We will be working on consolidating ouknowledge of numbers to ten and how each number can be made up. We will be using coins to double and halve amounts and number problems to work out one more and one less than a number. We will be using ten frames and coins to work out how many we have and need to make ten and reinforcing our number bond knowledge.  

Knowledge and understanding the world

We will be focussing our geographical skills on reading, following and plotting maps. We will use the world map and globe to find where we are and identify places we may find pirates. We will use non fiction books to discovethe history of pirates and to answer questions such as ‘Why does a pirate wear a patch?. We will be using our scientific exploration skills to explore different materials and their suitability to be pirate ships. 


Funky Fingers this half term will really encourage children to use their nippy fingers to pick up and manoeuvre a range of small and tricky equipment. We will post coin in treasure chests, use tweezers to rescue the hidden treasure  and make our own treasure necklaces.  

We have an exciting half term for P.E. As well as developing our climbing, agility, strength, co ordination, balance and resilience in our outdoor area we will be working with ‘Bikability’ to learn to ride a bike.  


This half term we will continue with our ‘Restorative Practice’ approach and use disagreements between the children to model and encourage positive problem solving and sharing. We will be talking about the stories we read and moral dilemmas the characters find themselves in asking how should they solve this problem etc. We will be preparing for the changes that moving year groups will bring and completing transition activities to ensure children feel happy and confident to begin their next year of schooling.  

Expressive arts

We will be exploring media by making a range of resources and props to support role play  including pirate hats, masks, telescopes, patches, treasure maps, treasure chests, cutlass, and hooks. We will design and make our own pirate ship, test it out and improve it. We will be using the large and small blocks to make a pirate ship,  and to ‘Walk the plank’ in a range of ways.