Reception Class (Sandpipers)

Autumn Term 2017


Welcome to all new starters and parents. The children have had a great start and we are getting to know each other very well!

The following is a summary of what we have been up to and what we will be starting this half term. This information is for you to support your child’s learning at home and to give you an idea of what your child is up to in class as they are very likely, when questioned, to say ‘nothing’ or ‘playing’! This is only a rough guide because many of our activities are ‘child-led’. We are guided by the ability and interests of the individual children in our class.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The children have been getting to know each other and together have made a Sandpipers ‘Safe and Happy Agreement’ which we have all agreed to. The children are working hard to make sure they are doing the right thing and working as a team in class.

‘Show and Tell’ will begin on a Tuesday afternoon, there are no rules about what the children can or can’t bring in at this stage but we would ask that the item were not too precious as things can occasionally get lost or broken despite our best efforts to keep them safe.

Physical Development

We will begin our ‘Leap into Life’ PE program so the children are active every day. The children will be using the large apparatus including the outdoor fitness trail. The children will also be using a selection of the small apparatus like beanbags, hoops, bats and balls and skipping ropes. The children may talk about ‘finger gym’, this is the different activities we have to help develop their fine motor skills and includes things like threading, using tweezers, zipping or fastening etc.

Communication, Language and Literacy

We will soon be starting our daily phonics sessions, beginning with the initial sounds (recognising and blending). We will also look at the ‘tricky’ words during this session. There is a list of the sounds in the back of the children’s reading record books and a note of the action we put with those sounds so that you can help at home. 


We will be focusing on numbers 1 – 10 and beyond for those children who are ready. We will be reciting numbers, counting objects, comparing and ordering numbers. The children will have opportunities to investigate using 2D and 3D shapes. We will also be using everyday language to describe size and weight.

Understanding of the World

We will be using the ‘espresso’ program on the computer to find out about Harvest and where our foods come from. As well as using our senses to discover the world around us.

Expressive Art and Design

The children will continue to attend a weekly music session with Mrs Wilson, in addition to this we will be singing rhymes and songs related to Harvest. The children will have many opportunities to experiment with lots of different types of media to create. They have already produced some lovely self-portraits which are looking great as our first classroom display.

Please do not hesitate to come in for a chat if you have any questions or concerns.

The Foundation Stage Team