Our New Project: The Past

This week in Reception all three classes have started to think about our project for the half term: ‘The Past’. We are focusing on the children understanding the...


This week in Reception all three classes have started to think about our project for the half term: ‘The Past’. We are focusing on the children understanding the key vocabulary – before and yesterday. Our morning sessions always include the days of the week and the weather but we are now trying to think about all of that within the context of ‘Yesterday’. Maybe on your way to school you could talk about the weather today and try to remember the weather yesterday in preparation for this daily session.

The teaching team have lots of ideas ready to help us get excited about ‘The Past’ but we are also enjoying the opportunities to follow the children’s interests. As the term develops we are looking forward to using their own experiences and ideas enjoy our project.

Each week, we will explore the concept of past through the book series ‘Little People, BIG DREAMS’. This will give the children chance to get a brief introduction to a key person from history and hopefully be inspired to explore aspects of their lives.

In Sunflowers the children have been learning all about the life of Frida Kahlo and have been creating some beautiful self portraits of themselves. In Acorns the children have been learning about Ella Fitzgerald and have been listening to her music, performing their own music and writing books all about her life. In Pumpkins the children have been exploring the life of Amelia Earhart and have created incredible planes. We then moved on to think about places that we have visited in planes and created some amazing skyscrapers.

This week we have also been learning about the seasons. We have read ‘A stroll through the seasons’ and have even listened to some wonderful songs.

In Phonics this week the children have been continuing with there Unit 7 sounds (x, y, ff, ll, ss, zz). Can you try reading and spelling some of these words (fox, box, yap, yell, bell). The children have also been writing sentences and we have been learning all about where to place capital letters, finger spaces and full stops (A fox met a fat hen and the hen bit the fox on the leg).

In PSHCE we have been identifying feelings in ourselves and others through the amazing story ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’. We have acted out the story and discussed how our faces and body language express emotion (moving faster and slower). How would you move if you were feeling scared? Excited? Happy?

In Math’s we have been exploring different representations of numbers. Lots of the children created their own Number Books in the style of Anno’s Counting Book (If you have never explored this book we would highly recommend you take a look- lots of opportunities for number fun!).

In Physical Education we have been reviewing some of the skills learnt last term. Moving in different ways and coming up with our own ideas. Can you practice moving in different ways at home?

Information for next week:

  • Please ensure your child has a water bottle in school every day
  • If you have any spare small cartoons/boxes at home we could use in our craft areas please bring these in
  • We are using lots of masking tape during our creative learning- if you are able to donate a roll or two then we will be very grateful

We hope that you have a wonderful weekend,

Reception team