Our Current Topics

Our Topics– Fairy Tale Problem Solvers & Mission Space!

This half term we are focusing our learning around traditional ‘Once upon a time’ stories and on the characters within them and the problems they may face. After reading our core text ‘The Jolly Postman’ we will be setting up our advice centre where fictional characters may write to us and we can help to solve their problems! We will be learning how to build new friendships and how to be a good friend and member of our class team, focusing on key skills of taking turns, sharing and having good manners. After the October half term, our focus will turn to Mission Space and finding out about famous astronauts including Neil Armstrong and Tim Peake as well as the future plans for moon landings with the Artemis program and future Lunar Gateway space station.


Reception– We will be working on understanding numbers to 5, addition, subtraction, weight and capacity, sorting shapes and simple problem-solving activities.  We will learn through many practical, fun activities and rhymes. We will be learning about the composition of each number to 5 so that your child can find all of the possible ways of making each number using addition and subtraction number bonds and can represent them using play toys and a variety of maths equipment. We delve very deeply into this to ensure your child knows each possible number bond for the numbers to 5. Please provide opportunities to practise your child’s early counting skills: counting up to 10 or 20 and back, using the language of ‘one more’, ‘one less’. This can be done through activities such as laying the table or counting how many grapes they have in their lunch box.  Another area where you can help out is by playing games with your child such as cards, snakes and ladders, bingo or dominoes.  In addition, you could help your child to notice shapes in the environment or find hidden numerals to order from smallest to biggest.

Y1/2– All of the above still apply to Y1 and 2 children but can be extended to numbers 20/100 and counting in 2’s, 3’s, 5’s and 10’s.  In class we will be delving into numbers to ensure your child has a deep understanding of the bonds of numbers and their composition, how many tens and ones are in each. They will be challenged to solve problems and manipulate equipment to prove and explain their answers using mathematical language. Please help your child at home by providing practical situations where they can apply their learning to real life contexts, such as estimating how much three items at the shop would cost, asking your child to say the number one/ten more or less than a given number and frequently count forwards to 100 and backwards from 100.

Please help to support your child’s maths learning at home through fun, practical games. Ask how they worked out their answers and if they can explain their thinking. Challenge your child to count coins and help to pay for items at the shops or spot odd and even numbers on the houses in your street. Perhaps bake some cakes and ask them to read scales and work out how much more/less is needed. Play snakes and ladders and recognise the numbers on the board or perhaps use 2 dice so they have to add the numbers together before moving. Help your child to tell the time and spot when it’s bedtime!

Useful apps include: Glowburst, Numberrun, Addition & subtraction– daydream education and squeebles (all the squeebles apps are amazing). Useful websites include: www.primarygames.com/math.php, https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zjxhfg8, https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/homeTimeLadybirds/



Reception:   We will be reading fiction and non-fiction with a variety of themes to encourage a love of books and reading. We will be learning about the structure of stories and practising retelling them orally and saying sentences clearly, counting the words within them and noticing the finger spaces between words. We will be learning the sounds and names of all the letters in the alphabet and practise hearing, saying, blending and writing sounds within words. We will be learning to form our letters correctly. It is vitally important that our children learn to hold their pencil effectively and form their letters correctly, starting and finishing in the correct places as bad habits are picked up quickly and really hard to correct. Please support your child with this at home by providing writing opportunities and ensuring mistakes are corrected.

Y1/2: This term we are going to be exploring a variety of texts in our reading that will inspire our writing. We will start by reading a beautiful story called Stardust by Jeanne Willis to inspire our children to write about feelings, including sibling jealousy from our characters point of view. We will also be exploring non-fiction and writing about Neil Armstrong.

Phonics/Spelling: All children will continue to follow the Twinkl phonics program. After settling in, Reception will begin to learn single letter sounds, learning all of them before Christmas. Year one will be moving onto learning alternative graphemes (written letters) for all the phonemes (sounds) they know. Year 2 children will be developing their knowledge of spelling patterns and best guess grapheme selection, making decisions on which spelling is the most likely for the sounds they hear and want to write.

Please read with your child each night if possible as well as practice their weekly spellings. Our spelling quizzes take place on Thursdays so please ensure your child has their spelling book in their bag.

Parent workshops- Look out for dates later this half term inviting parents to learn more about phonics, spelling and reading and how to support your child at home.

Useful apps include: Squeebles Spelling (great for inputting weekly spellings to learn),  Look, Cover, Write Check and our favourite, Teach Your Monster to Read.

Useful websites include: www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/5-7-years/letters-and-sounds and www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/literacy/



PE will be on Monday and Tuesday afternoons, please make sure your child wears their PE kit to school.

Reception children will be focusing on developing good control, coordination and confidence in a range of small and large movements. We will be practising basic throwing, catching and kicking techniques. We will be learning some basic gymnastic skills and learning to jump, roll and balance on the floor and on different gymnastics equipment.

Y1/ Y2 children will be refining our ball skills, throwing, catching, kicking and playing a variety of games using these skills. We will be learning to make gymnastic routines that involve travelling, rolls, jumps and balances through traditional tales and characters we know. This will be on the floor and on gymnastic equipment.


In Reception, we will be setting up lots of fun activities where children can explore early concepts of science, including different parts of the body, and materials.  We will be encouraging children to verbalise their thoughts and ask questions to further their understanding of a concept.  You can help at home by talking through activities yourself and asking/encouraging questions.

Y1/Y2 children will be participating in simple experiments, discussion and research. We will be learning about the different parts of the body and talking about their functions, this will be compared to some animals and their bodies. We will be investigating our senses, taking part in investigations to challenge our taste buds and noses! To tie in with our DT project, we will be investigating materials and their suitability in creating the best rockets for launching on the playground. As part of our science learning we will be making a trip to the woods to search for signs of Autumn. More details will follow


Other Areas

We will be linking a lot of subjects into our topic including;

History We will be learning about toys through time linked to our topic of fairy tales, culminating in a celebratory Teddy Bears Picnic. Then we will move onto learning about the moon landing.

DT Children will be learning about cooking and nutrition and finding out where our food comes from. We will be planning and making fruit salads to devour at our Teddy Bears Picnic celebration. In addition to this, we are planning to take part in the Arlington Autumn Family Scarecrow trail by creating our very own scarecrow to display outside the school.

ICT Children will be learning to use a paint program to create digital artwork inspired by pointillism, Mondrian, Picasso and Pop Art. In the run up to Christmas, we will be learning how to keep ourselves safe in the increasingly digital world.

MUSIC Our learning is focused around the theme, rhythm in the way we walk where we will use our voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.

PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education) This area of the curriculum is central to all our planning and will underpin our values for the class and school. We will be focusing on families, friends and friendships, growing and growing up and feeling cared for. In particular, we will focus on problem solving skills, helping others, being polite and respectful and understanding that our own behaviour affects others. We will learn about things we have in common and differences, playing and working co-operatively and learning to respect others opinions, even when they differ from our own. This will help support building our new class team!

RE To link to our PHSE learning we will be considering what it is like to belong to a faith family. After half term we will discuss what Christians believe God is like in the run up to Advent.