Our Current Topics

Our Topic – The Toy Box

This term we are focusing our learning around toys, now and in the past. We will be discovering toys and games that were popular in years gone by and making our own games that could be used in the future.  The children will be creating a class toy shop in the role play area which will be a central focus for our learning.


Reception– We will be working on understanding numbers to 20, addition, subtraction, weight and capacity, sorting shapes and simple problem solving activities.  We will learn through many practical, fun activities and songs.

Please provide opportunities to practise your child’s early counting skills: counting up to 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 counting in 2’s, 3’s 5’s and 10’s.  In class we will be describing position and recognising right angles, estimating, measuring and comparing weights and beginning to read time on an analogue clock. 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 identify right angles in the house, or helping your child to tell you the time.


Reception:   We will be reading stories with a theme of toys including The naughty Bus, Kippers Toybox and Dogger. 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 them. We will  move onto hearing and writing sounds within words we know and practising forming our letters correctly. Next half term we will be writing cards, instructions and reading/performing poetry.

Y1/2: As above. In addition, children will identify with different characters, writing from their point of view; describe characters in detail; write creatively about different scenes and create their own adventures. We will be focusing on the technical skills of sentence formation.  We will be writing short pieces of non-fiction writing to introduce and describe our toys from in the present and in the past.

Reception and year One children will continue with the phonics program of ‘Letters and Sounds’.  Year 2 are following a more formal spelling programme learning how to make sensible decisions when spelling. Please read with your child each night if possible and practise reading and writing their weekly spellings for our quiz each Friday.



PE will be on Wednesday afternoons, please make sure your child has their PE kit in school.  In addition, reception children will have 20 minutes of PE each morning, focusing on fundamental movements (no PE kit required).

Reception children will be focusing on developing good control, coordination and confidence in a range of small and large movements.

Y1/ Y2 children will be developing their running, jumping and co-ordination skills though a variety of games. Next half term we will be focusing on dance and will be creating a class dance based on toys coming to life!


In Reception, we will be setting up lots of fun activities where children can explore early concepts of science.  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. Our first topic will be Marvellous Materials.  We will start by exploring different materials and their properties linked to our toy topic. We will be choosing the best materials to build a parachute that could be used inside and out. Next term we will be exploring magnetism and electricity.


Other Areas

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

History: We will be learning about when different toys were popular and placing them on a timeline. We will be borrowing a box of historical toys from the Barnstaple Museum to support this.

Art & Design Technology: Children will explore the work of Andy Worhol and create their own puppets, developing our sewing skills. We will be designing and making our own games to present to parents on our Autumn celebration of learning event.

ICT: Children will be learning  to use programmable toys such as Beebot, leading onto using the online app Scratch Junior to create a set of instructions to move the characters and create a short moving piece of film.

Music & Dance: We will be learning some new songs linked to our topics and of course the school Christmas Play! Our dance will be themed around toys as well as choreographing their own dances to perform during the Christmas play

PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education) : We will be focusing on friends and friendships, growing and growing up, keeping safe and self-esteem. In particular, we will focus on problem solving skills and helping others.  We will be focusing on celebrating who we are as individuals and as a  class.

RE: The children will be exploring the topic of ‘Being Special’ and answering the question, Where do we belong? We will be exploring what Christian, Hindu and non-Christian families believe and live, for example how they welcome a new baby to a family.