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St John’s A Church of England Academy

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Teachers: Mrs Smyth, Mrs Dickinson, and Mrs Thacker

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Desmond, Miss West, Mrs Lord, Mrs Jackman and Miss Harriss

Mathematics Overview

In EYFS maths is split into two main areas; number and shape, space and measures. We aim to make maths practical and offer opportunities to develop their mathematical knowledge through independent learning activities inside and outside. By the time that they begin their Reception year they should be able to work with numbers to 10, add and subtract using everyday objects and recognise a selection of shapes beginning to make models and pictures using them. By the end of Reception children are expected to work confidently with numbers to 20, including adding subtracting, doubling and sharing.

Communication, Language and Literacy Overview:

Each week we focus on a different story that is linked to our termly topic, with children engaging with the stories looking at the settings, characters and key events. The children will begin to take part in targeted phonics sessions, following the Read Write Inc. scheme; this will lead to the development of both reading and writing skills across the curriculum. They will focus on forming letter shapes alongside beginning to spell words by using each sound they can hear. The children will be learning how to recognise letter sounds and blend them together to read a word.

Understanding the World Overview:

Within this area the children will learn about; technology, people and communities, and the world. We look at these through our topics, inviting key visitors in to support, alongside holding cultural celebrations.

Expressive Arts and Design:

Through our topics we will be exploring lots of different methods to create art work. We will be focusing largely on mark making including drawing and painting, with lots of cutting and sticking going on. We will also be working as teams within our classes to show what we have been learning in creative and fun ways, for example, by making up a dance or a song

Physical Development Overview:

Physical development looks at both gross and fine motor skills. Children are encouraged to be independent in dressing themselves.  PE kits need to be in school and need to be clearly labelled. Running, ball skills, jumping, balancing are some of the skills that will be developed throughout the year. Fine motor skills development will be encouraged through the effective use of writing and drawing tools as well as threading, sticking and cutting. 

Topic Overview:

The topics that we will be looking at this year are:

  • Term 1- Once upon a time- we will be looking at a selection of traditional tales including; Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Hansel and Gretel, The Gingerbread Man, The Three Little Pigs, The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Little Red Riding Hood.
  • Term 2- Knights and Princesses- we will be looking at fairy tales such as Rapunzel, Frozen and Mike the Knight.
  • Term 3- People Who Help Us- During this topic we celebrate and learn more about those who help us both in and out of school such as police, fire fighters, doctors, vets, teachers and more.
  • Term 4- Old MacDonald Has an Adventure- This topic is centred round farm animals, we explore where food comes from, making lots of delicious treats.
  • Term 5- Roar! – A very exciting and popular topic all about dinosaurs! The children will have the opportunity to go on a dinosaur expedition that they won’t forget.
  • Term 6- The Very Hungry Caterpillar – A lovely way to end the academic year, learning about our environment and how to care for plants and mini-beasts.