St Lawrence Church of England Primary School

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Reception (EYFS)

Welcome to Reception

This term our topic is 'We are Gardeners!'


We will be learning about farms, growing, plants and life cycles. We will be learning about where our food comes from and changes around us. We will also be learning about special places in RE and visiting the church in Lechlade.

This term our topic is 'We are Gardeners!' We will be learning about farms, plants, growing and life cycles. We will be looking at stories such as: Rosie’s Walk, What the Ladybird Heard, Rainbow Fish and Handa’s Surprise.


Communication & Language - We will be focusing on our listening skills and talking to others about stories we have read. We will be answering questions and focusing on conversations with others.


Physical Development - We will be focusing on moving in different ways, holding a pencil correctly and improving our fine motor with playdough, threading, tweezers etc.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development – 

Children will be able to:

  • Feel resilient and confident in their learning.
  • Name and discuss different types of feelings and emotions.
  • Learn and use strategies or skills in approaching challenges.
  • Understand that they can make healthy choices.
  • Name and recognise how healthy choices can keep us well.


  • Understand that there are changes in nature and humans.
  • Name the different stages in childhood and growing up.
  • Understand that babies are made by a man and a woman.
  • Use the correct vocabulary when naming the different parts of the body.
  • Know how to keep themselves safe.


Understanding the World: We will be learning about where our food comes from and the changes that occur in the seasons. We will also be making observations of changes in the natural world and the environment around us. We will be exploring what a hot place is like in contrast to Lechlade. We will also be learning about dinosaurs and famous people such as Mary Anning and her work on fossils.


Expressive Arts and Design: Children will be continuing to develop their drawing skills. They will also be looking at textiles and sculpture. We will be refining their junk modelling to design our own farm animal. In addition to this, we will be looking at early sewing skills and weaving. We will be following instructions in construction kits in DT and designing our own structures.

In Music, we will be learning to sing the following songs and action songs:

  • Incy Wincy Spider
  • Old MacDonald
  • Row, Row, Row Your Boat
  • The Wheels On The Bus
  • The Hokey Cokey



Phonics and Writing: We will be continuing to consolidate our Phase 3 sounds and reading them in words with consonant blends (Phase 4), for example green, bright etc. In Term 5 we will be making a start on our Phase 5 sounds in preparation for Year 1. We will be focusing on extending our writing and adding full stops and capital letters to our sentences.


Maths: We will be looking at continuting and compying more complex patterns e.g. ABBA. We will also be counting beyond 20 and looking at the composition of numbers from 10-20. We will also be learning how to rotate shapes and spot them in our environment. In addition to this we will be sharing and grouping numbers as well as looking at positional language and maps.


Reading – Reading books will be sent home as soon as children are ready for a reading book. Books will need to be read three times:

  • Read 1: to allow your child to decode the book, they should be able to do this independently.
  • Read 2: to increase the fluency with which your child reads the book.
  • Read 3: to develop your child’s comprehension of the story.

A book will be given out on a Monday. They should be returned the following Monday.



Children need to come to school wearing their PE kit on the days that they have PE.  By this we mean they should wear plain dark coloured shorts/trousers/leggings, with their school PE tops and their school jumper. They should also wear trainers and no jewellery (including earrings) on these days.  Our regular PE days are Monday and Thursday.


These are some of the things we will be learning in Reception.

These are what children need to achieve at the end of Reception to be 'expected'. These are the goals we will be working towards during the year.

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