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Autumn Term 1 in Reception

Welcome to Bridgetown! 


The children are settling into Bridgetown with a familiar and popular story as the key theme. They are busy looking for bears!

Share the animated story together below:

We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen




 Many children find it difficult to explain what they are doing at school so here is a taster of our plans for the rest of the half term.

  Please make sure your child brings a water bottle to school each day. Many of you have registered for milk. If you haven’t yet registered, please do so as we only receive milk for those on the list. It is free until children turn 5yrs.

PE for Miss Holt’ is on Wednesday.  Miss Wilkes’ and Miss Heath’s class is on Thursday am.  Please help your child to practise dressing and undressing. We ask the children to bring in a PE kit by week 3- including shorts, top, trainers or pumps. We will be in bare feet in the hall for gymnastics and trainers for the ‘daily mile’.


Welcome coffee morning with FOBS

Monday 17th September in the hall.


Parent/carer pop in. Friday 21st September 3.15-3.30 a chance for your child to show you around their classroom and learning environment.



Phonics evening parents invited: Tuesday 2nd October(details and letter to follow)


Reading and Writing:


Mrs Turner and


Reading helpers

Miss Wilkes Monday


Mrs Holt and Miss Heath Wednesday



Maths parent forum led by Tim Dale Maths coordinator


(details to follow)

Topic related activities

In reception our planning remains flexible to enable us to adapt to the children’s needs and interests. Being flexible allows us to adjust the curriculum to where the children are in their learning and identify next steps. Here is a sample of some of the activities …



We’re Going On A Bear Hunt


Weeks 1-3


Sound discrimination:

Sounds all around us


Rhyming words: recognise rhymes, continue a rhyming string


Onset/initial  sounds – silly soup, socks and sand and silver spoons

Cats and crabs and crocodiles

Dogs and ducks and dinosaurs etc…



Talk 4 Writing: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – learn and act out the story using key phrases


Talk 4Writing: make a class story map and story wall


Innovate ideas – What other ‘hunts’ could we go on? Which landscapes might we go under/over/through?


Talk 4Writing: Individual story maps to imitate and innovate – mark making and drawing


Recognising name, looking at letter shapes


Week 3 reading diaries and book from reading corner to rake home


Comparing and ordering objects by size and using mathematical language to make comparisons


Saying number names in order

Counting objects


Introduce numicon


Numeral recognition and ordering


3D and 2D shapes and patterns


  • Making new friends: circle time games
  • Self portraits
  • Going on a bear hunt in Forest school
  • Introduce class bear
  • Making a story wall with mixed media and different  art techniques: rolling, printing, collage, textured paint, pressing
  • Collage Bear Hunt
  • Body percussion and percussion instruments
  • PE: warm up games, parachute and introducing large apparatus to jump, climb and roll.
  • Start ‘Write Dance’ program for gross and fine motor skill development
  • Start ‘Dough Disco’ for fine motor development
  • Forest school (details to follow)
  • Introducing the daily mile (chn to walk/slow run for 10 mins – we don’t expect them to complete a mile!)
  • Role play Vets surgery
  • Introduce Charanga music scheme – nursery rhymes and simple rhythms
  • Visit from Avonvale Vets
  • Baking biscuits
  • Introducing guided reading
  • Making animal homes using a range of large and small construction items
  • Designing the ‘perfect pet’

Our Pets:

Weeks 4-8


Special friends: Year R children are paired with a year 6 child to share books in the library each week. They will also have special playtimes and buddy times together throughout the course of the year.


Please note we do not pair siblings or children that are known to each other. It is about establishing a new friendship!


Sound Talk: blending a word from its segmented sounds: c-a-t = cat ( to support reading)


Sound Talk: hearing sounds in words, identifying initial sounds


Letters and Sounds Phase 2:


tricky word -  I

i./n/m/d    - to

g/o/c/k – no/go

ck,e,u,r - the

letter sound recognition

segmenting and blending to read words

Start reading records

Talk 4 Writing: learn Dear Zoo; create class story map; innovate as a class and draw class innovated story  map

Talk 4Writing: make individual story maps to imitate and innovate Dear Zoo; which animals are sent?

Think of other animals…why would you send them back?


Rhymes of the week: from Rumble in the Jungle


Tell me a story:

Chn create own stories for class book:  scribed/read/performed to class each day


Other books focus: The Tiger who came to Tea

The Great Pet Sale

Mog and the Vet

Explore the concepts of ‘more’ and ‘less/fewer’, sorting sets of animals;


Using objects to find one more/one less?’


Creating graphs and comparing amounts

(favourite pets/favourite fruit)


Counting objects and matching the numeral


Looking at coins and counting using pennies


Introduce concept of addition and subtraction- counting on and counting back

Using objects to add more or take away - less



Things you can do at home…

Make a bear cave with junk

Go on a ‘bear hunt’ in the garden or park

Paint or draw your teddy bear

Draw a picture of your favourite pet

Do you have a pet at home? Take a photo or draw a picture and tell us about it!

We welcome children to bring in work or objects from home for ‘show and tell’ -  as long as they are related to the topic we are learning about.


ICT links to learning    Bear Hunt Michael Rosen performing    Song and action version



Ordering numerals

Shape sequencing

Take a look at what we have been up to below...


We built Bear Hunt trails using the large construction materials.

We used rollers and sponges to colour mix and print a Bear Hunt story wall. Swishy swashy!


The children used different containers to fill up the water trays. It was a bit tricky trying to find the right container and sometimes if we filled it to the top it was a bit heavy to carry! 

The children enjoyed digging, climbing, painting and finding in forest school. In PE we have been using the large apparatus to stretch, balance and jump.

Phonics Evening


Thank you to everyone who came along to our evening on phonics, reading and writing. Please find the links we mentioned on the night below and the presentation and handout. Thank you.