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Long Term Planning

Term - Autumn 2

Marvellous Me and My Community

Kings and Queens

This topic teaches children about being helpful, kind and thoughtful at home and at school. It also teaches children how they are unique and special, the importance of friendship and how people in their family, school and local community are important and can help them. Our topic also teaches children about the celebrations that take place during the autumn and winter seasons, and focus on the significance and symbolism of light at this time of year. We will also be learning about kings and queens from the past to the present and comparing fictional kings and queens and real ones.



Maths – We are learning about counting, ordinality cardinality. We are also learning about 2D shapes.

Phonics – We are finishing the phase 2 section (learning single letters) and starting new graphemes (such as ch, th, sh, ai)  and common exception words in phase 3.

Write Stuff – We are learning about the fiction text ‘Ruby’s Worry’ and ‘On Sudden Hill’. There will be lots of drama, talk about emotions, learning new vocabulary and we will begin to start writing simple sentences.

PE – Agility, balance and coordination. We are using the PE cards ‘Zoom to the Moon’.

PSHE (Personal Social Health Emotional) - Growing up great; we are learning about healthy relationships and bullying. We are also discussing different job roles and inviting parents in to talk about their job. In school we will be learning about the emergency services.

History - Past and present; we are learning about kings and queens.

Science and Geography - Understanding the world; we are learning about leaves, living and non-living things and wild and woodlands animals  

RE – What times are special and why – learning about Diwali and the Christmas story

Art, Music and Design Technology - Expressive arts and design; in art we are learning to paint, in DT we are learning about mechanisms making a sliding santa card and in music we are working our way through the Charanga block ‘My Stories!

A Big Warm Welcome To Portway!

Term - Autumn 1


This half term we will be settling the children into their new class. We will be supporting the children to make new friends and feel safe and secure with us. It is so exciting learning new things about each other and observing the children play and interact with each other. Adults in class will prioritise speaking and listening, social skills, self-regulation and rules. We want our children and their families to build a safe and trusting relationship with us because working together supports the growth and development of our children.  

We will be conducting a Reception Baseline Assessment (please see further information about this below). Alongside this statutory assessment we will be observing play and interactions across the foundation stage curriculum which will form your child's starting points for our teaching. 


Phonics: We will begin teaching phonics in week 3 of the school year. We will begin with phase 2 of our phonics scheme Unlocking Letters and Sounds. We start with 4 phonemes s a t p. You will receive weekly videos from the teacher which will help you support your child at home. 


Maths: The children will engage with activities that will draw their attention to counting. To find out 'how many' there are. We will be subitising to find out how many there are in a set. The children will explore how all sorts of things can be counted, including sounds. Singing counting rhymes will give them the opportunity to hear, join in and learn about the counting sequence. 


We look forward to supporting you and your child as you start your new learning journey in foundation. 



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