Reception English

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Blocks contain 1 to 3 Units of learning. Each unit lasts a week, with learning categorised as: Exploring and playingActive learning or Creating and Thinking Critically.
- Book-sharing opportunities are described;
- Teaching, group activities and independent learning are summarised in the Unit Plans;
- Texts are indicated; many are provided.

Autumn Blocks

2 Units

Enjoy sharing texts such as Jill Murphy's Peace at Last and her popular 'Large Family’ series, as well as Mary Hoffman's The Great Big Book of Families, as inspiration to talk, read and write about families, homes and likes/ dislikes.

Labels and Captions: Ourselves and our Families

3 Units

Enjoy sharing texts such as Whatever Next, Man on the Moon and The Little Kids First Big Book of Space to explore the different features of fiction and non-fiction texts, as well as talk, read and write about space.

Story Sequence and Captions: Space

1 Unit

Enjoy sharing texts such as The Enormous Turnip and Pumpkin Soup, as well as the rhyme One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato, Four, as inspiration to talk, read and write about autumn, harvest and related foods.

Lists and Storytelling: Sharing the Harvest

2 Units

Have fun exploring repeating patterns in Michael Rosen's books We're Going on a Bear Hunt and Little Rabbit Foo Foo, inspiring children to use repeated phrases in their own story-telling and writing.

Repetitive Chants and Rhymes: Patterns and Repetition

3 Units

Use the traditional tales, Billy Goats Gruff, Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks to explore different building materials, houses and homes. Inspire children to read and write sentences and captions.

Traditional Tales and Labels: Homes and Houses

1 Unit

Ignite imagination and creativity about autumn using Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. Enjoy a nature walk, explore descriptive vocabulary and create labels for leaf characters.

Lists and Labels: Autumn Leaves

2 Units

Use Bears in the Night by Stan and Jan Berenstain to help explore the use of prepositions and how we feel about the dark. Get creative with descriptive words while learning about Diwali and Firework Night inspired by the texts Rama and Sita and Let's celebrate 5 days of Diwali.

Prepositions and Descriptors: Celebrating Light and Dark

2 Units

Have fun sharing Christmas stories such as The Jolly Christmas Postman and Dear Santa to inspire children to talk about their Christmas and Winter Traditions, as well as to write cards and their own letter to Santa.

Greetings and Letters: Christmas and Winter Traditions