Ewyas Harold Primary School

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Welcome to Reception and year 1! 

Class teachers – Mrs Colwell and Mrs Jenkins (Tuesday am)

Teaching Assistants – Mrs Motley and Miss Gittings

In our Reception class we have a fun and creative curriculum that covers all the seven areas of learning:

Prime Areas:

Personal, social and emotional development

Communication and language

Physical development

Specific Areas:



Understanding the world

Expressive arts and design

We enjoy a range of activities that involve lots of play and practical hands on learning. The environment provides a secure, friendly and stimulating yet structured environment in which children can develop independence and skills at their own pace, whilst always having access to the provision of new opportunities and experiences.

They also have a range of adult led group sessions that provide the children with supported learning and challenge. 

We display all the learning that takes place during the week on our achievement boards, please share these with your children at the end of the day. They love to talk about what they have been up too. Also each child has their own learning journey which is always available for parents to look at. 

Mrs Colwell is always available to talk about any queries that may arise, offering an open door policy so please don't hesitate to ask anything.


Our PE session are on a Monday afternoon. This will start after the children are fully settled towards the end of September.  It is really important that you label EVERYTHING.  Whilst changing for PE, kits often get mixed up and put in the wrong bags and if it's not labeled it's very hard to work out whose it is. 

Wow Sheets

We love to hear about all the special achievements and new things you have been doing out of school. Please use the 'Wow sheets' to share this news with us, however big or small.

Just keep it in your child's book bag and we will check them each week.


All children will have story books to share with you at home, when your child is ready we will introduce keyword sheets and a reading book.

Individual reading books and Reading Diaries.  Please remember to ensure your child has their book bag in school every day. Please try to read with your child every night and write in the reading diary.  

We will continue to review keywords in school with each child independently every at least twice a week and send home a new set when we feel your child is ready. Memorizing high frequency words greatly helps children’s reading fluency. If you wish to extend your child you may wish to practice writing the words.

Year 1 Autumn Term 2017

Topic title and summary overview 1st term

Amazing Animals

The children will be learning all about the amazing animals found in Africa and making comparisons to animals found in the UK. We will be reading a range of story books about animals and using them to inspire creativity across the curriculum.


We will begin year one by building on the work that the children have covered in the Early Years Foundation Stage, making sure pupils can read and write unfamiliar words quickly and accurately using their phonic knowledge. We will follow a combination of the Jolly Phonics and letters and sounds phonics programme.  These programmes encompass reading, spelling and writing appropriate to each child’s ability.  We will immerse the children in books and encourage a love of reading through talk for writing , acting and sequencing of a range of stories. The children will be listening carefully to stories to develop their vocabulary and understanding of grammar. They will then move on to develop their use of simple sentences.

Simple sentence: Capital letter, full stop, subject and verb (e.g. The girl ran to the park.)


Number: Number & Place Value

Number: Addition & Subtraction

Number: Multiplication & Division

Number: Fractions


Geometry: Position & Direction

Geometry: Properties of Shapes


This term’s focus is animals. The children will learn that animals and humans need food and water to survive and how animals use their senses to move, feed and grow. The children will be introduced to habitats and will begin to identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

The children will learn about the weather associated with the seasons. They will also begin to understand how the length of the day changes depending on the season.

In the second part of the term, we will move on to learn about materials. The children will identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal and rock. They will learn to describe their physical properties and make comparisons between them.



We will be learning about houses and homes throughout the ages, making comparisons with homes we are familiar with and homes in Africa.  We will also learn about people and places in our own locality.


We will be locating parts of Africa on an atlas and learning about the different types of homes around the world. The children will be using basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key physical features, including: beach, cliff, mountain, sea, valley, season and weather. They will also be referring to key human features, including: city, town, village, house, office.


Over the term the children will be learning the basics of using a computer. They will be logging on independently and using the computer to paint African animals. They will also complete a simple programming course.

Art / Design Technology

We will begin the year by creating our very own class birds using a range of materials and methods. The children will be designing their own fruit kebab based on the African fruits they learn about in our key text ‘Handa’s Surprise’. In the second part of the term, the children will be using their knowledge of materials to design and make a model home.



• master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing

and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and coordination,

and begin to apply these in a range of activities

• participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending

• perform dances using simple movement patterns.


• use their voices expressively and creatively by singing

songs and speaking chants and rhymes

• play tuned and untuned instruments musically

• listen with concentration and understanding to a range

of high-quality live and recorded music

• experiment with, create, select and combine sounds

using the inter-related dimensions of music.


This term we will be learning about Christmas. Christmas is a Christian festival that marks the birth of Jesus who Christians believe to be the son of God.

How parents can be involved in home learning

Daily reading

Practising key words (reading and writing)

Practising letter and number formation using the continuous cursive style.

Cooking to support fine motor and mathematical skills (mixing, chopping, measuring)

Helping the children to learn their 2’s, 5s and 10 times tables


Useful websites

Phonics information

Phonics games

Education city