Our Learning


Welcome to Reception at Samuel Lucas

This is where the children’s learning journey starts with us and their unique combination of strengths, needs and experiences will provide the starting point for their education here.

The Foundation Stage area consists of 2 classrooms and an outdoor learning environment. There are 30 children in both reception classes.

Willow Class

Mrs Fisher (EYFS Phase Leader & Teacher)
Mrs Staddon (Teaching Assistant)
Miss Woodbridge (Teaching Assistant)

Lilac Class

Mr French (Teacher)
Mrs Cannon (Teaching Assistant)
Mrs Sear (Teaching Assistant)

Other student teachers and helpers may join us during the year and will support the children by working with individuals or small groups.

In the Reception year, your child will develop a range of important skills upon which their future education will be built. All children are unique and develop within different time frames and at different rates so there will always be a wide range of abilities within each class. Please see an overview of the curriculum here Early years Curriculum and EYFS Curriculum Goals 2021-2022.

Reception Spring Term 2022

Communication and Language

This half term the children will have the opportunity to listen to lots of visitors in school and think of their own questions to pose to them. We will learn to tell the story “We’re going on a bear hunt” using a story map to help us and the children will create their own versions of the story. Children will be encouraged to share their understanding of the topics we are learning about and to share their experiences from home.

PSED and Jigsaw

Our jigsaw theme this half term is “dreams and goals”. We will be talking about the importance of persevering, in order to overcome problems, and helping the children to work towards their own goals. We will be supporting the children to self-regulate their emotions and work together cooperatively with their peers. We will be further developing the children’s road safety skills, through our local visit to Waitrose.

Physical Development

During PE lessons the children will further develop the fundamental skills from last term. They will continue to grow in confidence using the monkey bars, rope walk, trim trail equipment and self-made obstacle course when playing outside. During weekly enrichment sessions they will take part in a range of activities such as, making a sandwich, sewing, woodwork, den building and gardening, using different tools and developing their fine motor skills. They will practise forming letters with a consistent formation.


In daily monster phonics sessions children will learn phase 3 sounds and continue to build a bank of common exception words. Children will continue to develop their written skills by saying words and phrases aloud, listening carefully for the sounds they can hear, writing them down and reading back what they have written. They will have experiences of reading for purpose, for example, by taking a shopping list to Waitrose with them aswell as following instructions to make a sandwich and plant a seed. They will have the opportunity to listen to lots of stories for pleasure aswell as listening to fiction and non-fiction texts relating to our topic.


In maths the children will compare amounts using the vocabulary “more” “less” and “the same”. They will learn about the composition of numbers within 5, using a five frame and part, part whole model to help. They will go on to explore the numbers 6,7,8 and sorting objects into pairs. They will combine amounts, seeing how many they have altogether. They will be encouraged to notice the maths that is all around them, such as noticing patterns in the environment, noticing who has rolled their hoop the furthest and comparing who has most or least milk left to drink.

Understanding of the World

Through our topic “people and places” the children will find out about different occupations and different countries. This will be through parents visiting school to talk about their experiences and through reference to fiction and non-fiction texts. We will learn about Burns Night, Chinese New year and Shrove Tuesday.

Expressive Art and Design

As we learn about different people and places children will be encouraged to respond to what they have learnt through drawing, modelling, singing and dancing. When making models they will be encouraged to design, create and then review their work.

Reception Autumn Term 2021

Welcome to Lilac and Willow Class! We are very much looking forward to getting to know your children and working in partnership with you to ensure they get off to a great start at Samuel Lucas School.

Characteristics of Effective Learning: We will be thinking about the different skills needed to help us learn effectively. These will be threaded throughout all our learning. We will be introducing the children to our Mr Men and Little Miss characters – Mr. Bump, Mr. Happy, Mr. Busy, Little Miss Curious, Mr. Brave, Mr. Adventure, Little Ms. Brainy, Mr. Nosey, Mr. Clever.

Personal Social and Emotional Development: We will be learning how to access the indoor and outdoor environments at school. We will be getting used to the school routines and expectations. We will be developing our “golden rules” and thinking about how we show the 5R’s throughout the school day; Relationships, Resilient, Risk taking, Resourcefulness and Reflective. Throughout Child Initiated Learning we will be learning to work cooperatively with our peers. We will be supporting the children to become independent in taking items of clothing on and off, using knives and forks effectively and developing good hygiene practices when washing hands etc. In line with the whole school we will be learning to self-regulate our feelings and emotions from developing an understanding of the Zones of Regulation, as well as working on the “Being in my world” piece of the Jigsaw PSHE curriculum.

Physical Development: We will be taking part in lots of fine motor activities that will, in time, will help us to form recognisable letters. We will be enjoying “dough disco” sessions to give our fingers a workout and squiggle whilst you wiggle to get used to the movements needed when forming letters. We will be practising holding our pencil, using an established grip and practicing lots of pre-writing skills. We will be having PE sessions in the hall, with Mr. Smith, where we will get the opportunity to develop our gross motor skills.

Communication and Language: We will be practising how to listen carefully during short whole class sessions and small group times. Throughout Child Initiated Learning time we will provide the children with opportunities to develop their imaginary play and extend their story related vocabulary. We will listen to the children’s explanations, thoughts and ideas all throughout the school day and ask questions to challenge their thinking further.

Literacy: We will be listening to a wide range of stories and listening out for words that rhyme. We will be focusing on “pre reading behaviours” encouraging children to identify the title of books, track from left to right and notice that a sentence ends with a full stop. We will be making marks for meaning whilst playing in the role play area, such as making a shopping list or taking a telephone message. We will be recapping Phase 1 phonics, which will ensure that we have all the skills firmly in place to move onto Phase 2 once we are ready.

Maths: We will be beginning our white rose maths unit, “Just like me.” This will focus on matching and sorting objects thinking about similarities and differences. We will be making comparisons based on amounts, size, mass and capacity. We will be exploring pattern seeing if we can continue patterns and then create our own.

Understanding of the world: We will be enjoying sharing the children’s summer treasure hunt activities with them, beginning to learn more about their families and experience. We will be making observations of what’s going on in the natural world during the season of Autumn and taking part in our own reception harvest festival.

Expressive Art and Design: We will begin to draw, paint and collage as a medium to express our thoughts and ideas. We will begin to learn the process of designing, making, and reviewing as we take part in junk modelling activities. We will use the helicopter story approach to act out existing stories as well as those that we have created ourselves.


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