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 Pike (Teaching Assistant)

Lilac Class

Mr French (Teacher)
Mrs Cannon (Teaching Assistant)
Mrs McNish (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 EYFS Curriculum Overview.pdf

Reception Spring Term 2020

Personal Social and Emotional Development: At the start of the year we will talk about the concept of “New Year’s Resolutions” with the children and encourage them to think what changes we could make as a class to work even better together this year. The children will be continuing to develop their skills of working as a team throughout all areas of Child Initiated Learning. They will be encouraged to think of solutions to problems and to use their communication skills to help them find them. We will continue to embed our Mr Man/Little Miss characters in order to help remind children of the Characteristics of Effective Learning that are so key to their Early Years.

Physical Development: The children will continue to practice their letter formation, in order to ensure they are forming their letters uniformly. They will have the opportunity to use PD resources outside that will enable them to practice their ball skills, jumping, balancing and coordination. They will continue to learn about ways of keeping healthy and safe as they carry out their activities throughout the school day.

Communication and Language: We will encourage children to explore new vocabulary as we find out about a wide range of different animals. They will be encouraged to think of their own questions that they would like to find answers for. Children will continue to have plenty of opportunities to talk about events and activities, from home, that are important to them.

Literacy: We will move on to learn our phase 3 digraphs, during phonics sessions, whilst continuing to practice blending words in order to read, and segmenting words in order to write. We will be using both information books and the internet to find out lots of facts about animals. We will record what we have learnt by writing simple sentences. In order to do this we will say our sentences orally first, listen carefully as we are saying them, and then writing the sounds that we hear.

Maths: We will be learning to recognise and order the numbers up to 20. We will count forwards and backwards and talk about more and less. We will talk about the number that is 1 more or 1 less than a given number and begin to add and subtract amounts. We will compare the animals that we are learning about in different terms, such as height and weight. We will continue to use language to discuss the properties of 2D and 3D shapes.

Understanding of the world: When finding out information about animals we will be using ipads and computers to help us. We will be comparing and contrasting the characteristics of different animals, comparing their habitats, the way they are adapted to their environments and how difficult or easy they would be to look after!

Expressive Art and Design: Our role play areas will be transformed into a Vets and the children will be encouraged to engage in imaginative play. They will have lots of opportunities to select materials in order to create animals and habitats as part of our topic. The children will have access to a wide range of resources, such as puppets, instruments etc., in order that they can express their ideas and experiences.


In PSHE & RSE theme for the first half of the Spring Term is “Dreams and Goals”. In Reception, our weekly sessions include:

  • Having a go at tricky challenges and reflecting on what helped us to overcome them,
  • Talking about times when we have achieved an end goal by not giving up,
  • Deciding on a personal goal that we would like to work towards.
  • Thinking of how we can support our friends to achieve their goals.
  • Thinking about the skills we need to do different jobs in the future ie: builders need to be able to measure.
  • Revisit our goals from session 3 and reflect on how far we are towards achieving them.


In PSHE & RSE theme for the second half of the Spring Term is “Healthy Me”. In Reception, our weekly sessions include:

  • Thinking about different types of exercise.
  • Taking part in some simple exercises and noticing what happens to our body during exercise.
  • Talking about healthy and less healthy foods.
  • Talking about the importance of sleep in order to keep healthy.
  • Talking about the need to keep clean.
  • Talking about “stranger danger”.


Reception Autumn Term 2 – 2019

Our topic this half term is Fireworks and Festivals!

Personal Social and Emotional Development: We will be listening to each other’s experiences of celebrations. We will be thinking about the different people that we can go to if we need help and discussing the importance of staying safe during Fireworks night. We will be reading “The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark” and talking about the fact that if the Owl hadn’t tried going out in the dark he wouldn’t have realised how fantastic it can be!

Physical Development: We will be talking about the different foods that we eat during celebrations and continuing our discussions about healthy and not so healthy choices. We will be continuing to ensure that we hold our pencils with an established grip and begin to form our letters in a more consistent way. In PE we will begin gymnastics and learn to move along, over and off the equipment safely.

Communication and Language: We will continue to listen to and retell a variety of stories increasing our use of story related vocabulary. We will be extending our vocabulary, thinking of adjectives to describe the sights and sounds of fireworks night and whilst learning about Diwali and its’ associated activities.

Literacy: During Nursery rhyme week we will be taking part in lots of rhyming activities, listening out for occasions when words rhyme, as well as creating our own rhyming strings. We will be continuing to learn our phase 2 phonic sounds, and making the most of all opportunities to blend sounds together to read words. We will be beginning to listen carefully to the sounds in words and write the sounds we hear.

Maths: We will be continuing to ensure that we count amounts carefully, using 1:1 correspondence in order to find the correct amount. We will begin to learn about number bonds to 5, using 5 frames and part whole models to help us. We will be talking about our daily routines and sequencing events in our own lives. We will be continuing to talk about the properties of 2D and 2D shapes.

Understanding of the world: We will be visiting the library in Hitchin and learning about this resource which we have access too. We will learn about the importance of Remembrance Day, thanksgiving, advent and take part in Children in Need. We will be discussing all of the different things that we celebrate within our own families and listening to how our celebrations compare and contrast with our peers. We will complete our topic by arranging and enjoying our own celebration, using everything we have learnt throughout the term to help us prepare.

Expressive Art and Design: We will be creating rangoli patterns and firework pictures, using a wide variety of different media. We will be make diva lamps, using clay, noticing how the clays texture and shape changes as we mould it. We will be learning songs, dances and our lines for our Christmas play “A Wriggly Nativity”.


Reception Autumn Term 1 – 2019

Welcome to Lilac and Willow Class! We are very much looking to 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.

Our topic this half term is 1,2,3 Good to be me!

Characteristics of Effective: We will be thinking about the skills that help us to learn effectively. These will be threaded through all of our learning. We will be introducing the children to our Mr Men characters – Mr. Bump, Mr. Happy, Mr. Busy, Little Miss Curious, Mr. Brave, Mr. Adventure, Little Ms. Brainy, Mr. Nosey, Mr. Clever to help us understand what makes a successful learner.

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. Throughout Child Initiated Learning we will be learning to work cooperatively with our peers.

Physical Development: We will be taking part in lots of fine motor activities that will, in turn, help us with our letter formation. We will be practicing holding our pencil, using an established grip, as this will help us to form our letters effectively. We will be having PE sessions in the hall, with Mr. Smith, where we will get the opportunity to develop our gross motor skills. Throughout our school day we will be establishing good health and hygiene routines, such as washing hands before snack time.

Communication and Language: We will be practicing listening carefully during 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 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 beginning phonics sessions and will practice our formation of the letters that we are learning.

Maths: We will be developing our mathematical language to enable us to describe the size, shape and weight of objects. We will be practicing counting objects carefully, one at a time, so that we don’t get in a muddle! We will be working on our recognition, and sequencing, of number.

Understanding of the world: We will be encouraging the children to share their experiences from home and notice the changes that are happening, in our outside area, as Autumn approaches. As they build in the construction area we will be talk with the children about the places that they visit in and around Hitchin.

Expressive Art and Design: The children will be able to explore mixing colours at the creative table and choosing the appropriate colour for their artwork. Our role play area, this half term, is home corner and the children will be able to re-enact everyday familiar scenarios as they play. We will be singing lots of Nursery rhymes, number rhymes and songs.


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