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Apple Class: Mrs J Fisher (fisherj@wps.org.uk) Mon-Weds and Mrs K Bedford (bedfordk@wps.org.uk) Thurs & Fri

Cherry Class: Mr Hughes (hughesj@wps.org.uk

End of Year Expectations for Reception can be found here.

Ladybird Words for Reception can be found here.

Phonics Information can be found here:


WOW cards to print at home can be found here.

 Autumn 1

Which was the biggest dinosaur?

The children will be learning about dinosaurs including real and imagined creatures of different sizes. They will be looking at the prehistoric world of dinosaurs and their lives; exploring different types of dinosaurs - those on land, air and sea and finding out who has the biggest dinosaur! They will be building friendships and working as part of a group, taking turns and sharing ideas.

Why do squirrels hide their nuts?

Into the woods we go! The children will explore migration, hibernation and much more in their project about seasonal change in the natural world. The children will be collecting autumn treasures as we crunch through piles of fallen leaves. Back in the classroom, we’ll sort our treasures into different categories, create land art, and dry and flatten leaves to decorate. We’ll learn about woodland animals and migration through movement and discuss the features that allow animals to survive through winter. In our literacy lessons, we’ll snuggle up and listen to autumnal stories and write woodland tales. In mathematics, we’ll thread and count conkers and dried fruit and collect and order sticks of different lengths. We’ll roll up our sleeves to make a clay owl or hedgehog.

Autumn 2

Which people help us?


The children will be learning about all the different people who help us ranging from mum and dad to the emergency services. They will be using the skills they have learnt in class to start writing lists, labelling pictures and exploring the different equipment each service uses. They will learn how they can start to help each other and use these skills to develop friendships.


The children will learn what makes a celebration a special time to them and others. They will discover the different ways people celebrate and why people have different celebrations. The children will focus on Harvest and reflect on the importance to share food. They will also learn the religious celebrations of ‘Purim’ and ‘Diwali’ and finally finishing the half term with an incredible Christmas celebration!

Spring 1

Where does the snow go?

The children will be learning about winter weather and the properties of snow, ice and frost. They will be exploring what happens to snow and ice when they melt. What animals, birds and humans do to adapt to colder weather and keep warm. They will use the colder weather to head outside and explore the sensory qualities of snow and ice.

Are eggs alive?

The children will be celebrating spring and exploring the changes that occur in nature during this season. They will be learning about the spring weather, including rain and wind. They will learn different types of farm animals and their names and research the life cycles of various animals. They will learn how to how to care for and nurture baby animals.

 Spring 2

Why do spiders eat flies?

The children will be using their investigative skills to go mini beast hunting and evaluate what they have found. They will research how spiders and other mini beasts feed and grow. They will study how spiders and other mini beasts move to find food, water, shelter and to escape from danger. The children will examine different environments and habitats and the small creatures who live there.

Will you read me a story?

This half term we will step into the magical world of fairy tales. Was the Big Bad Wolf really so bad? How many bowls of porridge did Goldilocks eat? Let’s find out more about our favourite stories and discover some new ones. At school, we’ll play imaginatively with a model castle and small world characters. We’ll look at different character types, and decide whether our favourite characters are ‘goodies’ or ‘baddies’! Using different materials and shapes, we’ll build castles and bridges. We’ll read lots of stories and look at the ingredients that go into a fantastic fairy tale. We’ll be brave explorers and hunt for missing items from fairy tales. Contemporary versions of fairy tales will inspire us to write stories, and we’ll create story maps to retell familiar tales. Most of all, the children will use their imaginations to bring their favourite stories to life!

Summer 1

What do you see in summer?

We’re all going on a summer holiday! The days are at their longest and the sun is shining brightly in the sky, the birds are singing in the trees and the flowers are in full bloom. This half term the children will be using all of their senses to explore the changes that happen in the natural world. They will be finding out why the sun is hot and what they need to do to stay safe during the hot summer months. They’ll invent new flavours of ice-cream to go into our parlour and finish the project by taking their first school trip!

Am I fast?

Catch me if you can! This half term the children will develop curiosity, understanding, knowledge and imagination about sports, physical activity and outdoor play. They will learn how to use their bodies in different ways, what makes a healthy, balanced diet and finish the project by taking part in WPS sports day!

Summer 2

Under the Sea


The children will learn about the properties of water, what it feels like and what it can be used for. They will research where water comes from, how to be safe near water and how to use water to keep ourselves clean and healthy. They will investigate the different types of creatures that live under the sea and will step back in time to see how the pirates lived.


Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum! Get ready to take to the high seas and set sail in search of treasure! We’ll study paintings of boats and draw detailed pictures of our own. Our map reading skills will help us to identify different seas and oceans, and we’ll learn about famous sea explorers. Stories of pirates will inspire us to make pirate flags, treasure maps and fact files. We’ll even find out how to talk and sing like a pirate!


At Woodmansterne, in PSHE, we teach statutory Relationships and Health Education, which includes Sex Education in Year 6. In this unit, 'Growing and Changing', we cover some important and sensitive topics relating to body parts, puberty, relationships, keeping safe and changing feelings, in an age-appropriate way. This leaflet has been designed to support you in talking to your child about these subjects at home, and to prepare you for any questions that your child may have.