Autumn 2 - Journeys


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Key Text Autumn 2

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Learning Values

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learning values

Learning Values: Characteristics of Learning - Respectful and Responsible

learning values

Learning Behaviours: Collaborative Learning and Curiosity

Dates for your diary


  • Wednesday 13th December – Library books to be returned
  • Wednesday 13th December – Trip to Waterman’s Theatre
  • Tuesday 19th December – Christmas Party
  • Wednesday 20th December – Last Day of Term – please collect your child at 1:30pm
  • Thursday 4th January 2018 – 1st day of Spring term
Personal, Social and Emotional Development


Learning to get along and make friends is an essential life skill. Children will learn how to talk to a partner, to exchange ideas and learn from each other.

As part of the school’s Manners Matter drive, children will be encouraged to develop good manners and how to be considerate to others.

  • Can I demonstrate friendly behaviour, initiating conversations and forming good relationships with peers and familiar adults?
  • Can I follow the school rules and be polite and friendly?
  • Can I play with or alongside other children and take turns?
  • Can I be confident to talk to other children when playing, and can I communicate freely about own home and community?
  • Can I show confidence in asking adults for help?

We will be promoting a love of reading and the importance of valuing books to learn and enthral us. We look at books and listen to stories daily, as a whole class and in small groups.

  • Can I listen to stories with increasing attention and recall?
  • Can I describe main story settings, events and principal characters?
  • Can I look at books independently?
  • Can I re-tell the story in a wordless book?
  • Can I say most letter sounds?
  • Can I read some three letter words, by sounding them out?
  • Children are encouraged to write simple words by sounding them out using ‘Fred talk’ and ‘Fred Fingers’.
  • Can I hear the sounds in a 3 or 4 letter word?
  • Can I write down the sounds in the correct order?

During our phonics sessions, children will be learn how to form the letters and by Christmas most children should know all the letter sounds of the alphabet. Children are encouraged to hold a pencil with an effective tripod grip.

  • Can I hold a pencil correctly?
  • Can I form most letters correctly?
  • Counting objects accurately requires lots of practise!
  • Can I count up to 10 objects and then begin to count up to 20 objects?
  • Can I count out up to six objects from a larger group?
  • Can I select the correct numeral to represent 1 to 5, 1 to 10 , then 10-20 objects?
  • Can I write numerals, 0-5, then 6-10 and 10 to 20?
Shape, Space and Measure
  • Children will learn about shapes and sizes through a range of practical activities, e.g. making rockets.
  • Can I show interest in shapes in the environment?
  • Can I begin to talk about the shapes of everyday objects, e.g. ‘round’ and ‘tall’?
  • Can I begin to use mathematical names for ‘solid’ 3D shapes and ‘flat’ 2D shapes?
  • Can I order two or three items by length or height?
Communication and Language
Listening and Attention
  • We will be telling stories about journeys and encouraging children to talk about journeys they have undertaken. 
  • We will be encouraging children to talk using full sentences.
  • Children will have opportunities to talk in small groups about things they like/dislike. They will be encouraged to listen and respond to each other.

Key Questions:

  • Can I listen to stories with increasing attention and recall?
  • Can I listen to others, one to one or in small groups, when conversation interests me?


  • Children will listen to stories and conversations and demonstrate their understanding through comments and actions.

Key Questions:

  • Can I talk about the main events in a story or journey?
  • Can I begin to respond to ‘how’ and ‘why questions?
  • Can I follow a set of simple instructions?


  • Children will be encouraged to speak in full sentences, when sharing their ideas. They will also be encouraged to respond to questions and other children’s ideas.

Key Questions:

  • Can I talk about a journey I have had?
  • Can I sequence events in the correct order and provide some detail to interest the listener?
  • Can I begin to use more complex sentences to link my thoughts?
  • Can I use a range of tenses and a wider range of vocabulary?
  • Can I ask for help when I need it?
Understanding the world
  • Can I find out about people and places by asking questions?
  • Can I consider how my life is different/similar to that of other people in different countries and in my own community?
  • Can I learn about other people’s beliefs and celebrations?
The World
  • Children are naturally curious and we will be encouraging children to share and extend their knowledge about the world around them.
  • Can I recall journeys that I have been on?
  • Can I talk about how I travelled and what I did and saw when I got there?
  • Can I talk about different modes of transport?
  • Can I talk about some of the things I have observed such as plants, animals, natural and found objects?
  • Can I talk about why things happen and how things work?
  • Children will program floor robots – Bee Bots and onscreen objects, to move from one location to another.
  • Can I program a Bee Bot or onscreen object to move to specific places?
  • Children will design pictures using a paint program.
  • Can I use a variety of tools and colours to create pictures on screen?
Expressive arts and design
Exploring & Using Media & Materials
  • Can I begin to build a repertoire of songs and dances?
  • Can I explore the different sounds of instruments?
  • Can I explore what happens when I mix paint colours?
Being Imaginative
  • Can I engage in imaginative role-play based on my own first hand experiences?
  • Can I create simple representations of events, people and objects?
  • Can I draw a treasure map?
Can I?
Can I manage my own self care?
  • Children will be expected to be responsible for their own belongings, for taking themselves to the toilet, remembering to wash their hands, getting their coats on and off and changing their shoes for P.E.
Can I hold a pencil and scissors correctly?
  • Developing fine motor skills is important, as without strong hands, it is difficult to hold a pencil and use scissors correctly.
  • We encourage all children to adopt a ‘tripod’ pencil grip, and gently correct children if using other grips.
Can I move in different ways?
  • In PE children will pretend to be pirates and use a range of equipment to develop their gross motor skills.
  • Self-assessment and social skills are also strongly promoted.

RS – Mrs Sanchez

RW – Ms Webber

RW – Mrs Wareing

RSH – Miss Sharpe

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