Reception Curriculum Notes Autumn Term

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Little Sutton Primary School.  We hope you enjoyed the summer holidays and we look forward to working with you and your child this year.

These curriculum notes are intended to give you an idea of the topics your child will be studying during the Autumn term.  We have also written a reminder with regards to dinner money, medication and equipment needed in school.  Details with regards to homework are also included. 

We hope that these notes will enable you to support your child with the work they are carrying out at school by providing them with opportunities to extend their knowledge of the subjects.  We would also appreciate you supporting them to complete homework to a high standard and return it on time as well as ensuring they have all the equipment they will need.  

Below is an overview of all the subjects and topics your child will be covering in the Autumn term.

Communication, Language and Literacy

Simple book terms, listening skills, making predictions using clues

Introduction to guided reading, Talk for Writing and reading challenge

Recognising single letter phonemes & digraphs in initial, medial & final position

Identifying and extending rhyming strings

Effective pencil grip, pencil control, writing names and accurate letter formation

Author of the Term = Julia Donaldson

Mathematical Development

Counting forwards and backwards to/from 20, numeral recognition, counting one to one, subitising

Composition of numbers 1 – 10, using Numberblocks and a Mastery approach

Odd and even numbers, one more and one less

Simple addition and subtraction more / less

Shape recognition 2D and 3D, sequencing patterns

Creative Development –All about me and you


Exploring different mediums and textures

Learning simple songs and performing

Simple structures – shelters connected to Sukkot

Christmas crafts

Artists/Musicians of the Month (refer to Newsletters)

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

Ourselves – parts of the body, food & growth, keeping healthy

The five senses, making our own instruments linked to sound

Tasting foods and simple cookery

My family past and present – changes over time and simple sequencing

Use of classroom based technology

Autumn and Winter

Physical Development

Dressing skills

Using scissors effectively and other tools correctly and safely 

Using large & small apparatus

Recognising the importance of keeping healthy and the changes that happen to their bodies when active

To move with confidence and imagination in a variety of ways

Special Events

Sept 17th                    Photographer in school (individual and siblings)

Oct 2nd                       Parents Phonics Workshop (2.45pm)

Nov 6th                       Divali Day – activities/craft /sharing food/dancing & songs

Nov 15th                     Children in Need Day

Dec                             Christmas Production.                    Dates to be confirmed

Dec                             Christmas trip to Birches Valley    Date to be confirmed

Equipment required

PE kit in bag – everything labelled please

Water bottles (please do not place water bottles inside book bags)

Book bags containing reading folder/words to learn every day


To read and discuss reading books, including Reading Challenge books

To complete homework activity sent out in Homework folder on a weekly basis (this will not start immediately)

To learn key words sent home on a weekly basis

Dinner /Trip money etc.

Dinners for Reception children are available free under the Government’s Universal Infants Free School Meals initiative.  Payment for trips etc. should be made through ParentPay wherever possible, please see the office for more information about ParentPay.  If you do not have access to ParentPay please send correct amount by cheque or cash in a named envelope.


Please ensure that inhalers and/or relevant medicines are in school and in date. 

Class information 

On a Monday afternoon while the Reception staff use time for planning, preparation and assessment the children will enjoy Dance and Creative Activities.


Many thanks for your support. 

Mrs Farmer, Miss Faulkner, Mrs Logan

Mrs Humphries, Mrs Osbourne and Mrs Sperry