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Reception Doves

Welcome to Doves 

Class Teacher - Mrs Clarke

LSP - Mrs Ferguson


Our learning

You can keep up to date with our learning by visiting our Early Years Instagram page - @burnttreeeyfs

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Communication and Language (C&L)

In Reception, children will be exposed to a range of new vocabulary that links to our topics, taught sessions and throughout their independent play and exploration. Children will be challenged to use and apply new vocabulary throughout the day and when talking about what they have been learning. Children will develop their thinking and listening skills through stories, class discussions and group activities. They will use well-formed sentences when communicating their ideas and thoughts and will begin to ask questions.  Children will be exposed to a range of different stories, poems, rhymes, songs and non-fiction books.

Personal, Social, Emotional Development (PSED)

Throughout the year, children will build relationships with their peers and adults. They will learn how to take turns and share with others, as well as showing an understanding of other people's wants and needs. Children will learn how to express their feelings and gain an understanding of the feelings of others. Through this, they will learn about the perspectives of others and how to form positive relationships and friendships. Children will learn how to manage their own needs, including getting changed independently, putting their coats on and washing their hands.

Physical Development (PD)

Children will develop both their fine and gross motor skills throughout their time in Reception. Children will be shown how to hold a pencil correctly using a tripod grip and how to form letters and numbers correctly. They will learn how to use tools competently, including using scissors to cut.

Throughout their continuous provision and taught PE sessions, children will learn the skills to develop body strength, co-ordination, balance and agility. They will develop ball skills including throwing, catching, kicking, passing, batting and aiming. 

They will learn about how to live a healthy lifestyle through their diet and daily exercise.  


At Burnt Tree, we follow Ruth Miskin's literacy scheme Read, Write, Inc. Children are assessed every half-term and put into groups that match their phonic knowledge. During phonics, children are taught sounds, how to blend and segment words, and will begin to read story books. Children will then take a phonics book to read at home that matches their phonics ability.

In addition to their phonics lessons, children will complete writing linked to the termly topic and will be encouraged to read and write throughout the school day and during their continuous provision. Each class has a book corner where children are able to read for pleasure throughout the day. Children also have access to our Early Years library, where they can take a book of choice home to share with their parents/guardians.


At Burnt Tree, we follow the maths scheme, White Rose Maths. In Reception, we focus on developing a secure understanding of numbers to 10, as well as exploring capacity, time, shapes, measurement, pattern and positional language. We enhance our continuous provision to enable children to apply their learning to a range of different contexts during their play. 

Understanding the World (UW)

Each half-term, we focus on the current season and the world around us. We learn about the seasonal changes and how the natural world has changed, as well as links to the people who help us, mini-beasts, animals, planting and growing, celebrations and transport and travel. Through this it allows us to make links between our current and prior learning and enables us to explore the similarities and differences of the seasons and the world around us. Throughout the year, we learn about lots of different celebrations, cultures and religions and celebrate the diversity of our school. 

Expressive Arts and Design (EAD)

Children will develop their artistic and cultural awareness through their creativity and imagination. They will explore and play with a range of media and materials, including collage, junk modelling, painting, drawing and using natural objects. 

Children will listen to and learn songs from different cultures, as well as nursery rhymes and songs that relate to our topics. 

Through taught music sessions, children will learn how to match pitch, follow a melody, keep a steady beat, tap rhythms and respond to changes in sound. 

Children will take part in The Nativity performance as well as learning Spring/Easter songs for their Easter bonnet parade. In addition, children will learn songs at the end of the year to perform at their graduation. 

Look what we have been doing...

Autumn 1
This half-term our topic is 'all about me', where we will be learning about ourselves and our families. Throughout the half-term, we will focus on different aspects of ourselves, such as, my face/body, my family, my home, my feelings, my friends.

We will also be celebrating any special days throughout the half-term, such as celebrations and memorable days/events.

We have settled in well to Reception.

We have used natural objects to make our faces.

We have used blocks to show the shape of our bodies.

Autumn 2

This half-term we have been learning all about autumn. We have learnt about the changes in weather, autumn animals and which celebrations we celebrate in autumn.


We explored autumn outdoors and looked at the changes in the leaves.

We toasted marshmallows outside when learning about Bonfire Night.

We enjoyed a Bhangra dancing workshop to learn about the traditional dance to celebrate Diwali.

We learnt about Harvest and used the small world to harvest vegetables on the farm.

We made a class wreath to remember the soldiers and had a Remembrance Day parade. 


We read the story 'The Gingerbread Man' and made our own gingerbread men to eat.


We walked to our local post office to post our letters to Santa. We weighed the letter to find out how much it would cost and bought a stamp to put on the envelope.

We learnt about The Nativity and listened to the story around our campfire outside with a hot chocolate.


We performed our Nativity 'Shine Star, Shine!'

 Spring 1

This half-term we are learning all about winter.  We have learnt about the changes in weather, winter/arctic animals and which celebrations we celebrate in winter.

  We went on a winter walk to see what signs of winter we could see.

   We had a visit from Jack Frost and learnt about the changes in weather. We explored ice and snow and made some winter pictures.

We have learnt about winter animals/wildlife in the UK and animals that live in the polar regions. We have enjoyed drawing our favourite animals outside using chalk.

We will be learning about Chinese New Year.

We will be learning about Pancake Day.

We will be learning about Valentine's Day.


Spring 2

This half-term we are beginning to learn all about spring.  We have learnt about the changes in weather, farm animals, mini-beasts and which celebrations we celebrate in spring (World Book Day, Holi Festival, Red Nose Day, Mother’s Day, Easter).


We explored spring outdoors and looked at the changes we could see.

We celebrated World Book Day by coming to school dressed as our favourite characters and bringing in our favourite stories to share.

For World Book Day, we also had an author visit us at school and took part in the draw along session online.

We learnt about Red Nose Day and how we can fundraise to help others in need. 

We had fun taking part in an Easter egg hunt for Easter.

We held our annual Easter Bonnet Parade where we showcased our bonnets and sang some spring and Easter songs. Look at our amazing Easter bonnet winners!

We had a fun-filled and successful craft morning with our parents and guardians. 

We had an Early Years visit to our local farm - Forge Mill Farm. We loved seeing all the baby farm animals and feeding them. 

We learnt about and celebrated Holi Festival. We took part in lots of colourful activities and enjoyed throwing the coloured powder.

Summer 1

This half-term we are continuing to learn about spring.  We will have the exciting arrival of our caterpillars and chick eggs to observe the life cycles. We are looking forward to getting in the garden to do lots of planting and growing.