Welcome to Butterfly class!

Who works in our Classroom?

 Mrs Gemma Buttress         Mrs Heather Brooks            Miss Ella Richards

(Class Teacher)                   (L.S.A.)                               (L.S.A.) 










Our Curriculum overview

Autumn A

Communication and language

The children will start the term by learning to listen to others one on one or in small groups, e.g. talk about families in circle time and share pictures. They will join in with repeating refrains and anticipating key events and phrases in rhymes and stories e.g. in songs, poems, familiar stories, call and response games. Pupils will understand use of objects and tools in the classroom e.g. children know what they can do during independent free flow time, Children will learn to respond to multi-step instructions e.g. first we need to put our coats on, then we need to zip them up, then we will get ready to go out to play; retell past events from stories and from own experience in chronological order; e.g. describing a day at school, describing what they did at the weekend.

Physical Development

In PE lessons, we will study the Introduction to the PE unit of learning. In this unit children will be introduced to Physical Education and structured movement. They will spend time learning basic principles of a PE lesson such as safely using space, stopping safely, using and sharing equipment and working individually, with a partner and group. They will take part in activities which will develop fundamental movement skills such as running, jumping and skipping. Children will also play simple games and begin to understand and use rules. As in all units, pupils develop physical, social, emotional and thinking whole child objectives.

In everyday activities, we will focus on the gross motor skills, coordination and balance. The children will develop their pencil grip through a variety of every day fine motor skills opportunities.


Our PE day is Friday.


The students will learn classroom and school rules, and how we all help to make our classroom a safe and happy place to learn. Children will gain confidence through choosing and accessing resources. They will explore the things that make each of us special, as a part of our PSHE curriculum. Children will explore their and other’s feeling and consequences of some actions, they will learn words we can use to describe how we are am feeling and what to do when feeling angry, upset or worried. The pupils will learn to take turns, begin to work in a small group or with a different partners.


The children will access a variety of high quality texts, based on their interests. The children will explore fiction, non-fiction and poetry linked to the theme studied this half-term. They will develop a greater appreciation of books and learn how to look after books in school, while developing and celebrating their love of sharing stories.

The students will start visiting the school library; this half term our library time will be Tuesday afternoons.

In Phonics, we will learn to read all of the single letter Set 1 sounds at speed. The children will practise blending sounds orally through Fred Games and everyday opportunities.

In writing, the children will learn to write their names and begin forming graphemes correctly, developing their understanding of the correspondence between graphemes and familiar phonemes.


Our first unit of learning will focus on children’s ability to recognise, represent and manipulate numbers to 5. Children will begin by counting groups of objects up to 3, then 4, before looking at 5; they will learn to recognise and count different representations of numbers up to 5 and use a five frame to help structure the counting and reasoning.

We will then move onto identifying similarities and differences in sets of objects found in the classroom. Children will sort objects into two groups based on size, colour and shape. They will discover that groups can be sorted in different ways and into more than two groups.

We will finish this half term with comparing groups within 5. In this unit, we will focus on comparing two groups of objects and correctly identifying which has more, fewer or whether they have the same amount, using matching, representing and subitising strategies.

Understanding of the word

Through this half terms topic All About Me, the students will explore the themes of my family, my school, my environment, the people around me, people who help us.

We will study our faces and bodies while learning about the human body: facial features, main body parts and the senses.

We will introduce the seasons of the year and observe the changes in our environments that indicate Autumn. The children will be introduced to deciduous and evergreen trees, observe leaves using magnifying glasses and look for leaves changing colour.

As an introduction to later study of history, we will study my past, present, future and that of others including characters from stories. We will look at our families - when I was a baby, when my family members were young; as well as Family Trees and diverse representations of family life. The children will develop sense of chronology, i.e. before I was born, before I came to school, which classroom will I be in next year? We will also use the concept of chronology to understand our school year – what will we do this year in Reception?

The children will explore the location of our school and the wider local area – we’ll discuss our routes to school: What do we pass? Do we use transport? The children will reflect on what they like about our local area and what would they change? We will define Community as the people who feature in our lives, and learn that our school is an important part of our community, as are friends, families, religious communities, people with shared interests e.g. hobbies. We will also study people who help us in our community; including but not limited to teachers, doctors and nurses, firefighters, police, shop workers, rubbish collectors.

Expressive Arts and Design

We will begin the term by learning what art is and that artists makes art by expressing the things they see, imagine or feel. We’ll explore how artist make art and that they use different elements to create their work.

We will look closely at one of the elements of art – colour. The children will learn about colour by painting with primary colours and mixing secondary colours. We will study the works of Miro and painting our self-portraits.

Towards the end of the half-term we will learn that instruments are grouped based on how they make sounds and we’ll look closer at examples of percussion instruments – instruments that make sounds by beating or scraping. We will practice playing a simple beat on a selection of percussion instruments, focusing on rhythm and tempo. We will explore the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Allegro from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik ('A Little Night Music'.)


Knowledge organiser for Autumn A


Weekly newsflash

Week beginning 19th September 2022

We had a slightly shorter but busy week in Reception. The children really enjoyed this week's learing about families and growing up. We discussed some of the jobs people do and pupils reflected on the professions they may want to do as adults - we have many budding scientists, train drivers, inventors and a few ninjas in Reception!
Thank you for the family pictures sent to support the class discussions about people in our families. The children loved telling us about the people who are important to them and we had a great opportunity to discuss the similarities and differences between families, as well as identify lots of countries on the globe! Your support helped us make this learning personal and relevant and is greatly appreciated.

In maths, the pupils have learnt to count to 5 using the counting principles we developed in the previous weeks. Children represented numbers up to
5 in concrete and pictorial ways, and practised  linking an amount to the numerals 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. You can support this learning by taking every opportunity throughout the day to build and reinforce the counting skills, giving children’s learning purpose and meaning in the wider context of their lives. Please watch out for you child counting the same object more than once, which is a common misconception when objects are not in a line. You could encouraged your child to line up objects when counting and touch each one as they count. A five frame can also be a helpful tool. 

In phonics, we have learnt 4 new sounds: i, n, p and g. Please support this learning by watching the RWI videos with your child - they will love an opportunity to 'show off' and copy the learning from school with their family. The links will be sent through parent mail. If you have the RWI flashcards at home, they are a very effective tool to share the learning from school. Most children enjoy being a teacher and will want to teach you their new sounds!

We are now able to use the school library; the children will be able to change their library books on Tuesdays. Please ensure your child returns their current book every Tuesday so they can borrow a new one to share with you. 

Have a restful weekend! 

Weekly Newsflash w/c 12/09/22

What a great second week in Reception: we are starting to build friendships and to settle into the rules and routines of Reception!

We have begun learning in phonics this week and started with rhymes that help us write them. We have learnt the first five RWI sounds: ‘m’, ‘a’, ‘s’, ‘d’ and ‘t’. You will have been sent an email on Friday with videos showing you the sounds and rhymes which you may want to practise at home!

In maths, we have consolidated our learning on the numbers 1, 2 and 3 and have focussed on 4. We have built upon our knowledge of the number 4 and deepened our understanding by looking at 4 in different representations and introduced a 5 frame.

In other lessons this week, we have had a closer look at our bodies – naming body parts such as ‘knuckles’ and ‘shins’ as well as exploring our skeletons. We made a skeleton together as a class naming the different bones and seeing if we could feel them in our own bodies. We also discussed how our bones move using our muscles and what our bodies would be like if we didn’t have any bones! We also read Freddie and the Fairy by Julia Donaldson and discussed how some people may have physical or sensory impairments too. Lastly in art, we have also learnt our primary colours – red, blue and yellow – and experimented mixing them to make other colours.

Week beginning 5th September 2022

What a busy and exciting week we’ve had in Reception! The children have been settling in, getting used to the adults and their new environment. They are doing very well getting used to the reality of full time schooling, trying to remember the school routines and keeping up with Reception timetable. We are very proud of them!

This week, we have focused on the importance of school rules of Safe, Ready and Respect. The children reflected on the importance of working together and being kind to each other.

In phonics, we became familiar with the RWI signals and flashcards. The children learned to recognise the images on the single letter cards, which we will use in all phonics lessons.  If you are able to, we would recommend purchasing your own set of Set 1 RWI flashcards. It is a useful resource and will allow you to support the learning at home.

In maths, children started to count to 3 and back from 3. They linked the skill of counting three concrete objects to the pictorial representation of 3, and then to the abstract numerals 1, 2 and 3. We counted a variety of objects and images, as well as things we cannot line up and touch, such as claps or actions. We also introduced the skill of subitising – the children are beginning to recognise one, two and three objects or their pictorial representations just by looking, without counting. You can support this week’s learning by encouraging your child to count things out of the larger group, i.e. by asking them to pass you three forks. Playing board games with a dice is a great way of building counting skills, i.e. by touching each space on the board as you make the ‘jumps’. You can also challenge your child to spot numerals in their environment – on car registration plates, house numbers, etc.

We hope you all have a restful weekend and look forward to seeing you back on Monday!

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