At Rockliffe Manor Primary School, we believe that learning is most memorable for children when it is planned in a cross-curricular way, taking on board their interests and therefore, enabling children to make links throughout their learning. We always ensure our activities include challenges for all learners, opportunities for children to develop through play and real life experiences with lots of interaction from adults and peers. We have high expectations of both staff and pupils and always strive to achieve outstanding outcomes.


Our core text for this half term is ‘It’s Okay to Be Different.’ by Todd Parr. The story teaches us to embrace the differences in the world around us and be proud of ourselves and our families. For the first part of the half term, we will be discussing our own similarities and differences and thinking about what makes us special. We will create our own self-portraits in the style of our book and take photographs of our friends. For the second part of the half term we will be taking part in a project called ‘Operation Christmas Child’ where we will collectively put together shoeboxes, filled with different items, which will be sent to disadvantaged children. Through this we will be thinking about kindness and giving without expecting anything in return.

Maths: We will continue to practise our counting and number recognition through nursery rhymes, numicon and songs. Our trip to the shops linked to ‘Operation Christmas Child’ will also help us with our learning. We will be using money to buy items and counting the number of items we buy.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development: We will continue focus on circle time activities, which will enhance our communication skills and confidence with others. We will share our likes and dislikes with others.

Physical development: We will engage in a variety of funky finger activities and physical activities to support our movement and fine motor development.

Understanding of the world: We will discuss special times and events that we share with our families. We will also link some of our learning to different upcoming celebrations and festivals such as Christmas, Diwali, Fireworks night and Halloween.

Parents and carers can support their children’s learning at home through daily reading. This will enable children to further develop their vocabulary and communication skills. We will be continuing our ‘Parents’ Reading Morning ‘every Thursday morning; you are very welcome to come into Nursery and spend some time at the start of the day reading with your child each week. 

If you would like to discuss more about how you can help your child at home, please see your child's class teacher.

Please click here to view the Curriculum Framework for Nursery.



This term we will be concluding our topic of ‘Identity’ by looking at the core text ‘Grandma Z’ focusing on what happens as we grow up. Children will be looking at the features of cards and invitations and writing their own invites to a special event. Children will continue to develop their speaking and listening skills and will focus on sharing their opinion as well as answering how and why questions linked to our text. The term will conclude with a festive focus and the Nativity.

Maths: This term the children will continue to work on reading, writing and ordering numbers. Children will be looking at adding and taking away as well as counting forwards and backwards. Through practical activities children will look at capacity and measurement. There will also be lots of opportunities to identify and sequence patterns. During the Christmas period, children will be exploring 3D shapes through present wrapping.

Phonics: This half term during our daily phonics sessions, we will be continuing with phase 2 sounds and blending/ segmenting CVC words and will also begin to look at phase 3 sounds. The children will also learn the following tricky words: the, me, he, we, she, be, my, you. Here is a website that you may find useful to support your child with their phonics at home -

Understanding of the world/EAD: As part of our topic on diversity within the classroom, our home corner will be transforming into a Chinese themed restaurant. We will also be having lots of discussions about the childrens’ wishes, hopes and dreams for when they grow up. We will be looking at and exploring key events such as Guy Fawkes/Bonfire night, the festival of Diwali and Remembrance Sunday. The children will also be seeing a theatre production of the Stick Man in Central London, which will hopefully inspire them for their production to their families at the end of the term.

Our author focus this half term will be Nick Sharratt. The children will have the opportunity to read a selection of his books in our book corner.

Children will be doing PE twice a week, on Monday and Friday.

The children will take a book home every week with their reading journal, and they will continue with their guided reading sessions each week. Please do leave a comment in the journal when you read with your child each evening. 

Enjoying books with your child will help to develop their learning in phonics as well as communication and language skills, so please do try and read regularly with your child. We will be continuing our ‘Parents’ Reading Morning’ every Thursday, which is an opportunity to come in to Reception and read with your child.

Please click here to view the Curriculum Framework for Reception.

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