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.


English: Our core text for this half term is ‘Once there were Giants’ by Martin Waddell. The story begins with a baby girl who shares her journey about becoming a grown up. As a baby, the little girl pictures her family as giants, however as she grows up she realises that she too has become a giant. The children will explore the beginning, middle and end of the story through role play and discuss the changes that happen in the story. They will talk about their own families and also consider how they have changed since they were babies themselves.

Maths: In Maths, we will continue to practise our counting and number recognition through Numicon, songs and number stories. We will also focus on size and shape.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development: The children will share photographs of themselves as babies and discuss how they have changed. They will also speak about their experiences in Nursery this year and begin to discuss their transitions into big school.

Expressive Arts and Design: The children will continue to develop their communication and language skills through experiences in the role play area, which will be set up as a family home linked to the theme of the story.

Understanding of the World: Linked to the story, there will also be opportunities for the children to discuss their own family groups and special times they share with their families. They will also discuss changes and how they have grown and changed since being a baby.

Physical Development: The children will engage in a variety of funky finger activities and physical activities to develop their movement and fine motor development.

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.



English: This half term our core text is ‘Let’s Paint’.  The book is about going through different art techniques and how artists might get their inspiration. Using the book, the children can choose their own way of creating a final art piece they can take home at the end of Reception. We will be writing fact files about famous artists and their method.

Maths: The children will be doing a recap of key concepts on shape, space and measure. We will be using our knowledge of number and quantity to make reasonable estimates and consolidating what we know about 2D and 3D shapes. During Enterprise Week we will recap money. To keep up our number work, the maths starters will focus on number such as counting in 2s, 5s, and 10s, sequencing and writing/recognising numerals.   

Phonics: The children will be starting Phase 4, and expanding our tricky word bank. The children will be encouraged to read sentences and captions independently, ready for Year 1.

Understanding of the world/EAD: To tie in with our art theme, the children will be visiting the Tate Modern to get some art inspiration and link with art week too. The children will have the opportunities to make their plan and design their own art piece and learn about different famous artists.

Our author focus this half term will be Mick Inkpen. 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.

Any reading at home is great, it doesn’t need to be a long session – 10-15 minutes a day is fine, once this is established as part of a child’s routine, it quickly becomes a very enjoyable part of the day for both child and parent.

We welcome parental involvement in the life of our school. If you are able to visit the school or help in anyway, please contact Miss Gomes, our EYFS Phase leader.

Please click here to view the Curriculum Framework for Reception.

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