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 ‘Oliver’s Vegetables’ by Vivian French. The story is about a boy named Oliver who visits his grandpa. Oliver’s grandpa grows all of his own vegetables in his garden, however Oliver tells his grandpa that he only eats chips. Grandpa strikes a deal, that if Oliver can find the potatoes in his garden, he can have chips, if not he will eat the vegetable he finds. Oliver agrees, and each day of the week he tries to find the potatoes but discovers a new vegetable instead, which he ends up eating for his lunch and supper. The children will learn about the different vegetables in the story, have the opportunities to taste different vegetables and also learn about the days of the week. After looking at the beginning, middle and end of the story, the children will tell their own stories using story bags and share these in small groups and as a class.

Maths: The children will be learning about positional language to explain where objects are in relation to our core text e.g. the rhubarb is under the chair. We will also be using bee bots and learning how to direct them to different vegetables in the story. We will continue to practise counting through nursery rhymes, songs and Numicon.

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 fruit and vegetable shop linked to the theme of the story. 

Understanding of the World: The children will have the opportunity to learn about growing and take part in some growing activities. Linked to the story, there will also be opportunities for the children to discuss any similar relationships that they hold within their own family groups e.g. grandparents, aunties and uncles. 

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

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 ‘Katie’s Picture Show’.  The book is about a girl called Katie who explores the National Art Gallery. In the book, Katie explores different paintings and develops her imagination. The children will be developing their own creativity and imagination to retell stories from the paintings like Katie. This will support them to begin using descriptive language and writing their own stories.

Maths: The children will be focusing on adding and subtracting numbers above 10. They will start to look at counting in 2s, 5s and 10s using different resources.  The children will have practical learning opportunities; they will be using painting sponges to make patterns.  

Phonics: The children will be reviewing phase 3 sounds and move on phase 4 at the end of the term. Children will be encouraged to read CVCC (e.g. lost) and CCVC (e.g. from) words and independently segmenting and blending words. 

Understanding of the World/EAD: To tie in with our art theme, the children will be visiting the National Art Gallery like Katie in our core text. The children will have the opportunity to make their own artwork and frame it in class!

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.

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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