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 ‘Rhino’s Don’t Eat Pancakes’ by Anna Kemp. The story follows a little girl named Daisy who befriends an unexpected breakfast guest: a big purple rhinoceros. Daisy tries to warn her parents, however they are much too busy to listen and it is not until a little while later that they discover that Daisy is telling the truth. The children will use role play to develop their understanding of the beginning, middle and end of story and discuss their predictions and ideas. They will also have a go at making their own pancakes and write their own lists based on their favourite toppings.

Maths: We will continue to practise counting and knowledge of ‘one more’ through the use of Numicon, nursery rhymes and songs. We will also revise the concept of size linked to the core text and shape. The children will create their own shape pictures.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development: The children will be exploring the topic of friendship and further enhancing their personal, social and emotional development through exploring feelings and emotions based on different scenes in the story. The children will think about the qualities that make a good friend and will make their own friendship biscuits.

Expressive Arts and Design: The children will engage in a range of activities linked to our core text to develop creativity and role play. The role play area will be set up linked to the zoo animals from the story and provide opportunities for children to mark-make, read about animals and share their experiences with others.

Understanding of the World: The children will consider how we care for animals and others.

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 ‘Oliver’s Vegetables’. The book is about a boy called Oliver who does not like vegetables but he loves going to his Grandpa’s garden because he has a vegetable patch. In the book, Oliver explores all the vegetables and eventually eats all the vegetables he finds in his Grandpa’s garden. The children will have lots of practical opportunities to look for vegetables, taste different vegetables and even grow their own! This will support them to be able to describe vegetables and write diaries and vegetable fact files!

Maths: The children will be looking at patterns, weight and length. The children will have practical learning opportunities; they will buy vegetables at Woolwich Market and weigh them!

Phonics: The children finished learning the phase 3 sounds and did a full revision of them by the end of last term. Children will be learning to read CVCC (e.g. left, cost) and CCVC (e.g. spin, grab) words and independently segmenting and blending sounds to read and write words.

Understanding of the World/EAD: To tie in with our core text, our role play area this term will be a grocers and also have a vegetable patch for children to grow vegetables and explore them. 

Our author focus this half term will be Jez Alborough. 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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Book Week 2018 Posted on: 09/03/2018

Book Week 2018

This week Rockliffe Manor celebrated our annual Book Week. Throughout the week the children have participated in many exciting activities and events to further inspire and encourage their love of reading. To kick off the week children and parents were welcomed to our Book Fair where they were able to browse and purchase books using their £1.00 money off book token. The children were also introduced to our sponsored read, in aid of the Read for Good charity, and we also launched our Reading Snapshot competition. On Tuesday, Rockliffe Manor held our ever popular Dad's Breakfast, where Dads, Grandads, Uncles and other male relatives were invited in to share a delicious breakfast and a book with their children - thank you to all of those who joined us, there wasn't a spare seat in the house! Also on Tuesday were the finals of our annual Spelling Bee where our finalists were tested on words from famous children's books. We would like to congratulate all of our winners and finalists, as well as all others who took part. On Wednesday we were lucky enough to be visited by African Storyteller, Usifu Jalloh, who delivered an enormously enjoyable assembly and story telling workshops based around our core value of cooperation. Excitingly, Usifu was also joined by a film crew as he is in the process of making a documentary about his work in both the UK and Sierra Leone. After the success of his workshops last year, children's author John Owen Theobald joined us on Thursday to lead an assembly and some informative writing workshops for our older children. To mark the end of Book Week the children and staff were invited to come to school dressed as their favourite book characters, and on Friday afternoon we also took part in 'Buddy Reading' where the children joined up with a member of another class to share a book together. What a great week!
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