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 term is ‘The Family book’ by Todd Parr. We will begin our topic discussing different types of families. We will speak about our own families at home and discuss special times that we share with them. We will use our core text to help us think about how all of our families are different and unique.

Maths: We will begin to practise our counting through Nursery rhymes and songs. We will also look at shape and create our own shape collages.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development: We will focus on circle time activities, which will enhance our communication skills and confidence with others. We will share simple facts about ourselves and consider how we belong to Nursery.

Role Play: We will develop communication and language skills in our home corner and role play area, which will be set up as a baby clinic.

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 and learn to say hello in some different languages. Our learning will be further enhanced through Diversity week, where we will learn about the different cultures and foods around the world.

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’s topic is ‘Whoever you are’ taken from the title of our core text. This book allows us to explore the cultural diversity within our school and celebrate the children’s uniqueness. We will focus on the similarities and differences between ourselves and develop our knowledge of other languages, foods, religions and cultures.The children will be encouraged to talk about their homes and their families and share what makes them special. This will all be captured in video and shared with you later in the year. Parents and carers will be invited into school to share traditional and cultural tales.

Maths: This term the children will develop their number skills through practical experiences. Our focus will see children reading, writing, matching and counting numbers to 20. Through our topic of ‘Whoever you are’, we will spend time looking at different homes around the world and the children will be exploring shapes through both two and three dimensions. 

Phonics: This half term during our daily phonics sessions, we will be learning our phase 2 sounds and begin blending CVC words. The children will also learn the following tricky words: The, to, go, no, into, I. 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, we have set up a home corner with a cultural influence. We will also be having lots of discussions about where our families come from and what makes each one of us special. The children will also be taking part in a food tasting activity with different types of food from around the world.  

Our author focus this half term will be Eric Carle. 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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