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Off We Go!



Our topic is 'Off We Go!’ We will be talking about where we live, our local community and learning the features of a map. We will learn how to follow a simple journey on a map, exploring the journeys of the Gingerbread Man, the Naughty Bus and our own Gingerbread Man local walk! Later in the term, we will think about and discuss our own cultures and traditions, comparing and contrasting the similarities and differences between them all.

What are we doing this half term?

This half term we will be looking at the story of 'The Gingerbread Man’. We will be focusing on joining in with repeated refrains within the story. We will continue to practice our concepts of prints, for example finding the title, turning pages one at a time and finding where we start to read. We also talk about the characters and settings in the story. We will begin to write captions and sentences, using adjective to describe the characters and the setting of the story. We will also be looking at a non-fiction text ‘The Farm’. We will be discussing what the term ‘non-fiction’ means, as well as focusing on the features of a non-fiction text e.g. contents page, page numbers, headings. We will use our knowledge of the features of a non-fiction text to create our very own fact-file all about farms and the animals we find on a farm!


In maths, we will continue exploring Numberland. We will visit Numbers 8, 9 and 10! Each number has a character and a home, with a garden. We develop a thorough understanding of each number. We will begin to develop patterns and connections as we meet each number in turn. On a daily basis, we will count in order, using and understanding the Five Principles of Counting- stable order, 1:1 correspondence, cardinality, abstraction and order irrelevance. We will then use our deep understanding of each number to explore the comparison and composition of numbers 6-10.



Important Information

  • PE will be on a Friday (inside). Children  to come to school in school uniform and bring in a PE kit to keep here.
  • Bank Holiday- Monday 2nd January 2023 (return to school on Tuesday 3rd January 2023
  • Pantomime- Thursday 5th January 2023
  • Share a book- the first Friday of each month. The first Share a book session will be Friday 6th January 2023 (stickers in Reading Records). 
  • Our Gingerbread Man Walk trip will be on Thursday 19th January 2023 at 9:15am. Please ensure you have returned the slip if you are able to help us.
  • Class Photos- Wednesday 8th February 2023



At Puss Bank School and Nursery, we use the phonic scheme Little Wandle Revised Letters and Sounds to teach phonics. 

Please follow the link here to gain access to the Little Wandle Parent Information section on their website. 

Phase 3 Grapheme information sheet

Phase 3 sounds taught in Reception Spring 1

This Phase 3 sounds taught in Reception Spring 1 video is designed to be shared with families to help them support the learning at home.

Maths Tutorial for EYFS - find out how children learn to count and understand numbers in the EYFS.

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