Brooklands Primary School

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Reception Class Teacher



Ms. Sarah Witowski-Baker


Ms. Samantha Humphrys


Current Topic - Light & Dark

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Our topics are always guided by the children's interests and they learn through play and exploration. Have a look at some of our exciting topics so far...

Magic (Spring 2018) (8 images)

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Celebrations (16 images)

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A.A. Milne and Ourselves (17 images)

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Reception - Previous Learning (15 images)

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Animal world 

Our topic is all about animals! We have started by learning about mini beasts, and exploring insects both big and small. We learnt about spiders, and read 'Aargh spider' by Lydia Monks. Since then we have learnt about all sorts of mini beasts including ladybirds, caterpillars and butterflies. We have read lots of lovely stories and particularly like the authors Jeanne Willis, and Eric Carle. Through these stories we have explored many topics. The King of Tiny Things and Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis helped us learn about looking after mini beasts and habitats. Using the Bad Tempered Ladybird by Eric Carle as a jumping off point we talked about how to be a good friend, managing feelings of anger, and learnt to tell the time! We then read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and have been learning about butterfly life cycles, how to stay healthy, and doubling numbers by printing on butterfly wings. The children are particularly enjoying forest school this term and we have been on lots of mini beast hunts!





 This topic is all about Magic and the circus! We chose this topic based on the children's interests. They couldn't stop talking about all things magical; magical creatures, magic tricks, stories about magic and the circus, witches and wizards, and spells and potions! We have turned our role play area into a wizards and witches workshop, and will be learning about capacity through potion making, writing instructions and lists of ingredients, inventing magical creatures, and writing our own magical stories. The children's favourite activity so far was making wands at forest school!



This term we are learning all about celebrations! The children learnt about different traditions and explored them through a range of activities involving art, writing, science, personal, social and emotional development and role play. We started off learning all about Harvest festivals, Halloween and Fireworks night, then throughout the term learnt about lots of other festivals and celebrations from different religions and cultures, including Diwali, Hanukkah and Christmas! We had lots of fun mixing potions in the mud kitchen, weighing ingredients for spooky spells, creating firework art and beautiful menorahs for Hanukkah. 


Classic Authors 

We started off the year with a whole school topic about classic authors. In EYFS we chose to learn about A.A. Milne. The children enjoyed hearing lots of Winnie the Pooh stories, exploring forest school and acting our their own stories in the hundred acre wood, writing our own stories about our cuddly toy animals, and creating maps of the "hundred acre" forest school. This term we also spent lots of time getting to know one another, and learning about ourselves and our new school. The children enjoyed learning about their bodies, what makes them special, and learning lots about their new friends as well.