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Leighton Primary School


Here you can find out the Foundation curriculum expectations and learn about what they will be doing this term.




Autumn term

It's a very exciting time in reception with 60 children starting school! For the first few weeks, we will be focusing on settling the children into their new classrooms and school routines, and getting to know them all. 


Our topic is 'Journeys', and we have three core stories to read; 'The Train Ride' by June Crebbins, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and 'The Naughty Bus' by Jan Oke. We will be encouraging the children to describe characters and story events, join in with retelling Goldilocks, draw story maps and make wanted posters. In maths we will be learning about positions using chairs to link with Baby Bear's chair in Goldilocks, and develop vocabulary linked to sizes. We will be counting 10 objects, then 20 and matching amounts to numbers. We will be making porridge and finding out which topping is the most popular by using simple tally charts and pictograms. 


Our trip this half term is to Ferry Meadows where we will explore a small area of woodland and link this to the setting of Goldilocks and then we will walk to Nene Valley Railway and take a ride on a steam train to Wansford to explore the station. 


After half term, our topic will be 'Celebrations'. Firstly we will be learning about the Hindu festival of light, Diwali. We are planning to invite a Hindu visitor into school who can tell us all about it and we will take part in some Diwali activities. We will be thinking about celebrations we take part in such as birthdays and learning about how Christians celebrate Christmas by visiting Peterborough Cathedral towards the end of term. 


Our core stories will be The Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Gingerbread Man, as well as The Christmas Story. We will be focusing on retelling and acting out stories; speaking with expression and using actions to portray the different characters, and drawing and labelling characters and writing speech bubbles. In maths we will be building bridges of different lengths and learning about shapes as well as continuing to focus on reading numbers, counting accurately and simple addition and subtraction calculations.  


Each week, the children will have a P.E. lesson on Monday and visit the school library. 


This term promises to be very busy with lots of 'firsts' for the children. We hope it will be both engaging and enjoyable for them. The term will end with our Christmas Concert performed with Year 1 and some fun Christmas activities.