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Crockerne Church of England Primary School

To be the best me that I can be

Reception / Year 1

Welcome to Reception / Year 1!




January 2021


We are so pleased with the way your children have settled into Crockerne during the last two terms. They are doing a fantastic job of following our class rules and we are very proud of them! 



Term 3 Update  

This term the children will be building on their learning from the last two terms through our new project, How do I grow a garden? We will be learning about ourselves and our growth cycle before moving on to the structure of plants and trees and what they need to grow well. We will engage the children in a variety of activities including labelling our bodies and investigating what different parts of our body do as well exploring healthy foods. 


In maths Reception will be exploring numbers to ten, including recognising the numerals, writing them, ordering the numbers and accurately counting objects.  Year 1 will be consolidating investigating place value up to 20 before moving on to numbers to 50. 


We all have phonics every day. Reception have learnt all of the Phase 2 sounds now (s a t p i n etc.) and have had lots of practice blending them into simple words. This term they will begin to learn the Phase 3 sounds, beginning with the consonant digraphs (ch, sh, th, ng).  Year 1 will continue to learn new alternate ways to make sounds previously learnt (ay, ea, ie, ou etc) and write them in words and sentences too.  Please continue to practice the sight words that have been sent home. 


Year 1 children will continue with our weekly Rainbow Challenges, which support and extend their independent play and learning. 


Reception parents:  please remember to access your child’s Tapestry learning diary and Bug Club.  Please feel free to add any photographs and comments. 


Year 1 parents: please remember to read 4x week using bug club.  Check your Purple Mash log in and explore the site together.  



From the Early Years and Year 1 team 

Project Overview


These are the projects in our two year cycle.



Term 1 & 2

Term 3&4

Term 5&6

2020 / 2021



What animals can we find in our bible stories?

Plants and fitness

How does a plant keep fit?


Is it a pirate’s life for me?

Subject Focus

Science, Geography, RE

Science and PE

DT, History and Geography

2021 / 2022



How is the world filled with colour?

Traditional Tales

Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?


Who’s the queen of the castle?

Subject Focus

Art and Science focus

English and DT focus

History and Geography focus



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Reception Curriculum

These three areas are known as the prime areas:

  • Communication and Language (CL)
  • Physical Development (PD)
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

These prime areas are supported, strengthened and applied by four specific areas:

  • Literacy (L)
  • Mathematics (M)
  • Understanding of the World (UW)
  • Expressive Arts and Design (EAD)


Year 1 Curriculum

We teach the National Curriculum through our project theme approach.


Recommended Reading List - Reception and Year One