Foundation Stage - Rabbits

Miss Hollie McEvoy




Autumn 2nd Half Term 2017


‘Then and Now’

Goldilocks and the Three Bears



Personal, Social and Emotional Development:




The children have settled brilliantly into school life and are forming good relationships with the other children in their class. This half term, we will be focusing on developing their relationships and social skills further by emphasising the need for sharing, taking turns, listening to others and including everybody in their play. As we approach Christmas, we will also be focusing on adapting our behaviour to the changes of routine and different situations that arise, such as rehearsals for the Christmas Play.




Communication and Language:




This half term the focus for our Circle Time sessions is ‘Listening and concentrating’, so the children will be taking part in lots of games and activities which aim to enhance their listening skills and develop their concentration. They will also be exploring the meaning of new words linked to our topic ‘Then and Now’ and ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears, ’and will be encouraged to answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions linked to this theme and use appropriate language to communicate their existing knowledge and understanding. 




Physical Development:




Our P.E sessions this half term will be on a Monday and Tuesday afternoon and the children will be exploring aspects of dance and multiskills.  Now that the children are familiar with some letters and sounds, we will be practising the formation of these letters and helping the children develop better fine motor control. Our Write Dance sessions will continue to help us learn the fundamental gross motor movements for these letter shapes.








This half term we will be learning the letters m, d, g, o, c, k, e, u, r, h, b, f and l. in our daily phonics sessions. The children will be taught the name and sound of each letter, how to form each letter correctly and encouraged to identify words which begin with these sounds.   We will also practise reading simple words by sounding out each letter and blending the sounds together to form the word.

In addition to structured phonics sessions, we will also be completing short writing activities, encouraging the children to identify some of the sounds they can hear in a word and writing them.





The children have developed a good knowledge of the numbers to 10, so this half term we will practise recognition and formation of numbers to 20 and beyond. The children will be introduced to simple addition and subtraction, where they combine two groups of objects and count the total or take a given number away and count what is left. We will also be revisiting shape, this time exploring 3D shapes, as well as developing an awareness of time, such as a sequence of events, the days of the week, months of the year and different times of the day.



Understanding the World:


At the start of the half term, we will learn about two special celebrations – Bonfire Night and Remembrance day. The children will learn about how and why we celebrate these. Linked to our Three Bears topic, we will also be examining old and new teddy bears, finding out about how they have changed over the years. Nearer Christmas, we will be learning about how Christmas was celebrated in the past and comparing it to the customs and traditions we have now.  



Expressive Arts and Design:


The children will be exploring a range of different media this half term and will be taking part in creative activities linked to different events and celebrations such as Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day and Christmas. To develop their imaginative play, the role play areas have changed to a boat yard outside and the Three Bears’ house inside. The children will also be learning lots of new songs and dances in preparation for our Christmas Play!






 How you can help

  • Reading with your child each day and writing comments in their Reading Record Book.
  • Discussing what they have read and asking related questions, such as what has happened, what they think might happen next, or why characters might say or do particularly things.
  • Sharing and exploring a range of other reading material with your child.
  • Supporting your child with their weekly learning diary activity.
  • Helping them to learn their key words.
  • Practising letter and number formation with your child.
  • Coming in to discuss any queries or problems that may have arisen, after school as is necessary.