Tadpoles Ladybirds
Mrs King & Mrs Cyna Mrs Davies (Team Leader)

EYFS Autumn Term Newsletter 



This term we are covering two main topics. Our first topic will be based around a book called Journey by Aaron Becker and this will provide opportunities for the children to share stories regarding journeys they have been on; they will be able to explore different way of travel and transporting goods and we will work in groups to complete art work based on the narrative.

Our second topic will allow us to explore our likes and dislikes, similarities and differences between ourselves and others and to learn about what keeps us healthy.



At the beginning of Reception, a large proportion of the children’s learning is done through talk and role play. This allows children to generate and expand their ideas and to add clarity. Along with this, the children will be given lots of opportunities to mark make and encouragement to form letters. Mark making opportunities come in many forms and the children could use paint, shaving foam, sand, flour or even glitter!

The children will be taught phonics every day whilst in Reception. We will begin with listening activities and the exploration of rhyme before moving on to learn different letter sounds (phonemes) and their written form (graphemes).



It is important and beneficial to read with your child as often as possible. As you are reading, it is useful to stop and ask questions about what the book is about, what the characters are doing and what might happen next.  At the end of the book get your child to think about what they like or did not like about the book and the reasons why. Once you have read- then please record this in your child’s Reading Diary and add any relevant comments. Your child will be given the opportunity to change their book daily so please ensure they bring their book bag each day.

Please click on the link below to see how you can help your child with phonics:

Helping Your Child with Phonics



During Reception, the children are taught maths through practical and engaging activities. One day the children might be using a measuring jug to measure ingredients in the outdoor mud kitchen and the next they might be inside creating a repeating pattern using paints or Lego blocks.

This term we will begin by focusing solely on number and developing the children’s knowledge so that they have a secure understanding of number sequencing, 1 more, 1 less as well as simple addition and subtraction. The children will also begin to learn how to form their numbers correctly. As the term progresses, we will look at pattern and the children will create their own repeating patterns as well as identifying patterns in the classroom and wider environment.


The links below will help to support your children with phonics play and literacy. 

External Links...

Letter and Sounds

Phonics Play