Treeton C of E School Treeton C of E School Treeton C of E School

Once upon a time - a bit of magic

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We begin our Once upon a time topic with a family learning workshop themed around 'The Elves and the Shoemakers'. this provides parents opportunity to observe learning within the context of a story. During the workshop children will take part in a story telling activity, together parents and children will design a hat for an Elf and plan a piece of writing which will make up their home learning challenge. A letter with full details has been sent home for this event.   


Communication, Language and Literacy: We will be learning to listen to traditional stories and fairy tales and using these as a starting point for role play,singing and rhymes. Our learning will be drawn from first hand experiences including  the 'Shoe shop' role play area, we will also be cooking, designing and exploring the environment.  This term we will be applying phonics learning  segmenting and blending sounds within words to read and write. We will also investigate some nonfiction texts using information from books, posters, leaflets and the internet. We will be learning to follow instructions, read and write labels and will be creating captions to match pictures.

Reading: children will read with an adult each week and will bring reading books home to share with you. Please check reading journals for details. We will also share stories as a class.

Some books we will read as a class this term include:

The Elves and The Shoemaker


Once Upon a Time John Prater

Once upon a Picnic John Prater

The Gingerbread man

Writing: Children will practice recognising and writing their names using a name card to help them. There will be lots of opportunities for children to explore mark making in different areas of the classroom.

Phonics: Phase 1 and phase 2 phonics will be taught daily

Creative learning will draw on first hand experiences, with opportunities to create pictures, investigate colours, textures and smells and to make models linked to our learning inspired by the traditional stories we will be reading.  We will be learning songs and acting out stories in role. 

Mathematical Development: we will be focusing on recognising, sequencing and using numbers to 20 in our calculations. This will include some problem solving activities linked to our topic. Children will also investigated shapes, space and measure within the topic including making models, taking measurements in the role play area and using directions to find clues.

RE: In RE learning we will be reading some stories from the bible about the life of Jesus.

PSED: This term we will be learning to build relationship and make friends in our new class. There will be lots of opportunities for children to build their play alongside and with other children, taking turns, sharing resources and sharing ideas. There will also be opportunities for the children to build their self confidence and adapt their behaviour to different social situations.

Physical development: Children will travel in different ways around the setting using bikes, obstacles, climbing equipment to build their gross motor skills. In addition to this Reception children will take par in 30 minutes of PE each week. Fine motor skills will include using small tools, cooking activities, gardening and mark making.

Knowledge and Understanding of the world: Children will be using their senses to explore everyday changes. 

Forest Friday will continue with a focus on caring for plants and animals - please continue to send children with warm outdoor clothing, wellies and gloves to enable them to enjoy this time to the full. As part of our learning about traditional stories we will look at growing and changing including planting seeds. We will also be working on practical activities to help the wildlife in school during the winter months. We will continue to monitor the changes we can see week on week as the seasons change as part of our long term study of the environment. 


Please keeping checking this page for updates and pictures of our learning.



Treeton C of E Primary School,
Wood Lane Treeton,
Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S60 5QS