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Autumn 2

Why do squirrels hide their nuts?

Into the woods we go! Why do squirrels hide their nuts? Why do hedgehogs hibernate? It’s time to explore the seasonal changes in the natural world during autumn and winter.

This half term, we’ll observe and experience the enchanting autumnal environment, collecting autumn treasures as we crunch through piles of fallen leaves. In the classroom, we’ll sort our treasures into different categories, create land art, and dry and flatten leaves to decorate. We’ll learn about woodland animals and migration through movement and discuss the features that allow animals to survive through winter.

In our literacy lessons, we’ll snuggle up and listen to autumnal stories and write woodland tales.

In mathematics, we’ll thread and count conkers and dried fruit and collect and order sticks of different lengths.

We’ll roll up our sleeves to make a clay owl or hedgehog, autumn-scented play dough, a delicious harvest soup and ‘squirrel muffins’ for our forest friends.

Outside once more, we’ll observe food as it decays over time. How will they smell and feel? As we move out of Autumn we’ll talk about the changes that occur as autumn changes into winter. Can we relate them to our memories and experiences? Hopefully we will get to see some snow!

What can you do at home?

Woodlands are wonderful! Why not explore a local woodland together to build a fairy house using twigs, leaves, nuts and berries? You could also cook some fabulous autumnal recipes such as pumpkin soup or toffee apple cakes. Alternatively, set up a mud kitchen in your garden. What ingredients from the garden can you mix together to create an autumn potion?

Fill a recyclable bag with Autumn treasures and bring it in to school to show your class. We can’t wait to see what you find!


Reading with your child and your child reading aloud to you at least 5 times a week (please write daily in the yellow reading record book).

Autumn term

  • Practise weekly sounds taught in school and the correct formation
  • Practise writing your name (capital letter at the beginning and the rest lower case).
  • Practise counting objects to 10 with one-to-one correspondence
  • Practise counting (reciting) from 1 to 20

Practise recognising numbers 1-5, then 6-10 and matching the numbers to an amount of objects, claps or jumps


Please provide your child with only essential resources e.g. reading book and reading record (reading books are changed every Monday and Thursday).

Please provide your child with a named, refillable water bottle that is taken home each day for washing. Please ensure your child has their name labelled in all clothing, as well as their coat, hat, scarf and gloves.

PE will take place on Monday’s – please send your child to school wearing their PE kit and sport shoes, which they will continue to wear throughout the day (the children will be completing PE sessions indoors and outdoors, weather permitting).

The adults in Reception are:

Ms Leung (Ladybird’s class teacher/ EYFS Leader),

Miss Armitt (Monday-Wednesday) and Mrs Jones (Wednesday-Friday) (Butterflies’ class teachers)

Pauline Corbett (teaching assistant) supporting across Reception.

Thank you for your continued support!

Starting Reception in September 2021

Supporting Your Child at Home