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Bedford Hall Methodist Primary School

Bedford Hall Methodist Primary School


Autumn Term 1 2018

See what's happening this term in Reception  : Autumn Term 1 Curriculum Map  

It's been a fantastic start to our Reception class here at Bedford Hall Methodist. We have had a very busy start taking part in whole school assemblies, being on the big yard at dinner time and especially our key stage one and EYFS harvest assembly. 

It's certainly been an exciting start. We have made lots of new friends, some we have remembered from Bedford Nursery and some have joined us this year, but the best thing about our Reception is that we are one BIG TEAM!


When it's home time we want to stay and carry on our learning which is always exciting. But we know that when we arrive the following day our learning is always waiting for us and so are our teachers who always wear their smiles. We are really proud of all our reception children. A fantastic start ! 

Autumn Term 2 2018

See what's happening this term in Reception: Autumn Term 2 Curriculum Map  

In Reception we have been focussing on what happens when we go to sleep.

At the beginning of the topic we thought about which animals came out at night and which came out during the day.  We learnt the technical terms for these animals, nocturnal and diurnal.  We created pictures of the animals and created a display.  Alongside finding out about animals we looked at light sources and created different light sources to go on our display.


Further into our topic we looked Bonfire night and found out why we celebrate this festival.  We made bonfire night pictures, and created rocket using 3D shapes.  We also learnt about Divali, the Hindu festival of lights, and made diva lamps to celebrate.


Towards the end of our topic we looked at the story Aliens Love Underpants, and designed and made our own pants for the aliens.

To end our half term, we learnt about the Nativity story and took part in our Nativity play, Lights, Camel, Action.  We also used different media to create a large scale display of the nativity scene, and then wrote labels to identify the different characters.


Spring Term 1 2019

See what's happening this term in Reception: Spring Term 1 Curriculum Map   

Mirror, mirror on the wall.

This half term we have focused on the book Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. We have created story maps and character descriptions, and learnt about the beginning, middle and end of a story.  We used our story map pictures to retell the story.


We also learnt about reflection and sorted non-reflective objects and reflective objects.

We also used our knowledge of reflection by making symmetrical pictures, both with paint and with the computer.


We also used our computer skills to create mirror, mirror on the wall texts, using our own faces in the mirror!

Alongside this learning we used Bee-Bots to learn about programming, coding and positional language.

We programmed the Bee-Bot to move from one part of the Snow White story map to another, we de-bugged our programmes by having another go if it went wrong.

Spring Term 2 2019

See what's happening this term in Reception: Spring Term 2 Curriculum Map  

It’s been a busy half term for Reception.  We have been fully immersed in our topic of Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum.  Our assembly showcased all the work we had completed within the first three weeks.  We had learnt the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, carried out a fair test experiment to find out how to grow beans, been for a New Life walk, created maps of our walk, wrote about our favourite place outside, and learnt a new song; as well as our normal phonic, literacy and maths work!

We continued our learning with finding out what we need to eat in order to be healthy and used this knowledge to make healthy smoothies.  We then learnt that the food in our supermarkets comes from all over the world, and we plotted some of the fruits we eat on a world map.

The Easter holidays were soon approaching and so we learnt about the true meaning of Easter.  We used our colour mixing skills to create tints and used these as a background to the cross, a symbol of the Christian faith.  We spoke about what we do at Easter and sequenced the story of Easter.

Diversity week and Rainbow day took place this half term too.  We read a story about how we are all the same, but different.  We used jigsaws with pictures of ourselves to write about what we like.  We also created dolls that looked like us to show the diversity within our class.

World book day meant that Gangsta Granny and Rapunzel came to school to read to the children, and Year 4 shared books with us.

In the last week of term we were lucky enough to have Clever Clogs visit us (Thank you Mrs Nixon for organising).  They provided a ‘street’ where the children could role play a variety of different job roles.  We all had a fabulous time.









Summer Term 1 2019

See what's happening this term in Reception: Summer Term 1 Curriculum Map  

This half term we have been thinking about our topic, ‘Things with Wings’.  We have enjoyed our book Christopher’s Caterpillars and have created some super pieces of writing about the two guinea pigs.  We also had some special visitors just like Christopher!! We have enjoyed watching our caterpillars as they have gone from tiny and skinny, too big and fat, and then watched with amazement as they began the process of making their chrysalises.  We used this knowledge to sequence our butterfly life cycle.  We look forward to seeing them hatch into beautiful butterflies.  We also read the non-fiction book ‘Things with Wings’ and watched a video clip about other animals that have wings.  We learnt that the internet, as well as books can give us lots of information. Ask us about our favourite unusual flying animal.

We have also designed hand puppets, using the theme things with wings.  We used fabric and different joining techniques to make them.

In maths we have worked on lots of areas, capacity, sequencing, time, addition and subtraction, and money addition and subtraction.

In our R.E. sessions we have learnt stories that Jesus told, including, the lost sheep, Noah’s ark, and Zacchaeus.  We also started reading the old testament and learnt about how God created the world.  During this month it has been Ramadan and we have found out how Muslims celebrate Ramadan.  We created the symbol of the crescent moon and star and wrote about how we can help others.

We had lots of fun on French day, learning about how to get to France, the French flag, the different places we can visit in France, what the food tastes like, how to say hello, goodbye, thank you, and the numbers to 10.  We also learnt the song Frere Jacques.  We also found out about the artist Claude Monet and recreated the Water Lillies and Japanese Bridge painting in the style of Monet.




Summer Term 2 2019

See what's happening this term in Reception: Summer Term 2 Curriculum Map

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