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This is a short but exciting topic that allows our children to use their imaginations.  They will develop their story retelling skills and gain a better understanding of colour mixing and capacity.


We will be exploring the following texts:

Communication and Language

The children will continue to develop their communication and language skills through daily activities.  We will read the story 'Room on the Broom' and the children will be encouraged to join in with the repeated phrases as well as sharing their thoughts and feelings about the book.  Pupils can use puppets and props to retell the story and experiment with changing it.   We will think of other stories we may know about witches and talk about our experiences of Halloween and how we can make sure we keep safe on this night.  There will be the chance for children to make their own potions.  This activity gives fantastic opportunities for discussions around capacity, changing states, colour mixing, different and new tools and instruments, and much more.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Pupils will continue to develop their understanding of the school rules and expected behaviour and to develop their independence.  Children will be encouraged to try new activities and experiences.  We will read the book 'Pumpkin Soup' and talk about listening to each other, valuing one another and taking turns. There will be a  focus on learning to wait, take turns and share.


Physical Development

Pupils will continue to take part in a variety of fine and gross motor activities that are available throughout our provision, such as attaching ribbons onto a stick to make a magic wand, using a pipet when making potions, or balancing on an obstacle course they have made. In P.E. lessons children will experiment with different equipment and ways of moving.  If ready, we will be encouraging children to hold writing instruments correctly.



'Room on the Broom' is fantastic for exploring rhyming.  We will also be looking at the language that is used in the story to describe the characters and their actions.  The children will have a variety of opportunities to order scenes from the book and retell the story.  While researching bats pupils will also learn that books can be used to find out information and not just for story telling.  We will also learn what 'alliteration' is and find examples within our reading.


Pupils will practise writing their name and controlling writing tools.  If ready, we will begin to introduce letters and the sounds that they make, focusing on a letter a day.  We will still continue to play listening games so children are ready to begin oral blending and segmenting.



Pupils will continue to follow our routines of registration and calendar maths first thing in the mornings, and a focused session in the afternoon.  We will learn what the word 'capacity' means and experiment with this new concept through potion making.  There will be opportunities to play with 2D shapes and to discuss their names and properties. For example through using shapes to make a picture of a witch. Comparative language will be used when making potions, discussing the size of containers, but also through looking at the length of objects such as brooms and magic wands.


Understanding the World

We will look at why some people celebrate Halloween and discuss how this event takes place on the same date each year, giving our children a sense of time.  Children will learn how to keep safe during this festival, thinking about opening doors to strangers, and if trick or treating, being out in the dark and possibly coming into contact with people they do not know.  Pupils will experiment with magnets and their 'powers', and how colours and materials can change when mixed together or with other substances.  We will learn about bats and, as well as using books, we will find out how to use search engines on the internet to find out information.


Expressive Arts and Design

Pupils will continue to have opportunities to role play, enjoy small world play and become more independent in making playdough and setting up the paint table.  They can also use props and puppets to retell the story 'Room on the Broom.'  Our children will learn about different ways of fastening objects when making magic wands, spiderwebs and puppets.  Pictures can be made using 2D shapes.  Pupils will experiment with colour mixing and using different materials when making their potions.




What you can do at home to support your child 

When reading stories with your child discuss any rhyming words you may come across.  Julia Donaldson books, the 'oi!' series and the Hairy Maclary series are particularly good for this.

Please continue to read the books your child brings home.  These are changed on Wednesdays. Please listen to your child as often as possible and sign/leave a comment in the reading diary.  It is great if they revisit books they have previously read as this builds up their confidence due to knowing the book and what to expect.


Continue to practise the new sounds and their formation as they come home. Here is a link to help with pronunciation.

Your child will have a 'Let's Talk' book where a 'Discussion Prompt' will be stuck in each Tuesday.  These 'discussions' are to develop listening, speaking and language skills.  It would be helpful if you noted down key thoughts and ideas talked about.  However, if this is too time consuming, please initial the 'Discussion Prompt' to indicate it has been completed.


Once a half term your child will bring home a 'Connecting to Nature'.  These are tasks you may like to do at home to encourage communication skills and a love for the outdoors.


Please continue to dip in and out of the maths pack and suggested activities.