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Jack Frost

Jack Frost!

What are we learning about?

This topic looks at the seasons of the year, particularly Autumn and Winter where the children will learn new facts about what happens during these seasons. The children will continue with a range of creative activities.  We will use paint, clay and other art materials for both adult guided and child initiated work.  Our topic will be used across a range of other subjects, for example science experiments looking at different waterproof materials. 


  • We will continue with learning new sounds by following the Read, Write, Inc Phonics programme.  Children will learn a letter and its sound each day and will use this to read words.
  • We will also learn tricky words, words that cannot be sounded out.
  • As well as reading stories about Jack Frost we will also look at the texts ‘The Hodgeheg’ by Dick King-Smith and ‘Percy the Park Keeper’ by Nick Butterworth.


  • Daily calendar.
  • Daily number time, developing number skills.
  • Number formation.
  • Shape – naming and describing 2d shapes and 3d solids. Spotting them around our school.
  • Repeating patterns using Autumn materials e.g. leaves, twigs.

Learning Opportunities

As well as developing the children’s English and Maths skills, we will provide a range of other activities, such as:

  • Learning facts about Autumn and Winter to develop their understanding of the world.
  • Fun PE opportunities to develop their physical skills.
  • Creating ‘Percy the Park Keepers’ park outside for the children to act out the stories.
  • Opportunities in the Art area to create firework pictures and Autumn trees.
  • We will explore Christianity and the Nativity story and the children will perform in the Christmas play!

How can you help?

  • Ask your child to tell you what they know about Autumn/Winter. As you walk, look around you and discuss how the trees look, feel the leaves, which animals can you spot?
  • Please continue to listen to your child read as often as possible and ask them to show you which sounds they have been learning. Can you spot things around you beginning with that sound?
  • Please look out for a Christmas production letter which will tell you their part in the play. We will be very grateful for any help with their costume!