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John Cross CE

Primary School

Believe and Achieve

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John Cross CE

Primary School

Believe and Achieve

Class 1 Foundation Unit (Pre-school and Reception)

We plan a range of exciting topics through the year but these can change when children's interests and needs are taken in to account.

We plan and teach for:

  • Personal, Social, Emotional development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Understanding the world
  • Mathematics
  • Literacy
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Young children learn through play and the school's Foundation Unit provides continuous provision both indoors and outdoors for our EYFS children as well as high-quality teacher-led and guided activities.  

Our directed sessions include:

  • Phonics- following Red Rose Letters and Sounds 
  • Mathematics- following White Rose Maths for reception.



Class 1 - Curriculum overview 2022-2023

Autumn 2


During the second half of the autumn term, Class 1 will be focusing on the topic 'Paws, jaws and claws'. They will be learning all about different animals. We will be looking at domestic pets and how to care for them. We will be using non-fiction books and iPads to research where in the world we would find different animals. We will also be looking at different weird and wonderful animals. We have a special visit from Gemma @ Little zoo to you who will be bringing lots of animals for us to meet and hold. 


The children will continue their phonics sessions, focusing on Phase 2 of Red Rose Phonics. They will be practicing writing their own names, recalling and retelling stories, making story maps, letter formation and mark making in Literacy. In Maths the children will be looking at numbers 1-5 and exploring these in depth.


They will be taking part in Forest schools every Thursday as well as a PE lesson on a Friday afternoon. 


Through the RE lessons, the children will be learning about special people and the Christmas story. They will also briefly explore Hannukah as a study of different faiths.  


All children will have access to continuous provision both indoors and outdoors and they will have lots of exciting challenges to complete in all of the areas of the provision. 



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