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Willesborough Infant School

Reception (EYFS)



Long Term Plan 2017-2018


Term 1 Topic Plan For Parents


Term 1 – Bears

What a great start to our learning journey through Willesborough infant school.

We have all settled into school life quickly, making new friends and exploring our classrooms and outside areas.  Our first topic is Bears and we were all given our very own Willesborough Infant School Bear on our home visit – we have to remember to bring it to school every day to help us with our learning.

We have been very busy building homes for our bears and designing aeroplanes for our bears to go on holiday.  I wonder what our bears needed to pack in their bags for a hot country or a cold country.  We have really enjoyed reading and retelling stories about bears like Goldilocks and the Three Bears and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.


Our grown up’s came in to have a Teddy Bear’s Picnic in school with us. We made Teddy Bear biscuits to share with our grown up – if they were lucky!



Term 2 Topic Plan For Parents


Term 2 – Awesome Autumn!

Bang! Pop! Whizz! What a noisy start to the term!  We have been creating our own colourful fireworks to decorate our classroom, making firework music and thinking of the best firework noises.

We have been exploring the wonderful world outside on our Autumn adventures.  We found and described so many different crunchy and pointy, colourful leaves and made our own leaf man using different shaped leaves, twigs, conkers, acorns and sycamore seeds.



We have also been exploring different autumn and winter vegetables, measuring and weighing them before deciding which vegetables we wanted to use to make a delicious vegetable soup.  I wonder which vegetables you would choose?  Perhaps a small, squishy, green pea or a big, hard, round pumpkin.


We are about to go on some adventures with Percy the Park Keeper as we watch to see what happens when Autumn turns to Winter.  I wonder if we will get snow this year…


Term 3 Topic Plan For Parents


Term 3

As part of this term's topic, 'On the Move', we have been thinking about different types of vehicles . Take a look at some of the vehicles we've painted.  We thought carefully about what features we'd need to include and tried hard to make them look like the real thing.




We have been very lucky to have Kent Fire Brigade come and visit us.  We were fascinated to find out more about their work and get a tour of their fire engine.  They showed us their hoses, masks and their "Jaws of Life", which they use to cut metal.  Most excitingly, we got to see their blue lights and hear the sirens!



We’ve had a very exciting visit from a campervan!  We were fascinated to learn that it has a bed on the top. You can even cook your dinner inside.  It’s over 50 years old!  We were lucky enough to sound the horn. Thank you to Mr Robertson for bringing it in to share with us.




We were also very excited to get to ride a bus this term.  We kept a tally of the different features.  It had 14 lights on it!  Our favourite bit was riding the bus and waving to our friends.




Term 4 Topic Plan For Parents


As part of our topic on Dinosaurs we have been learning all about fossils.  We have our own Dinosaur Digs in the classroom where we have been exploring different types of bones.  We have even made our own, thinking carefully about which type of bones each dinosaur would need.



We have painted our own dinosaurs, thinking carefully about their features. Can you guess which dinosaurs these are?




Dinosaur Expert Visit

We have been visited by William the Dinosaur expert!  He even brought a robotic dinosaur to feed.  We learnt all about what dinosaurs eat and which ones are Herbivores and which ones are Carnivores.  We measured ourselves against some pre-historic bugs.  Look how massive they are!  We used what we'd learnt to make some clay models of dinosaurs too!




Snow Day!

We really enjoyed exploring the snow.  We loved making snowmen!  We brought some snow inside our classrooms to see what'd happen to it - It was great fun to explore before it melted.  It was so cold the water tray even froze!



Wingham Wildlife Park Trip

We had an amazing trip to Wingham Wildlife park!  We learnt so much about dinosaurs and even got to see some life sized models.  We saw so many exciting creatures and even got to hold some!




Term 5 Topic Plan For Parents


This term we have been all learning all about Minibeasts.  We have loved hunting for them around the garden.  The children have become real experts at spotting them!  They used their experiences to write some amazing fact books about their favourite Minibeast.

As part of our topic, we have been reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  We have been thinking all about fruit and healthy food.  We made our own smoothies too!  The children loved trying the different flavours and writing their own recipe.


We have also had our own Minibeasts to look after.  Each class has their own caterpillars!  We have been very excited to see them make their own chrysalis and we're checking them every day, to see when they will turn into butterflies!  The children have loved exploring during 'Let's Explore' and decided to make their own campsite.  They loved cooking their dinner on the 'camp fire' and pretending to roast marshmellows!



 Term 6 Topic Plan For Parents


Term 6

This term we have been learning all about Julia Donaldson!  She has written so many of our favourite stories!  We decided to make our own characters from the books.  We chose a character and thought carefully about their features- check out our amazing Gruffalos!




We decided to turn our role play corner into a book shop.  We have been thinking carefully about which coins we would need to buy different stories.

After reading 'The Room on the  Broom' by Julia Donaldson we decided to make our own potions! We mixed vinegar and bicarbonate soda to find out it "fizzed" and "went really foamy."  We loved mixing Cola with Mentos - we found out it made a mini explosion!