Canon Popham C of E Primary Academy
Church Balk, Edenthorpe, Doncaster
South Yorkshire DN3 2PP
Tel: 01302 884465
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Welcome to Reception!

Autumn 1



Miss Simpkin-Teacher/Keyworker

Miss Oxley-LSA

Mrs Morgan-LSA (AM)

Start time – 8:40am                        Pick-up time- 3:15pm

Welcome to Reception! We are so excited to learn lots of new things this year and work together to support each child’s learning journey. If we can do anything to help or answer any queries, please contact us at 

Our theme this half term is ‘This Is Me.’ We will be building on children’s interests and developing learning through their ideas about their homes, families, similarities and differences. During this first half term, we will spend lots of time with the children, building relationships and learning the rules and routines of Reception class.

20,886 Diverse Children Illustrations & Clip Art - iStock

Here is our ‘Knowledge Organiser’- please complete this with your child return to school via Tapestry or the FS email.

Core Text:

All Are Welcome : Penfold, Alexandra, Kaufman, Suzanne: Books


Our story focus for this half term is ‘All Are Welcome’.



Literacy & Phonics-

The children will beging their daily RWI lessons and start by playing lots of Fred Games before moving on to learning Set 1 sounds. In our Literacy sessions, we have 3 new words to learn all about the meanings of, this is usually linked to our story for the week. This is known to the children as RVI (robust vocabulary instruction). Please read with your child at home at least 3 times per week and practice recognising sounds on their sound key rings as well as using their library books to share stories.

Early Reading Meeting- 2022


At Canon Popham, we follow maths mastery approach. We will start by learning about pattern and early number. All children in Reception have access to Numbots and we encourage you to use this game at home, they will recieve their log in details shortly.

Understanding the World-

The Foundations of:

RE– This half term we are using the Discovery RE scheme to learn about families, friends and special people in our lives.

Science– We will be learning about our body parts and how to keep ourselves healthy, including how important it is to look after our teeth!

History– We will be looking at the houses we live in and comparing these to houses from the past.

Geography– We will be looking about maps and learning about where we live.

PSHE/RSE/PSED– We will be learning about our feelings and how to notice when our emotions change and how to be a good friend and take care of our toys at school.

Expressive Arts and Design-

This half term the children will be learning about the artist Pablo Picasso and developing our drawing skills by drawing self portraits.

Famous Picasso paintings: 7 essential works by the Spanish master - CNN StylePicasso Self Portraits: 3rd Grade | Picasso self portrait, Pablo picasso art, Cubist art

Physical Development (PE)- 

We will be using our outdoor area to develop our gross motor skills. The children love to practice their running, moving, climbing and throwing skills and have access to our outdoor area every day to practice these.


We love see the things our children have been learning at home from your observations! A Tapestry challenge will be sent out each week on a Friday and you will have the rest of the week to complete this. If you need any support using your Tapestry account to get the most out of this wonderful platform, please ask a member of staff or use the tutorials below to help.

Information from parents meetings- feel free to drop us an email if you have any questions!

Android Tutorial

IOS Tutorial

Tapestry parents information presentation

Web Tutorial

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us or give us a call!

Thank you for your support,

Miss Simpkin, Miss Oxley & Mrs Morgan