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Reception Class

I hope you’ve had a lovely Easter break, and the children are ready for their final term in Reception.  

This term we welcome Miss Gilbody who is in her second year of teacher training at Worcester University.  She will be in Reception for her placement., which starts on the 22nd April. 


We will be Fairy Tale Problem Solvers in our Mantle this term.  We will become a team of experts experienced in solving difficult problems, through active listening and creative thinking.   We will focus on a range of traditional stories starting with Jack and the Beanstalk.  We will also focus on non-traditional stories and non-fiction books linked to planting and growing.  Our Child initiated learning activities will link to Fairy Tales, understanding the World/Science and ICT. (Please see the plan on the website.)

During PE this term we will be developing our coordination skills, bouncing, aiming, throwing catching through a range of games and activities.  We will continue to do music and movement and yoga throughout the term too.  

Maths: The children will consolidate their counting skills, counting to larger numbers and developing a wider range of counting strategies. They will secure knowledge of number facts through varied practice. 

  • explore a range of representations of numbers, including the 10-frame, and see how doubles can be arranged in a 10-frame
  • develop conceptual subitising skills including when using a rekenrek

Music:  the children will be learning to play the chime bars with Mr Carpenter and be singing song in preparation for our music festival in July at the Chantry High school.  (More information will be sent to you nearer the time.)

RE:  Miss Sampson will continue to teach RE and this term the focus is stories from around the World.                                  

Please do not hesitate to catch me before school at the end of the day or contact me via Classdojo if you have any questions or would just like to know how your child is getting on.

This Term's Mantle of the Expert curriculum coverage

Reception Expectations


• Look at books and listen to stories

• Use phonic knowledge to decode regular words

• Be secure at Phase 4 phonics

• Read Phase 2, Phase 3 and Phase 4 tricky words

• Identify rhymes and alliteration

• Join in with rhyming patterns

• Read and understand simple sentences

• Demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read

• Make basic predictions

• Identify the start and end of a sentence

• Know the alphabet and link letter names to the sound they make

• Know the difference between a capital and lower case letter

• Learn some simple rhymes and poems by heart

Speaking and Listening

• Use complete sentences to explain or describe things

• Listen carefully to what is being said and repeat this if needed

• Know not to interrupt when someone else is saying something

• Stand up in front of others and re-tell something that has happened to them


• Use phonic knowledge to write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others

• Write name (correct capital and lower case)

• Use capital letters and full stops to demarcate sentences

• Write clearly demarcated sentences

• Use a correct pencil grip

• Correct formation of all letters


• Count reliably to 20

• Count a number of objects by pointing to/moving each one as they count

• Recognise numbers to 20

• Order numbers 1 – 20

• Say 1 more and1 less than numbers to 20

• Add and subtract two single digit numbers

• Form all digits 0-9 correctly

• Know the names of the days of the week in order

• Begin to recognise and name common 2D shapes, e.g. square, rectangle, circle and triangle

• Begin to recognise and name some 3D shapes, e.g. cube, sphere, cylinder, cone

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Mantle of the Expert


What is it?

Mantle of the Expert is a teaching approach that uses drama and inquiry to create meaningful and purposeful activities for learning. This method involves the students taking on the role of an expert team that is commissioned by a fictional client to perform specific tasks that involve problem-solving and dealing with a pre-designed situation.

The teacher plays multiple roles, including being a member of the team, to add tension and guide the students’ learning both inside and outside the context. This approach is not a “discovery” approach where the teacher sits back and observes, but one where the teacher guides and supports the students throughout the learning process. It is essential that students are aware from the beginning that they are participating in a fictional context.

Mantle of the Expert was developed by British educator Dorothy Heathcote and is an inquiry-drama-based learning approach that puts the community at its centre. 

The name “Mantle of the Expert” alludes to the Polynesian people of New Zealand, the Māori tribe, and the korowai mantle that the wise members of the tribe wore in celebration of their knowledge. It may also refer to the “mantle of Elijah” passage in the Bible (2 Kings 2:11-14). Heathcote was awarded an MBE for her work in education.

An example task of Mantle of the Expert might involve students taking on the role of scientists and dealing with a dinosaur egg discovered on an uninhabited island. The teacher would lead the creation of the island and facilitate the learning by providing images of islands, habitats, and geographical features.

The context would properly begin when the teacher gathers the students and tells them the story/ commission/ team objective (but in a peer-to-peer tone rather than story time) and guides them on their learning task. The teacher provides various activities designed to develop curriculum learning and reflects on the students’ work while introducing other steps, all while guiding and shaping their journey.

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