Do you want to be friends?

Cornerstones Topic

Do you want to be friends?

During this topic the children in Reception will be learning all about themselves, their families and what makes them unique. Our memorable moment will be having a Guess the Baby competition! The children will be asked to bring a baby photo to school for us to try and guess who’s who. From this we will compare the children as babies and how they are now.


In their new classroom environments the children will be learning different ways of working and organisation. They will be making new friends and learning how to work together in harmony.


The children will develop new vocabulary associated with our topic. They will be encouraged to explore the meaning of new words and ask questions about what they are doing. They will develop questioning skills through role play and group discussions. Linked to our topic, the children will name different parts of their bodies and talk about the function of their senses. They will also talk about people who help us.


The children will explore their own features and compare them with others in the group, asking “Are we all the same?”  They will explore the similarities and differences between each other and talk about the effects of exercise on their bodies and what they need to do to stay healthy.


Traditional tales that reflect different family situations will be our core texts. Additionally, we will work from non – fiction texts about ourselves and use the internet to discover topic related facts. The children will make their own books about themselves and their families. Embarking on the full RWInc programme, the children will begin their journey through phonics.


The children will be reading, writing and ordering numbers to 10 and beyond, counting in 2’s 5’s and 10’s as well as doubling and halving. They will use their mathematical knowledge to solve simple problems. They will be collecting and recording simple data such as colour of eyes, hair, how many people live in your house? etc and exploring shapes and patterns.

Understanding of the World

The children will be exploring all aspects of themselves, how they look, how their bodies work and their family life. They will look closely at  people who help us and how they play an important part in our lives. They will be developing keyboard skills, naming parts of a computer, finding and completing their own programs, working on iPads, computers and in the ICT suite.

Expressive Arts

The children will be learning new songs about the body and will begin to sing our Autumn repertoire. They will explore the sounds musical instruments make and produce their own music. Using their senses, they will investigate the environment. They will learn about people who help us through the role play areas; doctor’s surgery, baby clinic, hospital and fire station. Through experimenting with colour and paint techniques and combining media, they will produce individual pieces of work.