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Cardinal Newman Catholic Primary School

Lead Kindly Light, Lead Thou Me On

Xavier Education Trust

General Expectations in the Areas of Learning

In the Autumn term Children will be able to …   Autumn

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • settle into school
  • share and take turns
  • engage enthusiastically in classroom learning activities

Physical Development

  • hold a pencil correctly in a tripod grip (using 3 fingers)
  • move in a variety of ways and can stop, start and change directions on a given signal
  • can use space safely with an awareness of others

Communication and Language

  • take turns in conversation
  • show good listening skills – to look at the person speaking, to listen to all of the words
  • respond appropriately to what they hear.


  • learn and practise letter sounds
  • learn and recognise instantly at least 25 key words
  • write their own names and form most letters correctly


  • recognise and begin to write numerals to at least 10
  • consistently count accurately to at least 10 / 20
  • describe and recognise 2D and 3D shapes

Understanding the World:

  • be aware of the changing season and weather changes
  • ask questions and investigate what’s around them
  • know that everyone in different but still special

Expressive Arts and Design

  • recognise how sounds can be changed – using both voice and instruments
  • sing some familiar songs independently
  • experiment with paint and a range of other media
  • use their imagination in music, art, role play and construction