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Reception Spring 1 2018

Here is an overview the things your child will be learning this half term across the different areas of learning. The topics we choose are heavily led by the children’s interests and usually encompass several areas of learning. For this reason, the topics will change to reflect the direction the children wish to take their learning. This half term we are going to be answering the two big questions ‘Why would you choose to live in the sea?’ and ‘How do we know that plants are alive?’

If you have any questions about the learning this half term, please contact us as we are more than happy to discuss any queries with you.


Best wishes

Miss Heslop and Miss Rowley-Smith


Understanding of the world:

We will be using our question of this half term ‘Why would you choose to live in the sea?’ to explore a range of sea related learning.  One of the main aspects of understanding the world is developing the ability to compare and contrast. We will be developing these skills by looking at the animals that live in the sea and then go on to look at their habitats. This is a great opportunity to look at similarities and differences between species and habitats, look at adaptations and explore the impact that humans have on the sea environment.


During this term we will also be exploring the festival of Chinese New Year. This is a lovely way to introduce the children to different aspects of the Chinese culture and again extend our ability to make comparisons. During the festival period we will read stories from the Chinese culture, look at the different foods from the region and dip into the beliefs surrounding the Chinese zodiac.



This half term we will be reviewing our knowledge of the phase 2 phonic sounds and tricky words as well as beginning to learn our phase 3 sounds including digraphs and trigraphs (two or more letters which make one sound such as ‘sh’ ‘th’ ‘igh’). We will also begin to learn our phase 3 tricky words. Practicing these phase 3 sounds at home is really important, especially if your child is finding it hard to recognise, remember or form their letters.  The children will continue to increase their bank of tricky words and begin to write using capital letters and full stops to show the beginning and end of their sentences. At this stage we will be looking for children to leave gaps (finger spaces) between each word so that their writing can be read back easily by both themselves and others. This is essential for them to reach their early learning goal in this area. Don’t forget, we will also be holding our second phonics workshop for parents during week 2 so do come along if you can and find out more about how we teach during the next phase of phonics.



This term we will be revising our understanding of the numbers 0-10 then extending our knowledge up to 15 looking at how ‘teen’ numbers are made up of a ‘ten’ and some ‘ones’ e.g. 13 is 1 ten and 3 ones. We will also be investigating the concept of more and less, finding one more and more one less than any given number. Over the term we will also start to learn about measures including length, height, weight and capacity. We will begin to compare objects ordering them by these measures and building up vocabulary so that children are happy to compare objects in their play e.g. “Your shopping bag is heavier than mine.”


Physical development:

Finally, a large proportion of our time will still be spent developing our fine and gross motor skills. We will be developing these skills using a range of strategies including messy play, flipper flappers, dough disco and movement play. This is essential for all areas of the curriculum with the ultimate aim of every child confidently holding a pencil will a tripod grip and feeling confident whilst forming all of their letters. We are also promoting pencil grip and letter formation in home learning this term so if you have any queries about either please feel free to approach any of the reception tea for help and advice.