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Reception Spring 1 2021

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 questions ‘What makes China different from where we live?’ and 'How do chickens grow?'

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

Mrs Bennett, Miss Charles and Mrs Ashley-Cooper


Understanding of the world:

During this term we will be learning about technology and the first steps of coding.  We will use programming skills with Beebots, building obstacles for them to go around and drawing maps to follow.  We will also introduce the children to their first history based topic 'How have I changed?'. We will discuss how the children have changed since they were born and talk about key events in their lives to introduce chronology and time sequencing. We will also find out about 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.

At the end of the term, we will be welcoming some special visitors who will stay with us for around a month.. we will be taking care of some eggs! They will take 21 days to incubate within our own in-class incubator and if we're lucky, some of them will hatch before our very eyes in Spring 2. This topic is a great opportunity to see growth and change first hand, learn how to care for living things and of course, capture some very cute pictures of chicks. 



This half term we will be continuing to teach letters and sounds, targeting each of the phonics groups with the letters and sounds they need support with. Throughout each lesson, children will continue to learn a new sound or recap sounds, practise blending and reading as well as formation and spelling. When the children are ready and are confident with their set 1 sounds, they will progress onto Red Ditties which will encourage reading of phrases and writing of short phrases, they will learn tricky words which cannot be sounded out. We will also be learning the story of 'Little Red Hen' in our Talk for writing unit. The children will learn to retell the story from memory using actions and story maps for prompts. This will support the children to retell the story using full sentences, interesting vocabulary and a consistent story structure. From this, the children will then have the opportunity to perform and write their own version of Little Red Hen.



This term we will continue to deepen our understanding of number. During the Autumn term we worked hard to ensure all children had a solid concept of the numbers 1-5. This meant ensuring that they could recognise and write the numerals, break each number down into smaller numbers (i.e. 3 can be made up of three ones, a two and a one, or a three and a zero), find one more and less and start adding and subtracting these numbers to and from each other. This learning will be continued this term with the numbers 6-10.

In addition to number we will also be covering multiple aspects from the shape, space and measure area of learning including money and measurement. Whilst covering measurement we will look at size, mass and capacity. To do this we will begin to compare and order objects by these measures and build up vocabulary so that children are able to compare objects in their play e.g. “Your shopping bag is heavier than mine.”


Physical development:

Finally, a good 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 will also be learning co-ordination of our body parts in P.E.