Welcome to Reception Learning

Key information for children, parents and carers

Reception Curriculum Map

Essential Reads
Common Exception Words
Mental Arithmetic

Tricky Word of the week list

Understand Building Learning Power


Phonic Homework

Phonic homework is given out every Thursday. Please work every day with your child to practise recently taught phonic sounds and words.

Reading Books

Reading books are given out every Thursday. Bring your completed reading record into school on Monday with your reading and library books.

Friday Newsletter

At the bottom of each newsletter we provide a suggested home activity. Please make an effort to do this with your child over the weekend.

Physical Education

Our Physical Education day is Friday. The children’s full PE kits stay at school and are sent home for the holidays. Please check that your child has a full PE kit.

Reception Curriculum Map

Spring 2 Topic - Animals and Spring

Building Learning Power:

Our learning power will be developed by being Managing Distractions Dinosaurs and learning to stay focused on what we are doing and to put all of our effort into our activities and learning.

Be a Managing Distractions Dinosaur

Be a Managing Distractions Dinosaur
Communication, Language & Literacy

We will be writing a simple letter to the zoo based on the story ‘Dear Zoo’. Can we use a ‘wow’ adjective to describe an animal? We will be acting out and retelling stories using props from our story sacks to develop our story language.

The story sacks include objects, keywords, materials and pictures from the story that enable children to fully immerse themselves in a story world. Who am I? We will be writing clues describing jungle animals and reading them to our friends.

We will revise the sounds taught in the last term and learn new sounds including some tricky words. We will be discussing healthy and not so healthy foods after reading the story of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’.

We will continue to master the numbers 8 to 10 and looking at different ways of making these numbers, such as one part is 5 and the other part is 3: the whole is 8. We will focus on looking at patterns in numbers and attempting to write these as calculations, for example 5+3=8

Sequencing our school day using time language such as first, next, then. How many cubes can you fit in your hand? We will use non standard methods to estimate and measure different objects in our classroom. We will also be using scales to compare objects by weight.

Expressive Arts & Design

With the children’s help, we will be transforming our role play area into a new imaginary world.

We will be making a range of animal puppets, masks and props to add to our role play areas.

We will have the opportunity to dress up for World Book day and talk about our favourite characters and books. We will be talking about why we love our mummies and making Mother’s Day cards

Understanding of the World
In our Computing lessons, we will continue to learn how to log on to computers and how to hold and control a mouse correctly.

Through the story ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ we will be learning about the life cycles of butterflies, frogs and chicks.

Physical Development

We will be focusing on our letter formation and making sure we use our handwriting phrases to form our letters correctly. We also want to make sure that lazy letters hang below the line whilst tall letters nearly touch the top line (but don’t!).

In our P.E sessions we will be introducing ‘Kick rounders’ and begin to talk about being a good team player. We will be learning to take turns and work together to achieve a high score.

BASICS & Characteristics of Learning

This half term we will be focusing on the following two characteristics:

  • Keeping on trying – Persisting with activity when challenges occur.
  • Being willing to have a go – Taking a risk, engaging in new experiences, and learning by trial and error.
Personal, Social & Emotional

We are becoming problem solvers! Can we sort out little problems by ourselves?

Such as somebody having a toy we want to play with or a friend not wanting to play our game.

Can we can manage our feelings when something upsets or annoys us?

Miss Ware

Mrs Nanji

Ms Makeviciene