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Spring Term


We are very much looking forward to working with you and your child this term and hope it will be an exciting and rewarding experience! This page outlines the Reception curriculum for the Spring Term 2019.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

During this term, children will be encouraged to be more independent while interacting with others and when organising their own activities.


We will encourage children to:

  • Take steps to resolve conflicts with other children, e.g. finding a compromise.
  • Play co-operatively, taking turns with others.

  • Understand that their actions affect other people.

  • Show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children.


Communication and Language

Throughout this term, your children will continue to be supported to develop their communication and language skills. We will plan a range of lessons where we support the children’s listening and attention skills. We will also develop their understanding and will give them enough time to develop their speaking skills.


We will support children to:

  • Listen to stories, to accurately anticipate key events and to respond to what they hear with relevant comments.

  • Introduce a storyline or narrative into their play.

  • Link statements and to stick to a main theme or intention.

  • Answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.



Our Power of Reading story this term is ‘The Gruffalo’ and the traditional story we will be reading this term will be ‘The Three Little Pigs’. Finally, we will explore the ‘People Who Help Us’ Collection. We will read the texts as well as enrich children’s learning experience by connecting the stories to our Topics ‘Fantasy’ and ‘People Who Help Us’.


We will continue to use Read, Write Inc. scheme of work to teach reading and writing while we will also be focusing on:

  • Using vocabulary and forms of speech that are influenced by children’s experiences of books
  • Responding to instructions involving a two-part sequence
  • Attempting to write short sentences in meaningful contexts
  • Developing children’s reading and understanding of simple sentences

  • Developing children’s phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately

  • Teaching children to read some common irregular words

  • Developing their understanding when talking with others about what they have read



In Maths, children will be taught a range of mathematical skills. In the Spring Term, we will focus on Numbers, Shape, Space and Measure. We will use Numicon to develop children’s mathematical understanding.

We will focus on:

  • Selecting and putting numerals up to 10 in order

  • Estimating how many objects they can see and checking their answers by counting the objects

  • Using the language of ‘more’ and’ fewer’ to compare two sets of objects

  • Finding the total number of objects by counting all of them

  • Saying the number that is one more or one less than a given number up to 10

  • Beginning to identify our own mathematical problems

  • Beginning to use vocabulary involved in adding and subtracting

  • Using mathematical names for ‘solid’ 3D shapes and ‘flat’ 2D shapes

  • Using familiar objects and common shapes to create patterns and build models

  • Ordering two or three items by length, weight and capacity

  • Using everyday language related to time and money.


Understanding the world

Children will learn about the lives and jobs of people who help us e.g. police officers, firefighters, etc. They will take part in Democracy Week as well as celebrate Mothering Sunday by inviting their Mums to come and visit them in school. We will focus on:

  • Talking about past and present events in our own lives and in the lives of family members

  • Recognising similarities and differences between ourselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions

  • Sharing the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another


Physical development

Children will have a range of opportunities to develop their fine motor and gross motor skills. We also teach the children how to be healthy and safe. We will encourage children to:

  • Jump off an object and land appropriately.

  • Negotiate space successfully when playing racing and chasing games with other children, adjusting speed or changing direction to avoid obstacles.

  • Show increasing control over an object in pushing, patting, throwing, catching or kicking it.

  • Use a pencil and hold it effectively to form recognisable letters.


    In PE this half term the children will be exploring balancing in a variety of different ways both on and off a range of different apparatus. Next half term, children will participate in a mixture of different co-operative games, which will focus on the importance of teamwork.


Creative development

Children will be encouraged to share and express their creativity in a range of ways and through fun and creative activities. We will teach and encourage children to:

  • Experiment to create different textures.

  • Understand that different media can be combined to create new effects.

  • Manipulate materials to achieve a planned effect.

  • Select appropriate resources and adapt work where necessary.

  • Select tools and techniques needed to shape, assemble and join materials they are using.