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Spring Term 2

Vocabulary Focus


We will be using pictures and props to sequence and retell our familiar books and fairy tales, and will also be using recordable equipment to act out our favourite parts of the stories. We will be focusing on the ‘The Train Ride’ and exploring the story across all areas of the curriculum.

The aims are that children will:

  • Listen to stories with increasing attention and recall (30-50).
  • Describe main story settings, events and principal characters (30-50).
  • Know that information can be relayed in the form of print (30-50).
  • Hold books the correct way up and turn pages (30-50).

Respond to questions about who, what, where, when linked to text and illustrations.

Use gestures and actions to act out a story, event or rhyme.

Recite simple rhymes, songs and poems.




We will be using numicon to help us count and understand numbers to ten. We will be making simple patterns with the peg boards and threading beads. We will be developing our knowledge of number through snack time and our shoppers.

The aims are that children will:

  • Recite numbers in order to 10 (30-50).
  • Compare two groups of objects, saying when they have the same number (30-50).
  • Realise that not only objects, but anything can be counted, including steps, claps or jumps (30-50).
  • Show awareness of similarities of shapes in the environment (30-50).


Vocabulary – talk about ways we can pay for things. Real life situations where we need to pay for things, coins, goods, notes, cards, change


Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

We will be developing our confidence in talking with others during our play. Our teachers will support us to use daily activities such as playdough, the home corner and construction to talk about ourselves, our families and home lives, as well as other important things we might have been doing. We will be thinking about our feelings, exploring which things might make us happy, angry, sad or scared. We will consider our own actions and think about things which might make our friends happy or sad. We have a special puppet called Sia who helps us talk about our feelings.

The aims are that children:

  • Welcome and value praise for what they have done (30-50).
  • Can usually adapt behaviour to different events, social situations and changes in routine (30-50).
  • Initiate play, offering cues to peers to join them (30-50).

Positive vocabulary – curious, determined, persistent, imaginative, persuasive, funny, calm, energetic, lively, clever, generous, entertaining, polite


Good sitting, building, looking, helping, sharing, tidying up…



Communication and Language

Our book will be ‘The Train Ride’.  We will also be exploring lots of different nursery rhymes and we have a visit to the Discover Centre to help us explore this theme. Through enrichment experiences we aim to develop children’s communication and language as well as providing awe and wonder.

The aims are that children will:

  • Be able to follow directions (if not intently focused on own choice of activity) (30-50).
  • Begin to understand ‘why’ and ‘how’ questions (30-50).
  • Begin to use more complex sentences to link thoughts (e.g. using ‘and’, ‘because’). (30-50)
  • Use talk to connect ideas, explain what is happening and anticipate what might happen next, recall and relive past experiences (30-50).
  • Use vocabulary focused on objects and people that are of particular importance to them (30-50).

Vocabulary development, specifically development of communication and language through real life experiences e.g. library visits, Discover Centre and visits to local shops.


Next, later, after that, and, because - modelled and taught in context


Understanding the World

We will be introducing our ICT with a range of rechargeable toys and equipment, and will find out how to move the remote control cars and use our special telephones to speak to each other. We will be exploring healthy eating though snack time and our shoppers.

The aims are that children:

  • Show care and concern for living things and the environment (30-50).
  • Know how to operate simple equipment (30-50).
  • Can talk about some of the things they have observed such as plants, animals, natural and found objects (30-50).


Experience, observe and talk about- pets, wild animals, mini beasts, insects,


Wind, rain, cloud, frost, ice, storm, thunder, lightning, food, weather, season,  spring, summer, autumn, winter,  temperature, map, globe, plan, country, position, near/far, left/right, up/down, map

Physical Development

We will be using scissors to cut and makes snips in paper, we will practice cutting straight and zig-zag lines. We will be using a range of pencils, pens, paintbrushes and other tools to draw pictures and write the letters in our names. We will be practicing our self-care skills, making sure we put our aprons on when we play in the water, washing our hands and putting our dirty tissues in the bin.

The aims are that children:

  • Use one-handed tools and equipment, e.g. make snips in paper with child scissors (30-50).
  • Draw lines and circles using gross motor movements (30-50).
  • Can catch a large ball (30-50).
  • Can stand momentarily on one foot when shown (30-50).
  • Mount stairs, steps or climbing equipment using alternate feet (30-50).
  • Handle tools, objects, construction and malleable materials safely and with increasing control (30-50).
  • Can tell adults when hungry or tired or when they want to rest or play (30-50).


Vocabulary – use linked to dressing skills, road safety, safety including using and transporting tools and equipment

Through the snack table there will be planned opportunities to talk about healthy/unhealthy - children are familiar with e.g. fizzy drinks, water, fruit juice, chocolate bars, crisps, fruit, raisins etc.


Names of different fruits/vegetables, grapes, apples, pears, cucumber etc.


Expressive Arts and Design

We will be working on our painting skills, finding out how to mix colours and to use a range of different equipment such as paintbrushes, sponges and stamps to make lovely pictures. We have already started to explore the shapes of different fruit and vegetables in our artwork, using them for printing and making pictures.

The aims are that children will:

  • Begin to move rhythmically (30-50).
  • Explore and learn how sounds can be changed (30-50).
  • Develop preferences for forms of expression (30-50).
  • Use movement to express feelings (30-50).
  • Sing to self and makes up simple songs  (30-50).

Vocabulary for evaluation -  talk about their work/work of others, say what they like and dislike and why, make suggestions about changes they could make or different tools or techniques they could use


Blue, green , pink, red, yellow,

Mix, stir, paint, brush, explore, pattern


Beads, glass beads, marbles, rings, nuts, bolts, string of beads, pebble, buttons, pompoms