Reception (Hazel, Alder & Chestnut)

‘I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand’ Ancient Chinese Proverb

Spring 1

Physical Development

Children will learn:

  • To experiment with different ways of moving, jumping and landing appropriately.
  • To negotiate space successfully, adjusting speed or changing direction to avoid obstacles.
  • To show increasing control when pushing, patting, throwing or catching an object.
  • To use simple tools to change materials.
  • To begin to form recognisable letters, holding a pencil effectively. 
  • To think about what the body needs to stay alive and keep healthy.
  • To manage own toileting needs including washing and drying hands, and dressing and undressing.
  • We will work hard to develop our fine motor control.
  • We will use threading boards and dough gym as well as practising throwing and catching balls.
  • We will practise movement in response to music and will continue with our weekly Yoga Bugs sessions.
  • We will be moving like aliens, developing our core strength and muscles.
  • We will continue to build upon our fine motor control, focusing especially upon our pencil grip.

    Communication and Language
    Children will learn:

  • To maintain attention during appropriate activity, listening and responding to ideas expressed by others. To use language to recreate roles and experiences in play situations. To introduce a story line or narrative into their play.
  • We will enjoy reading stories that are all about stars, space and night time, these include; 10 Things I can do to help my world, Once upon a star, The way back home, Zim Zam Zoom and On the Moon and Owl Babies.
  • We will also be practising new poems and singing nursery rhymes.
  • We will continue to use our class bear to share stories between school and home.

    Personal, Emotional and Social Development

Children will learn:

  • To initiate conversations, taking account of what other say.
  • To explain own knowledge and understanding and ask others appropriate questions.
  • To find a compromise to resolve conflicts with other children.
  • To feel confident to discuss own wants, interests and opinions with others.
  • To describe themselves positively.
  • To understand that their actions affect others.
  • To comfort another child if they become upset.
  • To be aware of the boundaries set and of the behavioural expectations in the setting.
  • To begin to solve problems independently. 

Our topic is all about stars, space and the night sky, as well as aliens, dinosaurs, super heroes and the environment. We will be talking about how we can be heroes and help our environment by recycling. We will also be discussing what happens to the sky at night, what we can see and how this is different to what we can see happening during the day.

We will be using the book ‘Owl Babies’ to help us to develop an understanding about different animals’ behaviours at night time. 

Children will learn:

  • To enjoy an increasing range of books and to be aware of rhyme and alliteration.
  • To segment the sounds in simple words and blend them together.
  • To continue to develop the skill of reading a range of familiar words.
  • To recognise and write their own name using a capital letter to begin and to practise writing their surname.
  • To begin to write simple words, captions or sentences, blending to check their spelling.
  • To say, read and write Set 1 sounds and move onto recognising and writing using Set 2 sounds.
  • To attempt to write short sentences in meaningful contexts e.g. labels, lists.
  • To read and spell high frequency words from 100 high frequency list.
  • To hold a pencil using a pincer grip and begin to use it to form recognisable letters.
  • We will be learning the traditional tale, ‘Hansel and Gretel’ this half term. We hope the children will become familiar with the story so that they can retell it and join in with the repetitive refrains, acting out parts within their play.
  • We will be developing the children’s phonic knowledge to enable them to write CVC words and simple sentences. A lot of our writing will relate to the topic- writing sentences about their knowledge of space, stars and the night sky.


Children will learn:

  • To count to 10 and beyond, selecting the correct numeral to represent the amounts.
  • To estimate how many objects they can see and check by counting them.
  • To use the language of ‘more’ and ‘fewer’ to compare two sets of objects.
  • To say the number that is one more/ less than a given number.
  • To record amounts using marks they can interpret and explain.
  • We will be using number every day, daily counting sessions and helping the children to problem solve in every activity they do. Maths in Reception is a physical process; the children will compare the length or size of different objects, they will count out and make sets, they will use numicon to support their number recognition.
  • We will help to establish an understanding of number and amounts through singing.

    Understanding the World

Children will learn:

  • To join in with an discuss family routines and traditions.
  • To look closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change in everything they observe. To use ICT to interact with age-appropriate software.
  • To develop observational and questioning skills.
  • To use programmable toys.
  • To learn how to log on and off the computers .
  • To develop skills to be able to negotiate simple tools on an art program.
  • To continue to develop a respect for their own cultures and beliefs and to learn about those of other people. 
  • To think about different forms of transport and different ways things move.
  • To explore pushes and pulls using cars and ramps.
  • To create rockets and investigate how theirs flies.
    To look at and talk about a variety of maps. Talk about and map journeys to school, using geographical terms road, river, hill, canal.
  • To find out about transport from the past. Discuss how transport has changed.
  • To think about communication and technology used in everyday life; traffic lights, telephones and electrical appliances in the home.
  • To use data handling packages to collate, present and record data, e.g. the colour of cars or journey to school and art packages to design a vehicle using shapes. Using remote controlled cars and programmable toys.

This topic enables us to explore much of the natural world and what happens as day turns  into night. We will also be exploring ways in which we can have a positive impact upon our world.

Expressive Art and Design

Children will learn:

  • To begin to build a repertoire of songs and dances.
  • To explore the different sounds instruments make.
  • To use simple tools and techniques to achieve a desired effect.
  • To create simple representations of events, people and objects.
  • To choose particular colours for a purpose.
  • To play with others, acting out a group narrative.
  • We will discuss art through observing oil painting ‘Starry Night’.
  • We will observe different forms of air transport  – aeroplanes and space rockets and thinking about different ways we can create our own e,g. painting, junk modelling.
  • We will investigate and compare texture, colour and material combinations through printing.
  • We will respond to music through movement and to explore a variation of popular dances.
  • We will sing space themed songs and learn song about helping the environment.

    What can you do with your children at home?
          Ask your child to tell you the story of the Hansel and Gretel..
    ·      Practise writing your child’s full name with them.
    ·      Ask your child what sounds they have learnt this week? 
    ·      Can they write/ read CVC words using the ones they know? Read your child’s story book with them.
    ·      Count with your child every day, see how far you can get each day.
    ·      Ask your child to count out amounts from a larger set.
    ·      Ask your child what is one more or one less than a number.
    ·      Recognise shapes in the environment, square window, rectangle brick.