Reception (Hazel, Alder & Chestnut)

Do cows drink milk?

This half term the children in Reception will be trying to answer the question ‘Do cows drink milk?’ They will be learning all about farm life and the animals that live there.

Our memorable experience will be a visit to the farm to meet some of the wonderful creatures that live there. The children will have the opportunity to learn about different types of animals, what they eat, where they live. They will be researching the planting and growing of different food types and will explore the way the farmer uses different kinds of heavy machinery.

Communication and Language

The children will be…

  • Learning new vocabulary associated with our topic. They will be encouraged to explore the meaning of new words and ask questions about what they are doing.
  • Developing questioning skills through role play and group discussions.
  • Listening carefully to descriptions given by others to help them solve problems.
  • Naming different animals that they may not have heard of before and develop their language about these animals.
  • Listening to and completing rhymes and beginning to make up their own.
  • Understanding and beginning to recognise rhyme.


The children will be…

  • Exploring large apparatus
  • Experimenting with movement in different ways, at different levels
  • Travelling in different directions and at various speeds
  • Understanding the importance of eating a balanced and healthy diet and the effect that it has on our bodies.
  • Talking about the effects of exercise on their bodies and what they need to do to stay healthy.
  • Developing their coordination skills using bats, balls, beanbags, hoops and quoits.
  • Following the Spectrum handwriting scheme to improve pencil control and letter formation.

Personal, Social and Emotional

The children will be….

  • Learning to adapt to new ways of working and organisation.
  • Developing relationships with unfamiliar adults and new peers.
  • Learning to look after their immediate environment showing care and concern to resources and other people.
  • Developing listening and communication skills with those around us.
  • Sharing their thoughts, ideas and experiences with others through circle time.


The children will be…

  • Following the Power of Reading programme and texts
  • Exploring stories linked to our topic to develop our knowledge about farm animals.
  • Retrieving information from non- fiction books about different animals.
  • Developing their phonic knowledge and applying it in their reading and writing.
  • Completing independent writing challenges


The children will be…

  • Working with numbers to 20 and beyond, counting on and back from different starting numbers, doubling and halving and recalling number bonds to 10.
  • Comparing the use of different measures to order objects through length, mass and capacity.
  • Investigating 2D and 3D shapes and patterns in the environment around us.
  • Practical investigation work to solve addition and subtraction problems.
  • Exploring different ways which we can collect data and how we can present this information to others.

Understanding the World

The children will be…….

  • Exploring all aspects of animals, how they look, how their bodies work and where they live.
  • Planting different types of plants and understanding what is needed to help them survive and grow.
  • Observing physical changes in materials and how these changes can be affected by us.
  • Developing Keyboard skills, naming parts of a computer, finding and completing their own programmes.
  • Completing familiar programs on the computers and IPads.

Expressive Arts and Design

The children will be….

  • Learning new songs about animals and sing our Spring repertoire.
  • Exploring the sounds musical instruments make and produce their own music.
  • Learning how to adapt sounds to make them long/short, quiet/loud.
  • Singing familiar songs and begin to make up their own songs.
  • Experimenting with colour and paint techniques and combine media to produce individual pieces of work.
  • Planning what they are going to make and what resources they will need to use.
  • Using a range of different materials to create desired textures and effects.
  • Investigating ways to join materials together to create a desired effect.


How you could help at home

Talk to the children about the different animals that live on a farm. Where do the animals live on the farm? What do the animals eat? What food do the animals produce for us? What are the baby animals called?

Visit a local farm.

Draw detailed pictures of different animals in colour and in black and white.

Use comparative language when the opportunity arises: long, longer, longest, tall taller, tallest, short, shorter, and shortest.

Take the opportunity to count forwards and backwards when carrying out normal daily activities, such as climbing up and down stairs.

Point out numbers and 2D/3D shapes in the environment.

Share stories together, pointing out pictures and print and naming main characters.

Practise writing both of their names.

Using their phonic knowledge to write simple words.

Write simple sentences using their phonic knowledge.

Recognising their numbers to 20 and writing them.

Practical addition and subtraction problems eg If Mum has 3 sweets and Dad has 4 sweets. How many sweets do they have altogether?


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