This term

Below you will find information about what the Reception classes are learning about this term.  You might also like to view our Reception Events page to see photos of what the children have been learning in school.

Please also read our topic page to find out more about our Topic Work.

Communication and Language

The children will be given a named ‘talk partner’ to share ideas and discuss these in front of a larger group. We will also encourage the children to extend their vocabulary by introducing new words in provision through labels and adult modelling. We will continue to ask lots of ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions to prompt the children to talk in full sentences and link their ideas together.


Our ‘Talk for Writing’ texts this half term are ‘The Little Red Hen’ and ‘Tiddler’.  The children will learn these stories through a ‘story map’ and be able to sequence them and retell them using actions. By the end of each unit of work the children will be able to write their own version of the story in simple sentences, which will include tricky words and sounds they have learned in phonics. Most children will be learning Phase 3 phonics this term which include digraphs such as ‘sh, ch, oo, ee, ai, oa, oi’. We will also be learning how to read and understand instructions on how to make bread and then write our own instructions on how to make buns.


This term the children will consolidate their knowledge of adding and subtracting and begin to solve mathematical problems using these methods. We will also continue to develop our knowledge of doubling, halving, sharing and grouping through a range of practical activities. We will learn about money and be able to identify the different coins. The children will also be encouraged to count, add and subtract with coins. In addition to this, we will give the children opportunities to explore time and the different ways in which we can measure this.

Physical Development

In P.E this term we will focus on ‘Real P.E’ units that develop co-ordination with equipment, agility and balance skills. We will also continue to have our Friday morning movement session during which we will do yoga, dance or exploring using our movement play resources. We will have discussions about what it means to be healthy and how we keep ourselves safe.

Personal and Social Development

During the summer term we will begin to help the children prepare for Year One. We will support them to be independent at managing their own feelings and behaviours, negotiating and solving problems and being confident to give things a try. They will begin to build relationships with new members of staff and will have the opportunity to experience routines similar to that of Key Stage 1.


Expressive Art and Design

This term the children will have lots of opportunities to explore mixing colours for painting and to construct using a variety of materials and tools. We will encourage the children to be able to transport equipment safely and think carefully about why they are using different media for their creations. There will also be many occasions where the children will have the chance to express themselves through dance. Our ‘Charanga’ unit for music this term is called ‘Big Bear Funk’ where we will begin to learn about rhythm and pitch.

Understanding of the World

The children will continue to develop their understanding of computers by logging themselves on to the computer, saving their work, using a keyboard and accessing ‘Dazzle’ independently. Through our ‘Jungle’ and ‘Under the sea’ themes we will compare environments, habitats and what animals need to live and grow. We will also explore the changes we may see in the spring and summer seasons.