This term

Below you will find information about what the Reception classes are learning about this term.  Please also read our topic page to find out more about our Topic Work.

 Personal and Social Development

The children have really grown in independence during their first term in Reception and are all enjoying learning in a new environment. This term we will continue to use ‘Achievosaurs’ to help the children understand how they learn and what makes a good learner.  We are encouraging the children to resolve their own conflicts with our school ‘high five’ system in order to effectively manage their feelings and behaviour.

Communication and Language

The children will be given more opportunities to use ‘talk partners’ to share ideas and discuss these in front of a larger group. We will also encourage the children to extend their vocabulary by learning new and exciting words to describe animals and places. In addition to this, we will be asking lots of ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions to prompt the children to talk in full sentences and link their ideas together. We will continue to encourage good listening including turn taking in conversation and responding appropriately.

Physical Development

In P.E this term we focus on ‘Real P.E’ units that develop balance and co-ordination 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. The children are all encouraged to zip up their own coats, put their own shoes on and get themselves changed for P.E without adult help. We will continue to learn about healthy food through our ‘fruit and veg shop’ roleplay and our ‘Talk for Writing’ story The Enormous Turnip.


This half term our ‘Talk for Writing’ texts will be Brown Bear, Brown Bear and The Enormous Turnip. The children will learn these stories through story maps and will have the opportunity to retell them in a variety of ways in the provision areas. They will also continue to practise writing simple sentences using their phonic knowledge. We will promote reading in a variety of purposeful contexts within the areas of the classroom and the children will continue to bring home reading books/ word box books. Please encourage your child to read as often as possible at home.


Every week we will introduce a new number to the children primarily working on numbers 1-10 and then beyond this. This will support the development of many number skills as the children will be encouraged to recognise and form the numbers, order numbers, count out amounts of objects to match a number and recite numbers in order to 20. The children will have many opportunities to explore measure through their play and will begin to learn new mathematical concepts such as height by measuring our own bodies and length by ordering different objects. We will learn names of 2D shapes and create our own patterns and arrangements with them. 



Expressive Art and Design

The children have opportunities to show their creativity in all areas of the classroom. We will continue to provide purposeful challenges and activities for the children to develop their skills independently such as, making a home for a dinosaur, making Chinese lanterns, and we will be exploring textures making collaborative collages of animals. The children will be encouraged to use a variety of different resources for a purpose and use tools effectively to adapt and change their work. The music area in the classroom offers the children a chance to express their creativity through singing and playing instruments. This half term we will explore the sounds of a Xylophone and see if we can follow a musical pattern whilst playing it.

Understanding of the World

The children will continue to develop their understanding of computers by logging themselves on to the computer and accessing the program ‘Espresso’ where they will engage in games that are related to the learning each week. Through our key question each week, we will provide the children with opportunities to learn and talk about where animals live around the world and how things may change over time. We will also learn about celebrations such as Chinese New Year and Easter. We will explore our local area, discussing similarities and differences between here and other places in the world.