YR Spring Term

YR Spring Term

Spring Term in Reception

In Reception our topics and contexts change regularly as we are guided by the interests of the children. Potential topics for this term include:

People who help us
Pets
Minibeasts
Keeping healthy
Easter

Important days in Year R:

  • PE is on a Friday morning in year R, we do a mixture of indoor and outdoor PE, so plimsolls or trainers are required.
  • We visit the Woodland Walk every Wednesday so we will need wet weather gear.
  • Library books are changed every Wednesday.
  • Reading books are changed on a Monday and Thursday.
  • We check and sign reading planners on a Monday.


Skills covered in Spring term:

Communication and Language
We will be learning to:

  • Explain our ideas, using because and adding detail
  • Retell stories using story language, e.g. Once upon a time
  • Give opinions


PSED
Belonging: We will be thinking about different communities and ways of life and discussing how we are the same and how we are different.
Enjoying: We will be learning about how to be a good friend by looking after others when they are sad and inviting new friends to play with us.
Succeeding: We will be learning to try new challenges in our learning time and celebrating our successes. We will be learning to use feedback from grown-ups to help make our learning even better.
Trying: We will be thinking about what learning we find easy and what learning we find tricky and thinking of ways to stretch ourselves further and help ourselves if we get stuck.

Physical Development

  • We do Fidgety Fingers every day to help improve our fine motor skills
  • We do ‘Squiggle While You Wiggle’ every day, this term we will be using the squiggle patterns to help us form our letters correctly,  making sure they sit in the right place on the line.
  • We have access to a variety of equipment in our Reception playground to help strengthen our muscles and improve our spatial awareness, including: the climbing wall, wheeled vehicles and giant construction.

Literacy: Reading
We will be learning to:

  • Predict what the story is about from the front cover.
  • Recognise letters and digraphs and say the sound they make
  • Blend sounds to read words and begin to recognise our keywords in our reading books
  • Retell a familiar story
  • Answer questions about a familiar text


Literacy: Writing
We will be learning to:

  • Hold our pencils correctly
  • Form our letters correctly
  • Write simple words by segmenting the sounds in them, e.g. split cat into c-a-t
  • Spell some common words correctly
  • Write short phrases and sentences by following our top tips: think it, say it, clap it, sound it, write it, check it
  • Use finger spaces to separate our words


Maths:
We will be learning to:

  • Estimate and count a larger (up to 20) group of objects
  • Recognise written numerals to 10, then 20 and beyond
  • Say the number that is 1 more and 1 less than a given number
  • Add 2 numbers by counting objects and using other strategies including numicon, numberlines.
  • Recognise, name and describe 2D and 3D shapes
  • Use non-standard units, e.g. cubes, to measure the height, length and weight of different objects


Understanding the World

  • We will practise describing changes and begin to offer explanations of why we think a change has occurred.
  • We will compare similarities and differences
  • We will learn to use new computer programmes including 2paint, 2count and 2go
  • We will learn to use programmable toys, such as beebots
  • We will practise using the mouse to explore games and programs


Expressive Arts and Design

  • We will explore different types of paint and add detail to our paintings
  • We will be learning to do observational drawings, exploring and comparing a variety of drawing materials including pastels and charcoal.
  • We will learn how to make effective collages by choosing colours, shapes and overlapping the media to create pictures.
  • We will explore producing different effects with musical instruments including pace and volume.


RE

  • Special people
  • Celebrating new life
  • Easter