Dear Parents,

Reception curriculum Overview – Spring 1

Happy New Year and welcome to the new term. We are really looking forward to lots of exciting learning experiences with the children, as well as building on their learning from last term.  Our topic this half-term will be ‘Frozen Lands’. Learning is based around the children’s interests and next steps and is delivered through focus books – more details in weekly letters.  Detailed below is an overview of our learning intentions and some suggestions of how you could support your child’s learning at home.


Learning intentions

How you can help


  • Describe different elements in stories e.g. settings, events & principle characters
  • Suggest how stories might end
  • Use story lines in role play
  • Use phonics to decode
  • Enjoy an increasing range of books
  • Read with your child every day & sign their reading journals
  • Talk about the setting, events & characters in the books they take home from school as well as their own books
  • Complete the reading challenge sheet in the back of your child’s reading journal – please remember that you can include  books which you have read with your child, not just books they have read independently

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  • Separate groups of objects in different ways
  • Start to find totals by combining
  • One more/one less to 5 then 10
  • 3D shape
  • Order & sequence familiar events
  • Order 2/3 items by height/length 
  • Make/remake repeating patterns
  • Encourage sorting activities using everyday objects such as cutlery, toys or clothes and pose questions e.g. how many forks? How many forks and knives altogether? What would happen if another guest came for dinner?
  • Help your child to identify and describe common 2D (flat) and 2D (solid) shapes in everyday objects around the home and in the environment

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Understanding the World

  • E Safety
  • Talk about why things happen & how things work
  • Use ICT hardware to interact with age appropriate software (laptop)
  • Talk about similarities/differences in relation to places, objects, materials & living things
  • Awareness of different occupations and ways of life (wider community) 
  • Come into Reception class and talk about your job – the children absolutely love it when a parent comes into the school to talk to all their friends!
  • Show your child how to feed the wild birds in your garden if you have one

  • Talk about features of  different  localities e.g. church, flat, house, farm, castle, forest, mountain, iceberg etc

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Expressive Arts & Design

  • Responds to music – to express feelings/create movement
  • Exploring sounds of different instruments & ways of changing them
  • Constructing with purpose & variety of materials
  • Learn new songs & make up own songs
  • Talk to your child about the music they hear in their favourite Disney movies – what instruments can they hear? Why is it quiet in some scenes and loud in others?
  • Teach your child a song or rhyme from your own child hood so they can share it with the class
  • Encourage model making for a purpose e.g. a gift for a relative, pencil holder for their stationery etc. How can they change/improve their original design?

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Personal, Social & Emotional Development

  • Confident to talk to other children when playing
  • Communicate freely about own home & community
  • Initiates conversations, attends to & takes account of what others say
  • Confident in new social situations
  • Take responsibility for looking after our classroom and garden resources
  • Encourage your child to take responsibility for small tasks such as organising the contents of their book bags or filling their water bottle and making sure the lid is firmly closed
  • Please label all items of clothing including scarves, gloves and hats to avoid confusion at school
  • Please let us know if you change your contact details ( especially mobile phone numbers) in case we have to contact you in an emergency

Communication & Language

  • Use talk to connect ideas, explain what is happening & anticipate what might happen next
  • Recall & relive past experiences
  • Question why things happen & give explanations
  • Can listen & then complete an activity
  • Introduce storyline/narrative to play
  • Use open questions which encourage children to give more detailed answers e.g. who, what, when & how
  • Encourage your child to retell past 8events, correctly sequencing events
  • Play games which require listening & actions e.g. ‘Simon Says’
  • Encourage your child to act out familiar stories using everyday props e.g. bowls & wooden spoons for Goldilocks & the three Bears

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Physical Development

  • Catching/throwing/kicking skills
  • Experiment with different ways of moving
  • Negotiate space when playing racing & chasing games – adjust speed/direction to avoid obstacles
  • Letter formation
  • Understand need for variety in food & ways to stay healthy & safe
  • Play catch with different size balls , bean bags and hoops – encourage your child to practise throwing & catching safely over different distances
  • Provide lots of opportunities for large arm movements e.g. big chalks, scrambling, sweeping the floor etc.
  •  Keep letter formation sessions brief – the children do not have to complete the homework sheets all in one go, they can take their time over the course of the week and will achieve better results if they take their time. Show them how they can sharpen their own pencils!                                                                                      

Thank you for your continued support and if you have questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

With best wishes,

 Mrs Breheny, Mrs Cagnetta & Mr Taylor

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