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Amazing Animals

During the 'Spring Term' Reception will learn all about animals.  We will read lots of stories and learn interesting facts about different animals.

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Areas being covered in Reception in the Spring Term




Personal, Social and Emotional Development







  • Identifying the qualities that make a good friend
  • Naming different emotions and talking about how we feel using the Zones of Regulation
  • Looking at different things that can support our mental health and wellbeing (sleep, food, exercise and having fun)
  • Learning ways to manage our own feelings through mindfulness and yoga
  • Showing confidence when asking our friends or adults for help – using our diamond power
  • Working and playing together – sharing and turn taking
  • Respecting and following the school rules
  • Adapting our behaviour during different events and social settings
  • Identifying what makes us all different

Physical Development

  • Stopping and starting on command in class and during PE
  • Developing the fundamental skills and exploring movement (running, jumping, climbing, throwing and catching)
  • Dancing during our daily wake and shake sessions – copying actions and moving rhythmically
  • Exploring movement and music on our outside stage and in music sessions
  • Learning how to ride and how to stay safe on a balance bike
  • Playing outside in the Reception area - sand (wet and dry), water play, prop box, play house, gardening, creative cube, mud kitchen, bikes and scooters
  • Finger Fun Friday - developing fine and gross motor skills through a range of activities including: sand, shaving foam, sand paper, peg boards, balancing objects, using tongs & chop sticks to pick up shapes


Communication and language/literacy

  • To recognise digraphs and tri-graphs in words (such as;  ai, ee, igh, oa, ue)
  • Segmenting and blending CVC words
  • Speed reading tricky words; go, she, of, the, has
  • Speaking in full sentences and extending sentences with ‘and’ or ‘because’ when taking part in show and tell
  • Asking who, what, why questions during our ‘This is Me Box’ talkie time
  • Listening to animal stories, sequencing events, comparing stories and discussing similarities and differences
  • Using a range of non-fiction books to find out facts about a range of animals
  • Practising fluency when reading decodable books during group reading and individual reading sessions
  • Writing for a range of purposes, including labels, speech bubbles and lists during our free time and during group work
  • Creating story maps in our Talk for Writing sessions
  • Learning stories off by heart to preform to an audience before writing them in our Best Books (Dear Zoo/Rosie’s Walk)


  • Rote counting to 20, forwards and backwards
  • Counting 3, 6 and then 10 objects reliably 
  • Subitising – recognising amounts quickly without counting
  • Investigating different ways to make 5 and then 10 (number bonds)
  • Looking at equal and unequal groups in practical lessons
  • Understanding and using positional language such as under, above, behind and in front 
  • Naming 2D shapes (square, triangle, circle and rectangle) and using some simple mathematical language to describe them 
  • Comparing objects in different ways; big/small, more/less 
  • Ordering 3 items by height, length or weight. For example, short, shorter, shortest
  • Saying one more/one less than a given number (up to 5 and then 10)
  • Exploring natural patterns during our Spring walk around the school grounds and in Forest School
  • Creating repeating patterns with colours, animals and numicon shapes


Expressive Art & Design

  • Role play – Baby Clinic, Vets, Farm Shop
  • Singing & dancing on the stage following the children’s musical interests
  • Learning a story to retell (Talk for Write)
  • Making music for film scenes linked to the jungle
  • Cutting and sticking using a range of ways to join materials
  • Painting and exploring colour mixing
  • Using chalk and pastels to create different effects
  • Guided drawing of animals with Get Squiggling – looking closely at different lines and shapes
  • Making animal masks and pictures using a range of media, including collaging

Understanding of the World

  • Talking about my family and special times, including celebrations and how different families celebrate 
  • Learning about different cultures and beliefs, such as Chinese New Year and Easter traditions.
  • Comparing animals from a jungle to those on a farm (Day Monkey Night Monkey, Monkey Puzzle, Rosie’s Walk)
  • Using non-fiction books and the internet to research animals.  Learning animal names and interesting facts
  • Discussing different ways that we can look after the animals in our environment
  • Talking about our family pets and how we care for them
  • Sequencing the life cycle of a human, animal and plant
  • Learning observational skills to draw pictures of the natural world, including animals and plants
  • Looking for signs of Spring in Forest School and completing mini-beast hunts






Take a look at some ot these useful websites.  

Just click one of the flowers to begin.

Practise your sounds here!



Take a look at some of these fun websites.  

Just click a shape to play a game!


Numberblocks is a fantastic educational programme and it is suitable for all ages!  

You can find it here:




If you have any questions, please get in touch with the Reception Team!
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