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Welcome to Reception's page!

In Class 1 and 2 our topic is "Time Warp''.  We are going to use the films Frozen and Toy Story as a stimulus for our learning.

 Take a look at some of the fun activities we will be carrying out this term:


Areas being covered in Reception in the Spring Term

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Sharing and turn taking with our friends when playing Mr Potato Head or other games (using the sand timer to manage waiting for our turn)
  • Feeling confident to ask our friends and teachers for help when we need it
  • Communicating freely about home and the community (taking home the class mascot Olaf and writing in his diary)
  • Identifying and understanding why we have rules and how they keep us safe in the classroom and in the playground
  • Exploring emotions and learning different ways to cope with them (what should Elsa do when she is upset with Ana?)
  • Exploring ways to make someone feel better when we have upset them (sorry letter from Woody to Buzz)

Understanding of the world

  • Finding out about my family and the lives of others (who is in Elsa’s family?  Who is in your family?)
  • Know that some things make us unique – what is Elsa good at?  What am I good at?
  • To learn about special events – Chinese new year, Easter, weddings (Ana and Kristoff) and christenings
  • Talks about why things happen and how things work (bring a toy to school day)
  • Show an interest in the different occupations and ways of life – people who help us in the community (who can fix Buzz?) 
  • Talks about the environment – spring walks and mini beast hunts in Forest School
  • Navigating number programs on the school laptops and using the internet to find out about castle facts
  • Talking about how toys work and programing the Bee-bots to move forwards and backwards

Communication and language/literacy

  • Taking part in the ‘this is me box’ circle times and asking who, what, when questions
  • Beginning to use ‘and’ or ‘because’ to extend ideas
  • Introducing a story line or narrative to our play when spending time in Elsa’s castle or playing with the small world toys
  • Phonics – learning digraphs and trigraphs sh ch th qu ng ai ee igh oa
  • Segmenting and blending words on capes, crowns, snowmen and toys
  • Reading high Frequency & tricky Words:  he she be me we here they are
  • Beginning to read words and simple sentences in Elsa’s castle, the toy shop and our home reading books
  • Sharing stories and suggesting how they might end (linked to princesses, castles and toys)
  • Writing names and spelling tricky words; I to go no the in gloop, glitter and sand
  • Writing for a purpose on labels in the toy shop, shopping lists for Ana and recipes for Olaf
  • Handwriting - formation of letters using sky, grass and mud (Penpals and Write Dance – Let it go! You’ve got a Friend)
  • Talk for Writing - Story mapping/making – Frozen (share day)


  • Comparing 2 groups saying when they have the same number of candles on Elsa’s cakes
  • Separating a group of 3 or 4 objects, recognising the total is still the same (toys on a shelf)
  • Rote counting to 20
  • Learning to write our numerals using number zoo (1-20)
  • Number songs – 5 little robots, princesses, snowflake snowflake turn around (counting forwards and backwards)
  • Touch counting an irregular arrangement of up to 10 objects (snowmen, wands, toys)
  • Counting out 6 objects from a group (buttons for Olaf, gems for Elsa, biscuits for Woody)
  • Selecting the numeral to represent a group of 1 to 5 and then 1 to 10 objects
  • Using the language fewer and more to compare two sets of objects
  • Finding the total of two amounts by counting all of them (Ana and Elsa’s diamonds/pennies)
  • Finding one more or one less than, from a group of up to 5 and then 10 objects
  • Beginning to use positional language (Olaf plays hide and seek)
  • Ordering 2 or 3 items by weight or capacity, length or height (toy shop)

Expressive Art & Design

  • Role play: Frozen castle, toy shop (outside), dressing up costumes, small world play with castles and knights.
  • Singing & dancing on the outside stage (Let it go and You’ve got a Friend)
  • Tapping out simple repeated rhythms using music from Frozen and Toy Story
  • Exploring and learning how sounds can be changed using musical instruments on the stage
  • Cutting, sticking and painting (child initiated)
  • Designing and creating sugar lump castles
  • Using tools for a purpose when making sledges and fixing toys
  • Exploring what happens when we mix colours to paint ice sculptures
  • Experimenting to create different textures when collaging and creating our own pictures

Physical Development

  • Experimenting with different ways of moving, travelling with confidence over, under and around equipment (around Elsa’s castle)
  • Recognising how our bodies feel during and after exercise (how does Olaf stay fit?)
  • Using two hands to catch a large ball (Olaf’s snowball)
  • Handling tools and objects with safety and control
  • Talking about the foods that we can eat a lot of or a little of (planning the Wedding Breakfast for Ana and Kristoff)



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