Reception Class

Welcome to the Spring term in Reception.

The children have settled in well and are enthusiastic about their learning. To help at home please get your child to practise writing their name, find letter sounds and words in books e.g. sh-o-p and daily maths activities such as counting out cutlery and plates or recognising door numbers.

You can keep up to date with your child’s learning and development through Tapestry and we would appreciate comments and for you to share your experiences from home and when you are out and about by adding an observation! You could also send in things from home for us to look at and celebrate!

The EYFS contains 7 areas of learning. This is what we will be learning about during Spring 1:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Try new activities.
  • Continue to develop turn taking and problem solving skills.
  • Listen to one another’s ideas.


Communication and Language

  • Talk about ourselves and family members.
  • Listen and concentrate.
  • Role play favourite stories and come up with new story lines in  their play.
  • Listening to others in conversation and respond.
  • Answering how and why questions in full sentences.
  • Extending vocabulary.


Physical Development

  • Awareness of space.
  • Large scale movement.
  • Zip up coats and fasten buttons.
  • Wash and dry own hands.
  • Holding a pencil correctly.
  • Transport and use tools and equipment safely and effectively.
  • Looking after own property.
  • Join construction pieces.


All Reception class children take part in a PE lesson on Fridays this half term. Please make sure your child has their full kit in school each week and that each item is labelled with their name.



  • Focus Texts: Naughty Bus and Whatever Next!
  • Handling a book carefully.
  • Talking about stories.
  • Writing first name using a capital letter for the first letter.
  • Forming letter sounds correctly.
  • Recognising phase 2/3 sounds and tricky words.
  • Beginning to blend phase 2/3 phonemes for reading.
  • Read simple words and sentences.
  • Writing CVC and CCVC  words e.g. top and rich.
  • Write labels for models they have built.


Try the link below to practise a range of phonics skills:


Jolly Phonics


  • Counting and recognising to 10 and beyond.
  • Recognising coins.
  • Comparing length and weight of objects.
  • Addition e.g. 3 + 2 = 5.

Try these links below to practise a range of maths skills:



Understanding of The World

  • Talk about different vehicles.
  • Ask questions about the world.
  • Talk about our own experiences.
  • Begin to use programmable toys e.g. Bee Bots.
  • Take pictures of our learning on an iPad.
  • Look at the local environment.
  • Discuss festivals and celebrations such as Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day.


Expressive Art and Design

  • Construct with a purpose in mind e.g. make a junk model bus.
  • Play imaginatively adding a story line into their play.
  • Explore the sounds of different musical instruments.
  • Express themselves through art, song or dance.


Learning through play

In the Early Years Foundation Stage, children learn a range of skills through carefully planned opportunities for play. Children will continue to develop their own interests and language skills through supported and independent learning in our continuous provision, both indoors and outdoors.


If you have any questions please come and see us.

Happy learning!

Miss H Cookson, Miss O Little and Miss S Dark.