Welcome to Reception

Mrs Gates and Miss Daniels work in Reception class.

Spring Term 2022


Our literacy sessions are largely based around speaking and listening skills, exploring language and making links to our rainforest topic. We are developing our ability to describe this half term, choosing words carefully to accurately explain what jungle animals look and behave like. We will be looking more closely at non-fiction texts and will be planning and writing our own rainforest fact files later in the half term. We are expanding our vocabulary all of the time and taking advantage of any opportunity to learn and use new words!

Phonics & Reading 

This half term we are continuing with our learning of Phase 3 digraphs (sounds that have two letters!) Our Monster Phonics friends will continue to help us learn new sounds by linking them to different colours and we will be practising reading both colour-coded and plain text words in class.

We will be having whole class reading sessions linked to a familiar traditional tale each week which will focus on our digraph for each week. Group reading sessions or 1:1 reading sessions will take place each week.

Physical Development & Writing

Independence is key for this half term! We are encouraging the children to write for purpose and in contexts that are meaningful to them. We are developing our use of capital letters, finger spaces and full stops when writing sentences and are practising reading our own writing back to another person. We are also taking part in daily “Squiggle While You Wiggle” sessions – a motor skills programme that helps us to develop both gross and fine motor skills necessary to correctly form letters and become confident writers.



This half term we are focusing on the representation and composition of numbers up to 8. We are exploring how numbers can be combined to make new, larger numbers or split into smaller groups. We will be developing vocabulary linked to addition and subtraction and deepening our understanding of what each numeral represents.

Later in the half term we will be comparing mass and capacity, looking specifically at length and height. We will also be considering time through the order and sequence of different events, using a daily timetable in our classroom and looking closely at our clock.                                       



We are learning about the jungle and rainforests of the world! We will be investigating where these places are on our world map and thinking about some of the features of the rainforest, including which animals live there, what the weather is like and other physical features. We will be beginning to categorise animals that live in the rainforest too! In Art we will be looking at Rousseau’s “Tiger in a Tropical Storm” and using different media to create our own versions of this famous painting.


Nursery rhymes to sing and watch  https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06kbsbz
Counting games https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/3-5-years/counting
Listening to sounds https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/list/phonics-games-phase-1
Letter formation http://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/skyWriter/index.html
Shape recognition https://www.topmarks.co.uk/early-years/shape-monsters
Stories to listen to https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories