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Welcome to the Spring Term in Reception!

We hope that you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year. 

The new half term promises to be another exciting and fun-filled learning journey through Reception and we can't wait to get started with our learning.


Our new topic is Winter and Traditional Tales.

This topic is very exciting for us all as we have many opportunities to experience changes in our outdoor environment. We look at icy patterns and icicles as they form outside. We add powder paint to the sprinkles of snow that often form on the ground. 

Back in class, we enjoy storytime with hot milk or hot chocolate at certain times during the half term. This is made even more atmospheric with our virtual fireplace on the Interactive Board. 

We learn about the Arctic Environment and make our own igloos. We are even hoping to create a Winter Window Display with hanging snowflakes as we loved our Christmas Window Display so much. 


The Traditional Tales element of the topic invites us to look at the stories of The Gingerbread Man and Cinderella. We bring in elements of Science as we explore the best type of biscuit to make into a Gingerbread Man! We bake our own Gingerbread Men- let's hope they don't run out of the oven in school! 

During our Cinderella Topic, we look at what life would have been like for Cinderella and tie this in with a visit to Towneley Hall- details to follow nearer the time. 


Finally, the first half of the Spring Term would not be complete without our annual celebration of Chinese New Year! We love learning about the traditions of this celebration and it paves the way for many exciting activities in class. We sample Chinese Food, we make patterns, we create our own Dragon Dances, we make Money Envelopes and develop our understanding of ordinal numbers when we look at the Chinese Animal Race. 


Please take a look at our Curriculum Overview to find out more and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask one of us in class. 


The term also continues our exciting adventure in Maths. We will be learning about 'teen' numbers; using our friends from Number Land to help us! 

It looks like Number Lane will increase in length as we add numbers between 10-20!

Meanwhile, we will also be exploring the concept of money through our Chinese New Year topic; linking this with the Red Money Envelopes that are traditionally given. We will look at ordinal numbers in the Chinese Animal Race. We will also make repeating patterns using colours/shapes for Chinese New Year. 

Through everyday activities, we will look at one more/fewer. We will share snack out equally between our friends. We will also begin to explore the names of 3-D Shapes as we build a special house for the Gingerbread Man! 

Mathematical learning in Reception is so much fun!

In Phonics, we will be continuing to learn our letters and their sounds. We will begin to look at how two letters can form one sound. This is known as a digraph.

We will enjoy interactive and multi-sensory activities each day; all of which will be designed to immerse us in the excitement of learning to read and write. 


Many activities will be available to help us to hear rhyming words and to notice alliteration. We will sing songs and rhymes each day; enhancing this experience with puppets/props. We will also learn to blend and segment the sounds in simple words; again doing this in a multi-sensory way.  


Your child will continue to bring home their Book of Sounds each week. We will add new sounds and words to practise at home as these will help to consolidate learning covered in class.

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