• Evonne Williams – Assistant Head Early Years
  • Simon George – Class Teacher RSG
  • Teresa Hibbert – Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Curriculum overview – Spring 2

In Reception, our main theme is ‘Lions’. We will be learning about the animals that live in the African savannah regions; the animals that live in them and in the oceans around them. We are continuing to learn about different celebrations enjoyed by people and their communities, such as Easter.

This half term, we will read the non-fiction text ‘Lions’, the fiction book ‘The Elephant’s Umbrella’ by Laleh Jaffari and non-fiction texts about Easter. In our guided writing groups, we are beginning to write simple sentences. The children will continue guided reading in small groups. Phonics is taught daily and we will be learning digraphs. Unit 11 sh ch th ck wh ng <q> <w>

This half term pupils will explore symmetrical patterns, in which each side is a familiar pattern, linking this to ‘doubles’. We will continue to consolidate their understanding of cardinality, working with larger numbers within 10 and become more familiar with the counting pattern beyond 20. We will explore the composition of odd and even numbers, looking at the ‘shape’ of these numbers and begin to link even numbers to doubles. We will also explore the composition of numbers within 10. We will compare numbers, reasoning about which is more, using both an understanding of the ‘howmanyness’ of a number, and its position in the number system.

Other Curriculum Areas
Personal, social and emotional development – We will continue our personal, social and emotional development with our ‘Think Equal’ scheme.
E-Safety – We will continue learning about Online Bullying Understanding the World – A focus on the season of Spring. Expressive arts and design – We will be exploring and experimenting with paint, revisiting how to mix primary colours to create different secondary colours.
Physical Development – We will continue learning gymnastics and learning how to use the gymnastic equipment, with a focus on jumping.
Fine motor activities and handwriting lessons will continue throughout.

Important Dates
Thursday 7th March – World Book Day
Friday 15th March – Red Nose Day
Wednesday 20th and 27th March – Progress Meetings
Thursday 28th March – Yellow Day
Thursday 28th March  – End of Spring Term School finishes at 2pm. 
There will be no after school club on this date.
Monday 15th April – School reopens

Empowering learning skills

Self manager

  • Organise themselves and work out goals and priorities
  • Show personal responsibility, initiative, creativity and enterprise
  • Anticipate, take and manage risks
  • Commit themselves to learning and self-improvement
  • Respond positively to change 

Effective participator

  • Engage actively with issues that affect them and those around them.
  • Play a full part in the life of the school
  • Take responsible action to bring improvement for others as well as themselves
  • Discuss issues of concern, seeking resolution
  • Present a persuasive case for action
  • Propose practical ways forward
  • Try to influence others, negotiating and balancing diverse views

Resourceful thinker

  • Think creatively by generating and exploring relevant ideas, and making original connections
  • Find links and see relationships
  • Explore & experiment with resources and materials
  • Ask ‘why’, ‘how’ and ‘what if’ questions
  • Apply imaginative thinking to solve a problem
  • Try different ways to tackle a problem
  • Work with others to find imaginative solutions and outcomes that are of value

Reflective learner

  • Evaluate their strengths and limitations as learners
  • Review their work and act on outcomes
  • Set themselves realistic goals and criteria for success
  • Monitor their own performance and progress
  • Invite feedback and deal positively with praise, setbacks & criticism.
  • Make changes to improve their learning
  • Communicate their learning in relevant ways to different audiences

Independent enquirer

  • Gather, process and evaluate information in their investigations
  • Plan what to do and how to go about it
  • Draw conclusions and evaluate outcomes
  • Take informed and well-reasoned decisions, recognising that other have different beliefs and attitudes
  • Use range of techniques to collect and organise information

Team worker

  • Work confidently with others, adapting to different contexts and taking responsibility for their own role
  • Listen and take account of others’ views
  • Form collaborative relationships, resolving issues and reaching agreed outcomes
  • Adapt behaviours to suit different roles and situations
  • Show fairness and consideration towards others