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Hope is an orientation of the spirit that enables us to live each day believing that we can be strong, that there is a good future ahead, that together we can make a difference.

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Spring Term Curriculum 2020

Topic title(s) and summary overview 3rd and 4th half term

Spring 1: To Infinity, and beyond!

Spring 2: The World Is Your Garden.

Please note that our main focus will be building on last terms learning and ensuring the children feel safe, happy and secure.

Please read the sections below to find out what your child will be learning in the spring term.

Communication and Language (C&L)

In the Early Years Foundation Stage, Communication and Language is broken down into three aspects:

·         Listening and attention

·         Understanding

·         Speaking

To ensure your child really excels in communication and language we will be immersing the children in the following activities:

Rhymes and rhyming/songs

Role play

Partner work

Group Work

Circle Time

Key Group Time

Tales Toolkit

Learn how to sit, concentrate and listen for sustained periods of time

Listen and respond to ideas expressed by others in conversation or discussion

It is our belief that children need as much exposure to these activities to ensure they develop into the best learners that they can be.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

Personal, Social and Emotional Development is recognised as one of the building blocks of success in life. It supports children’s development by helping them to interact effectively and develop positive attitudes to themselves and others.  In order for your child to develop successfully in this area we will:

Talk freely about our homes and communities

Play with friends and continue to develop relationships at school

Continue to consolidate the rules and routines of the setting (including behavioural expectations)

Continue to share

Continue to show kindness towards others

Work collaboratively

Learn good listening skills

Develop listening skills

Find out the characteristics of a real-life superhero – bring photos in (e.g. my mum is brave…etc)

Develop an understanding of the schools values

Continue to learn how to resolve conflicts with other children, e.g. finding a compromise, saying sorry etc.

Talk about how we are feeling during circle time activities


Physical Development (PD)

Physical development is as the title suggests about how babies and young children gain control of their bodies, but it also includes how children learn about keeping themselves active and healthy and how they learn to use equipment and materials successfully and safely. In the Early Years Foundation Stage, Physical Development is broken down into two aspects:

·         Moving and Handling

·         Health and Self-Care

To support your child in developing in this area they will participate in the following activities:

Superhero races/obstacle courses

Playground games




Travelling in different ways

Constructing models using a range of different materials

Using the climbing frame

Scooters and tricycles

Forest schools

PE lessons with Mr Browning and Mrs Koupland (NB from spring onwards the children will be getting changed into their PE kits for PE lessons.  Please practise getting dressed and undressed at home as the children will need to do this independently at school).

Continue to develop pencil grip

Use scissors safely and correctly

Continue to manage self care independently


Literacy (L)

Being literate is essential in almost every aspect of adult life whether we are planning a holiday, selecting a DVD or delivering parcels. Literacy is often thought of as the ability’ to read and write’ but it also includes being able to speak and listen.

In the EYFS, Literacy has two aspects:

  • Reading
  • Writing

To develop early reading and writing your child will be taught and immersed in the following:

Re-cap known sounds (Jolly Phonics) and teach alternative phonemes e.g. a_e as in cake, ay as in play etc

Focus on segmenting (saying each individual sound in a word) and blending (saying the whole word) when reading and writing

Teach letter names and capital letters

Continue to develop handwriting and correct letter formation

Consolidate key words and learn new tricky words

Simple sentence writing incorporating key words and phonic strategies

Writing for different purposes – descriptions, labels, letters, lists, cards, maps, fact files etc

Sentence structure and grammar: capitals, finger spaces (spaces between words) and full stops

Continue to read a range of text types (fiction and non-fiction)

Tales Toolkit (creating stories and developing oracy skills)

Maths (MD)

In the Early Years Foundation Stage, Mathematics is broken down into two aspects:

  • Numbers
  • Shape, Space and Measures

Mathematics is all about understanding and using shape, space, measures and numbers to solve everyday problems like how much sticky tape to use to wrap a parcel or the number of red balloons that would need to be bought so that there were enough for all the children attending a party. Helping children to enjoy Mathematics is probably one of the most important things that adults can do so that children realise that mathematics is a way of finding things out and solving problems. In order to do this, we will be using concrete apparatus (Numicon) and immersing the children in a number rich environment through songs, play and activities.  In the course of this, your child will learn to:

Participate in daily counting activities and songs

Consolidate knowledge of  numbers up to 20 and beyond

Continue to link Numicon shapes to numerals

Identify shapes and patterns and order numbers correctly

Find how many by grouping

Add using Numicon shapes e.g. one more, two more …

Subtract using Numicon shapes

Halve and share


Recognise a range of 2D shapes

Begin to use positional language (e.g. behind, on top of etc)


Understanding the World (UW)

Understanding of the World is about how children get to know about other people, the place where they live and about all aspects of the environment.  In the EYFS, Understanding the World is broken down into three aspects:

  • People and Communities
  • The World
  • Technology

To help your child understand the world we will:

Learn about growing e.g. planting seeds, life cycles of butterflies…

Explore floating and sinking with different objects

Have a visit from a real-life superhero

Use Beebots (robots) to develop an early understanding of computing

Look at different ways of travelling

Participate in forest schools

Participate in cooking activities

Expressive Art and Design (EAD)

In the EYFS, EAD is broken down into two aspects:

·         Exploring and using media and materials

·         Being imaginative

Your child will:

Learn and perform a range of old and new songs

Play with musical instruments (e.g. drums, tambourines, maracas etc)

Dress-up and engage in imaginative play

Create masks, puppets and models from junk



Be an artist-in-residence e.g. Clown week (date TBC)

Special Events

Drama 4 All workshop in January

ECO project

How parents can be involved in home learning

Please read every day with your child and practise the key words that we will send home. Encourage your child to hold a pencil correctly.  Give your child lots of opportunities to colour, cut and draw in order to develop their fine motor skills. Little and often is the key!

English Key Skills
Speaking and listening

I can speak aloud to friends, in a group and to an adult.

I can talk about things that interest me including stories.

I can listen whilst others are speaking and wait for my turn to talk.

I can listen and follow simple instructions.

I can ask and answer questions appropriately during carpet time / circle time.

I can use talk during role play activities.

I can use talk to deepen my understanding.


Reading (word/comprehension)

I can read all Reception key words and the majority of key words for Y1.

I can show an awareness of full stops when reading aloud.

I can blend and segment unfamiliar words.

I can talk about a favourite story, poem or character.

I can answer simple questions about a familiar story.

I can make simple predictions about a text.

I can use a simple word bank.

I can read fiction, non-fiction and poetry appropriate for my phonic level.

I can retell key points in a familiar story.

I can join in during whole class retelling of a story.



I can write three simple sentences.

I can show an awareness of full stops, capital letters and finger spaces.

I can say a sentence, write and read it back to check it makes sense.

I can begin to write a sentence using the connectives ‘and’ or ‘but’

I can write simple texts such as names, labels, captions, lists, diagrams and messages.



I can write simple sentences using full stops, capital letters and finger spaces.

I can use simple connectives to join two simple sentences.

I can use prepositions correctly in my speech (e.g. up, down, in, into, out, to, onto).

I am familiar with determiners and use them correctly in my speech (e.g. the, a, my, your, an, this, that, his, her, their, some, all).

I can use adjectives to describe nouns (e.g. old, little, big, small quiet).



I can hold a pencil correctly, sit up correctly and steady my work.

I am beginning to form all letters and numbers (0-9) correctly.

I am beginning to write on the line.

My teacher and I can read what I’ve written.



I can read and spell all key words for Reception and possibly year 1 (red words).

I can recognise all phonic sounds and blends (set 1, 2 and 3).

I can ‘have a go’ at spelling words using my phonic knowledge.


Introduce: finger spaces, letter, word, sentence, full stops, capital letter.

Maths Key Skills

  1. I can count backwards and forwards to and across 20.
  2. I can count, read, write numbers up to 20
  3. I can double and halve numbers up to 20.
  4. I can use the language of: equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most, least.
  5. I know the number story of all numbers up to 20.
  6. I can identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations including the number line.


  1. I can begin to recognise and use +, – and = symbols.
  2. I know my number bonds to 20.
  3. I can identify one more and one less from a given number less than 20.

Fractions, Decimals and Percentages

  1. I recognise and use doubles and halves of numbers and quantities.


  1. I can use common vocabulary for comparison e.g. heavier, taller, full, longest, quickest.
  2. I can compare two lengths, masses or capacities by direct comparison.
  3. I can say and order the months of the year.
  4. I know the number of and names of the days in a week.
  5. I can sequence events in chronological order using terms such as: before, after, next, first, yesterday, today, tomorrow, afternoon and evening.
  6. I can use everyday language to talk about time, money, size, weight, capacity, position, distance, to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems.


  1. I can recognise and name common 2D, and some 3D, shapes.

Homework to do at home while the school is closed

Home Learning Pack 2

Dear parents. We have tried to create activities that don’t need to be done on the computer and rely on very few resources. Remember little and often is key with your child. Just try your best and try to just enjoy these things and remember its all about the process not the outcome!

Understanding the World

Even from home you can go on adventures and learn all about the world around you!

Go for a learning walk in your area. Look at street names. Encourage your child to sound out the names. Do they notice a postcode on the street name. Was it the same as the street before?

Go on a daffodil hunt. What other yellow flowers can you find? What’s the same about the flowers and what’s different?

Write a list of various shops eg bakers, butchers, supermarket, book shop, café. Get the children to tally how many they can see. How do they know X shop is a bakers? What type of food can they see in the shop window?

Physical Development:

Gross motor:

At school your children have been learning to do pencil rolls in PE. To do a pencil roll see below (image on left) and egg roll (image on right). Be warned! They sometimes get muddles and talk about doing a sausage roll!…With masking tape stick two long lines across the room. Your challenge is to see who can (yes you need to do it too!) continue their chosen roll all the way from one end of the room to the other without coming out of the lines. This activity really helps to strengthen the core (stomach muscles) which in turn helps support your child’s handwriting.

Fine motor:

Create your own diorama with an old shoe box. Look on pinterst (ok that’s one screen moment) for some inspiration. Here are a few examples of ones we copied with children this week and they had to work their finemotor using scissors to cut card and paintbrushes to make different patterns.





Go on a shape hunt around your house (you can also do this on your learning walk or in your garden if you have one). Count how many circles, triangles, rectangles and squares you can see. Draw the shapes and write the numeral next to them to show how many you’ve found.

Make a shop in your house using fruit or toys. How much will they cost? Can you make price tags for them? Can you write an addition number sentence to show how much it would cost to buy 2 things?

Check the time throughout the day. At 9 o’clock you should be starting your day of home learning. Find a clock or watch and look at where the hour and minute hands are pointing. How do you know it is 9 o’clock? Lunch time is at 12 o’clock. Can you check if it is 12 o’clock?



Write up Key words and sounds with buttons! (fine motor and reading). Can you take turns to make the key word? Maybe an older sibling can help.

Key word Splat:

Lay out some key words which your child finds tricky (focus on about 5).   Choose a word for them to find and say it – they need to ‘splat’ the right one to get a point. When they seem confident with all of the words, mix up the words so they’re in different places and try again. If they’re still really confident, let your child be the ‘leader’ and sort the cards and try to catch you out – this is good because they still need to know where the words are to see if you’re ‘right’ but they also get a confidence boost from leading the game. When they’re secure with those 5 words you can try the game with new ones.

If you have “twister’ at home, turn it into sound or key word twister! If you don’t have Twister why not cut up an old cereal box and make your own spinning board and draw the coloured circles with phonic letters on an old double bed sheet!


Write a sentence each day about what you have done and draw a picture of it,

Write silly sentences using your key words.

Write sentences about your family members.



Find a big box and start putting all recycling in it. This will help build your collection for junk modelling. Keep everything. Plastic milk bottles, scraps of foil, old bubble wrap, foil crisp packets etc

Please go through your child,s book shelves and any tatty books keep in a bag ready for some up and coming tasks in the weeks ahead.


If you can access pva glue/glue sticks and masking tape that would really help for future activities


If you have some spare flour this is a great recipe for making playdough:


  • Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
  • Add food colouring TO the boiling water then into the dry ingredients
  • Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough
  • Add the glycerine (optional)
  • Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone. * This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it’s the perfect consistency!*
  • If it remains a little sticky then add a touch more flour until just right



Excitingly, our very own Mr Morrisey has set up a youtube maths channel to support children at home with their learning. You’ll find lots of fun maths games and activities that can be done at home and which are suitable for all primary-age children:



The following link allows you to access reading books. They are available to read instantly and come in many languages:



How to Join Letter-Join:

Homework to do at home while the school is closed

Literacy/Topic (The world is your garden) activities:

  • Draw your favourite animal in its habitat and label it.
  • Find your nearest wood and collect lots of sticks. Can you make a nest?
  • Make a snake sock puppet. Give it button eyes and a long tongue! Write a list of food your snake might want to eat.
  • Write a sentence every day using your key words (in the front of your blue reading diary and on the school website). For example ‘My dad is big.’ Make sure to use cursive writing!
  • Practise making alien words with the phonic handout you were given on parents’ evening. If you missed parents evening ask your teacher for the handout.

Maths activities

  • Practise writing one addition and one subtraction number sentence every day. Use toys to help with your addition and subtraction sentences.
  • Make a total of 20p using 1p,2p 5p and 10p coins.
  • Play snakes and ladders and other counting board games. It’s a brilliant way to help your child build number recognition, counting on, turn taking and learning to lose!

Useful websites to support your child’s learning:

 Twinkle free 1 month membership for parents:

Alphablocks for phonics:

Free phonic games:

Number blocks for counting, adding and subtraction:

How to Join Letter-Join:

Early years and art, what a great combination!

Ms Marshall

Year Team Leader

Miss Roberts

Class Teacher

Miss Sinclair

Class Teacher

Miss Brownlie

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Mrs Roach

Nursery Nurse

Mrs Huckle

Teaching Assistant