en English


Miss McGhee
Reception teacher

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Welcome to Reception!

The staff in Reception are Miss McGhee and Miss Bradley.


After completing our ‘Gathering’ topic we will be learning about growing. We will be making lent promises to help us to grow to be more like Jesus. We will celebrate talk about lent and the things we are going to do extra to be more like Jesus. We will be looking at how we have grown in our lives so far and how the things around us grow.  


Our talk for writing focus this half term will be ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. We will be role playing the story in our home corner. We will be using the language of size moving on from small medium and large to other size words. We will be roleplaying the characters in the small world house and labelling objects from the story. We will use our actions and phrases in talk for writing to retell the story with our peers. We will be singing songs and learning rhymes that link in with the story such as ‘I know a teddy bear’ and the ‘Goldilocks rhyme’. 

We will be writing about the characters from the story and starting to write our own sentences about the story.  


We will be using the language of size to order different objects from the story. We will be using positional language for where Goldilocks could hide in the house. We will move on from one more and play games to become more confident with one less and subtraction. We will use our reasoning skills to make different sized and other objects chairs that fit the characters from the story. We will practice recognising, counting and ordering numbers to 20 as well as using them to combine amounts and add by counting on.  

Knowledge and understanding the world

Linking to our growing topic we will be looking at the plants as they grown in our outdoor area, we will observe the changes in the flowers as they are picked, put into water and eventually die. We will use our ICT skills to access programmes including maths and phonics. We will look at how we have grown from babies to children and notice the similarities and differences during these stages. In March we will be taking part in ‘A Big Science Day’. Through dance, drama and role play we will learn about the wider issues across the world involving the environment. We will welcome our parents in to share in a Mouse Club stay and play session focussed on Understanding the World. 


In our outdoor play we will be using the equipment to balance and travel around, we will be making dens and other representations using the sticks and large blocks. We will be using our funky fingers to build the muscles in our hands and help us to write with ease. We will continue to learn lots of new skills and games during our PE lessons.  


This half term we will be learning about why ‘It’s good to be me’. Children will be encouraged to find their skills and show them to others. Children will work together in partners and small groups. This will link to our growing theme as children develop targets for themselves and learn to do something new from one of their peers.  

Expressive arts

We will be observing and then drawing and painting different flowers. We will learn about famous paintings of flowers that have been painted by artists including sunflowers by Van Gogh. We will be role playing the story of Goldilocks and the three bears in many different ways. We will be making lots of Easter crafts towards the end of this half term including our own patterned eggs.