Spring Term - Growth and Change


As we dive further into Spring, Reception will begin to look into the concepts of growth and change in living things, exploring the growth of animals and plants and what makes them grow. Children will enjoy taking on tasks which involve observing, measuring and planting in the classroom. So get your plant pots at the ready! 

Taken from the statements within the Development Matters, the list below are the Areas of Learning in which Reception children will be focusing on during this Topic:

Early Years Learning Objectives:

(Taken from Development Matters)

Development Matters:

Physical development: Moving and handling 40-60+ months

  • Uses simple tools to effect changes to materials
  • Handles tools, objects, construction and malleable materials safely and with increasing control.
  • Shows increasing control over an object in pushing, patting, throwing, catching or kicking it.

Physical development: Health and Self-Care 40-60+ months

  • Shows some good understanding that good practices with regard to exercise, eating, sleeping and hygiene can contribute to good health.


Knowledge and Understanding of the World: The World

40-60+ months

  • Looks closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change.

Early Learning Goal

  • Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things.
  • They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.


Expressive arts and design: Exploring and using media and materials (40-60+ months)

  • Understands that different media can be combined to create new effects. •Manipulates materials to achieve a planned effect.
  • Constructs with a purpose in mind, using a variety of resources.
  • Uses simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately. •Selects appropriate resources and adapts work where necessary.
  • Selects tools and techniques needed to shape, assemble and join materials they are using.


Expressive Arts and Design: Being imaginative (40-60+months)

Create simple representations of events, people and objects.

  • Chooses particular colours to use for a purpose.
  • Introduces a storyline or narrative into their play. •Plays alongside other children who are engaged in the same theme. •Plays cooperatively as part of a group to develop and act out a narrative.