Spring Term -

Living Things



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. 

Taken from the statements within the Development Matters and the Early Learning Goals (ELG), 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)

Early Years Learning Objectives:

(Taken from Development Matters 2021 and the Statutory Framework for EYFS)  

Working Towards ELG 


 PSED: Show n ability to follow instructions involving several ideas or actions

Physical Development

• PD: Begin to show accuracy and care when drawing

• PD: Use a range of small tools, including scissors, paint brushes and cutlery

• PD: Use a range of small tools, including scissors, paint brushes and cutlery

 Understanding the World

UW: Explore the natural world around them, making observations and drawing pictures of animals and plants

UW: Know some similarities and differences between the natural world around them and contrasting environments, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class

• UW: Understand some important processes and changes in the natural world around them, including the seasons and changing states of matter

Expressive arts and design

• EAD: Make use of props and materials when role playing characters in narratives and stories

• EAD: Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function

• EAD: Share their creations, explaining the process they have used



In English, our Literacy Counts unit is 'The Extraordinary Gardener' by Sue Boughton. In this unit we will write instructions for planting a sunflower and write a transformation story.



This half term your child will be given their first reading book and diary. Please read your child's reading book with them every day for 10 minutes. A little often has a huge impact on children at this age. Children need to have their reading books and diaries in their bags everyday, so they can be ready to be read with.  We change children's reading books every Friday.



Our maths work this term will follow the First4Maths scheme of learning. In number, we will be looking at number bonds to 5. In 'Measurement, Shapes and Spatial Thinking', we will be using positional language and looking at length.



This half term, PE will be on Thursday and Friday. Please make sure your child comes into school wearing their PE kit on these days.


End of Year Expectations