January 2021 


Dear Parents 


Spring Term 2021 – Reception Curriculum Newsletter 


Happy New Year! 


This half term we will be covering the themes of Winter, Polar Regions and Chinese New Year.  After half term we shall be learning about Spring.  These themes help us with our Understanding of the World and learning to respect that different people have different beliefs, attitudes, traditions and customs. Much of our learning will be linked to our topics but wherever possible we will follow the children’s interests alongside our planned activities.  


In our Personal, Social and Emotional Development lessons we shall be learning about developing resilience and to keep going when things are challenging.  


In Phonics we shall continue with Phase 3 of ‘Letters and Sounds’ learning different digraphs/trigraphs and tricky words – we will update these weekly via Seesaw so that you can support at home. 


In Maths we will consolidate our number knowledge to 10 and develop our confidence counting forwards and backwards, adding and subtracting and finding one more or less than these numbers. 


In PE we shall be learning dance and yoga on Tuesdays and parachute games then ball skills on Wednesdays with Miss Bichard. Swimming for Mrs Cartmell’s class will start when the current restrictions are lifted. 


In Music we are still under the restrictions imposed on us due to Covid, which means that singing is still not allowed. Therefore, we will continue to learn counting and action rhymes using movement to enjoy the music and play listening games identifying different sounds in the classroom. We will use a variety of percussion instruments to explore sound and learn about beat and tempo. We will add musical sounds to tell stories such as “The 3 Billy Goats Gruff” and “The 3 Little Pigs.” We will listen to recorded music and link this to class topics such as winter and the Chinese New Year. 


In IT we shall be introducing bee-bots and learning how to program them to follow a simple route. 


During the cold weather children must wear their warm school coats even on PE days. Please encourage your child to practise zipping up their own coat and PE jacket. We would recommend having named winter school hats and a pair of gloves in school every day.  


On Forest School Fridays, children should bring a couple of extra layers that they can wear under the waterproof suits as the children do not wear their coat in Forest School.  


Please also ensure that children have a water bottle in school every day. These bottles should have a sports cap, as this helps reduce spillages when they get knocked over. 


Please continue to share interests, achievements and learning from outside school with us on Seesaw, the children are always very proud to share their posts with their classmates. 


Thank you for your continued support. If you have any concerns or queries, please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s class teacher.  


Kind regards 


Reception Team 


Mrs Scott                     Mrs Crute             Mrs Cartmell