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Reception Curriculum

Spring Term 2024


EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) 

Reception Classes 


We are really looking forward to welcoming you all to the Spring Term at Hampton Lakes…



We’re going on a journey but where will we go?

Will it be the farmyard or will it be in the snow?

We’re sure to meet some characters some of whom you’ll know,

Rosie the hen, a family and a bear and maybe a Billy Goat!

How will we get there?

Will we need our boots, or can we hop on the bus?

Wherever we decide to go please do come along with us!


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This term, we will provide opportunity for children to embed the sense of independent learning within the EYFS unit, making choices as to the learning they would like to engage in. By taking the lead in their learning, they are able to value themselves as responsible individuals.

We will provide the children with many opportunities to talk about themselves and their feelings as we begin a new year. We will talk about our aspirations for the year ahead and discuss what the children would like to improve on. Opportunities will be planned for the children, to try new activities and encourage them to develop new interests in the Reception unit.


Communication and Language

Communication and Language is developed through everything we do in EYFS. The children have become good listeners, so this term we will focus on furthering the children’s understanding of what they have read or heard and encourage them to ask their own questions. With the introduction of the key vocabulary created each week (linked to our weekly story), the children will be encouraged to use new, and previously learnt, vocabulary from the stories they have been listening to. We will be encouraging the children to engage with non-fiction texts to support our topic this term of ‘We’re going on a journey.’


Physical Development

The children will, as always, be given a variety of opportunities to write and mark make within the EYFS unit. The children will use a range of resources, including: spades, paint brushes, chalk and spray bottles, more often to develop those all-important fine motor skills. The children will embed their use of a range of large and small PE apparatus outside and inside, confidently and safely. They will continue their progression of PE skills each Thursday and this will include throwing, catching, kicking, sending and retrieving. Through playground games the children will also be developing their skills of balance, coordination and agility. We will also be thinking about team work as we create further opportunities for the children to take part in parachute games.



In literacy this term, we will continue to use a range of quality texts to engage the children and enhance the provision in which they learn. We will read books based around the theme of ‘We’re going on a journey’, these will include some familiar texts and some that may be new to the children; they all offer a varied insight into journeys. Some of the texts we will be reading include:


Rosie’s Walk

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Mr Gumpy’s Outing

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Little Red Riding Hood

Brenda’s Boring Egg


In writing, the children will have the opportunity to complete a guided task with an adult which will be used as a tool to enable the children to develop their own child-initiated writing which will be further encouraged this term. There is an expectation that children will be beginning to write simple sentences, both with support and independently, that can be read by themselves and others. In phonics lessons, we will be introducing Little Wandle and focussing on the phase 3 phonemes. We will be developing the children’s confidence in applying both phase 2 and 3 phonemes when reading and writing. The children will read regularly using e-books, as a whole class, in small groups and individually to encourage on sight, segmenting and blending skills.



The children’s knowledge and understanding of time will be further developed as we continue to do the date each day. We will be working on deepening the children’s understanding of numbers to 10. We will be teaching the children the skills to enable them to automatically recall number bonds to 5 and 10. Through everyday counting using the number line, the children will develop an understanding of counting verbally to 20 and beyond. The children will compare quantities of up to 10 and also combine 2 groups of numbers. We will learn about the names of different 3D shapes and use these to create models. We will revisit the key concepts such as weight, capacity, time and length to encourage the children to use comparative language within everyday experiences including prepositions, this links nicely to the story Rosie’s Walk.


Understanding the World

This term, our focus will be on the world around us. We will develop the children's understanding of different modes of transport, old and new and which ones would be the most suitable to travel to different places far and away. We will then explore map work around our local environment, and the children will be encouraged to observe, discuss and record what they can see. The children will then explore how this may differ from where they live or places they have been. As the weather gets warmer, we will also be thinking about the changes within the natural world such as the differences between seasons, with a focus on Spring. Through the stories we will be reading with the children, we will also be discussing the past and present in their own lives, this may lead on to thinking about days out you have shared together and celebrations they have encountered in their lives.


We will be exploring lifecycles starting with looking at our own and how we have changed from a baby to now. This will then link it to the lifecycle of a chicken. We will do this through real life experiences including looking after and nurturing our very own chicks and a visit to a farm.


Expressive Arts and Design

Through the development of the role play and small world areas, the children will be able to make up their own stories and narratives as well as retell well known texts. The children will be able to make their own props to support with acting out stories, as well as using their imagination to use things that are available to them in an interesting way. The children will be able to create their own 2D and 3D modes of transport, explaining the processes they have used in making them. The children will develop their skills in using different tools and techniques. We will also be actively encouraging the children to invent their own narratives with their peers and adults around them, based on the theme of journeys. 


And finally...


Look out for the weekly EYFS newsletters, on these you will receive updates on the areas of learning, the texts we will be focussing on each week, weekly reminders and ideas to help at home.


The Reception Team


Mrs Mastin, Mrs Cook, Mrs Piroth and Miss King


We are very much looking forward to this term!


*Please click here for Reception weekly update letters

* Please click here to view the Reception Phonics Workshop Presentation