Spring Term in Reception


Welcome to Corrie!

Everyone in the Reception Team are incredibly excited to see you all again and to begin a brilliant 2023 together!

The Reception team would like to welcome you to our year group page.

Here you will find information about what your child has been learning in Reception and how you can help them at home. This page will be updated with information about current and future topics.

What does your child need for Reception?

  • A school uniform and shoes
  • A water bottle
  • A coat
  • A pair of wellies
  • A set of spare clothes in a soft bag to hang on their peg.
  • A smile!

Please label all of your child’s belongings with their name.

The Topics over Spring 1 are Winter and Cold Habitats!

During this term we will be learning all about how the season has changed from Autumn to Winter and observing the changes around us. We also be exploring how countries around the globe are different to the one we live in, including Antarctica and China. As part of this learning we will be exploring their weather, animals and traditions.

Spring 2 – We will exploring learning around the topics People Who Help Us, Superheroes and Easter Celebrations!


In Maths, in addition to following their own interests the children will be exploring:

  • Number Bonds to 5
  • Counting 6, 7, 8
  • Counting 9 and 10
  • Money
  • Time
  • Shape
  • Early Doubling
  • Subitising
  • Comparing Numbers within 10
  • Comparing Groups to 10
  • Adding to 10
  • Combining two groups to find a whole.
  • Halving
  • Doubling
  • Sharing



As part of our Topics we will be exploring a variety of texts;

Spring 1

  • Stick Man by Julia Donaldson
  • One Snowy Night by Nick Butterworth
  • One Day On Our Blue Planet: In the Antarctic by Ella Bailey
  • The Emperor’s Egg by Martin Jenkins
  • The Great Pet Sale by Nick Butterworth
  • Maisy’s Chinese New Year by Lucy Cousins

Spring 2

  • Real Superheroes by DK Children
  • Heroes Who Help Us Around the World by Liz Gogerly
  • Ten Little Superheroes by Mike Brownlow
  • Supertato by Sue Hendra
  • Mr Wolf’s Pancakes by Jan Fearnley

The key skills they will begin to develop through this area of learning are,

  • Identifying main characters in a story
  • Asking and answering ‘where’ and ‘how’ questions
  • Small group discussions
  • Using connectives to join ideas
  • Retelling the ‘One Snowy Night’
  • Ask questions to find out more and to check they understand what has been said to them
  • Linking events in a story to own experiences
  • Asking and answering ‘why’ questions
  • Whole class discussions
  • Using past tense
  • Retelling the story ‘Supertato’


Our Core Nursery Rhymes and Songs shared will be,

  • 5 Little Fingers; In and Out
  • On a Cold and Frosty Morning
  • We’re all Going to Dance Like a Penguin
  • Snowflake, Snowflake
  • One Tomato, Two Tomatoes
  • Paper Lanterns
  • Spring is Here
  • Wheels on the Bus
  • Five Little Firemen
  • Miss Polly Had a Dolly
  • This is the Way He Lay the Bricks
  • Finger Family: People Who Help Us
  • How to be a Superhero
  • The Superhero Parade
  • I’m a Superhero



In Phonics, the children will be recapping Phase 2 and 3 single letter sounds and learning digraph and trigraphs from Phase 3 Phonics and the phase two and three key words. These will be sent as homework for the children to practise at home.

We use the Story Time Phonics scheme to teach phonics. It supports the Phonics Planning of Letters and Sounds by learning the actions to the song for each new letter sound and the actions.



Outdoor Learning

The children have access to the outdoor area where we develop children’s creative ideas through different role-play areas enhanced with quality play equipment. The outdoor learning gives children the platform to learn and explore through all the areas of the Early Years Foundation stage curriculum.


Learning at Home

For your child’s homework each week, they will bring home a library book to share with you.

Your child’s library book will be changed every Monday.

Your child will bring home two reading books. Their ‘Read to Me’ Text will be change every week and Wordless or Phonics Decodable book will be changed every other week. Their books and logs need to be handed in every Wednesday.

Every Friday, your child will bring their homework book home to complete an activity that supports their learning that has taken place that week, which you can choose with your child from the menu below. These can be completed in any order. They can be completed in their homework book or presented and shared in any way that they choose. For example, photographs and videos taken can be shared by email at reception@corrie.tameside.sch.uk Their homework is due the following Wednesday every week. Here’s our current Homework Menu – Winter and Polar Explorers Reception Spring 1 Homework Menu


Happy Learning from the Reception class team.

Mrs Macdonald, Miss Combs, Mrs Baguley, Miss Leach and Miss Machin

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