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Reception Spring Term Topics



In this topic, we will be thinking about all things to do with Winter season. We will talk about the weather and the temperature outside. We will talk about the days of the week, the months of the year and begin to understand that Winter is one of four seasons in our calendar. We will look at ice, icicles and snow. We will also be encouraging the children to do up the zips on their coats independently.



For this topic, we will consider why we celebrate things and what people do when they celebrate. We will talk about lots of different New Year Celebrations, including Chinese New Year, Nowruz, Holi and Rosh Hashanah.  We will particularly be focusing on Chinese New Year, which is on Tuesday 1st Feb this year, as one of the biggest celebrations in the world. It is the year of the Tiger and we will be learning about the zodiac race with the 12 animals in the Chinese calendar, telling the story of the dragon Nian and finding out why red is a special colour. We will also look at the celebration of Nowruz and listen to the stories of Nokhodi, King Jamshid and Haji firoz and learn about the special table called Haft Seen. This year, we will also discuss the Queen's platinum jubilee, as she acceded to the throne on 6th February 1952. The main celebrations for this event will take place in the summer term.



We will be thinking about the attributes of a superhero and discussing their superhero powers. The children start the topic by will dressing up in superhero outfits for the day to engross them in the topic. We will be writing words and sentences about superheroes and our challenge will be to build a superhero car in the construction area. Will will make up superhero names for all the children that they can write down and we will use speech bubbles to record superhero conversations. We will be presenting problems to solve and in maths, the children will be matching numbers to find keys to unlock superheroes who are 'trapped'. Towards the end of the topic, we will consider our 'real life' superheroes and will talk about key workers, such as those that work for the NHS, police service, fire service, armed services etc. We will think about the types of jobs they do and the attributes required to be successful.


Amazing Animals

After half term, we will be looking at the different types of animals around the world. We will look at maps of the world to see where they come from and consider their habitats and what they like to eat. We will learn about the different types of animal groups and talk about their differences and similarities.  We will think about what animals need to survive and how we can look after and care for animals.



Easter is a very important time for us at school. We will learn about the story of the Jesus; coming into Jerusalem, his disciples, the last supper, his death and his resurrection. We will talk about the symbols of Easter, such as the Easter egg, palm leaves and the cross. We will discuss the relevance of the hot cross bun, Easter bunnies and chicks and think about why these are considered important at this time of year.




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