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St Giles' Catholic Primary School

Part of the Painsley Catholic Academy

Grow in Faith and Love

"In our school we value and respect every person as a child of God, as we grow together in faith, and love."


Welcome to Reception!



Reception Spring Term 2


Another busy half term ahead! Below is a ‘snapshot’ of all the learning in Reception class this half term.  Please see the weekly ‘Reception News’ for information on our learning each week!


Personal Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

Show and Tell – The children really enjoyed taking part in show and tell last half term, so we will continue every day.  Three children will be chosen at random daily to bring something in to chat about the next day. We love seeing places that the children have visited and asking questions!

Circle Time – We have circle time every Friday as an opportunity for children to share any news that they may have and an opportunity to talk about different topics such as feelings.


Physical Development

Monday is our PE day and ASM will be coming to visit us to play lots of fun games!  Please make sure that PE kits stay in school (with all PE kit named) and that all PE shoes still fit.




We will be completing Phase 3 in letters and sounds. This involves learning the graphemes;


We will then move onto Phase 4 in letters and sounds which focusses on applying the sounds that we have learnt in Phase 3 in our writing.  This half term we will be focussing on writing short sentences.


In Literacy this term we will be focussing on the books, ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ by Michael Rosen.  We will be making story maps for the stories and thinking of how we can change the story to create an alternative one by changing a part, as well as doing lots of fun writing activities!



In maths this half term we will be focussing on;

  • Using five frames to find different ways of making five.
  • Using ten frames to find different ways to make 10 eg. 7+3=10.
  • Writing addition and subtraction number sentences
  • Using numicon resources to explore different ways to make 10.
  • Learning to tell the time using o’clock and learn the days of the week.
  • Recognising coins
  • One more and one less


Religious Education

In RE this half term we will be focusing on ‘Prayer’, ‘Lent’ and ‘Holy Week’. During our prayer unit we will be learning the ‘Hail Mary’ and the ‘Our Father’.  It would be great if you could practise these prayers at home!

Understanding the World

This half term we will be learning about the season of ‘Spring’.  We will be taking part in lots of spring crafts! We also have ‘Science Week’ this half term when we will be taking part in lots of different experiments and activities!  On 7th March we have world book day and will be dressing up as a book character.  As part of our work on ‘The Gingerbread Man’ we will be making our own gingerbread man!

Many Thanks for your continued support.

Mrs Samuels

Reception Long Term Plan 2018-2019


Communication and Language/ Literacy


Physical Development

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design

Enhancement Days

Autumn 1





The Little Red Hen


Fine Motor skills


Settling in; Develop independent skills;

Our Senses;

Diwali; Autumn

Using a range of materials and techniques to create art

Art and DT with CD

CAFOD fast day;


Autumn 2



The Enormous Turnip

The Christmas Story


Cursive Handwriting



Being responsible – looking after our things and tidying up


Autumn; Keeping safe

Christmas activities


Art and DT with CD

Christmas Nativity,

Winter Wonderland Visit



Spring 1

Food/ Winter


The Gingerbread Man



Cursive Handwriting



Taking turns;

Being a good friend;

Helping others


Winter; Compare local area with Polar Regions;

Making a Gingerbread man

Colour mixing; cold colours;


Chinese New Year

Spring 2



The Very Hungry Caterpillar


Cursive Handwriting



Working together;

What I am good at


Growing bean plants; human growth and development; Life cycles

Planting cress



Summer 1



The Three Little Pigs



Healthy living; Cursive Handwriting


Working as a team;

Developing good relationships


Mother and baby animals; zoo animals, farm animals

Responding to different types of music; Creating sound effects

Trip to Peak Wildlife Park


Summer 2




Three Billy Goats Gruff


Cursive Handwriting


Solving problems;

Moving on

Scientific processes – magnets; floating and sinking; summer

Art based around the painting ‘Surprised!’ by Henri Rousseau


Sports Day; Transition visit


Suggested Books for Reception