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Spring Term 2013

Dear All,

Happy New Year!! Christmas already seems such a long time ago, but I would just like to say a big thank you for your very generous gifts. I enjoyed opening them. The children have discussed how much they enjoyed opening their presents too!!!!! I thought everyone was fantastic in the Christmas play and I am so impressed with resilience the children showed within school towards the end of term even though many of them felt no where near 100%. Let’s hope the bugs stay away a little more this term.

We have already discussed and started our new topic. We are going to look at ‘animals through traditional tales and rhymes’. This came about because the children really loved the visit from the animal man on our cluster day and because we felt that in discussion we didn’t know many of the traditional stories. So we have decided to combine the two!

You may be aware that as of September 2012 the Foundation Stage (Reception Year) has been divided into 7 areas of development: Personal, Social and Emotional; Communication and Language; Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the world; Expressive arts and design; and Physical development. The topic will be explored in an integrated way which covers all of these areas. However, some of the more specific areas we shall be covering within the strands are as follows. Please remember that these statements will be differentiated according to individual needs for each child.


  • Explain knowledge and ask questions of others
  • Take steps to resolve simple conflicts with others independently
  • Understand the cause and effects of behaviour and actions

Communication and Language:

  • Join in with repeated refrains and anticipate key events in rhymes and stories
  • Be able to follow a story without pictures or prompts
  • Use language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences in their play
  • Introduce a storyline narrative into their play
  • Use a range of tenses
  • Look at differences between films and stories of traditional tales


  • Know information can be relayed in the form of print
  • Enjoy an increasing  range of traditional stories and rhymes
  • Know that information can be retrieved from books and computers and begin to learn how to do it
  • Hear and say the initial sounds and blends in simple words
  • Write labels, captions and lists linked to the topic
  • Record new stories we have created in a variety of ways
  • Find different ways to start a story


  • Count topic objects accurately, even if it is an irregular arrangement
  • Estimate how many are in a group and check
  • Recognise numerals on a 100  square
  • Use numbers in different contexts
  • Use everyday language about time
  • Add and subtract 2 single digits
  • Solve problems including doubling, halving and sharing

Understanding of the World

  • Use ICT to find out information about real animals
  • Shows care and concern for the living things and the environment
  • Developing an understanding od growth , decay and change over time
  • Knows how to operate simple equipment to record videos and stories
  • Begin to understand where some of our food comes from

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Explore sounds that can be used to enhance storytelling
  • Build a wider repertoire of songs linked to animals/ traditional tales
  • Build stories around toys and props
  • Play alongside others who are engaged in the same theme
  • Select tools and techniques needed to shape, assemble and join materials used

Physical Development

  • Negotiate space
  • Show understanding of the need for safety when tackling challenges
  • Form recognisable letters which are mostly correctly formed
  • Show good co-ordination when using and manipulating objects

Forest school will take place on a Tuesday afternoon (as long as weather and health make this viable). Please make sure your child brings their forest school kit on these days, with warm waterproof clothes, hats scarves and gloves and Wellingtons which should be left at school.

Offers of resources are welcomed. This term we would really like any boxes and cartons to make our models with. Also, if anyone has access to hay bales we would really like approximately 6…..

The door is always open.  Please come and ask about anything that is not clear, any worries you may have or anything you may need to tell me.

Best wishes



Lisa Williams


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