Reception Spring Curriculum

Spring Term 1: Tell me a story – Where do I live?

Successful Learners

Areas of learning

  • As ‘learners’ we will make choices about what we do.
  • As ‘friends’ we will let each other have a turn.
  • As ‘builders’ we will build and construct with different materials and use different tools.
  • As ‘gymnasts’ we will learn to climb, balance and pedal.
  • As ‘actors’ we will dress up and make up stories together.
  • As ‘story tellers’, we will learn to share and talk about our favourite stories.

Confident Individuals


We will grow in confidence and talk to our friends and special adults about our home and community. We will ask for toys and share and take turns with each other.

Responsible Citizens


  • We will learn how to use our resources with care and to play in our Nursery environment safely.

Spiritual & Moral

  • We will learn to recognise other people’s feelings.


  • We will involve our families in our play and learning at Nursery

Spring 1i Overview

Spring Term 2: What else is living in our environment?

Successful Learners

Areas of learning

  • As scientists we will find out about our living environment and why things happen. We will explore similarities, differences, patterns and change in the natural world especially focusing on growth and new life.
  • As artists we will use our living environment as a stimulus to help us be creative and to develop our imagination in art, design, role play, music and dance.
  • As geographers we will observe, find out about and identify features in our environment and the natural world.
  • As successful learners we will be:-playing and exploring,; be active in our learning ;and be creating and thinking critically. We will also explore our interests and use them to further our learning.

Confident Individuals


  • To develop our ability to rise to challenges and solve relevant problems within our environment e.g. redesigning and improving our outside area/ growing plants successfully.

Responsible Citizens


  • To understand that our environment needs to be maintained and recognise the community’s role in caring for this


Spiritual & Moral

  • To appreciate the responsibility we all share in maintaining our local community and looking after our natural environment.
  • To understand the value of co-operation in achieving this.


  • To gain an understanding of individuals who help us within our community and invite them into school e.g. Community support officers, gardeners and lollipop people.

Spring 2 Overview

Communication and Language

Listening and Attention

Children listen attentively in a range of situations. They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity


Children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.


Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.



Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.


Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.

Understanding the World

The World

Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes


Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.

Physical Development

Moving and Handling

Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.

Expressive Arts and Design

Exploring and using media and materials

Children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.

Being Imaginative

Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Self- confidence and self-awareness

Children play co-operatively, taking turns with others. They take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity. They show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children.

Making relationships

Children are confident to try new activities, and say why they like some activities more than others. They are confident to speak in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas, and will choose the resources they need for their chosen activities. They say when they do or don’t need help.

Managing feelings and behaviour

Children talk about how they and others show feelings, talk about their own and others’ behaviour, and its consequences, and know that some behaviour is unacceptable. They work as part of a group or class, and understand and follow the rules. They adjust their behaviour to different situations, and take changes of routine in their stride.



Children count reliably with numbers from one to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.

Shape, space and measures

Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.