At Bannockburn, we believe that children in Reception learn best by 'doing'. Reception is part of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and is based on the four main principles of the Early Years Profile; a unique child, positive relations, learning developments and enabling environments.

Over the next half term we will be discussing the topic, Dinosaurs. We will be learning about a range of amazing animals that once roamed the earth, what they ate and what they looked like. Our core text this half term will be ‘How to Grow a Dinosaur’, written by Caryl Hart and Ed Eaves.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

What we will do: Encourage children to ask questions about what they would like to find out about dinosaurs. Discuss ways in which we can find out information and the answers to our questions.


What we will do:

Explore measurement and introduce vocabulary such as height, length, weight and capacity, discussing the tools we can use to measure them. Explore doubling numbers to 10. Look at time and recognising the positions of each hand at ‘o’clock’ and ‘half past’ times.  


What we will do: Look at labelling and identifying parts of various dinosaurs. We will compare similar and different dinosaur features. Focus on recognising tricky words and using our sounds to segment and blend to read and write words and simple sentences.

Understanding the World

What we will do: Look at some of the different dinosaurs that existed, focusing on their habitat and diet. Discuss about where we live and how it is different to where dinosaurs used to live. Looking at dinosaur skin and discussing patterns.

Physical Development

What we will do: Practise safely using a range of tools, such as scissors and glue. Discuss dinosaur diets and compare them to our own, thinking about what we need to lead healthy lifestyles. Move like dinosaurs on all fours, ‘on back legs’, ‘swimming’ and ‘flying’.

Communication and Language

What we will do: Discuss different dinosaurs that we know. Extend children’s vocabulary by learning about dinosaur-specific topics. Talk about our most and least favourite ones, explaining why we like/dislike them.  

Creative Arts and Design

What we will do: Design our own dinosaur seed packets. Make dinosaur eggs using clay and dinosaur pictures using 2D shapes. Imaginative role play when storytelling.


Please click below to see the latest version of the Reception newsletter, how we support reading and the curriculum topic overview.

Reception Newsletter - Spring Term 1 - 2019

Reception Topic Overview - Spring Term 1 - January 2019

Reading in Reception