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.

For the second half of the Spring Term in Reception we will be reading the story, ‘How to Grow a Dinosaur’.  We will be looking at how to keep our bodies healthy, what seeds and plants need to grow and learning facts about dinosaurs.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will talk about how we can support each other within class and in our play.

You could support by:  Talking to your child about the importance of our school values such as fairness, kindness and co-operation.

Communication and Language

We will look at the different life cycles of frogs, ducks and seeds and talk about the changes that happen at each stage.

You could support by: Growing your own plants at home and getting your child to document each stage so that they can bring it in to share with the class.

Physical Development

We will look at the different food groups that make a balanced and healthy diet. 

You could support: By encouraging your child to help cook their own meals.


What we will do: We will be learning facts about lots of different dinosaurs.

You could support by: Encouraging your child to research facts about dinosaurs by looking at books and online.

Understanding the World

We will learn about how our environment changes during spring time and about different festivals, such as Easter and Holi.  

You could support by: Encouraging children to spend time outdoors, discussing how it looks different from January and talk about the importance of looking after the environment. 


We will be looking at both 2D and 3D shapes and creating pictures and sculptures with them.

You could support by:  Encourage your child to look for different shapes in the environment and see if they can describe how many sides, edges and faces it has.

Expressive Arts and Design

We will create close observational drawings of flowers that are in the environment and that we have grown ourselves and creating healthy eating posters.  

You could support by: Encouraging children to draw a picture of their local environment and suggest one thing that they would like to add to make it even better.

This term we will also be arranging a visit to Woolwich fruit and vegetable market, where children will have the opportunity to buy different fruit and vegetables that they can taste and cook with.

Reception newsletter Spring 2017

Reception newsletter Spring 2 - 2017