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.

To begin the next half term we will be discussing the topic ‘mini-beasts’ through a rhyming book ‘Mad about Mini-beasts’, written by Giles Andreae. We will explore their different habitats and learn about their life cycles.

Our learning will progress onto reading ‘The Enormous Turnip’ with a focus on growing and plants.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

What we will do: Talk about our likes and dislikes when discussing different mini-beasts and characters from our stories. Discuss how we show respect and look after living things such as plants.


What we will do: Focus on teen numbers and learn how to partition numbers into tens and ones. Explore how to make numbers in different ways, dividing them into groups. Revisit our knowledge of 2D and 3D shapes and practise using vocabulary to describe them.


What we will do: Continue to practise using our sounds to write simple words and sentences. Explore rhyming words and look for patterns in the spellings. Retell traditional tales and sequence the key events. Think about how we can make changes to the story.

Physical Development

What we will do: Discuss which foods contribute to a healthy lifestyle and how we can make good choices about our diets. Explore where foods come from and how some are grown. Continue to develop our skills with balls and bean bags, practising to throw and catch. Begin to practise races in preparation of sports day.

Understanding the World

What we will do: Explore different habitats of mini-beasts and design Bug Hotels.  Introduce life cycles of animals and talk about the changes that take place. Look at what is needed to help plants grow and discuss the stages in their life cycle.

Communication and Language

What we will do: Learn new vocabulary about mini-beasts and describe what they look like and where they live. Retell the story the Enormous Turnip and use drama to act out the story. 

Creative Arts and Design

What we will do: Use a range of materials to make mini-beasts. Revisit mixing colours and make symmetrical butterfly and ladybird paintings. Create story puppets and perform stories to each other.


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 2 - Feb 2019

Reception Topic Overview - Spring Term 2 - Feb 2019

Reading in Reception