Reception Curriculum Notes Spring Term

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to the New Year at Little Sutton Primary School.  We hope you enjoyed the Christmas holiday and we look forward to working with you and your child in 2020. 

These curriculum notes are intended to give you an idea of the topics your child will be studying during the Spring term.  We have also written a reminder with regards to dinner money, medication and equipment needed in school.  Details with regards to homework are also included. 

We hope that these notes will enable you to support your child with the work they are carrying out at school by providing them with opportunities to extend their knowledge of the subjects.  We would also appreciate you supporting them to complete homework as well as ensuring they have all the equipment they will need. Please check the school website every week for homework and other information. Please also follow us on Twitter!

Below is an overview of all the subjects and topics your child will be covering in the Spring term.


Counting in different values (1s, 2s, 5s and 10s), forwards or backwards

Addition & subtraction using different methods of recording – number sentences and part-part-whole diagrams

Patterns & symmetry

Time including days of the week and seasons

Money recognising coins and making small totals

Fractions – whole, halves and quarters


Talk for Writing – learning actions to retell stories

Reading by decoding

Developing sight vocabulary including high frequency words

Linking sounds of letters, naming and sounding letters of the alphabet

Developing writing captions and sentences, including simple punctuation

Segmenting sounds in words, encouraging independent spelling of words

Understanding the World


How toys move, exploring forces, making predictions, floating & sinking


Old & new toys

The story of the teddy bear

Thinking about our own toys and those of family members


Using a variety of programmes, keyboard and tool bars, awareness of technology in the environment, including programmable toys


Creation                                              Mothering Sunday

Chinese New Year                              Easter

Expressive Art & Design

Cooking & gardening activities

Using different media to create representations of toys

Using backgrounds, collage

Quiet, loud & silence when singing, playing or listening to music

Physical Development

Moving to different stimuli                   Different ways of travelling, inc height & speed


It would be most helpful if children could wear uniform that is easy to get on and off as we are trying to encourage independence.


Reading daily, Tricky Word boxes

Homework will be sent out on a weekly basis, sent out on a Wednesday to be returned by following Monday if possible.


Please ensure that inhalers and /or relevant medicines are in school and in date. 

Class Information

Parents Evening Thursday 6th and Tuesday11th February 2020

Please remember to send all drinks separate from books to avoid spillage damage to school reading books – only still unflavoured water to be allowed in class please.  Children are given a choice of water or milk/juice at lunchtimes and so should not need to buy another drink from the kitchen counter. 

If your child is to be collected by someone other than yourself or the named contact persons please let the school know; a note to teachers would be appreciated as it can be difficult to remember verbal messages given at the classroom door.

Please ensure that all of your child’s PE kit is named and that pumps are the correct size.  PE this term will be on Mondays.  Could all clothing and belongings please be re-named as name labels do fade and many are becoming difficult to read.

YR trip to Cannock Chase Toy Museum: Tuesday 28th January

YR Class Assembly for Mothering Sunday: Friday 20th March 2020 9.00 a.m.

Chinese New Year Celebration Day: Date to be confirmed (more information to follow)

On Monday afternoons, while the Reception staff use time for planning, preparation and assessment, the children will enjoy Art and Dance on alternate weeks.

Many thanks for your continued support throughout this year. 

Mrs Farmer & Miss Sanghera