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St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School Chiswick



Please see below for our topics this term and how you can help at home. 

Many thanks,

Mrs Norris and Ms Brownscombe


Reception Curriculum Letter

Spring 2018


Dear Parents/Carers,


Our theme for this half term will be ‘Story Time’  and after half term it will be’ Out of This World’


Religious Education


Our topic this term is Getting To Know Jesus and our Learning Goals will be :

  • Know that Jesus has a great love for each one of us and think of ways in which we can show our love for Jesus.
  • Hear that Jesus cured people who were ill & think of ways in which we can show our love for people who are ill.
  • Know that Jesus showed that he was the Son of God at the Wedding at Cana and think about what this means for us.


Next term our topic is Sorrow and Joy and our Learning Goals will be :

  • Understand that we are capable of hurting others & that we should always try to be kind to each other.
  • Know that we can say sorry when we hurt someone but we need to ask Jesus to help us to do this
  • Know that we need to ask Jesus to help us to be kind to others.
  • Know that Jesus forgave those who hurt him. Know that we can forgive other people when they hurt us.


Personal Social and Emotional Development


  • Takes steps to resolve conflicts with other children, e.g. finding a compromise.


  • Children play co-operatively, taking turns with others. They show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children.


  • 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.


  • 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.



Communication and Language


  • They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions.


  • They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.



Physical Development

  • They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing


  • Children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe





  • Children read and understand simple sentence


  • Uses vocabulary and forms of speech that are increasingly influenced by their experiences of books.


 • Enjoys an increasing range of books


  • Uses some clearly identifiable letters to communicate meaning, representing some sounds correctly and in sequence.


 •Writes own name and other things such as labels,captions.


•Attempts to write short sentences in meaningful contexts.



Mathematical Development



• In practical activities and discussion, beginning to use the vocabulary involved in adding and subtracting.


•Records, using marks that they can interpret and explain


Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers


Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems.


Understanding of the World


They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.


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.


Expressive Arts and Design/Music


They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function


Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes



We will be teaching the Phase 3 phonic sounds this term, all of which are digraphs and trigraphs.

We will also be continuing to teach tricky words

We will be reading and writing sentences and encouraging the children to have a go at this independently and for a range of purposes.       


How to help at home.

Please support your child by encouraging them to be as independent as possible, especially with dressing themselves and tidying up.


Please continue to read the children’s reading book with them and recording this in the reading records.


You can encourage your child to write sentences from the stories we are teaching- for example” run, run as fast as you can.” Or write some instructions for making porridge “put in the oats.”