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Spring Term 2

Welcome back! We hope that you are feeling refreshed and prepared for the remainder of the Spring term! Below is our overview for ‘Animals’ topic and details about our trip to West Lodge Farm Park. Our classroom has been transformed into a Veterinary Surgery and Farm Café.


We will be continuing our gymnastics scheme of work this term. Children will be taught to move and handle equipment within the school hall as well as understand the health and safety aspects.

Please ensure that all items of clothing are named clearly to avoid any mix ups.


We will be building on our knowledge of single sounds and digraphs throughout this term. As well as blending and segmenting of CCVC sounds (snap, frog, bran), we will begin to introduce the children to CCVCC words (flash, paint, slept).

We will work on the remaining digraphs and applying them to words:

ch, sh, th, ng, nk, ai, ay, ee, ie, oa, oo, ar, or, er, ur, ow, oi, oy

Please continue to support your child in recognising and writing their first name and surname as well encouraging them to write wherever possible at home.

Our red words that we are teaching and reinforcing this term are:

I, to, the, no, go, was, all, my, said, he, we, me, be, she, some, come

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The children will be looking at fact files about different animals. We will look at what animals eat, where their habitats are and what their young are called.

We will also be looking at the role of a vet and encouraging children to take on this role using our super veterinary surgery in the classroom.

We are hoping that you, as parents, could support our classroom learning by offering to bring your pets into school for a quick 10-15 minute talk. This will give the children first-hand experience of animals and give them the opportunity to ask questions to further their understanding.


Communication and Language

Pets (information non-fiction book)

Six Dinner Sid

Rosie’s Walk

What the Ladybird Heard

We are also making our own story in class (Mr Wiggle and Mr Waggle)

Continue to discuss about features of a book such as whether it is fiction or non-fiction, whether it rhymes, who the author is and what a blurb is. We will continue to sequence stories into beginning, middle and end and make predictions based on what we know.


Say and use number names in order to 20 and beyond in familiar contexts e.g. number rhymes, songs and stories. Count back from 10.

We will focus on one to one correspondence up to 20 objects

Order a set of numbers 1- 10/ 1-20.

Relate addition to combining two groups. Separate (partition) a given number of objects into two groups.

Relate subtraction to taking away, counting how many left.

We will be introducing the concept of board games and how to play (Snakes and Ladders)

The children did really well in the first half of Spring term with 3D shape. We hope the song didn’t annoy you too much! We will be recapping our 3D shapes and making animal pictures using shapes that we know.  

We will extend the children’s mathematical vocabulary by looking at positional language and introducing Beebots.



Expressive Arts and Design

  • Daily dancing (Take 10)
  • Mindfulness sessions (meditation and relaxation strategies)
  • Making Animal pictures for our amazing classroom display
  • Design objects or pictures for our veterinary surgery or farm café.
  • We will be being imaginative in our new role play areas.

Understanding the World

We will continue to teach children about resilience and looking at our key words for the foundation year:

  • Caring
  • Sharing
  • Curiosity
  • Honesty
  • Listening
  • Friendship
  • Feeling safe and secure

Our visit to West Lodge Farm Park will allow us to look at wildlife and animal habitats.


We are expecting the children to write in full sentences. We will be making phonetically plausible attempts at writing 3, 4 and 5 letter words within our work. We will be writing captions and labels as well as understanding the basic structure of sentences (capital letters, full, stops, finger spaces and written on the line).

We will be encouraging the children to use their digraph sounds as well as the red words that they have learnt within their writing.

Any support from home in writing is always appreciated and extremely beneficial to the children’s development in writing.

Thank you once again for your continued support.

The Foundation team J