Early Years

Spring Term in the EYFS Curriculum.

This half term many topics will be based upon stories. Jack and the Beanstalk provides learning opportunities for

  • Using the language of stories
  • Sequencing
  • Looking at modern stories based upon this traditional tale eg, Jasper’s Beanstalk, Wibbly’s Garden, The Meanstalk.
  • Creating independent sentence work
  • Planting and growing
  • Counting accurately beyond 20
  • Measuring heights and comparing results
  • Looking at the story from the perspective of different characters


The children will then have the chance to learn about the customs and beliefs of others by exploring Chinese New Year. Opportunities will include,

  • Food preparation
  • Tasting Chinese food
  • Exploring the dragon dance
  • Hearing mythical stories
  • Drawing comparisons of how families from different cultures celebrate important festivals
  • Learning acceptance and tolerance of other faiths and beliefs
  • Building and constructing dragons
  • Exploring percussion
  • Comparing fact and fiction books


We will then cover the story of Handa’s Surprise where learning opportunities will include


  • Comparing the geographical landscape and wildlife in Africa to England
  • Healthy eating
  • Fruit tasting
  • Memory games
  • Food preparation
  • Looking at seeds in different fruits
  • Fact and fiction materials
  • Animal paintings
  • Story sequencing
  • Independent writing


How you can help your child to progress to an Expected Level of Progress


By half term all reception children will have been assessed for mid year progress and predictions made to track children for the end of year EYFS Profiles. It is hoped that children will meet Expected levels in 17 areas of learning.


  1. Encourage your child to write simple sentences, writing the sounds that they can hear in the correct order. For example, keep a simple diary or write a sentence to go with a picture that they draw.
  2. Read and return reading diaries and books.
  3. Count aloud up to 50
  4. Count sets of objects accurately, pointing to each item in turn, (to avoid counting things twice. )
  5. Continue to read and spell all the red high frequency words.
  6. Have a wind down story time every night to discuss what new words mean and to recognise familiar ‘red’ words.
  7. To form all letters correctly, sitting on a line.


If you and your child create or cover any learning that they are really proud of or you feel that it shows significant progress then please send it into school so we can add it to their learning journal and use it as evidence to support assessments.


Nursery children will also be assessed in the Prime Areas of Learning, these include Speaking Understanding and Listening, Physical Development and PSED,(Personal, Social and Emotional Development)


In order to support your child’s learning

  • Encourage your child to dress and undress themselves
  • Hold a variety of pens and pencils using a correct grip
  • Enjoy a daily story time to retell the story, answer simple questions and discuss the meaning of new words
  • Say traditional rhymes and poems
  • Talk about rhyming words
  • Play’ Eye spy’ to develop an understanding of initial sounds in words
  • Count aloud to 10
  • Count sets of items accurately up to 3,6 then 10
  • Talk to your child about what they have enjoyed doing each day
  • Ensure a regular bedtime is in place (best with a routine and wind down time , avoiding the use of technology )


Please click on the link(s) below to download/view copies of documents:-

Early Years Information 2017