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Spring Term

Characteristics of Effective Learning

  • Playing and Exploring
  • Active Learning
  • Creative and Critical Thinking

These characteristics are encouraged, developed and supported to enable children to make progress in all areas of learning and development.

Communication & Language

Listening, Attention & Understanding Speaking:
Weekly focused games to encourage interaction, listening and developing conversational skills (Following the Lift Off to Language initiative).
Encouraging questioning conversations and sparking verbal interaction through activities/play linked to animals and transport/road safety: why are animals all different? How do these features help them in their environment?
Looking at all different reading material, fiction and non-fiction.
Encouraging bursts of focused listening: watching clips of our natural world on the board, sparking interest based on the children's pets and experiences.

Expressive Arts & Design

Creating with Materials:
Be able to use equipment and tools to change and create with resources, starting to choose the types of media they want to create with and deciding tools to assist in the outcomes.

Being Imaginative & Expressive:
Introduce story and imagination into play, for example through role-play and small world.
Learn and sing familiar songs and rhymes, responding to music with dance, actions and instruments.
Looking at a variety of new instruments and songs that they may not have had access to, considering tempo, volume and beat.


Suggest what could happen next when hearing new stories, looking at the structure of story books.

Reading Stories:
Rumble in the Jungle, Commotion in the Ocean and What the Ladybird Heard.
Develop an awareness of when words/spoken languages are of similar speech patterns.
Focus on rhyme using songs and games, such as Slug in a Jug and Rhyming Lotto.

Recognise and make marks with meaning, linking similarities to shape, e.g. recognising and copying pre-writing patterns using different tools.


Continue developing ideas of grouping according to type, colour or shape.
Begin to understand that we can collect evidence, record it and use it as comparison to compare the options and opinions.

Number pattern:
Use toys and resources, such as tessellating shapes and repeating patterns, to notice how we can create and continue planned patterns with quantities, size and shape.

Personal, Social & Emotional Development

Understand different feelings and emotions, including discussions about facial expressions and how to show different feelings.

Managing Self:
Be confident to try new activities and make choices for themselves, with a focus on turn-taking, sharing and kindness.
Learn how to be responsible in the setting, tidy up activities used.

Building Relationships:
Become familiar with adults and children in the setting, learning names and becoming familiar with routines.
Be happy to join in with a range of group activities.

Physical Development

Gross Motor:
Focusing on using the smaller equipment like balls, bean bags and hoops, encouraging children to consider their safety and giving some thought to risks e.g. safe passing and throwing and negotiating space.

Topic Based:
Can we move like animals? Road safety considerations?

Fine Motor:
Encourage whole hand grip when using tools and equipment.
Strengthening our hand muscles using plasticine, nuts and bolts and tools.

Understanding the World

Past & Present:
Talk about events and experiences of interest and significance, using photographs and objects to support discussion.
Discuss our pets and animals we have seen.

People, Culture & Communities:
Be aware of celebrations; Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Easter.

The Natural World:
Looking at the environments that different animals live in and how they have adapted to their environment.