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Spring Term 2

Phew, after a busy Spring term 1 we have another jam-packed half term ahead of us. Here's what Lion Cubs have to look forward to.



The whole school are taking on a project called 'The Adrift Project', which looks at aspects of the refugee situation, leaving home and having hope. Lion cubs will be using the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff to learn the PSHE side of this project. In addition, other stories we will be using are Noah's Ark, Something Else and many more. Following on from this project, the children will be engaging in the activities using that all time favourite 'We're going on a bear hunt'. Here they will be going on a bear hunt, being detectives and much much more. The activities chosen will develop the children's listening and understanding skills, their reasoning skills using 'why and how' questions, and their reading and writing skills.


Number & Shape, Space and Measure

In number, the children will be writing number sentences for addition and subtraction. Lots of practical and visual aids will be used, then we will go onto the recording aspects. The children will be consoildating the skill of saying what is one more and less from numbers 0-20 and using a number line to count on and back. 

In Shape, Space and Measure, the children will be looking at describing patterns (in the form of a pictogram), measuring length, time and weight.


Knowledge, Understanding of the World

Home and Habitats is the main theme for this half term. Looking at the children's own comforts and how is it different or the same to others,  will tie in with 'The Adrift Project'. Then we will look at animal habitats . Also, using the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff, they will be investigating how to design and make a bridge that will withstand a goat standing on it. 

Using the story of Noah's Ark, will support the children's learning of changes in both the environment and people's views.  


Express Arts and Design

In this area, the children will be making trolls, designing and making bridges, making habitats/dens for a purpose, using Monet's 'Bridge over the pond' as a focus for using watercolours and other activities. And of course it is Mother's day, so no doubt they will have made something special for this occasion. 


Physical Development

The Lion cubs will continue to develop their fine motor skills through the daily continuous provision. Their gross motor skills will be exercised through P.E (on Fridays) which will include dance, apparatus and team games. Outside, now the weather is getting warmer, we will introduce the 'balance bikes' to the children. Children really enjoy using these bikes as it builds their confidence, balance, mobility and resilience. For Health and Self care, the children will be discussing what makes us healthy, from eating, to resting and hygiene.  


Read Write Inc

The children continue to really enjoy these daily lessons and they are making good progress in their reading and writing skills. 


We plan these all these activities for the children, but these plans may change due to the new interests the children show. One of the principal tools in early years, is that practitioners try and teach fundamental skills through the children's interests.


Please continue to post news/achievements etc on Tapestry, as the class love sharing these moments with one another. 

If you have any queries about school, please don't hesitate to call in and see one of the team.


Thank you always for your continued support.

Best Regards

Mrs. Foster, Miss Noonan & Mrs Davies







Happy New Year to all of our Lion Cubs and their families.


We hope you all had a fantastic and restful time over the festive period and are re-charged for the new spring term.

Here are just some of the exciting activities your child will be engaging in...



For this half term, we will be looking at very exciting book 'We're going on a bear hunt'.Through this story, the children will re-tell, write labels and sentences, make cards, draw their own story map and much much more. Also, we will be looking at other books connected with 'Winter' and Chinese New Year.

We will continue to teach the children phonics through our Read Write Inc programme and other activities that will enhance this skill. 


Number and Shape, Space and Measure

This term in Number, the children will continue to consolidate recognition of numbers up to 10 and then onto 20. Counting forwards and backwards will be a daily activity, as the children will become more confident at counting on and back from any number between 0-20 and then 0-30. They will practise addition and subtraction stories practically, through picture form and then through simple number sentences using the symbol for add and take away. In addition, they will understand number stories i.e. number bonds to 5, 6, 7,8,9 and 10. in class.

In Shape, Space and Measure, they will consolidate properties of 2D and 3D shapes, measure using non-standard units and use vocabulary connected with measures. In addition, the children will learn about ordinal numbers using the Chinese New Year Story of the Zodiac Animals and the Great Race


Express Arts and Design

The home corner continues to be a popular choice with the children. It's so endearing to hear the conversations and situations the children come up with, when they are in this area. Our topic this term is 'Winter' and we will be looking at the weather, homes, the changes and the activities people do in England and in other countries e.g. Antartic. The 'small world scenario table' provides the children with opportunities to make up stories with the winter animals and the settings. 

Through the story ' We're going on a bear hunt', the children will paint and make collages around the different settings in the story. Also, with Chinese New Year approaching Feb 5th, we have exciting 'new year' artefacts for the children (and their parents) to make in a workshop.


Physical Development

This term the children will engage in dance. They will be expressing their movements, feelings and acting skills using the story of 'Penguin Small' and We're going on a bear hunt' . Most children are now very independent at changing into P.E kits and back into uniforms again. To continue this good work, it would be helpful to let your child dress and undress themselves independently as much as possible at home.

The children will continue to exercise and develop their muscles through fine motor skills activities. Through their writing/letter formation, squirting a water bottle, dough-disco etc, their hand muscles will certainly strengthen !



Homework will continue to be given out on a Wednesday and if possible, handed in on the following Monday. It is appreciated that you and your families work with your child on their homework activities. Also, we know it gives the children great opportunities to 'show-off' what they can do and play games, to consolidate their learning.


We look forward to putting our observations onto tapestry which will show you the wonderful learning that is taking place with your child. Please continue to post your observations onto Tapestry. The children love seeing themselves and talking about what they have done.


Please browse in our photo gallery to remind you of the amazing activities that we have done.


Thank you for continuing support,

Please do not hesitate to come and see us if you have any queries,


Mrs Foster, Miss Noonan & Mrs Davies