Gordon Primary School

Gordon Primary School


Reception Learning - Spring 2022

Welcome to Reception.

Mrs Cullum, Comet Class mcullum@gordon.greenwich.sch.uk

Mrs King, Rocket Class rking@gordon.greenwich.sch.uk

Mrs Beattie, Rocket Class mbeattie@gordon.greenwich.sch.uk 


This term we have many exciting things planned under our topics of It’s a Wonderful World and Healthy Body, Healthy Mind.

Our core texts  will be: 

Anna Hibiscus' Song: 1 Here Comes Jack Frost Listen | Book by Gabi Snyder, Stephanie Graegin | Official Publisher Page |  Simon & Schuster Oliver's Vegetables Why Do I Brush My Teeth? (Science in Action: Keeping Healthy) : Royston,  Angela: Amazon.co.uk: Books


In communication and language we will:

  • extend vocabulary through the topics and using these in our conversations; for example: icicle, translucent, polar, savannah
  • continue to use ‘talk partners’ to develop speaking and listening skills
  • use sentence stems to promote correct sentence structure
  • develop social phrases - "please", "thank you" and "excuse me"
  • encourage language through play; for example: re-enacting stories


In personal, social and emotional development we will:

  • discuss the different factors that support our overall health and well-being
  • further develop skills needed to manage the school day successfully - lining up / personal hygiene, etc.
  • talk about our own home and community
  • continue to develop positive attitudes about the differences between people


In physical development we will:

  • continue to develop overall body strength, coordination, balance and agility through outdoor play as well as specific PE sessions using large apparatus
  • develop ball skills with the sports coach
  • continue fine motor development especially for cutlery use


In literacy we will:

  • begin our new phonics program ‘Little Wandle’
  • blend sounds into words – phase 3, digraphs and trigraphs
  • read simple sentences containing taught graphemes
  • write words containing taught graphemes
  • enjoy an increasing range of non-fiction books such as polar animals / staying healthy


In maths we will:

  • investigate 2d shapes
  • compare quantities and the language of ‘more than’, ‘fewer than’ and ‘equal number’
  • work on number composition to 5 – parts and whole
  • develop our understanding of counting, ordinality and cardinality- extend verbal counting to larger numbers


In expressive arts and design we will:

  • experiment with different textures - looking at African art / snowflakes
  • exploring colour and effects
  • respond to music - snowflake dancing, etc.
  • participate in imaginative play in the outdoor area


In understanding the world we will:

  • make maps
  • compare and contrast different environments and how they might differ to the local area
  • learning about Chinese New Year
  • explore Easter traditions


Special occasions:

  • Chinese New Year
  • Easter
  • visit (to be confirmed)  



  • Your child should read for 10 minutes every day. It is also important that an adult reads to your child every day. Please talk to your child about the book and check their understanding by asking questions about events and the characters’ actions. Please also explain new or unfamiliar vocabulary. Their bookbag should come into school every day. 
  • Your child will have PE on Wednesdays. Their PE kit should stay in school in a named draw-string bag.
  • Your child needs to bring in a named water bottle every day.
  • The weather is often cold at this time of year and the children will go out to play if there is light rain. It is important that your child has a waterproof coat, gloves, hat and a scarf.
  • We are a Healthy School. Please do not put sweets or chocolate bars in your child’s packed lunch. Please do not send in sweets or other treats when it is your child’s birthday. If you want to celebrate your child’s birthday with their classmates, you could buy the class a book, send in a healthy snack such as boxes of raisins or buy stationery such as pencils, but due to the impact on the environment, we ask you not to send in plastic toys.
  • The weekly 50p donation that purchases snacks and other miscellaneous items is collected on a Friday morning. You are welcome to pay weekly, half termly or termly. Thank you.
  • If your child will be absent from school, please contact the school office: 020 8850 5486 and leave a message detailing why your child is absent. If your child has had an upset stomach they should remain at home until they have been clear of symptoms for 48 hours. Please try to book medical appointments outside of the school day and note that family holidays will not be authorised.
  • If you have any questions or wish to raise a concern, please contact the class teacher in the first instance. Please use the email addresses above.