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Winter Wonderland and Animal Safari

In the Winter Wonderland project, your child will explore the seasonal changes that happen during winter. They will find out about the different weather associated with the winter season and explore changes that happens to water as it freezes. They will find out about what happens to plants and animals during cold weather and explore places in the world that are always cold and snowy, including the animals that live there.

In the Animal Safari project, your child will learn about incredible animals that live worldwide. They will explore various animal habitats and compare the animals that live there with animals in their locality. They will learn how to care for pets and what all animals need to grow, survive and stay happy and healthy. They will explore animal features and find out how they survive in the wild. They will compare the ways that animals are similar and different.

Areas of Learning Early Learning Goals
Communication and Language Listening, attention and understanding; Speaking
Personal, Social and Emotional Development Building Relationships; Self-Regulation; Managing Self
Physical Development Gross Motor Skills; Fine Motor Skills
Literacy Comprehension; Word Reading; Writing
Mathematics Numbers; Numerical Patterns
Understanding the World Past and Present; People, Culture and Communities; The Natural World
Expressive arts and design Creating with Materials; Being imaginative and Expressive

Supporting your child at home:

  • Go on a winter walk and talk about how the environment has changed since the summer months.
  • Put bird food out in the garden or on a window ledge and observe the birds that visit.
  • Leave water out in a shallow container overnight on a cold night and see if the water freezes.
  • If it snows, build a snowman, and take a photo of it to share with the rest of the class.
  • Go on a local safari to find out about the animals that live in your garden or local park.
  • Look at animals from around the world, discuss your favourite animals and find out some fantastic facts.


Reading with your child at least 5 times a week (please write daily in the yellow reading record book). Please return yellow books and reading books on a Monday for a new weekly book. We will visit the school library and bring a book home on Thursday. Please return library books every Thursday ready to take a new one home.

Spring term

  • Practising reading weekly and green and red words
  • Counting sounds (clapping) and counting actions (jumps/ hops) from 1-10
  • Understand one more, one less
  • Count on and back from a given number
  • Using Fred Fingers to support writing CVC words (consonant, vowel, consonant)



Please provide your child with only essential resources e.g. reading book and named lunch box (if not having hot meals). Please provide your child with a named, refillable water bottle that is taken home each day for washing.


PE will take place on Tuesday – please send your child to school wearing their PE kit and sport shoes, which they will continue to wear throughout the day.

The adults in Reception are:

Mrs James – Class teacher and Early Years Leader (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday),

Mrs Jones – Class teacher (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday).

Pauline Corbett and Steph Woods (teaching assistants supporting across Reception).


Supporting Your Child at Home