Mrs Turner & Mrs Callas

Let's Grow!

This half term we will be sharing the text 'Jasper's Beanstalk' by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen. With the help of Jasper the cat, the children in Reception and Nursery will learn all about how to take care of a beanstalk and learn the importance of being patient! 

As well as beanstalks, we will also be planting sunflowers and cress as well as taking care of the strawberries and herbs that are already growing in our vegetable garden. 

As always, we will be using the story to introduce children to new vocabulary and encouraging them to talk about the story in depth. We will be learning to answer 'why' questions and follow instructions carefully. 

Later in the term, we will be sharing the texts 'Oliver's Vegetables' and 'Handa's Surprise' and looking at the different fruit and vegetables that can be grown in countries around the world. We'll also get to sample the delicious fruit and vegetables. 

Children in Reception will be continuing to develop their sentence writing skills by retelling stories and keeping bean diaries.

We will be continuing to develop our fine motor skills by exploring mark making, strengthening our hands and practising our letter formation. 


Phonics: We use a carefully planned phonics strategy, based upon ‘Letters and Sounds’ which progressively teaches the children the children how to sound out words to read them and then hear the sounds in words to be able to write them. 

Class Text



In maths, we use exciting and practical ways of exploring number concepts and shape.

Children in Nursery will be continuing to learn to recognise numbers 0-5, as well as reciting numbers past 5. They will also be learning to match numerals and objects and solve real life number problems involving planting beans. 

Children in Reception will be learning about numbers beyond 10 and 20. They will learn about the composition of these numbers and the different ways to represent them. 

We will be exploring 2D shapes and 3D solids and investigating the composition of these. 

We will use our outside area as much as possible and develop children's natural interest in exploration and reasoning. 

Word Aware - Learn a word a day to improve your language

Monday - seed

Tuesday - stem

Wednesday - root

Thursday - leaf

Friday - flower

Knowledge Organisers and Resources (to support wider learning)





Physical Development

Topic Knowledge Organiser

Personal, Social

and Emotional Development




Knowledge and


of the World

Expressive Arts

and Design

Getting Ready for Reception