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St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

part of the Painsley Catholic Academy

Love and Serve


Reception Staff

Reception Staff 1
Reception Staff 2

Reception Class Saint.

Reception Class Saint. 1 Mary, Mother of Jesus.
Reception Class Saint. 2 Mary, Mother of Jesus.

Spring Term Vehicle.


Creative Containers.

During this term the children will be learning all about Growing and Planting and will be able to create their own containers to be displayed around the school.

They will learn about the world in which they live and how the natural world is synchronised to work in harmony together.  

Children will look at the similarities and differences of living things and make observations of animals, plants and living things.   They will observe the changes that occur in the natural world and talk about why they occur.



Reception. Spring Curriculum Vehicle.

EYFS Curriculum Coverage 

Growing and Planting: Creative Containers.


Spring Books;

Jack and the Beanstalk

The Enormous Turnip

Oliver’s Vegetables

Oliver’s Fruit Salad



The Tiny Seed

Very Hungry Caterpillar







Winter Books;

The Bear’s Winter House

All About Animals in Winter

One Snowy Night

Winnie in Winter

Ice Bear

Olivers Winter Adventure



Children are to produce their own container of plants and flowers.  They can use any plants, vegetables, flowers they choose.

Cultural Capital








RHS - membership

ESBC - visit

Warburtons (possible visit)

Tescos (possible visit)

Sudbury Hall - visit

Minibeasts - visit

Strawberry Farm – visit

Build a wormery

Build a bug hotel




 Skills and knowledge to be taught.


Dispositions and motivation to learn What can be more exciting than sowing, growing, harvesting?

Self-confidence and relationships Growing, harvesting, sharing and eating is rewarding, develops self-esteem and care and consideration for others.

Develop respect for others and a sense of community

Growing plants and using recipes from around the world can involve the whole community and celebrate many cultures.

Form relationships and work as part of a group

Watering, weeding and picking involve teamwork, and self-control




Interact with others, speaking, listening and thinking

Listen attentively to instructions and information.

Growing things outdoors involves lots of conversation and planning; when and how do we sow, feed and harvest?

Give explanations regarding what they are doing.

Hear and say sounds

Being outdoors can make listening easier – or more challenging



Movement and space

Growing things requires a range of large muscle and fine motor control: from digging the soil to picking out seedlings.

Health and body awareness

Growing things helps children learn what can be safely eaten and what is poisonous. They can learn about the goodness and good taste of fresh produce just picked.

Children to learn about what is a healthy diet.

Using equipment and materials

There are lot of opportunities to use a range of tools and to handle different materials – from earth to plants and little creatures. Growing things is an ideal way to learn to manage risks and use tools safely


Respond to stories and retell narratives

There are lots of stories, songs and rhymes about planting giant beans, harvesting pumpkins and pulling up that turnip

Extend vocabulary and read and write simple words

Many new things to see and learn to say and write and read - labels for the plants, tools and storage, shopping lists, recipes, instructions…








Numbers and calculation

Counting your seed and produce (up to 20) , and sharing it out.

One more/one less.

Adding and subtracting.

They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.

Use mathematical ideas to solve practical problems This hose is too short to reach those beds - what can I do? I need more soil for this bed – how do I move it from there to here?

Use language related to time – how long will it take for my seed to grow into a plant?

Recognise and recreate simple patterns

How many petals does that flower have? Planting all in row – or in circles or all along the path?

Use language to describe mathematical concepts – position, shape, size, weight

This carrot is short and pointy and grew in the ground but the marrow is long and grew on top of the soil. Those apples are round and above my head. Your watering can is heavier because it has more water in it.

Understanding the World

Explore and investigate objects and materials using all senses

Being with the elements of earth, air, water, the changing weather and seasons and growing your own food gives so much to investigate using touch, taste, and smell.

Observe and find out features of living things and events.

There is a lot to see and notice – how are the birds and insects supporting or harming the plants you are growing?

Ask questions about why and how things happen and how they work.

Why do bees like flowers? What happens to the plants if the soil dries out or if there is a late frost?

Select tools and techniques, build and construct, use technology.

Can we build something to collect water from the shed roof to water our plants? What can we use to transport soil/produce as needed?

Place, time and use of technology.

What things grow well here? Where does our food come from? What about food that we cannot grow that we buy in shops? How did they grow and eat when grandma was little? How can we use technology (e.g. cameras) to record what we are doing over time?

Expressive Art and Design

Responding to experiences and communicating ideas.

Children outside will quickly respond to what they see hear, smell, touch and feel and bring this into their creative work and play.

Developing imagination and imaginative play.

Set up a garden centre for role play?

Exploring media and material

Paint, model, draw and stick what you have seen, tasted, touched and smelled when planting, sowing, watering, observing.

Use materials found outside for creative projects; explore the properties and textures of the elements of water, soil, sand, wood and stone






Reception Class Art Show.

Autumn 2019.





As the new inspection framework from Ofsted is looking for a more broad and balanced curriculum, our Early Years Foundation Stage Framework is now being taught through a 'vehicle'.   Our vehicle for this term is an Art Show, which will culminate in parents being invited to view a display of the different types of artwork the children have created during their learning.

As a class we will be making visits around the local area in order to view art in different forms, and for this we will be looking for parents as volunteers to accompany us on these visits.  Please let the Reception teachers know if you are able to help.

We will also have visits from local artists who will visit the children to showcase different art skills, which of course the children will join in with.

All areas of the EYFS will be covered in depth throughout the vehicle and the children’s activities will be shared on Tapestry for parents to view.