Welcome to Reception at St Gregory's

Welcome to FS2 at St Gregory's

FS2 staff:

Miss Bath & Mrs Hill-Bloor

Mrs Till & Mrs Taylor

Our Learning - Spring Term

Children are more likely to be successful learners when there is regular communication and a good partnership between home and school. He / she is more likely to talk about their learning if you are involved and informed, so that you too, can talk about your child’s interests.

Listed below are the themes which your child’s class will be learning. Where possible, talk to them about their l learning. You may have more knowledge and information to share with them.

Remember to look at our DEAR PARENT LETTER for our weekly objectives in RE, Reading, Writing and Mathematics.

Religious Education:

  • Baptism

  • Lent

  • Holy week

Personal, Social and Emotional Development:

  • Play co-operatively, taking turns with others.

  • Confident to try new activities and say why they like some activities more than others.

  • Talk about how they and others show feelings

Communication and Language

  • Listen to stories with attention and recall

  • Using our imaginations

  • Speak confidently and clearly

  • Confidently talk about myself and my family


  • Listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events.

  • Follow instructions involving several ideas or actions.

  • Uses talk to organise, sequence and  clarify thinking, ideas, feelings and events.

  • Begin to read words and simple  sentences.

  • Segment the sounds in simple words and blend them together.

  • Writes own name and other things such as labels, captions and sentences.


  • Count reliably with numbers from one to 20

  • Place numbers in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number.

  • Using quantities and objects, practically add and subtract two single-digit numbers

  • Use mathematical names for ‘solid’ 3D shapes and ‘flat’ 2D shapes, and   mathematical terms to describe shapes.

  • Use positional language such as ‘behind’ or ‘next to’.

  • Orders two items by weight or capacity.

  • `Use everyday language related to time.

  • Measure short periods of time in simple ways.

  • Use everyday language related to money.

 Physical Development:

  • Show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements.

  • Handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.

  • Know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe.

Understanding the World:

  • Talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members.

  • Know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.

  • Show care and concern for living things and the environment.

  • Make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur and talk about changes.

  • Talk about why things happen and how things work.

  • Recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools.

Expressive Arts and Design:

  • Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.

  • Represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.

Other Information:  

Your child may be given homework activities which may not require them to write or record. It is important that you work with your child on these tasks.

Please remember to record any Magic Moments your child may have and send them into school. 

(Magic Moment example — the first time they ride a bike without stabilisers)

There will be the opportunity to meet your child’s teacher this term to discuss how well they are progressing.

Also information can be found on the weekly emailed DEAR PARENT letter.


Expectations for the End of  Foundation Stage 2



What is dough disco?

Dough disco involves moulding play dough in time to music and performing different actions such as rolling it into a ball, flattening it, putting each individual finger into the dough, rolling it into a sausage and squeezing it.

Why do dough disco?

This activity helps to strengthen children's fine motor muscles to enable them to develop their pencil grip which in turn will help to develop their writing skills. But most of all it's fun!

When do we do dough disco?

In Nursery and Reception we do it for five minutes everyday.

What do you need to do a dough disco?

Music – Any song will do! We have had Abba, Frozen CD, Musicals, and TV Themes to name a few of our favourites!

Dough – You can buy pots of dough or make your own with your child. See the recipes below to help!

A set of moves! - These can be done in any order and you don’t need to include them all!

Recipe for play dough - cooked


1 cup of salt

2 cups of water

2 tablespoons of cream of tartar

2 cups of flour

2 tablespoons of oil

Food colouring

Recipe for play dough - uncooked


1 cup of salt

2 cups of hot water

2 tablespoons of cream of tartar

2 cups of flour

2 tablespoon of oil

Food colouring


Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a pan.

Mix the water with the food colouring.

Add the water and food colouring mix to the other ingredients, stir well.

Cook on medium heat for 4-5 minutes, while constantly stirring.

When the mixture becomes "doughy", remove from heat and start kneading. (the dough will be hot, so mind your hands)

When desired texture is achieved, the play dough is finished, enjoy your dough disco


Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl.

Mix the water with the food colouring.

Add the water/colour-mix to the other ingredients, stir well.

Stir continuously until it becomes dough.

When the mixture has cooled start to knead. Knead it until the stickiness has gone. Add more flour if it remains a little sticky.

When desired texture is achieved, the play dough is finished, enjoy your dough disco!

Dough disco moves!

Roll the dough into a ball using both hands.

Poke the dough with each finger and thumb in turn to make holes in the dough. Make sure you swap hands so all fingers and thumbs are used. Extend by using names of fingers and thumb:

 Tom Thumb

 Peter Pointer

 Toby Tall

 Ruby Ring

 Baby Small

Squeeze the dough with all the fingers and thumb using a fist grip one hand at a time.

Sausage! Roll the play dough between both hands moving backwards and forwards to make a sausage.