English Reception Spring Captions, Labels and Non-Fiction Writing

Spring into Spring

Step into spring and look out for the signs of new life on a nature walk. Enjoy sharing Wakey-Wakey, The Odd Egg and The Egg Drop to help create descriptive phrases and captions, as well as explore springtime festivals.

Signs of spring (suggested as 5 days)

Active Learning

  1. Wakey-Wakey!
  2. Hibernation
  3. Spring flowers
  4. Spring pictures

Creating and Thinking Critically

  1. Hickety Pickety
  2. Weather diary speaking/writing
  3. Signs of spring
  4. Flower experiment

Exploring and Playing

  1. Floral role-play
  2. Creative printing
  3. My little forest
  4. Paper flowers

Books to Share

  1. Show photographs taken on nature walk. Discuss them using appropriate and descriptive vocabulary. Ask children to identify their favourite and to use because to provide a reason for their opinion.
  2. Read Wakey-Wakey (resources). Say spring is a unique time, which people look forward to. Identify personal and communal celebrations which people anticipate, e.g. birthdays, sports event, religious festivals. Recognise those that specifically happen during the spring.
  3. Read Wakey-Wakey (resources). Notice the waking animals immediately want to eat. Identify the customs and distinctive food associated with specific springtime celebrations.
  4. Enjoy That’s Not a Daffodil. Consider how the main character feels at start/end of the story. Children describe the people/places/events that make them feel happy, e.g. Granny, the park, daffodils.

Poetry/Rhyme of the Week: Spring (resources) Share the poem and rehearse at suitable times throughout the week, e.g. start/end of the day. Help children to vary the pitch and tone of their voice as they rehearse to emphasise words and phrases.

Group Reader: Wakey-Wakey
This lovely story about wildlife awakening after the cold, dark winter will engage beginning readers with its repeating structure and colourful illustrations
You can purchase printed copies of this Group Reader from Hamilton Education.

You Will Need

Essential text
Wakey-Wakey (Hamilton Group Reader) from hamiltoneducation.org

Websites
Play Springtime Fun from bbc.co.uk/cbeebies
Hibernation and British mammals, additional information from bbc.co.uk/blogs/autumnwatch
Hickety Pickety My Red Hen Counting song from bbc.co.uk/programmes

Additional information and images for the craft activities
Printing with fruit and vegetables from firstpalette.com
Pot of Paper Spring Flowers from bbc.co.uk/cbeebies
Clay Hedgehogs from youtube.com
Flower colour changing investigation from hunker.com

Resources
Flowers, role-play props for flower shop
Woodland small-world materials
Fruit and vegetables for printing
Green paper, coloured tissue paper, modelling clay, paper cups