English Reception Spring Captions and Instructions

Winter Days and Nights

Explore the signs of winter by sharing The Bear's Winter House, What Can you See in Winter and The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark. Enjoy a winter walk and have fun creating captions for photos, as well as writing instructions for a pyjama party.

Winter signs (suggested as 5 days)

Active Learning

  1. What can you see in winter?
  2. Winter senses
  3. Winter page
  4. More winter pages

Creating and Thinking Critically

  1. Winter signs
  2. Extending vocabulary
  3. Writing captions
  4. Ice investigation

Exploring and Playing

  1. Winter den role play
  2. Snowflakes and icicles
  3. Snowman maths
  4. Icy water

Books to Share

  1. Share and enjoy The Bear’s Winter House, looking at illustrations. What made the other animals unhappy? Ask children to spot the signs of winter.
  2. Share book & discuss how bear built his winter house. Children mime and say each step, ‘First, collect branches and logs. Next, scrape up soft moss. Then, hammer the logs into…’ etc.
  3. Share book discussing how the bear felt about the behaviour of his guests. Did they notice that bear was not happy? What rules would have helped them behave better?
  4. Introduce Thinking about the Seasons: Winter, explaining that this is an information book which we can use to find out facts about winter. Use the question boxes to prompt discussion.
  5. Reread Thinking about the Seasons: Winter. Focus on animal adaptation, ‘migration’ and ‘hibernation’

Poetry/Rhyme of the Week: I Made a Little Snowball and Here We Go Round (see resources)
Introduce on Monday (send a copy home). Rehearse and chant during week, waiting to go to lunch, on carpet, for fun! Develop performance and add actions.

You Will Need

Essential texts
What Can You See in Winter
by Sian Smith
The Bear’s Winter House by John Yeoman

Winter from bbc.co.uk/cbeebies
Animation about icicles and being cold from bbc.co.uk/cbeebies

Photos from winter walk
Winter clothes, fairy lights, twigs, buttons
Floating/sinking objects for water tray