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WOW! What else can we say as we just can’t believe this is going to be our final term (already!) with our wonderful Reception children. They have already achieved so much and are continuing to do so; they are already working hard getting ready for Year 1!

During this Summer term the children will be learning through our topics:

  • Traditional Tales
  • Under the Sea
  • Story Time (RE)
  • Special Places (RE)
  • Relationships (PSHE through JIGSAW)
  • Changing Me (PSHE through JIGSAW)

In Literacy, we will be reading some great traditional tales and stories relating to Under the Sea:

The children will continue to talk about and retell stories using story maps, role play and actions. There will also be a main focus on;

  • Writing recognisable letters, most of which are correctly formed.
  • Spelling words by identifying sounds in them and representing the sounds with a letter or letters.
  • Writing simple phrases and sentences that can be read by others.

We have now introduced a Golden Sentence and will be learning what makes a Golden Sentence, with plenty of practice in helping the children to achieve this.

In Communication and Language, we will continue to:

  • Listen attentively and respond to what they hear with relevant questions, comments and actions when being read to and during whole class discussions and small group interactions.
  • Make comments about what they have heard and ask questions to clarify their understanding.
  • Hold a conversation when engaged in back-and-forth exchanges with their teacher and peers.

In RE, our theme is ‘Storytime’ and we will be focusing on stories from different religions and countries from around the world, such as The Boy Who Cried Wolf and Bilal and the Beautiful Butterfly:

  • Key Question: What can we learn from stories?
  • Religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism

We will also be learning about all the special places that are important to people of different faiths and religions:

  • Key Question: What makes places special?
  • Religions: Christianity, Islam, Judaism

In Maths, we are learning all about numbers through our ‘ACLIC’ programme which aims to develop the children’s mental maths skills in a fun and exciting way.

Our maths objectives for the Summer Term are:

To 20 and Beyond

Counting patters

Match, rotate and manipulate shapes

Adding more

Taking away


Sharing and grouping

Odd and even


Making maps

Here are our summer term ‘Learn Its’ which we would like the children to know off by heart:

2+1 = 3                   2+3=5                   Multiples of 10

We will be focusing on ensuring the children can count to 20 and beyond and can write and form their numbers correctly so please continue to support this at home through everyday counting and number recognition.

During our Personal, Social and Emotional Development, the children have opportunities to enhance their skills in this area through play, continuous provision and with each other. We will be supporting this even further through our Jigsaw PSHE lessons where will be covering the topics ‘Relationships’ and ‘Changing Me’.

Our Physical development focus is Dance. The children will build up a repertoire of songs and simple dances in different styles of dance.

They will be confident enough to sing and perform these dances in a group. They will also be able to adapt and change each dance, thinking about the mood and style, as well as developing a range of different moves to slightly change each dance.

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In our Understanding of the World we will be exploring the natural world around us, by making observations and using knowledge from observation, discussion, stories, and non-fiction texts. This will include learning about the different kinds of bears from around the world alongside some wonderful and amazing facts about them. Also the children will have an exciting opportunity to plant and grow their own beans! Let’s hope there are no giants at the top of any!

In Expressive Arts and Design, the children will have wide variety of opportunities to create with materials and to be imaginative and expressive by making their own props and materials when role playing characters in narratives and stories as well as learning and performing a range of well-known nursery rhymes, songs, poems and stories with others.

As always, our term is always full of exciting opportunities for the children to grow, learn and develop and as with continuous provision our activities are led by the interests and curiosities of our children so please do take the time to discuss what they have been learning to find out even more wonderful learning opportunities your child has been involved in.

Finally, as we are now in the last term, your child will have the opportunity to complete a project at home which will be based on our topic of Under the Sea! A letter will be going out to you shortly with all the information and some ideas on what you can do, so watch this space!

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