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Welcome to Reception

The Reception Team:
Miss Brunt RB

Miss Taylor RT

Mrs Bate

Mrs Price

Mrs Davenport (Friday)

Our topic for this half-term is

General Reminders

Water Bottles and Book Bags
Please could you ensure that your child brings a named water bottle and a book bag to school every day.

Important Dates:


Friday 25th May - Break up for half term

Monday 4th June - Back to school

Wednesday 20th June - Lego workshop RB - am and RT - pm

Monday 25th June - World Cup Week

Thursday 28th June - Team colour dress up day - RB - blue, white and red

RT - black, red and gold/yellow

Friday 29th June - World Cup Celebration 

Thursday 12th July - Sports Day am

Thursday 12th July - Reports 

Friday 13th July - Safari Park Trip

Friday 13th July - The Summer Fayre

Wednesday 18th July - KS1 Film Night

Wednesday 18th July - Dinosaur Stomp 

Friday 20th July - Break up for summer

Please keep a close watch on the information below regarding the curriculum and key dates as it is regularly updated.


We will be continuing phase four of the Letters and Sounds Programme this term. In phase four, no new graphemes are introduced. The main aim of this phase is to consolidate the children's knowledge and to help them learn to read and spell words which have adjacent consonants, such as trap, string and milk. The children will also be recapping all phase two and three sounds and tricky words that they have previously learnt.
If we feel the children are ready we will be moving on to Phase 5 of the  Letters and Sounds Programme. The children are already able to read and spell words with adjacent consonants, such as trap, string and flask. They are also able to read and spell some polysyllabic words. In Phase Five, the children will be learning more graphemes and phonemes. For example, they already know ai as in rain, but now they will be introduced to ay as in day and a-e as in make. Alternative pronunciations for graphemes will also be introduced, e.g. ea in tea, head and break. With practice, speed at recognising and blending graphemes will improve. Word and spelling knowledge will be worked on extensively.
Phonics homework will be issued on a Friday. It is not necessary to return this homework to school unless you would like it to be marked and then returned back to you; nevertheless it is still important that it is completed to embed key skills taught during the week at school.

This term we will be focusing on rhyme, instruction and story writing. The children will consolidate their learning of rhyming words and will making a short video based on dinosaur rhyming words. E.g stomp and chomp.They will also have to opportunity to read and write rhyming words in the continuous provision. The children will be making various dinosaur related objects, from which they will have to follow instructions. As a class we will then model instruction writing, looking at the key features. The children will be revisiting time fronted adverbials and continuing to use capital letters, fingers spaces and full stops. The children will then have the chance to write their own instructions based on an activity they have completed. Towards the end of the term we will be having parent visitors in to share a book about police. The children will listen to and learn about story writing and use talk for writing to create a story map. This will enable the children to write their own stories, using all the skills they have learnt over the year. 

Through the use of our spine books and favourite classics, the children will have the opportunity to listen and respond to questions about fiction books about dinosaurs. We strive to immerse the children fantastic books with rich vocabulary so that they can start to use these words in their own writing.  All of the children will have daily opportunities to write inside and outside the classroom. We will be building on all of the strategies they have learnt in phonics lessons to help the children spell and read words confidently.  




We will start this term learning about measure.  The children will learn language related to weight and capacity and will have lots of opportunities to use this language practically. We will be comparing objects and containers and the children learn to order them. Also this term we will be revisiting addition and subtraction. The children will continue to use lots of different methods to solve number sentences including, objects, Numicon, number lines and 100 squares. We will also introducing the children to number bonds to 10. Again will be doing this in a variety of ways including singing songs and using Numicon. Towards the end of the year the children will learn about estimation. They will learn the key skills and develop an understanding of estimation and will have a chance to use these skills in the classroom.

Throughout the year we have planned continuous provision in our classrooms to aid the children in regards to all previous learning. This term we will be taking the time to revisit some areas to embed key skills and to address any misconceptions the children may have.  



Understanding the World
This term our topic is 'Dinosaurs.' This is a transition topic and will be the first topic the children will learn about in Year 1. We hope that the learning the children receive in Reception will enable them to feel confident and comfortable in their new learning environment.
The children have come up with some fantastic ideas and questions that they would like to find out the answers to. We will be working very closely to what the children want to find out and will be learning about the life cycle of a dinosaur, how many teeth they have and what they eat. We will also be finding out how dinosaurs may have died and what countries they lived in.  During our ICT sessions we will be using the 2simple softwear to create our own life cycle of a dinosaur which will be displayed in the classroom. We will also be playing dinosaur themed games linked to mathematics and literacy.
Throughout the term the children will have daily access to ICT through the use of Ipads and computers. They will be able to use simple programs to build on literacy and maths skills as well as using the computer to create drawings. 


Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Each week your children will take part in a focused circle time where they are able to talk about and discuss their opinions, ideas and feelings.  This term we will be following our equality scheme and will be having lots of discussions about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.

In the last two weeks of term we will be aiding the children to transition from Reception Class into Year 1. We will discuss fears, goals and hopes and the children will be having weekly visits to their new classroom to meet their new teacher. 


Physical Development
This term we will be focusing on movement. We will be doing this through dinosaur themed dance, where the children will experiment with different ways of moving. They will also learn how to negotiate space successfully by adjusting speed or changing direction. 

Expressive Arts and Design

The children have decided they would like to make dinosaurs using different materials. They will explore what happens when they mix colours and will experiment to create different textures.  As a class the children will also work together to make a dinosaur landscape on which their creations will be placed. This masterpiece will then be taken up to Year 1 and displayed in the role play area. 

Music is taught weekly and encourages the children to learn about patterns in music and rhythms. 

Wow, what an exciting term ahead it will be!

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