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Welcome to Reception



The Reception Team:
Miss Brunt RB

Miss Taylor RT

Mrs Bate

Mrs Price

Mrs Davenport

Mrs Bruce

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.

Could we also ask that the children DO NOT put their water bottles in their book bags. Thank you!

Important Dates:

Please note that dates may change but you will be notified.


Wednesday 3rd July - Infant Disco 3.25pm-5pm (£5 to the school office)

Friday 5th July - Sports Day 

Friday 5th July - Summer Fair 

Thursday 11th July - Safari Park trip

Friday 19th July - Finish for summer

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



This term the children will start Phase Four of the Letters and Sounds phonics programme. The children should know a grapheme for each of the 42 phonemes. They will be able to blend phonemes to read CVC words and segment in order to spell them. Children will also have begun reading straightforward two-syllable words and simple captions, as well as reading and spelling some tricky words.

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





This half term is very short so we will be trying to fit in as much as possible. We will start the term by learning to write letters. We will be encouraging the children to use their phonics knowledge to write for a purpose and they will be building on what they have learnt in regards to sentence structure and grammar.

Secondly this term we will be teaching the children how to write instructions. They will be taught to use imperative verbs and prepositions to write sentences that can be read by themselves and others. The last week of the term we will be introducing the children to one of our spine books. Our spine books are a collection of favourite classics and texts that we feel have a rich vocabulary and will enhance the children's vocabulary. The

 children will have the opportunity to listen to and respond to questions as well as having a go at writing their own versions of the story. 


In every writing experience we will be encouraging the children to use their phonic knowledge to help them spell words as well as using taught strategies to write tricky words. The children will also be supported to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops to write sentences. 





We will start the summer term by recapping number recognition to 20 and introducing place value. The children will use Numicon and counters as concrete resources to help them see patterns in numbers. Also his term we will start teaching the children about language related to time. We will be giving the children the opportunity to talk about familiar events e.g bedtime routine to help the children use time words in their own sentences. The children will order events chronologically to help them understand the passing of time and we will be teaching the children to read and find o'clock times. 

 Towards the end of the term 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

Our topic this term is 'Did dragons exist?'.

At the beginning of the term we will start by asking the children to think of lots of questions they want answering to do with our new topic. This will help the teachers to tailor the learning around the children's interests and next steps. 

We will be learning about life cycles and looking at similarities and differences between living things.

  Also this term the children will be taking part in a science experiment about teeth exploring the effect our food and drink has on them. As part of the experiment the children will learn how to make sensible predictions and talk about the outcomes.
 The children will have weekly  opportunities to use the computers in the ICT suite to complete simple programs that support current learning and develop simple mouse skills.


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 having lots of discussions about how we keep clean, our daily routines and different types of families.


Physical Development

Over the spring term the children worked on ball skills in the hall. This term we hope we can teach the children about hazards and how to keep safe during physical education outside in the playground. Now the children have a good understanding of how to control both small and large balls the children will then be introduced to using a bat. They will again learn the key skills of holding and positioning a bat whilst working alone and with a partner. Also in this term we will start our dance topic where the children will make up and practise a dance routine which they will share with their peers. To build on the children's listening skills they will still take part in lots of games for warm ups and warm downs.  

Expressive Arts and Design
This term the children will be working with 3D shapes to make a castles. The children will be given the chance to construct with a purpose in mind using a range of resources. They will use simple tools and techniques to assemble and join their items to create their desired effect.

Also this term the children will be designing and making their own crown to wear to their breakfast banquet. We will be exploring different types of materials and looking at their properties. This will enable the children to make decisions on which material would be best for a sorcerer's cape. 


In weekly music lessons this term the children will listen and respond to different styles of music, listen to, learn to sing or sing along with nursery rhymes and action songs. They will also have the chance to play classroom instruments and, share and perform the learning that has taken place. 



Wow, what an exciting term ahead it will be!

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Easter Homework



Ordering numbers to 20 -

Ordering prices to 20p -

Place value -

One more to 20 -

One less to 20 -

One less to 100 -

Subtraction -

Number bonds to 10 -



Spelling phase 2,3 and 4 words -

Spelling phase 3 words -

Reading phase 4 words -

Listen and read -

Listen and read phase 3 -





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