Learning in Reception Summer 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope you had a lovely break over the Easter holiday. It’s now the start of the summer term where we continue our range of topics and curriculum areas, while beginning the process of getting the children ready for moving into Year 1.

Our topic areas this half term are space, fantasy stories, spring and growth. We will be going to the Greenwich Planetarium, to learn more about the planets in our solar system, on Tuesday 22 May 2018.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The themes in this subject heading are continually revisited daily. There will be a particular focus on being able to talk about how they show and others show feelings, and show sensitivity to others needs and feelings. The children will learn about the Easter story, that Jesus rose from the dead and brought the message of joy and peace.

Physical Development

There will be a focus on continuing to work on effective pencil grip and letter formation, developing their control and co-ordination in large and small movements, showing an understanding of the need for safety when tackling new challenges and considering risks.

Communication and language

The children will continue to learn new vocabulary arising from the topics, respond to what they hear with relevant questions and comments, formulate explanations from their observations, develop their own stories and to follow instructions involving several ideas or actions.


During class and everyday activities the children will be using objects to help them  add and subtract single digit numbers, count on or back from any number between 1 and 20, solve problems including doubling, halving and sharing. They will continue to use and talking about money during their play and use everyday language to talk about distances and time.


The children have developed a sound knowledge of phonics. This will continue with work on their Phase 3 phonemes, learning more irregular words and high frequency words and improving their segmenting and blending ability. During guided reading sessions they will talk about the book they are reading to show their understanding.

Understanding the world

The children are encouraged to develop their observation skills. In particular, know that there are similarities and differences between themselves and others and talk about their own environment and how it might vary with another.

Expressive Arts and Design

Children are creative throughout the day, during free play and in their dance and music lessons. They will continue to explore the different sounds instruments make, use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately in their making and use what they have learnt about media and materials in new ways.

Transition into Year 1

Over this term we are introducing the children to routines and activities that they will come across in Year 1. They will begin attending assemblies with Year 1 and 2 and joining in with other whole school events, such as attending mass.

Trips for the remainder of the year

Tuesday 22 May 2018, Greenwich Planetarium. Travel by public bus.

Thursday 28 June 2018, Lullingstone Park. Travel by coach.

If you could help on a trip, please let a member of staff know that you are interested.

Kind regards,

Aidan Cunningham
Jane Budden

Learning in Reception this Spring Half Term

We will be covering a number of topics this half term. As World Book Day falls in this period, we will look at traditional stories and story telling. To complement this, we have booked Freshwater Theatre Company to visit, holding a Story Hunt for Fairy Tales workshop for all children in Early Years. In the run up to Easter we will cover Lent and the season of spring.


Personal, Social and Emotional

  • In RE we will be learning about Jesus’ journey towards Easter with the message of love and forgiveness.
  • As our Rights Respecting School topic, we will cover the right to play.
  • We will examine how our actions can affect others and behave appropriately.
  • We will continue to work on helping children articulate their thoughts and how to frame their own questions .

Communication and Language

  • We will be broadening our range of vocabulary linked to the topic area.
  • We will be retelling stories using key phrases and vocabulary found in traditional stories.
  • We will look at the language to use when organising and ordering ideas, feeling or events.

Physical Development

  • We will continue to develop the ability to form recognisable letters, most of which will be formed correctly.
  • From playing with various kinds of equipment, the children will improve their control and coordination.
  • We will look at healthy eating and how exercise is important.


  • To develop reading skills, we will continue to consolidate phase 3 of the Letters and Sounds phonics programme.
  • We will continue to develop the skills to compose and write simple sentences for different purposes.


  • We will provide practical activities to help the children continue to develop their knowledge and understanding of addition and subtraction as well as the language to describe the process.
  • When looking at two groups of objects the children will become familiar with the language of more and less.
  • We will help the children find the sum of two groups of objects by counting all of them.
  • We will continue to develop the ability to count forward or back from any number under twenty.

Understanding the World

  • We will be looking for signs of spring, so the children get a practical understanding of growth and are able to describe what they observe.
  • We will explore the meaning of Easter and the ways in which it is celebrated.

Expressive arts and design

  • We will continue to help the children develop their own creative ideas and select and use materials that interest them.
  • The children carry on attending music and dance sessions; learning new songs, playing instruments and developing their own dance ideas.
  • Our traditional stories topic will be complemented by role play resources to help the children create their own stories.

Aidan Cunningham, Jane Budden and the Reception team

Learning in Reception C

Topics: our senses, families, seasons and harvest.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will be concentrating on settling your child into school life. This means helping them to be more confident and more thoughtful and compassionate towards others.  We will be doing this by talking with children as situations arise, sharing thought provoking social story books, holding circle time sessions, teaching the principles of a Rights Respecting school and in RE ‘God’s World’ study unit.

Communication and language

We will be supporting your child to become a better listener, be more articulate and expressive. We will be doing this by sharing books linked to our topics, encouraging talk during circle time and in independent creative play.

Physical Development

We will be helping your child to become more skilful at using a pencil and other hand tools. They will have opportunities to move and play so that they become more confident in their movements.  We will be providing a range of indoor and outdoor activities that develop their fine and gross motor skills.

Understanding the world

We will be helping your child become more aware of their own lives and their family, to look more closely at things around them to see how they are different or similar and to use technology confidently. We will be discussing our own families, observing the change of the seasons and celebrating harvest time.

Expressive Arts and Design

We will be helping your child become more creative in their singing, dancing, music making and storytelling. We will be providing a range of adult-led and independent activities, including time with a dedicated music teacher.


We will be helping your child to read and spell words by starting to learn sounds or phonemes. With this knowledge they can blend phonemes to read words and segment the phonemes in words to spell words. They will begin to write too. We will be following the Letters and Sounds scheme.


We will be helping your child to count objects, count reliably and begin to solve practical maths problems. We will be doing this with adult-led and independent activities.

 Dates for your diary

Trip to Woodlands Farm in Shooters Hill

Reception B:  Tuesday 10 October 2017

Reception C:  Wednesday 11 October 2017