Teacher -Mrs Gill

TA’s- Miss Gregory and Mrs Campbell

Summer 2:

Communication and language and literacy

This half term we have enjoyed exploring our focused texts Christopher’s Caterpillars by Charlotte Middleton, The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle and Walter’s Wonderful Web by Tim Hopgood. We made a Yes/No graph to show who liked spiders and who didn’t and we discussed our reasons. We have listened to lots of stories about minibeasts and had a keen interest in our ‘Summer in the Garden’ topic. One of our favourite texts has been The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. We have continued practicing what we want to say out loud before writing it using our new symbol to remind us. In Phonics, Nursery have continued to orally blend and segment, count the syllables in words as well as some children beginning Phase 2 Phonics sessions.


In maths we have been matching numeral to quantity, taking care when counting to make sure we only count one at a time. We have been weighing objects to find out which is heaviest and which is lightest and we have been learning about capacity and using the terminology, ‘full’, ‘half full’ and ‘empty’. We have also been comparing groups of objects and looking at the composition of number.

Understanding the World

We have learned all about the season of Summer. We know it comes after Spring, what clothing we might wear in the sun and how to protect ourselves on a hot day. We have explored our environment, learning all about the features and habitats of minibeasts and how to care for them. We also learned about the lifecycles of ladybirds and butterflies. During our experience day, we made minibeast collages and took a trip to the park for fun and games!

Expressive Art and Design

This half term we have been focusing on ‘Textiles’. We have used a variety of collage materials both natural and man-made to create collages. Our minibeast collages were made using natural materials we found outside. We have been learning and remembering entire songs and practicing how to ‘pitch match’ – singing the pitch of a tone sung by another.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We have continued to be Heartsmart, with this half term’s theme being ‘No way through isn’t true’, and have been practicing how to be resilient when faced with new challenges. This half term we have been practicing resolving our own conflicts and rivalries. We have talked about the importance of stranger danger and who it is safe to talk to when in a new environment or context. We had a visit from a dental nurse and talked about the importance of looking after our teeth. We have also continued our daily practices of mindfulness and meditation.

Physical Development

We have been collaborating with others to manage large equipment and move along equipment in different ways, e.g. crawling, balancing. We have been developing our fine motor skills by practicing holding and using scissors correctly as well as continuing to practice holding our pencil correctly.



  TOPIC NAMES Understanding the World Technology EAD (Expressive Arts and Design PSED RE Physical Development Literacy (Reading and Writing) Maths



Journeys and Transport

(ART 13)





Summer in the Garden (ART 29)





Where we live and maps


Summer and seasonal change


In the Garden (insects and minibeasts/lifecycles)Fathers day

(IWB activities and skills continued.


Introduce iPad

Digital camera

CD player

Using technology for a


Sculpture- Sum 1

Collage – Sum 2



Music and Movement

Identifying songs and music

Parachute games

End of year performance


Role play- Transport role play- bus, station, travel agents, Minibeast garden.

Heartsmart – Fake is a mistake (I tell the truth)


Heartsmart – No way through, isn’t True (I can do it!)


Talk about feelings using a range of words, find ways to be assertive,

Be increasingly independent in meeting own care needs, make healthy choices about food, drink, activity and toothbrushing




Special Places (Places of Worship e.g. Mosque, Church, Gurdwara)




Special Times- Links with Non-Christian Faith celebrations


Values- Faith, Hope and Love

Gross Motor- develop riding skills, ball skills, use large muscle movements 

Remember some sequences and patterns of movement related to music and rhythm 

Take part in some group team activities 

Match developing physical skills to tasks and activities in setting

Choose the right resource to carry out chosen plan

Collaborate with others to manage large item

Begin to refine movement of walking and running,climbing skills, balancing skills 

Learn to skip 

Fine Motor- Use one-handed tools and equipment. 

Eat independently using a knife and fork 

Be increasingly independent getting dressed and undressed

Use a comfortable grip with good control when holding pens and pencils.


Reading- Talk about rhyming words and begin to create  rhyming strings  

Hear and say initial sounds in words

Explore and talk about different voice sounds, enunciating some phoneme correctly  

Participate in oral blending/segmenting activities 

Clap syllables in words 

Engage in extended conversations about stories and nonfiction texts, learning & using new vocabulary

Use the five key concepts about print:  Identify a word in a sentence and understand it carries meaning, identify a letter in a word, Name parts of book and show awareness of page number … page number, develop understanding of word / letter, Follow print, know it is read from top to bottom & use 1:1 correspondence

Read own name in a variety of fonts/context

Writing- Use knowledge of print / letter knowledge in writing  

Begin to match some letters to phonemes e.g. m for mummy

Engage in purposeful early writing 

Write name, from memory, with correct letter formation



Shape & Space Positional Language Focus on properties of shapes

Time- My Day Ordering events of the day

Length and height Long, short, tall and comparing lengths.

Weight- Light and heavy and comparison

Capacity Full, half full, empty and comparison

Positional language-Using language related to position and direction.



Begin Phase 2 Letters and Sounds

Consolidate Phase 1

Story structure, events, character and settings, inference and prediction, Non- fiction texts

Understand directionality of print

Ascribe meaning to print they see in different places, gives meaning to marks they make as they write

Begins to break flow of speech into words

Begins to write own name

Begins to be aware of spaces between words

Begins to leave spaces between marks representing words

Uses some clearly identifiable letters to communicate meaning representing some sounds correctly

Enjoys writing for a purpose

Numbers 6-10/Counting 10 & back

Finding one more, Subitising 6 and 8

The structure of square numbers (4

and 9)

Partitioning and combining

10 ones are equivalent to one 10.

Addition and subtraction of 1

Begin to estimate and check

Begin to record using marks they can interpret and explain.


Pattern- continue and create

Use shapes appropriately for tasks

Begin to select a named shape.

Size and time- ordering

Begin to use money

Use positional language


Homework Leaflet- Homework leaflet

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