Teacher – Mrs Rodgers

TA-  Mrs Campbell, Miss Austen, Miss Murphy

Summer 2:

Communication and language and literacy- The children in reception have been enjoying our topic on “The Seaside and Beaches”. We listened to stories such as “The Magic Beach” and read many non-fiction texts too. We also read “Grandma Bird” and “Grandad Island” focussing on the author Benji Davis. The children learned about beaches in faraway places and learned some exciting new vocabulary using our Fantastic Lenses.

Maths- In our maths lessons we have been learning number about addition and subtraction through number stories and doubling and halving too. The children have also continued to recall number bonds to 10 and to know about numbers that are odd and even. We investigated sharing and grouping which was lots of fun!

Understanding the World – Through our topic work the children have been thinking a lot about the things we see and do at the seaside, weather and seasonal changes, keeping safe in the summer sun and maps and plans of seaside areas. We had a role play beach and underwater world in our classroom and we have explored real beach items and rock pool treasures on our investigation table. We really enjoyed our trip to Lytham St Annes where we played on the beach.

In our RE lessons we have been thinking about our own and others’ special places. We learned about special places in Bible stories such as Abraham, Moses and Jesus visiting the temple as a boy. We found out about special places for prayer and worship such as churches, mosques and temples.

Expressive Art and Design- In our creative lessons we have been looking at collage as a technique. We shared and discussed work by artists such as Henri Matisse and we re-created his coral collages using our own skills. On our experience day we created our own collages using the shells, sand and pebbles that we collected from the each. We loved creating different textures. We have been performers during our class assembly for parents. We recited poems and rhymes and sang a summer song.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development- We have also been getting ready for Year 1 with transition activities at playtimes, whole school assembly times and handwriting lessons in our new classroom. Our Heartsmart Scheme has been “No way through, isn’t true”. We have learned to be resilient when faced with new challenges.

Physical Development- Our handwriting lessons in Year 1 have continued to support our fine motor skills. In PE lessons we have been focussing on racket sports and using our good eye-hand coordination.

  Understanding the World (see med term plans) EAD (Expressive Arts and Design- See med term plans)  ) ART 13, 29, 31 PSED (see Heartsmart/whole school PSHE doc)

ARTICLE 12, 7,8,, 15)

RE (ARTICLES 14,31) Physical Development (ARTICLES 31, 24) Literacy (Reading and Writing) (ARTICLE 13,17) Maths- (Using White-Rose Reception Guidance)



Our World and Beyond (Space)

ART 3, 29, 13,24,27




The Seaside

ART- 31, 29



Places/the world


Environmental issues/recycling


Summer and seasonal change


Beach habitat


Fathers Day


(Everyday technology

keyboard skills continued


Photos and videos)

Sculpture- Sum 1

Collage – Sum 2


Music Express- Working World (Texture)

Our senses (Timbre)


Role play- Space station/rocket, beach, seaside shop, ice cream shop, Treasure island.

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


Heartsmart – No way through, isn’ True (I can do it)




Begin to regulate behaviour, control immediate impulses, show resilience, perseverance and independence, explain reasons for rules/right and wrong), Manage self care and know about healthy food choices, form attachments, be sensitive.


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





Special Times- Links with Non-Christian Faith celebrations


Values- Faith, Hope and Love

Martin Harvey formal handwriting lessons.

Gross Motor

▪Negotiate space and obstacles safely, with consideration for themselves and others

▪Demonstrate strength, balance and coordination when playing 

Move energetically, such as running, jumping, dancing, hopping, skipping and climbing.

Fine Motor Skills 

▪Hold a pencil effectively in preparation for fluent writing – using the tripod grip in almost all cases

▪Use a range of small tools, including scissors, paint brushes and cutlery

▪Begin to show accuracy and care when drawing.

In addition- sun safety, dressing and undressing independently for PE.

PE- Ball skills at the zoo, Fun with quiots and cones (athletics), Bats and balls at the circus (net games), Fun games with our friends (Outdoor adventure)

Reading(Phase 3/4 (5) Letters and Sounds phonics)

Demonstrate an understanding of what has been read to them by retelling stories and narratives using their own words and recently introduced vocabulary …sequence

▪Anticipate-where appropriate-key events in stories.

▪Use and understand recently introduced vocabulary during discussions about stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems and during role play.

Begin to notice some relationships between one text and another

Begin to comment on perceived links with own life

experience or other experiences, e.g. films, books

Read aloud simple sentences and books that are consistent with their phonics knowledge, including some common exception words



Write recognisable letters (lower case and capital) most of which are formed correctly

Spell words by identifying the sounds and then writing the sound with letter/s, using taught GPCs

Write simple phrases and sentences that can be read by others

Including: □ oral rehearsal of sentence before writing □ word spacing □ full stop □ capital letter

Begin to sequence 2-3 sentences within purposeful fiction/ nonfiction writing, such as: 2-3 part story (e.g. using story map/planner), Instructions 

WRITE STUFF- Just Me sentences using “chotting” for ideas.



Geometry – Exploring patterns.

–           Making simple patterns

–           Exploring more complex patterns

Addition and subtraction – Counting on and back.

–           Adding by counting on

–           Taking away by counting back

Number and place value –Numbers to 20.

–           Counting to 20

Multiplication and Division – Numerical patterns.

–           Doubling

–           Halving and sharing

–           Odds and evens

Measurement – Measure


Homework Leaflet-Homework leaflet

Class Newsletter: Class newsletter Reception Spring 2022

Topic web: Topic web Reception Summer 1 2022