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Welcome to Reception!



Welcome back – I can’t believe it is the Summer Term already – time certainly does fly when you are having fun and we have lots more fun planned for this half-term!

Here is a summary of what we will be learning in Reception over the

next few weeks.


 In R.E. this half term, we will be learning that Jesus rose from the dead at Easter and thinking about how his friends felt before and after that glorious event. We will be looking at some of the symbolism around Easter, focusing  especially on the Paschal Candle.

We will also find out about the Ascension, when Jesus went up to heaven to be with His Father and about Pentecost, when Jesus sent the Holy Spirit in the form of wind and fire.


We will be continuing with our daily Read Write Inc. sessions, where the children will practice ‘Fred talking’ to read and using ‘Fred Fingers’ to write. Please see the Curriculum – English pages of the website for more information about how to support you children with this.


Children will bring home their Read Write Inc. book on a Wednesday to practice reading at home. They will keep it for a week in order to become more fluent when reading, which is a cruical element of becoming a confident reader. They will also bring home another book to read to and share with you to broaden their experience of books. These need to be in school everyday.


 We will be using the traditional tale ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ as our focus for writing this half term. We will begin by re-telling the story in a variety of ways, using storymaps, actions and role-play to help us. We will also write lists, letters and character descriptions. We will then change some of the key elements to write our own version of the story. We will also write instructions of how to plant seeds, linked to our Understanding the World work.


 We begin with learning about pattern in maths, exploring different types of pattern, creating our own simple and more complex patterns and investigating patterns in number, using 100 squares to help us. 

We will then move onto counting on and back and using these skills to help us to add and subtract. Finally we will focus on counting, recognising, ordering and using numbers to 20.

Understanding the World

We will be finding out about growth and changes this half-term. We will be sequencing the life-cycle of frogs.


We will be planting cress, beans and flowers, finding out how to take care of them and watching them grow.




 Expressive Arts and Design

 Alongside maths, we will be exploring pattern in Expressive Arts and Design, beginning with looking at and recreating animal patterns. Then we will be looking at patterns in nature, doing wax rubbings of tree bark and leaves and pencil drawings of the patterns that we find inside fruits and vegetables.


We will move onto studying the art of Kandinsky, working towards creating our own collaborative piece of work in his style.



P.E. takes place on Monday with ASM and on Friday with Miss Goodstadt. The children will be focusing on developing their throwing and catching skills.

We encourage the children to get changed for P.E. themselves and they are doing brilliantly! Please could you ensure that all school uniform is clearly marked with their names – as you can imagine – when 6 children with identical shirts are getting changed around one table, it is very difficult for them, and us, to match the shirt with the child if it is not named. Thank you.


We send homework out on a Wednesday and ask for it to be back the following Monday. It is usually based around something that we have been learning that week, or will be learning about in the near future. We do expect homework to be done every week but please do let us know if there is any difficulty in doing it.

 Please read with your child every day – the more they read the greater benefit for them and it really helps them to develop their fluency and confidence when they read the same book two or three times. Please sign their reading record book every time your child has read-if the book has not been signed then we will assume it hasn’t been read.

Reception Prayers

The Early Learning Goals


The Prime Areas


Communication and language


Listening and attention: children listen attentively in a range of situations. They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.

Understanding: children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.

Speaking: children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.


Physical development


Moving and handling: children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.

Health and self-care: children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. They manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.


Personal, social and emotional development


Self-confidence and self-awareness: children are confident to try new activities, and say why they like some activities more than others. They are confident to speak in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas, and will choose the resources they need for their chosen activities. They say when they do or don’t need help.

Managing feelings and behaviour: children talk about how they and others show feelings, talk about their own and others’ behaviour, and its consequences, and know that some behaviour is unacceptable. They work as part of a group or class, and understand and follow the rules. They adjust their behaviour to different situations, and take changes of routine in their stride.

Making relationships: children play co-operatively, taking turns with others. They take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity. They show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children.


The Specific Areas




Reading: children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read (at the bottom of this page is a link to a site which can help you practise phonics).

Writing: children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.




Numbers: children count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.

Shape, space and measures: children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.


Understanding the world


People and communities: children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. They know that other children don’t always enjoy the same things, and are sensitive to this. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.

The world: children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

Technology: children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.


Expressive arts and design


Exploring and using media and materials: children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.

Being imaginative: children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories.  

Reception at work and play!!

Suggested Books for Reception