In Reception our topic for the first half of the Summer is ‘In the Garden’. We will be using the texts Billy’s Sunflower by Nicola Moon, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, Freddy the Frog by Axel Scheffler and non-fiction texts to support our learning of plants, growth, change and life cycles. After half term our focus will be ‘On the Farm’. We will be using the texts On the Farm by Axel Scheffler, Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell and non-fiction texts to support our learning of animals, farm machinery and the role of a farmer.
We will change your child's reading book twice a week. *The children will be rewarded for reading three times a week at home so please make sure you sign your child's diary!
We have daily reading sessions where the children will take part in a guided read with a specific focus linked to VIPERS, a shared read with one of our class golden books or individual reading. You will find more information on VIPERS in your child's home school reading diary.
We will be encouraging the children to write independently during activity times to allow them to apply their skills and make links between what they are learning and the purpose of writing. The children thoroughly enjoyed writing shopping lists last term, this is something you could ask your child to do at home in preparation for a shopping trip! We will be describing sunflowers and rewriting the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The children are brilliant at remembering their finger spaces and full stops!
In Letters and Sounds we will be consolidating our Phase Three sounds and begin to read some Phase Four blends. You can support your child’s phonics at home using the sound mats in their home school reading diaries to check how many they can remember as well as games on PhonicsPlay, Phonics Bloom and Alphablocks videos.
In Maths we will be focusing on building numbers beyond 10 talking about how teen numbers are made from tens and ones. We will add, subtract, double, halve and share. We will also explore capacity, mass, pattern and spatial reasoning.
The children are being awarded for their work on Numbots each week and the child with the most coins collected by the end of the week will receive a special certificate. Please support your child to access Numbots at home. *Remember that the more questions your child answers correctly the harder the questions become. Please allow the child to work out the answers by themselves so that the level of questions is appropriate for them.
Understanding the World
Our topic will give us plenty of opportunities to plant sunflowers and seeds and watch them grow and change. We will also be thinking about life cycles in different contexts. We will learn how to use tools in the garden safely and think about the ways in which tools are used on a farm today.
Expressive Arts and Design
We will be looking at the artist Vincent Van Gogh and his painting ‘Sunflowers’. We will use some of his ideas to create our own sunflower paintings and display in school.
Communication and Language
This topic will give us lots of opportunities to learn new vocabulary, here are some of the words we will be talking about. It would be great if you could use these words at home with your child.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
In PSED we will continue to focus on friendships, sharing and understanding why it is important to follow rules. We will be linking our PSED to texts such as Farmer Duck to help us to understand the feelings of others.
During PE we will be focusing on stamina, overall fitness and the challenge of running half a mile! We will also continue to work on our handwriting, letter formation and pencil grip to support them with their writing.