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Summer Term


We are very much looking forward to working with you and your child in this final term and hope it will be an exciting and rewarding experience! This letter outlines the Reception curriculum for the Summer Term 2019.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

During the term, children will be learning about ‘Growth and Change’ in regards to Plants and Mini-Beasts, as well as ourselves. We will look at the transition that we have ahead of us in September. We will prepare children to go to Year 1 by meeting their new class teachers and teaching assistants, spending time in their new classroom exploring the resources, and talking about their feelings and emotions regarding moving on to a new year group.


We will encourage children to:

  • Share their feelings and opinions about moving on to Year 1.
  • Try new activities with confidence.
  • Say why they like some activities more than others.
  • Speak to a familiar group as well as the whole class confidently.
  • Show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children.
  • Choose the resources they need for their preferred activity.


Communication and Language

This term your children will continue to be supported to develop their communication and language skills in preparation for the transition to Year 1. Our focus will be on understanding and ensuring children communicate in full sentences while using a wide range of tenses - past, present and future, with confidence. We will plan a range of cross-curricular lessons where we support the children’s listening and attention skills and allow time for children to express themselves to share their thoughts and feelings.


We will support children to:

  • Listen attentively in a range of situations.
  • Listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events.
  • Respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions.
  • Give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.
  • Follow instructions involving several ideas or actions.
  • Answer why and how questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.
  • Express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs.
  • Develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas and events.



Our Power of Reading stories this term are ‘Aaaarrgghh Spider!’ and ‘Yucky Worms’, which will help us explore and learn more about our cross curricular topic, Growth and Change (Plants and Mini-Beasts). Finally, during the last few weeks before the Summer holidays, our theme will be London and the stories of ‘The Naughty Bus’ and ‘A Walk in London’. We will continue to use Read, Write Inc. scheme of work to teach reading and writing while we will also be focusing on:

  • Listening with enjoyment and responding to the book, through retelling and re-enacting the story.
  • Thinking and talking confidently about their response to the book, using prediction, asking questions, making connections with their own experience.
  • Developing sustained story making and storytelling.
  • Reading by joining in the repeated text, responding to the patterns and rhythms and matching these with the print.
  • Getting to know the story really well and being able to revisit it in a variety of ways.
  • Exploring the structure through storytelling.
  • Writing for meaning and purpose in narrative and non-narrative forms.
  • Creating a book of the story through shared writing and illustration.
  • Using common irregular words in our writing.
  • Demonstrating understanding when talking with others about what they have read.



In Maths this term, children will be taught about Number as well as Shape, Space and Measure. We will learn new concepts but also review previously taught concepts that need consolidating in preparation for the transition to Year 1. We will focus on:

  • Using positional language to describe where the spider is.
  • Counting flies in the spider’s web and finding one more and one less.
  • Addition and subtraction problems using ‘spider friends’.
  • Counting reliably with numbers from 1 to 20.
  • Using quantities and objects, adding two single- digit numbers and counting on to find the answer.
  • Solving problems involving doubling and halving.
  • Recognising, creating and describing patterns.
  • Solving practical problems that involve sharing into equal groups.
  • Using everyday language to talk about size, weight and capacity as well as position and distance.
  • Identifying 2D and some 3D shapes.


Understanding the world

This term Reception will be looking at Growth and Change (Plants and Mini Beasts) and then we will be learning about London. For Growth and Change, we will be looking at caterpillars and their lifecycles. We have caterpillars in the classrooms growing at the moment and soon they will be butterflies. For our London topic, we will be looking at what makes London such a special city. We will be learning about some of the famous buildings in London, different areas and possibly a trip to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.


Physical development

For Physical Development this term the children will first be focusing on bat and ball skills. They will be practising catching and throwing as well as trying to hit a ball with a bat. This topic will be followed with Athletics and the children will spend time preparing for Sports Day at the end of the year. Children will learn to:

  • Jump off an object and land appropriately.
  • Negotiate space successfully when playing racing and chasing games with other children, adjusting speed or changing direction to avoid obstacles.
  • Show increasing control over an object in pushing, patting, throwing, catching or kicking it.
  • Use a pencil and hold it effectively to form recognisable letters.


Creative development

Children will be encouraged to share and express their creativity in a range of ways and through fun and creative activities. We will teach and encourage children to:

  • Experiment to create different textures.
  • Understand that different media can be combined to create new effects.
  • Manipulate materials to achieve a planned effect.
  • Select appropriate resources and adapt work where necessary.
  • Select tools and techniques needed to shape, assemble and join materials they are using.