Welcome to Reception Learning

Key information for children, parents and carers

Reception Curriculum Map

Essential Reads
Common Exception Words
Mental Arithmetic

Tricky Word of the week list

Understand Building Learning Power


Phonic Homework

Phonic homework is given out every Tuesday. Please work every day with your child to practise recently taught phonic sounds and words.


Reading Books

Reading books are given out every Tuesday. Bring your completed reading record into school on Monday with your reading and library books.


Friday Newsletter

At the bottom of each newsletter we provide a suggested home activity. Please make an effort to do this with your child over the weekend.


Physical Education

Our Physical Education day is Friday. The children’s full PE kits stay at school and are sent home for the holidays. Please check that your child has a full PE kit.

Reception Curriculum Map

Summer 2 Topic - Minibeasts and Under the sea

Building Learning Power:

Our learning power will be developed by being Questioning Queen Bees and learning to ask questions with different openers such as who, what, where, when, how and why. We will also be Imaginative Iguanas by using our imagination to make up our own stories.

Be a Questioning Queen Bee

Be a Questioning Queen Bee

Be an Imagining Iguana

Be an Imagining Iguana

‘Hickory dickory dock, the mouse ran up the clock…’

We will be learning to read the time to the hour relating it to the story of ‘The Bad Tempered Ladybird’.

We will also revise doubling facts and use our Numicon resources to work out the answers with our learning partners. We will be revising our concept of number bonds to 10 and extending to 20. We will be revisiting 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p and 20p coins and using money to buy various items from our souvenir shop; consolidating our skills of counting on for addition and using the number line for subtraction problems.

We will be Noticing Newts looking for vocabulary related to addition and subtraction in word problems.

Expressive Arts & Design

We will be exploring different media and materials to create show pieces for our art exhibition in July.

While learning about under the sea, we will create 3D art.

We will be learning new songs related to mini-beasts and under the sea and putting together three different role play areas: ‘mini-beast garden’, ‘a mini-beast hotel’ and ‘a potting shed’.

Understanding of the World

We will be exploring the habitats of minibeasts and sea creatures from around the world.

We will be looking at the influence of human activity on the environment around us and what we do to look after our environment.

Physical Development

In our dance sessions, we will be learning a jungle dance to kick off the Montpelier Summer fete!

In our P.E sessions we will be continuing to improve our balance and coordination skills using the apparatus.

In readiness for Year 1, part of our transition will consist of handwriting sessions. These will be focussing on correct letter formation and pencil grip.

Communication, Language & Literacy

“Hairy scary spider…” We will be making class minibeast information books all about bugs. Looking at the story of ‘The bad Tempered Ladybird,’ we will use wow adjectives to describe the ladybird and make a new ending for the story. Using our knowledge of story language, for example ‘once upon a time’, ‘a long long time ago, ‘deep in the forest,’ we will be writing our own minibeast stories.

During our topic on water and under the sea we will be learning about how not to waste water and will put together a list of what it’s used for. We will be designing our own treasure maps and writing directions about how to find the treasure.

In phonics we will be revising all taught digraphs and trigraphs and practising writing tricky words correctly.

BASICS & Characteristics of Learning

This half term we will be focussing on the following two characteristics:

  • Creating and thinking critically – choosing ways to do things and finding new ways.
  • Active learning – Showing a belief that more effort or a different approach will pay off.
Personal, Social & Emotional
This half term the children will explore feelings and will learn how to manage difficult feelings. Furthermore, the children will identify special people in their lives and explain why these people are special.

We will be taking part in various transition activities to help us get ready for Year 1. These will include meeting our Year 1 buddy, circle time question and answer and a tour of the Year 1 area.

Miss Borren

Mrs Nanji

Miss Ware