Welcome to Reception

Mrs Gates and Miss Daniels work in Reception class.

Summer Term 2022


This term we will consolidating our learning within Phase 3 and 4 phonics. We will be applying our knowledge of digraphs and trigraphs to read a range of different words, captions and sentences. We will also be expanding our blending skills to read words with 4 or more sounds, including words with two syllables that may need “chopping up”. We are currently sharing a daily phonics session as a class and working in smaller, focussed groups to support the children in their varying needs and stages of development within phonics.

We will continue to have a weekly group reading session. The books shared in these sessions will come home for the week for you to practise at home. This reading time at home is really valuable for helping the children to gain familiarity and confidence with their reading books, so please do continue to practise at home!

Our English  sessions will focus on developing our own ideas, making predictions and explaining our thoughts. We will be exploring the world and how to travel around it through our key text and making links to non-fiction texts too! Later in the term we will be focussing on instructions and their purpose. We will be seeing if we can follow instructions, create some for others to follow and writing our own instructions too. Our English sessions will provide an opportunity to develop our vocabulary and use story language to retell and create our own stories too!

Our writing this term is based around encouraging the children to write for purpose and develop independence in sounding out, recalling digraphs and common words, and writing in contexts meaningful to them. We will be exploring the purpose of instructions and creating our own. Our voice continues to be important when writing so we shall be constructing sentences orally and rehearsing them before we write, and using our voices to help us sound out and spell each word.    


This term will begin by exploring numbers beyond 10. We will be developing our understanding of how these numbers are composed, comparing numbers and using our knowledge about these numbers to solve problems. We will be considering the place value of these numbers and how we can represent them.                                       

We will also be developing our understanding of 2d shape and spatial reasoning skills. We will be working on puzzles and patterns such as tangrams, and using shapes to create our own pictures. Later in the half term we will be moving on to develop our addition skills using a range of different equipment and representations, including tens frames, numicon, multilink cubes and dice. We will be exploring the composition of lots of different numbers and consolidating number facts within 10 to ensure we have a secure foundation of number knowledge.


Our topic this term is “Our World” and is all about different countries around the Earth, travel and transport, and the universe beyond. We will be focusing on our world map and considering different kinds of land (eg. desert, Antarctica, towns and cities), sharing places we have travelled to and considering how best to get from one place to another! We will be considering the different methods of travelling and which different vehicles are used in different environments. We will be taking a closer look at the continent of Antarctica in our Geography sessions too! We will be considering the concepts of freezing and melting in Science asking questions about what is beyond the sky, learning about the sun, moon and the planets!                                   

Spring Term 2022


Our literacy sessions are largely based around speaking and listening skills, exploring language and making links to our rainforest topic. We are developing our ability to describe this half term, choosing words carefully to accurately explain what jungle animals look and behave like. We will be looking more closely at non-fiction texts and will be planning and writing our own rainforest fact files later in the half term. We are expanding our vocabulary all of the time and taking advantage of any opportunity to learn and use new words!

Phonics & Reading 

This half term we are continuing with our learning of Phase 3 digraphs (sounds that have two letters!) Our Monster Phonics friends will continue to help us learn new sounds by linking them to different colours and we will be practising reading both colour-coded and plain text words in class.

We will be having whole class reading sessions linked to a familiar traditional tale each week which will focus on our digraph for each week. Group reading sessions or 1:1 reading sessions will take place each week.

Physical Development & Writing

Independence is key for this half term! We are encouraging the children to write for purpose and in contexts that are meaningful to them. We are developing our use of capital letters, finger spaces and full stops when writing sentences and are practising reading our own writing back to another person. We are also taking part in daily “Squiggle While You Wiggle” sessions – a motor skills programme that helps us to develop both gross and fine motor skills necessary to correctly form letters and become confident writers.         


This half term we are focusing on the representation and composition of numbers up to 8. We are exploring how numbers can be combined to make new, larger numbers or split into smaller groups. We will be developing vocabulary linked to addition and subtraction and deepening our understanding of what each numeral represents.

Later in the half term we will be comparing mass and capacity, looking specifically at length and height. We will also be considering time through the order and sequence of different events, using a daily timetable in our classroom and looking closely at our clock.                                          


We are learning about the jungle and rainforests of the world! We will be investigating where these places are on our world map and thinking about some of the features of the rainforest, including which animals live there, what the weather is like and other physical features. We will be beginning to categorise animals that live in the rainforest too! In Art we will be looking at Rousseau’s “Tiger in a Tropical Storm” and using different media to create our own versions of this famous painting.


Nursery rhymes to sing and watch  https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06kbsbz
Counting games https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/3-5-years/counting
Listening to sounds https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/list/phonics-games-phase-1
Letter formation http://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/skyWriter/index.html
Shape recognition https://www.topmarks.co.uk/early-years/shape-monsters
Stories to listen to https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories