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Reception Summer 1 2021


Here is an overview of some of the things your child will be learning this half term in the different areas of learning. We will begin the half term with our science topic on plants! Within our topics, we will follow the children’s interests and develop learning through their investigation and play. We will then be learning how to retell ‘Jasper’s Beanstalk’ in Talk 4 Writing, which has lovely links to the learning we will have done in our plant topic. Towards the end of the half term, we will look at how toys have changed over time in our history topic. The children will compare past and present toys through observations and discussion.


If you have any questions about the learning this half term, please contact us as we are more than happy to discuss any queries with you.


Yours sincerely

Mrs Bennett, Miss Charles and Mrs Ashley-Cooper


Understanding of the world/ Speaking & listening:

Through our plant topic, the children will learn how to identify a plant in its simple form; roots, leaves, stem and flower. They will compare different plants and learn about what plants require to grow well. They will take part in whole class experiments to see this in action, as well as growing plants and observing changes over time. In our history topic, the children will learn all about old toys. This will give them a brief insight into what life in Britain used to be like. This will also be the children’s first chance to examine sources as they will need to describe and compare them in detail.



This half-term the children will continue to practise their speedy sounds as well as  recapping and learning more red words. They will take part in daily phonics sessions where they will be practising their reading and writing. They will have the opportunity to write more independently and use their phonic knowledge as they become used to writing in their ‘busy books’. They will be spending a couple of weeks immersed in Jasper’s Beanstalk as part of Talking 4 Writing, which helps to build speaking and listening skills, develop language and enhance writing. We will also continue to share lots of stories to develop story language, listening, understanding and talking about characters, feelings and events.



This term we will be consolidating our knowledge of numbers to 10 and looking at number patterns to 20 and beyond.  The children will begin to understand how teen numbers are made up of a combination of tens and ones and that teen numbers are made up of 2 digits. We will be spending time every day counting up to and back from 20 and will continue to use physical resources to explore skills including addition, subtraction, doubling, halving and sharing. The children will also learn about special reasoning, looking at shape patterns and how we can manipulate shape to solve problems.


Physical development:

In PE we will continue to play games that concentrate on spatial awareness and agility. We will play chase games that encourage children to follow rules and help progress their speed and movement.