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Summer Term 2021!


It is hard to believe that we are at the start of the Summer Term already. However, we have lots of fun and exciting things planned to make sure the children have a great and memorable final term in Reception. 

Our first theme this term will be "Green Fingers and Thumbs" whiich we will exploring the different asects of growing, in regards to plants and flowers. We will be exploring how they change and grow and learning what they need tfor this to happen. As part of this we are planning to create our very own small gardening area outside, with the children's help of course. If anyone has any spare gardening tools or equipment that is suitable for the children to use, we would be very grateful.

As part of this theme we will be exploring the story "The Extraordinary Gardener" which is a lovely story that shows the power of imagination, kindness and a small seed. Through this story, we will developing the children's ability to verbalise their opinions and begin to provide reasons from the text. In addition, we will continue to develop their ability to write a simple sentence, ensuring it makes sense, uses finger spaces, capital letters and full stops, as well as applying their phonics knowledge. Once the children are confident with this we will be exploring how to add further sentences and how they can be joined with the word and. 

Within Maths, we will be continuing to look at number, we will start with a specific look at the numbers 9 and 10, with a particular focus on the different ways these numbers can be represented as well as how they can be made. The children will also be expected to start to learn their number bonds to 10. We will then turn our attention to the numbers 11-20 before building our confidence with addition and subtraction. 

The children will continue to have a daily phonics lesson, where the vast majority of children will  be focusing on Set 2. We have been really impressed with how well the children have learnt all their set 1 sounds and how they can apply them within their reading and writing. The aim is for the children to be confident with the set 2 sounds, by the time they leave Reception. As before, we will add any new sounds that the children have learnt into their book bags each Friday. Please continue to practice these flashcards as much as possible with your child. Running through these cards once a day would make a massive different to the children. We will also be continuing to develop the children's ability to read and write the tricky words, as soon as they are able to read the cards they have we will add the next two, so again please practice these as much as possible with your child. 

As the children have access to the outdoor area throughout the day it is really important that they now bring to school a hat for them to wear. Please make sure it has your child's name on. In regards to suncream, due to the Safeguarding policies we have to follow in school, as well as the additional COVID rules we will be unable to apply any suncream to the children throughout the day. Therefore, you might prefer to use the suntan lotions that last the full day. allowing you to apply it before the children come to school. If this is not feesible, we would ask that you still appllu suntan lotion before your child comes to school. We will then sure they apply more at lunchtime. We will assist them as much as we can but  unfortunately they will have to apply it themselves. Please ensure that any suncream bottles that are sent into school are named. It is also much easier if they can remain in school at all times. 


Important information

  • PE is on a Thursday morning so please ensure children come into school wearing their PE kit.
  • Please  ensure your child has a water bottle with them each day. This should contain water to follow our school policy. 
  • Please ensure  book bags are in school every day, containing their Blending and Segmenting books, reading books and tricky word folder
  • Sun hats should be in school every day  (named) 
  • Children should come to school with suncream applied 


If you have any questions or queries, please do not hestitate to contact one of us:

Clare Swindley: 

Amanda Robinson: