Foundation Stage

Reception – Summer Term

Our Summer learning in Reception is based around the topic of ‘Art’.  During the term we will be reading the core text ‘The Dot’ by Peter Reynolds to introduce Art to the children using different techniques and skills.  We will be creating our own pictures based on a dot, using growth mindsets to ensure we can always improve our learning. During the rest of Summer term, we will be exploring the text ‘Katie’s Picture Show’ by James Mayhew, learning all about different famous paintings that can be found at The National Gallery. 

In Literacy, we will be developing our sentence structure and story writing skills through creating our own stories. We will be applying our phonic knowledge to our writing in the Summer term by using famous pictures as stimuli to create adventure stories.  We will use talk and drama to help us orally tell them first, and then use our phonic knowledge to write our stories down.  In Summer two we will continue with ‘Katie’s Picture Show’, writing fact files and artist biographies to develop our phonetic knowledge for reading and writing, and building our knowledge of tricky words.

In Mathematics, we will be using our knowledge of number to solve simple addition and subtraction number sentences.  We will be exploring the concept of halving, doubling and sharing using Numicon and objects.  Alongside this, we will also be reviewing 2D and 3D shapes and using everyday language to comment on capacity, length and time. 

During Summer two we will be starting P.E to introduce routines to help children successfully transition to Year 1.  We will start with fundamental skills such as using our bodies to create shapes and showing control when using big and small movements. Also, we will be learning to get changed independently and using equipment appropriately and safely.

To help children successfully transition to Year 1 we will begin using the carousel structure to organise our learning in Summer two. We want to ensure children are confident and independent learners; to do this we will set up engaging activities at tables and allow children to explore these activities in groups with less direct adult support.  This will enable children to embed routines and extend their focus and interest without relying on adult support.  Adults in the classroom will oversee the carousels and work with different groups daily.

Parents and carers can support their children's learning at home through reading with them every day, helping them to develop their mark-making and writing skills and by practising counting and recognising numbers when out and about.  For example, helping your child research their favourite author by visiting the library and reading a range of different stories. You could encourage them to use their sounds to write about their favourite characters or settings.  To promote physical development and wellness, challenge your child to take part in outdoor activities such as star jumps, skipping rope or cycling, in your local green space.  If you would like to discuss more about how you can help your child at home, please see your child's class teacher.

We welcome parental involvement in the life of our school and are actively seeking parent volunteers for our class trips and classroom support.  Please speak to your child’s teacher if you are able to help.