Foundation Stage

Nursery – Summer Term

Our Summer learning in Nursery is based around the topic of ‘Living things and their needs’ focusing on the importance of taking care of the environment. During the term we will be reading the core text ‘Hey, Little Ant’ by Philip and Hannah Hoose to introduce thinking about the way we treat insects and the very important part that they play in the Ecology of our planet. During the rest of Spring term, we will be exploring the text ‘’The Honeybee and the Robber by Eric Carle” learning in further depth about the theme.

As Early Years curriculum is divided into 7 areas, our main focus in Nursery for this term will be on the children’s Understanding of the World and Personal, Social, Emotional and Development as we continue to settle the new children into Nursery routines and codes of behaviour. All of these will be developed through our topics for the term. We will continue to encourage the children to develop their fine motor skills through drawing, tracing, painting, play dough and threading.

In Literacy, we will be focusing on finding out about insects, their life cycles and how they impact upon the ecological balance for a healthy planet. We will learn about some of the different special ways that insects do special jobs to keep our environment going. We will continue to develop our skills at listening to others, turn taking and expressing our views through our exploration of the core book. In sharing our experiences, we will identify people’s feelings about insects and how we can contribute to protecting them and their environments for the future.

In Mathematics, we will focus on number recognition and meaning throughout this term by counting and singing number nursery rhymes. We will also use the numicon to help us identify the numerals and use number in our everyday lives in the class. We will begin to also use our knowledge of numbers and counting to find one more and one less than a given number.

Nursery children will continue to consider growth mindset within their curriculum in line with the rest of the school. This will be through their everyday learning but to a deeper learning as children will be given the opportunity to challenge themselves and each other to get the best out of their learning and to understand why they have learnt something.

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 to write their name and to recognise and talk about the shapes they see. If you would like to discuss more about how you can help your child at home, please see your child's class teacher.

Reception – Summer Term

Our Summer learning in Reception is based around the topic of ‘Social Justice’ through Fairy Tales.  During the term we will be reading the core text ‘Yummy’, by Lucy Cousins to introduce different fairy tales and how they show fairness. We will be rewriting ‘The Little Red Hen’ to develop our own character and their traits. During the rest of Summer term, we will  be exploring the text ‘Dear Mother Goose’ by James Mayhew, learning how to solve fictional and real life problems.   

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 during the Summer term by using fairy tales as stimuli to create our own characters based upon famous characters.  We will use talk and drama to help us orally tell them first and then use our phonic knowledge to record our writing.  In Summer two we will continue our learning using the text ‘Dear Mother Goose’, writing letters discussing fairy tale problems and then moving onto real life problem solving. We will then respond with solutions to our problems. 

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.  In addition, we will also be reviewing 2D and 3D shapes and using everyday language to comment on capacity, length and time. 

During the second half of the Summer term, we will be beginning our P.E lessons to introduce routines which will help children successfully transition to Year One. We will start with fundamental skills such as using our bodies to create shapes and showing control when using big and small movements.  We will also be learning to get changed independently and use equipment appropriately and safely.

To help children successfully transition to Year One, we will begin carouselling activities in the second half of the Summer term to ensure children are confident and independent learners.  To do this, we set up engaging activities at tables and allow children to explore these activities in groups with less direct adult support. This enables children to embed routines and extend their focus and interest without relying on the adults around them. Adults in the classroom will oversee the carouselling 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 practicing counting and recognising numbers when out and about in the community.  For example, you could help your child research their favourite author by visiting the library of 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 an outdoor activity 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.