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Welcome to the Summer Term

We cannot believe that this is their last term in Lion Cubs. It only seems like yesterday that they were arriving for their first day in BIG SCHOOL. 

We have lots to do, so here is an outline of what is to come...


In Number, we will be looking at addition and subtraction using a number line, then progressing onto working it out mentally e.g. biggest number in their head to either count on or back. Everyday problems using money, food, items etc, will support the practise of the two number operations.

Counting forwards and backwards up to 20 and then beyond will be another focus. Also, will be exploring counting in 2's, 5's, 10's  and making groups of these numbers. In addition, practical having and sharing .

For Space, Shape and Measures, the children will be exploring and comparing weight, length, capacity, money and time and estimating their answers too. 



Through 'stories with animals in', the children will be retelling and sequencing these stories, and making up their own  alternative endings. They will use puppets, drama, writing and drawing as their mediums. 

We will continue to teach  them  phonics through our Letter and Sounds lessons using Jolly Phonics rhymes, Read Write Inc formation rhymes and other activities that will enhance this skill. In addition, we will continue to send home the children's  'Jolly phonics writing pack' in which letter formation and now sentence structure will be practised

Physical Development - Moving and Handling, Health and Self Care

We will be discussing how to  keep ourselves safe and healthy in our homes, in school and out and about. Also, who keeps us safe in these areas and how are areas/things kept safe for us. 

Through fetching and receiving games, the children will work in pairs and teams. They will discuss what resources they need ; be encouraged to explain rules, how they could solve disagreements without adult help; how they encourage their team mates and how they would change the game if they were to play it again. 

Also, physical development includes the formation of letters. We will continue to ensure that forming letters is a priority for the children as well, as they themselves are correcting their own mistakes without prompting.


Understanding The World

We will be encouraging the children to discuss about their own lives and the lives of their families as well. Outside their family, how and who is involved in their community, whether it is the school, neighbourhood, village or a religious community.They will also learn the importance of respecting people's beliefs, customs, traditions and attitudes as well. 

Going into the season of Spring and then Summer, we will be looking at the new life and changes in the environment. In addition, how might our current environment look different to the settings where some of the animals stories are based, e.g, the jungle, a desert etc.


The children will continue to use a range of technology to support their computing learning. Also, they will consider what appropriate resources they would use to record a special event in their lives. 


Expressive Arts and Design

The home corner continues to be a popular choice with the children. It's so endearing to hear the conversations and situations the children come up with, when they are in this area. The theme may change through the children's interest and this area may turn into a Vets, an ice cream shop... who knows.

Through our topic 'Stories with animals' , the children will be encouraged to make houses for the 3 little pigs/ladybird etc,  using materials with a  purpose, e.g. for waterproofing, for wind proof, for wolf proof! We are going to make music to accompany/retell  some of the stories we are going to look at . 

Through singing and dance, the children will be asked to perform in groups and exploring how to make up their own songs by altering  well known songs they already know. 


Homework and Jolly Phonics Handwriting Packs

Homework will continue to be given out on a Wednesday and if possible, handed in on the following Monday. It is appreciated that you and your families work with your child on their homework activities. Also, we know it gives the children great opportunities to 'show-off' what they can do and play games, to consolidate their learning.  


The handwriting packs will be collecting in on a Monday too and given out usually on a Tuesday. Thank you again for working with your child on this. It is important that the child's letters/sentences  are watched carefully, so correct formation and size are exercised. 

We look forward to putting our observations onto tapestry which will show you the wonderful learning that is taking place with your child. Please continue to post your observations onto Tapestry. The children love seeing themselves and talking about what they have done. 

Lastly, spend some time looking at our gallery with super photos of our special times in Lion Cubs.


Thank you for continuing support,


Please do not hesitate to come and see us if you have any queries, 


Mrs Foster, Mrs Knight & Miss Noonan