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Lion Cubs 


                                                  Summer Term  


              Happy nearly Summer! 

We hope you all had a restful Easter break.

We have another exciting term to look forward to, with oodles of learning and fun to have.

Look out for ... 



This term we will be looking at the topics 'Gracious Growing and Awesome Animals'.  Using the books, 'Jack and the beanstalk', Commotion in the ocean, Rumble in the jungle' and non fiction books about growing and animals, the children will learn about  baby animals and their adults, planting seeds and looking after them and how have they changed throughout the months and years. 




The children are keen writers. At every opportunity we encourage them to write phrases and sentences that can be read by others. We have lots of writing aids around the classroom to help them do this. Plus, we are encouraging the children to recognise and write their surnames.                        


Read Write Inc  RWI

Daily activities will teach the children to 'Fred talk' read the word, learn 'special friends', read 'red words' (tricky words that cannot be sounded out) spell the words they are reading and write a short sentence. Please see the additional RWI information in the 'phonics and reading' section in the 'curriculum' page- key information.    




Please continue to read the material the children take home on a weekly basis. Plus, don't forget to do the RWI activities sent weekly on google classroom too. 




Speaking and Listening 

This term, we will be focusing on the children's skills of listening and repsonding appropriately to each others questions and answers and not just the adults. We would like them to develop their own thinking and offer their own opinon and understanding of things. In addition,  they will be encouraged to use vocabualry linked to the stoires, discussions and topics heard. 





This term, our focus will be the composition of all numbers up to 10, consolidate simple addition and subtraction, sharing, double and halving up to 10 objects. 

We will continue to  use a number of images and models e.g. 'part-whole model'and tens frame, to support the above concepts and skills, and introduce Rekenreks aswell.  

In addition, the children will be consolidating 'comparing and ordering measures', e.g. capacity, weight, length etc: measure short periods of time and be familiar with a clock face and hands and select, rotate and manipulate shapes in order to develop spatial reasoning skills.  

For mental starters, the children will recite numbers from 0-20 and back from 15, finding one less and one more between the numbers 0-10 and consolidate subitising 5 objects with quick recall. 




Physical Development

P.E. will continue to  be on Thursday afternoons. The focus will be bat and ball skills. This will include skills of balance, control and paitience! Also,  we will pracitsing running and 'sport day activities' too.                                          


Understanding of the World

Continuing with 'properties of materials' linked with Jack and the Beanstalk, the children will investigate why materials are used for certain job, e.g. the head of the axe is made from metal becuase it is hard. It could not be made out of paper because...' etc. The children will continue to explore the natural world including the season of Summer, animals and their babies and 'sun and water'safety. 


                                                                                                                                                                        RE, SMSC & PSHE

Through stories artefacts and Puddles the cat, the children will be able to talk about their own immediate enviroment using knowledsge from observations e.g buildings and areas, discussion, stories, etc.  Also, the children will revisit celebrations and looking at the own timeline whilst being in the reception class. 



Expressive Arts and Design

Through the topics and hooks this term, we will encourage the chidlren to share their creations and explain the process they have used. The children will be taught how to return to and build on their previous learning, refining their ideas and be able to talk comment on their peer's ideas too. 



In Reception, sometimes the ideas and initiatives come from the children themselves. Therefore, there maybe activities we do that are not on our topic web, but have come and grown from the children’s own interests, for example 'sharks, Super Mario, the vets etc'.   


The Curriculum

For more information about what we have planned for this academic year, please go to the curriculum section on the school's webpage, click on 'Reception' and have a read at our amazing and busy curriculum.



We look forward to putting our observations onto our electronic learning journal 'Tapestry' which will show you the wonderful learning that is taking place with your child in school. Equally, you can load onto 'Tapestry' the special moments your child does at home, e.g. a day out, a special time, a 'wow' moment etc. We love to know what they have been doing and the children love sharing and talking about their photos/videos of what they have achieved.


Water Bottles

Please ensure that they take it home every day to be cleaned and refilled. Don't worry if they lose it, any named water bottle can be used.


We have an open-door policy where at the end of the day if you have a query please ask away or email

No question is daft, so please never feel uncomfortable approaching us. 


Thank you for your continued support, 


Mrs Foster, Mrs Barralet, Mrs Holden & Mrs Wilson xxxx

Some useful information and websites 

Reading letter and Read Write Inc information

RWI Useful information

Free learning.

Check out these activities and games to challenge your brain! Enjoy!