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It is our final half term in Reception!  We are finishing our Space topic with a visit to the Supermarket on Mars.  Then it is time to find out about William Shakespeare and his play 'The Tempest'.  We will finish our first year of school by thinking about Stratford - close to home - and Spain - far from home!



Reading and Writing


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Week 1

Supermarket on Mars

w/b June 6

Revise all phonics learned so far

Phase 3 and 4 phonics assessments

Revisit phase 3 tricky words for spelling

Planning and recording our trip to the Supermarket on Mars


Counting in 10s

Problem solving


  • Think about how we spend money, where money comes from, how do we earn money, save money etc
  • Enjoy Sports Day
  • Learn the story of The Tempest and attend the Year 5 performance
  • Think about sinking and floating in relation to the ships in the Tempest
  • Think about weather, what makes a storm? (Create a tornado in two bottles).
  • Look at maps and the globe; locate England; look at a map of Stratford and trace our route.
  • ICT: make a record of our walk through Stratford
  • Participate in Arts Week activities
  • Welcome new preschool children for their visit
  • Find Spain on a map
  • Taste Spanish food such as olives, chorizo, churros, oranges
  • Learn Spanish songs, and how to count in Spanish
  • Visit our new teachers


Weeks 2 and 3

The Tempest

June 12/19


: phase 3 and 4 revision: oa/ow combined with consonant

plus revisit tricky words all / are


Learning the story of The Tempest

Making magic spells for Prospero’s book

Talking about what we have liked about Reception, for our reports


Use Beebot to explore a desert island; think about directional language, estimation of distance PLUS ICT



phase 3 and 4 revision: ar/er combined with consonant clusters

revisit tricky words said / so / have

phase 3 and 4 revision

tricky word focus: like, little, some. come.

Weeks 4 and 5: Stratford and the river

June 26/July 3


Read and write CCVC and CVCC words


Revise Phase 3 digraphs and trigraphs

Tricky word focus: were there

What do we know about Stratford/

Where did we go on our trip?

Number bonds to 10/20 – what if the ferry only took 10 /20 children etc.


Tricky word focus: what when

Week 6: Spain and holidays


Revise all phonics learned so far


Review the year; write a guide for the new children visiting

Subtraction related to eating food!

Week 7: Transition to a new class!

Prepare for and discuss transition visits to see our new teachers


In our Maths activities during the weeks of 15th and 22nd May:

We have been:

  • Partitioning sets into equal parts

  • Talking about sharing and dividing

  • Using the terms half and double

    Home activity: Fair plates

    During the week, use meal times to talk about sharing.  Can your child take 12 carrot sticks or grapes and put them on four plates so that each plate has the same number?  If you cut a pizza into 8 slices, how many slices will each person get?  What if somebody else joins you – can your child redistribute the food so that everybody gets the same?  Encourage lots of discussion about sharing and dividing. Extend this activity by making the challenges more formal.  Cut an apple into 12 slices and ask your child to divide them between six plates; then four; then three; then two.  Ask them to explain their thinking as they redistribute the slices.  Eat two slices.  Repeat the challenge!  Can your child explain what has changed?  How can they solve the problem of ‘left over’ slices?

Reception are blasting off into Space in the Summer Term!



Reading and Writing


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Space Weeks 1, 2 and 3:


Phase 3 phonics assessments


Begin to revise phase 3 sounds:

ur, er, air, ar

Revise reading: all Phase 3 tricky words

Cold task: write/scribe what we know about space

Find websites about space

Read non-fiction books about space

Make a list of what you need in space

Write Space Facts about one planet for display board

Counting backwards from 20; saying one more or one less to 20; doing practical subtraction problems to 20

Ext: use knowledge of counting in 2s and 5s to say 2 less/5 less

  • Cover balloons with papier mache to create a solar system
  • Make rockets/mission control/moonscape in role play and outdoors
  • In groups, create an alien planet landscape to display the aliens
  • Make a ‘moon colony’ in outdoor area: plant ‘crops’ in garden ie beans, lettuce, carrots
  • Experiment with moving water in pipes – create a plumbing system
  • Experiment with different materials –which would protect us best in space/in water?
  • Use digital cameras to record experiments
  • Learn songs about space
  • Protective Behaviours: when do we feel safe? How do we make sure we always feel safe?
  • Prepare for Sports Day
  • Participate in Sports Day

Spelling: begin spelling books

(CVC words plus phase 2 tricky words)

Alien landing!


4 and 5

Read and write CVCC words like tent/camp/chest

Read and write CCVC words like stop/crab/sweet


Phase 4 Revision:

read said and so; spell he, she, we, me, be

read have, like, some, come; spell was, you

Read do, when, out, what;

spell my, her

Make a plasticine alien and label/describe it

2D and 3D shapes used to make alien

Ext: Measuring and comparing aliens – using standard and non-standard measures: weight, height, width

In our Maths Lessons week beginning 13th March. . .

We have been:



  • Comparing the capacity of two containers

  • beginning to understand the vocabulary of capacity

  • exploring the vocabulary of height and length

    Home activity: How many cups?

    You will need: a jug, several similar cups, water

    Outside, in the bath, or near the kitchen sink, let your child fill a jug with water and estimate how many cups they could fill from the jug. Ask your child to set out the estimated number of cups and fill them carefully with water from the jug. How many cups have you filled? Now challenge your child to only half fill the jug. How many cups will the jug fill now? Reverse the activity: how many cups of water to half fill the jug? How many to fill it? What if the cups are only half full? Encourage lots of conversation about capacity.

In our maths lessons during the week beginning 7th March:

We have been:

  • Sorting 3D shapes

  • Recognising and naming a cube and cuboid

  • Beginning to recognise a cone, a pyramid and a cylinder

  • Using mathematical language to describe 3D shapes

Home activity: Shape hunt

You need: paper and pen

Help your child write the names of the different 3D shapes in a list on the paper. Now go around the house and see if you can find items which match the shapes. Look at boxes and tins in the cupboard, blocks and pens, books and small appliances. Each time your child identifies a shape, they can put a tick next to the name. Which shape is most common in your house?


  Here is a taster of our plans for the rest of the half term. Please support your child with by reading books they bring home, sharing stories and going through the Jolly Phonics flipbook to consolidate the phonemes and tricky words we are learning. Encourage having a go writing at any opportunity; and doing lots of counting and practical subtraction. Keep checking the website for maths and phonics activities and don’t forget to look at your child’s on-line Learning Journey with them, to encourage them to recall and explain what we are doing at school together.



Reading and Writing


Topic related activities

Traditional Tales

The 3 little pigs

Weeks 1,

And 2

Tricky words: are, her,

was, you

revising all graphemes and phonemes including digraphs

reading CCVC and CVCC words

revising y as ‘ee’

short vowels


  • Writing speech bubbles – what the characters might say
  • Story map to orally retell
  • Innovate story with different characters
  • Writing a character description



  • Describing 2D and 3D shapes using mathematical language
  • Counting forwards and backwards 0-20
  • Find missing numbers and order numbers in a sequence
  • Saying one more and one less than any number to 20
  • World Book Day
  • Pancake day
  • Talk about Health and Safety on a building site
  • Exploring the tinker table
  • Using tools
  • Introducing the characteristics of learning…Meet the puppets:

Handy: Playing and exploring (engagement)

Hearty: Active learning (motivation)

Howie: Creating and thinking critically (problem solving)

  • LEGO challenge: building a spinning top, following instructions, working together
  • Growing beans, seeds and peas
  • Thinking about Mother’s Day
  • Thinking about the Easter story
  • Make observations of caterpillars and butterflies
  • Colour mixing

Traditional Tales

Jack and the Beanstalk

Weeks 3,

4 and 5

Tricky words: they, said, so

come, some, like, have

there, were, little, one

double letters

revising all graphemes and phonemes including digraphs

reading and spelling CCVC and CVCC words


revising long vowels – split digraphs-silent e


  • Story map: the magic things (beans, harp, hen)
  • Creating our own magic things and describing their powers

Non fiction focus:

  • Writing instructions: how to plant a seed
  • Writing observations: filling out a ‘bean diary’
  • Capacity
  • Revisit size/ordering by height, weight, length
  • Time – sequencing events (link to instructions – first, next, last)
  • Teen numbers – correct formation



Week 6

Tricky words: do, when, what, out


ay, oy


ea – as ‘ee’

  • Labelling life cycle of a butterfly
  • Read the Easter story, and sequence the events
  • Doubling
  • Symmetry


In our phonics, we are continuing to go over the 'long vowel' digraphs such as oa/ee/ai.  Here is a fun game where you read a word and decide if it is real (into the treasure chest) or nonsense (into the bin).  Select Phase 3 and any digraph your child might need to practice.

Maths Activities for the weeks beginning February 13th and 27th:

We have been:


  • Ordering, naming and writing teen numbers

  • Beginning to think of a teen number as 10 and a few more

  • Continuing to estimate

  • Home activity: What’s in the drawer?

    You will need: a clipboard with paper and a pencil

    Invite your child to choose a drawer (ie cutlery/sock drawer) with between 12 and 20 objects in it.  Challenge your child to estimate how many forks?  How many knives?  Write the estimates down on the clipboard, and then talk about the objects.  Are there more spoons or forks? Do the estimates reflect this? Now count each set of objects.  Were the estimates correct?  Ask your child to close their eyes and remove some objects – can they estimate now?

    Try to encourage informal estimation throughout the day – how many carrots on my plate, how many cars on the road mat, how many teddies on my bed, how many books on the shelf?

Maths weeks beginning January 30tand February 6th

We have been:

  • Removing a small number of objects from a larger number

  • Beginning to use the language of subtraction

  • Relating subtraction to taking away

    Home activity: 10 Favourite Things

    You need: bowls filled with 10 small items such as buttons, beads, toy cars, Lego men etc; 1 dice

    Work together to ensure there are 10 items in each bowl. Now take turns to roll the dice. You must give that number of items to the other person. Can your child predict how many items they will have when they have taken away the required amount? Encourage your child to say the sums using correct language ie ’10 minus 7 equals 3; 6 subtract 2 equals 4; 8 take away 4 makes 4’. Play until one person has all 20 objects.

    Extension: Encourage your child to write down each number sentence. Encourage problem solving skills by asking your child, how many do you need to get to 20 now? What if I roll a 6, how many will you have then? This game is also more challenging when played with several players in a circle; always ‘give away’ to the right, and ‘receive’ from the left! You can also work with 20 objects each and use 2 dice.

Maths Activities for Spring 1 Weeks 1 and 2: January 4 – 14 2017

We have been:

  • counting to 20 and beyond

  • recognizing numerals to 10 and beyond

  • writing numerals to 10

Home activity: Phone number

You need: paper, a pencil, a mobile phone

Write down the digits of your phone number using large numerals. Make sure your child can say each of the numbers. Now cut them out; can your child order the numerals from smallest to largest? Talk about which numerals are missing in the sequence. Now challenge your child to write down your phone number as you dictate it.

In our phonics, we have learned sh, th, and ch.  Practise reading words with these sounds by playing this fun game:



Here is a taster of our plans for the rest of the half term. Please support your child with their learning by practising lots of reading of simple CVC words; going through the Jolly Phonics flipbook to consolidate the phonemes and tricky words we are learning; having a go writing at any opportunity; and doing lots of counting and practical subtraction. Keep checking the website for maths and phonics activities and don’t forget to look at your child’s on-line Learning Journey with them, to encourage them to recall and explain what we are doing at school together.



Reading and Writing


Topic related activities

New Year

Chinese New year

Weeks 1,

2, 3 and 4

Learning phonemes:

ch, sh, th

qu,o/oy, ou,

ue , er, ar

igh, ur, ow

Spelling CVC words with magnetic letters

Reading digraphs (best friend sounds) in words

Reading tricky words I, no, go, to the

Writing our holiday news

Think of questions to ask Chinese children by email

Talk 4 writing information book about Chinese life and culture

Chinese New year story


Ordinal numbers

Days, months, dates

Ordering numbers in a sequence

missing numbers through 20


Begin thinking about subtraction, using chopsticks

  • New Year and Resolutions – new beginnings
  • Share Christmas news
  • Role play clothes shop – January sales!
  • Garage outside role play with bikes
  • Explore how to control and move and catch different balls in PE lessons
  • Brainstorm how we can improve our indoor learning areas
  • Create Chinese restaurant role play
  • Chinese Dancing – workshop with performance for parents (January 20)
  • Junk model dragons and lions
  • Listen to Chinese music and learn Chinese songs
  • Prepare and share a Chinese feast
  • Healthy living – prepare for sharing assembly (Feb 9th)
  • Look at and taste different fruit and veg and talk about ‘eating a rainbow’
  • Use pastels to draw a ‘still life’ of different fruit and veg – look at ‘still life’ paintings
  • Make a healthy food plate
  • Talk about Health and Safety on a building site

Traditional Tales


5 and 6

Learning phonemes:

split digraphs, ar, ay

Tricky words: she me we be

revise tricky words and begin to spell them

continue to spell CVC words with magnetic letters and correct handwriting

Reading sentences and captions

Read different versions of Hansel and Gretel

Make a ‘healthy house’ and label ‘ingredients’

Hot seat different characters

Write a character description using Talk4Writing

Estimating and comparing amounts and number – more/less/same as

Subtraction – take away the bread crumbs trail

Bus stop game

Correct setting out of subtraction problems

The 3 Little Pigs

Week 7

Revise digraphs: ee/y, ai, oa

Learn tricky words was, all, are

Continue to read sentences and captions


Role play finger puppets, masks and small world

Talk4writing story map

Tell me a story – are the children using language features from stories?

Estimating and comparing amounts and number – more/less/same as

Writing teen numbers, saying one more than, one less than



Maths activity for the weeks beginning 4 and 11 December

We are:

  • comparing heavy and light objects

  • beginning to measure weight on scales using non-standard units

  • talking about different 3D shapes such as cubes, cuboids, cylinders, spheres and pyramids

Heavy and light

You need: packets and tins of food; a set of scales

Look at the packets and tins.  Ask your child to pick them up in turn and decide which is the heaviest and which the lightest.  Check by weighing on a set of scales.  Think about why a box of Rice Krispies might be lighter than a jar of jam.  Can you order the items of food by weight, lightest to heaviest?  This takes good problem solving skills!  While you are weighing the objects, also have a look at their shapes.  Which shape is most common?  Talk about the different faces of the 3D objects; slip the label off a tin and cut it flat - what shape is that?  Have fun exploring shapes!

We are busy learning the songs for our Christmas Production.  Here they are!  You can enjoy singing them at home, too!


Are you Ready Nod and Neddy?

Christmas Dinner

We are the toys

Glory to God

There's a Star

Here is a taster of our plans for the rest of the half term.  Please support your child with their learning by practising lots of oral segmenting and blending (sound talk); going through the Jolly Phonics flipbook to consolidate the phonemes and tricky words we are learning; and doing lots of counting to 20 and practical addition.  Keep checking the website for maths and phonics activities and don’t forget to look at your child’s on-line Learning Journey with them, to encourage them to recall and explain what we are doing at school together.



Reading and Writing


Topic related activities



3 and 4

Learning phonemes:



tricky words: to  the

spelling CVC words with magnetic letters

Continue guided reading

Create story map of Rama and Sita

Addition: practical combining of two groups and counting on using a number line

Setting out sums with + and =

  • Create Indian restaurant role play
  • Make Diva lamps out of quick dry clay
  • Create a Diwali dance to retell the Rama and Sita story
  • Listen to visitors explain how Diwali is celebrated
  • Create Mehndi hand patterns using fine brush and black paint
  • Create Rangoli patterns
  • Attend dress rehearsal of Advent Service performed by Year 2 and Carol service performed by Junior children
  • Rehearse and perform Christmas production: ’Nod and Neddy’s Christmas Adventure
  • Think about how Christmas is celebrated by others
  • Make Christmas gifts to give to others
  • Create a Christmas shop and post office in role play, wrapping and weighing parcels
  • Think about the seasons, months of the year, days of the week, and hours of the day
  • Attend performance of ‘Stick Man’ at Warwick Arts Centre



5 and 6

Learning phonemes:



revise tricky words and begin to spell them

continue to spell CVC words with magnetic letters and correct handwriting

Create class advent calendar, drawing and labelling ‘How I celebrate Christmas’

Create story map of Nativity story

Positional language

2D shape


Measuring time



Stick Man

 Week 7

Review all phonemes learned so far

Create story map of ‘Stick Man’

Review numbers to 20, ‘counting down to Christmas’.


This week we are learning firework poems and creating our own poetry too!  Click below to share our favourite firework poems.

Firework poems

Maths Activity for Weeks beginning 31 October/7 November


We have been

  • counting forwards and backwards to 20
  • practising forming our numerals
  • counting two groups to find the total
  • using a number line to 'count on'
  • learning the vocabulary of adding such as 'plus' 'add' 'equals', as well as the symbols + and =

Activity:  Raisin Snake

You need: paper, pencil, coin, raisins

Encourage your child to draw a long snake and then draw 10 (or 20!) segments and help your child write a number in each, from 1 - 10 (or 20). Now explain you will play an adding game.  Flip the coin - if it lands on the Queen's head, add 1 raisin to the snake; if it lands on the other side, add 2 raisins.  Arrange the raisins so you can see the number on the segment.  Challenge your child to count the raisins, and then use the number line to predict how many raisins there will be ie there are 7 raisins, you are going to add two - how many will there be?  Use the language of addition to say the sum: 7 plus 2 equals 9.  To further challenge your child, try writing out the sums, too.  We would love to see them at school!

Talk 4 Writing

Every few weeks we learn a new story in Reception.  So far this term we have learned to tell these stories:  'The Enormous Crocodile', 'The Meanies' and 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'.  Right now we are telling a version of 'Dear Zoo' called 'One More Pet'.  Here is the text. Why not try telling the story together?

Maths Activity for weeks beginning 10/17 October 2017

More or Less?

We have been:

  • thinking about more and less
  • matching amounts to numerals
  • looking at a number line to see how the numbers get bigger as we go along the line

Activity: Autumn Walk

Go for a walk, or explore your garden, and pick up a few handfuls of autumn objects such as leaves, twigs, conkers, nuts etc.  Separate them into piles and challenge your child to say which pile has the most objects? Which pile has the least?  Compare two piles and ask, which is more, which is less.  Count them to make sure, and make a label to show the numbers.  As a further challenge, can you work together to move the objects so that each pile has the same amount of objects?


Welcome to Reception!

Here is what we are learning this half term:




Reading and Writing


Topic related activities

The Meanies


3, 4 and 5

Rhyming words: recognise rhymes, generate nonsense rhymes, create a rhyming string


Sound talk: blending a word from its segmented sounds: c-a-t = cat ( to support reading)


Sound talk: segmenting a word into its sounds: cat = c-a-t (to support writing)

Talk4Writing :

Imitate The Meanies

Create a story map as a class

Create individual story maps


Rhymes of the week:

Nursery rhymes


Start guided reading

The language of measure: height, length, width; measuring with non-standard units ;

2D shapes

  • Start ‘Write Dance’ program for gross and fine motor skill development
  • Start ‘Dough Disco’ for fine motor development
  • Talk about where we live
  • Draw a picture of our home; what shapes can we see?
  • Go on a shape walk around our school
  • Paint a portrait of a friend
  • Children bring in some of their pets to discuss similarities and differences
  • Role play Vets surgery
  • Explore glockenspiels and untuned percussion instruments in music room, making music inspired by different pets
  • Start Charanga music scheme – nursery rhymes and simple rhythms
  • Take delivery of a new class pet fish
  • Make observations of fish
  • Create a mixed media collage of fish tank

Our Pets:


6, 7 and 8








Letters and Sounds Phase 2: s/a/t/p

i./n/m/d    g/o/c/k


Singing Sounds programme





Talk 4 Writing:

Imitate Dear Zoo; create class story map; innovate as a class and draw class innovated story  map; make individual story maps to imitate Dear Zoo; make individual story maps of innovated story

Rhymes of the week: from Rumble in the Jungle

Make up a story:

2 or 3 stories scribed/read/performed to class each day

Explore the concepts of ‘more’ and ‘less/fewer’, sorting sets of animals; extend to ‘what is one more/one less?’

We are looking forward to seeing lots of parents at the Phonics Evening on Wednesday 28th September at 6pm!


We are always happy to chat with you about our activities in school.  Please have a word at the end of school and let us know if you have any questions or concerns.  We also love to hear about what your child is doing at home!


We are looking forward to a fantastic year together!