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Outline Planning for Summer Term 2022 Reception

Dear Parents and Carers,

Listed below are the themes for each area of learning that we will be following this term which we hope you will find useful.


The focus for this term will be to improve children’s knowledge and understanding of the number system and to introduce key operations such as early addition and subtraction. The children will embed the core mathematical skills of reading, counting and writing numbers to 20. They will also be investigating measures, looking at shapes and participating in a variety of practical problem solving activities linked to spatial thinking. All children will continue to have two guided group maths sessions per week with Mrs Cowling and Mrs Newman, alongside daily whole-class teaching sessions and a range of child-led opportunities to develop mathematical skills through meaningful play during independent time/continuous provision.


This term we will be focusing on developing early reading and writing skills further through a range of fiction and non-fiction texts linked to our topics, including The Treasure of Pirate Frank and The Big Picture Atlas in the first half term and The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Mad About Minibeasts in the second half term. The children will continue to have daily whole-class English sessions, with two guided group sessions per week to develop their writing skills. They will also have many opportunities for applying their literacy skills during independent time/continuous provision in the indoor and outdoor learning environments.

In our daily phonics lessons, we will be continuing to follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised phonics programme, moving on to the Phase 4 phonemes (sounds) and the corresponding graphemes (letters). You can access information and resources on Google classroom, including pronunciation videos and grapheme charts. We will develop fluency at reading previously taught ‘tricky words’ on sight, and introduce some new words, which you can find in reading diaries. The children will continue to have three group reading practice sessions linked to their decodable text each week, focusing on decoding (blending/reading), prosody (reading with expression and intonation) and comprehension skills. We will continue to allocate the corresponding Little Wandle Letters and Sounds ebook which your child can access at home using their login to further develop fluency and confidence.

Foundation topics (Understanding the World/Expressive Arts and Design)

During the first half of the Summer Term our cross-curricular topic is ‘Pirates’, moving on to ‘Minibeasts’ in the second half of the term. Within these topics the children will be able to enjoy a wide variety of inspiring experiences including exploring and creating a range of maps and atlases, making treasure maps, pirate hats and sea-themed artwork and learning about holidays in the past and present. The children are very much looking forward to their Pirate Day on Friday 6th May, dressed up and ready for a day full of pirate fun, treasure hunts and adventure. Planned activities after half term include going on minibeast hunts, creating 3D minibeast models and improving their drawing skills through observational drawings of insects and flowers.

In our weekly Charanga music lessons, the children will listen to and describe different funk songs through the unit ‘Big Bear Funk’. They will explore and engage in music making and dance using a range of musical instruments, and will sing songs across the curriculum.

Forest Schools/The Natural World

We are extremely lucky to have Mrs Moore taking our Reception class out for an extended Forest Schools session every Monday morning, where the children will be observing changes in the woods linked to the seasons and identifying native flowers, trees, insects and birds. These calming and awe-inspiring sessions also improve mental health and wellbeing, in addition to helping to develop the children’s language and communication skills and their personal, social and emotional skills.

PE/Physical Development

We are continuing to follow a structured PE programme based around health and fitness and being physical, in addition to engaging in a range of activities linked to improving physical development through indoor and outdoor continuous provision. The children will also be having weekly swimming lessons in the school pool. Please remember swimming costumes and towels.

PSHE/Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This term every child will continue to develop their personal, social and emotional skills, learning how to get on with each other and to have mutual respect and responsibility, linked to our school values of being ‘safe, kind and responsible’. This will be achieved through a variety of methods including through play, circle times as well as mindfulness yoga. They also have a focused PSHE session each week with Mrs Newman, this term looking at the theme of ‘Living in the wider world’ exploring belonging to a community, media literacy, digital resilience and money and work.

Home learning

In Reception we ask you to support your child’s learning by supporting them with reading his/her book every night for ten minutes and would also recommend that you enjoy reading and discussing a longer, high-quality text to your child, especially if s/he is still developing reading fluency. This may be the ‘sharing book’ which your child chooses to borrow each Friday to develop a love of reading. It is also beneficial to help your child practise correct letter and number formation and to support them with knowing all Phase 2 and 3 phonemes and tricky words. If you would like some ideas for optional tasks linked to our topics, this term you may wish to explore and create different maps, go on a treasure hunt, look at photographs of holidays past and present (perhaps with grandparents) or create beach sculptures. After half term, you may wish to go on a minibeast hunt, create books about minibeasts or create a minibeast hotel.

Many thanks for your continued support with your child’s learning.

Mrs Cowling, Mrs Newman and Mrs Hannaford

This Year’s Curriculum

Stokenham Area Primary School Curriculum Map

If you would like further information in relation to the curriculum please feel free to contact the school office.