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Summer Term 2 - our final term in Reception!

This final half term of the school year will see us complete the Early Years Foundation  Stage and look to transition to Year 1!

We shall be celebrating several special days this term with the first one kicking off at the end of Week 1 - Friday 9th June is INTERNATIONAL DOUGH DISCO DAY

We love our daily dough disco sessions and can't wait to have a special day learning new moves and making our own!

Summer Term 1

This half term we shall be learning about 'Growth and plants'. We shall weekly focus books about growing and plants such as Jack and the beanstalk, Jack and the incredibly Meanstalk, How to grow a sunflower, The Smartest Giant and Jasper's Beanstalk to name but a few. We shall be growing our own seeds and beans and learning about their lifecycles as well as sort, measure and compare our plants. The children will continue with daily 'Super Sentence' writing along with being introduced to pre-cursive handwriting, a whole school initiative.




Spring Term 2

This half term we shall pick up and complete our theme from before Chinese New Year which is 'Bears'. The children will be learning about the different types of bears, where they live and what they eat. The children will develop and explore their skills and knowledge of 'describing' words. We shall be looking at world maps and comparing similarities and differences of bear habitats as well as enjoy both fiction and non fiction books about bears. In Maths, the children will continue to develop their number recognition, ordering and simple number bonds using a wide range of resources and equipment. We will also be learning out addition and subtraction through practical counting activities and begin to record and talk about our findings.

We shall then turn our focus to Spring, looking at new life, life cycles and the Easter Story. We will look at caring for animals and hope to hatch our own butterflies!

We are very excited with all the many activities and learning opportunities to come this half we have been invited to visit one of our cluster schools to explore their grounds looking at different habitats, such as a pond, maze, small wooded area plus a butterfly garden!

Spring Term 1 - January/February 2017

In January,  we will be looking at how people celebrate a New Year, Healthy Eating and other celebrations such as Chinese New Year. Our focus book for the first 2 weeks is 'Supertato' by Sue Hendra. It's a fantastic book all about a Potato superhero who saves his veggie friends from an Evil Pea and introduces children to Vegetables, growing, healthy eating and being a good friend. We shall also be running 2 parent workshops in partnership with Somerset Skills and Learning. One will be cooking with your child and the other making Junk Model superheroes! We shall have the Planetarium visiting us for a session on shapes in space! Mrs Curtis will also be introducing 'Super Sentence' writer of the week! We have so much to look forward to this term 


We will also begin the theme 'Bears' starting with a story focus book, 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'. we will look at textures of materials, looking at different places and settings within the story, feelings, write recounts of the story as well as create our own bear hunt. Chinese New Year falls just before we break up for our half term so we will spend time exploring the traditions of that special festival. 

The Chinese New Year of the Rooster begins on 28th Jan and we shall take part in celebrations from Monday 30th January. The children will be learning about traditions, customs, food, family, how each of the new years were named plus much, much more!

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Autumn Term 2



We shall continue our journey through the Early Years Foundation Stage. This half term we shall look at different 'celebrations' that take place , not just in our country but around the world. We will look at the Hindu festival of light - Diwali, Bonfire night and why we celebrate it, Christmas will of course feature during the course of the term. We will also learn about Winter and what that may look like in terms of physical features, animals and how they are affected.

We shall continue to learn the remainder of sounds in the Set 1 set and practise reading and writing words associated with those sounds. Rap to read will continue as we learn many more new 'tricky' words.