Class Page for Reception

Summer Term in Reception

Welcome back everyone; we hope you had a lovely Easter break. We are now into the final term of the Reception year and have lots of exciting things to look forward to.

We have begun the term learning about ‘Volcanoes and Dinosaurs’; an interest expressed by lots of children before we broke up for Easter. We have been drawing and writing about volcanoes, making collages and learning all about how volcanoes are formed and why they erupt.  We have even made our own volcanoes and have carried out an experiment to make them erupt. It was so exciting to watch the ‘lava’ pouring out.

We will continue this learning, focusing more on dinosaurs over the coming weeks and then move on to explore the garden to investigate and learn about ‘Minibeasts’ (another interest expressed by the class).

In Literacy we have been reading fact books and discussing the contents page and index page as well as discussing the difference between fact books and story books. We have enjoyed listening to dinosaur stories and learning the names of the different dinosaurs too.

However, our class dinosaurs have suddenly disappeared!! Oh no! We hope they will return soon as we’ve been building kingdoms and dens for them…we’ll keep you posted when we know where they are!

We will continue to practise our writing, both with an adult and independently during our busy time, and will be focusing on:

-improving our letter formation and size
-reading and spelling tricky red words
-using the digraphs and trigraphs correctly when spelling lots of different words
-writing short captions and sentences using ‘hold a sentence’ to help us

If you can practise this at home too, that would be very beneficial.  Little and often is best.

In Maths we have started the term learning how to double a number.  We have also been practising measuring items using non-standard items.  We found out that a 2m long dinosaur footprint was 107 cubes long but our footprint was only 8 cubes long! They must have been so big!

We have also been learning how to count in a pattern of 5’s – ask your child to show you the actions we use to help us remember the pattern!  Other areas of Maths we will be covering are:

-one more and one less than a number to 20
-3D shapes
-adding on in our heads
-taking away on a number line
-forming numbers correctly and writing them in order
-using coins to pay for items (practising for our plant stall at the Food Festival!)
-counting in patterns of 2’s, 5’s and 10’s

*Secret website mission – what is double 7? Come and tell us the answer for a house point! **

India International Week

Well done to everyone for bringing in their India homework.  We’ve been so impressed with your creations!

We also had a visit from Mrs Bhatoe who spent the morning with us to show us how to make vegetable samosas.  We took turns to mix the ingredients and learnt how to fold the filo pastry carefully to make the triangle shape.  It was lots of fun and we really enjoyed dipping them in the mint yoghurt dip and tasting them. Yum! Thank you so much Mrs Bhatoe, what a lovely experience for the whole class to be part of.


If you would like to speak to us about any area of learning in Reception then please just pop in and see us.

Please click here to listen to how sounds are pronounced.

Please click here to find out more hints and tips to help your child with reading and writing.

Please follow this link to view our letter about routines and the dates for your diary.

How you can help your child at home:

-talk to your child about the morning routine (putting folders and drinks in the boxes and choosing lunch bands when they first come into school each morning)
-help your child to find where their name is written in their coats and jumpers/cardigans
-show them how to pack up their school bag to help keep belongings safe and organised 

-sing nursery rhymes and songs
-record reading in the reading diaries 
-talk about school and the learning during each day (encourage your child to share what they have been doing during the day)
-share stories together, take turns to read, use different voices and facial expressions
-look out for 2D and 3D shapes when out and about
-talk about our Christian values in day to day activities at home, praising them for persevering, teamwork, responsibility etc
-point out different numbers and letters in the environment
-visit the library to choose a book together
-talk about how to keep healthy (importance of washing hands, eating well and drinking water during the school day)
-enjoy visiting the different links below to support learning

Games to play:

Number doubles - build a bridge >>>

Number doubles - archery >>>

Counting in 2's >>>

Practise subtraction - rabbit take away game >>>

Save the Whale - number bonds to 10 >>>

Guess the 2D shape >>>

Guess the 3D shape >>>

Counting with teddies >>>

count with lecky  compare and order     dress lecky


Alphablocks >>> 

t-rex    dinosaur eggs   phoneme pop

initial sounds    pick a pictureburied treasure

minibeast hunt 6minibeast hunt 2minibeast hunt 5minibeast hunt 1butterfliesminibeast hunt 7minibeast hunt 4minibeast hunt 8minibeast habitats2making habitats1Indian drummingmaking samosastasting the samosassamosa tastingmaking volcano 1making volcano 2making volcano 3experiment 1experiment 2experiment 3experiment 4painting a dinosaurmeasuring 1measuring 2measuring 3doctor surgerybuilding denscollecting the snowsnow kitchenmaking snow muffinssnow cakesspace display1space display 2space display 3exploring shadows1exploring shadows2exploring shadows3counting in 2sfire enginesmall world explorationspace travel agents2space travel agentsspace roleplay1jetpack1rocket1rocket2jetpack2making signslego constructionspecial books2special books 3special books1measuringconstructing and buildingexploring numiconnumiconordering numiconeating alien biscuits1decorating biscuitseating biscuits2learning on ipadsmaking at the workshop4making at the workshop3making at the workshop1making at the workshop2firework art2hedgehog homes4hedgehog homes3rangoli2rangoli1rangoli3repeating patterns1repeating patterns2repeating patterns3putting on a showbuilding a cottageget away vehicleadding music to storiesbilly goats gruff1harvest 1harvest3harvest 2harvesting beanstoad1toad2home cornerhome corner 2making music 2making music 1looking for bugs1imaginationbalancingtalking about shadowsorchard 1finding worms 2harvesting fruit 2harvesting fruiteating the fruit