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Summer Term Curriculum 2021


YEAR GROUP: Reception TERM: Summer Term 2021

Topic title(s) and summary overview 1st and 2nd half term

Sumer 1: Ship Ahoy There!

Sumer 2: Fairy Tales and Superheroes!

Please note that our main focus will be building on last term’s learning and preparing children for the transition to Year 1.

Please read the sections below to find out what your child will be learning in the summer term.

 Communication and Language (C&L)

In the Early Years Foundation Stage, Communication and Language is broken down into three aspects:

·         Listening and attention

·         Understanding

·         Speaking

To ensure your child really excels in communication and language we will be immersing the children in the following activities:

·         Rhymes and rhyming/songs

·         Role play

·         Partner work/group work

·         Circle Time

·         Key Group Time

·         Talk for Writing (learning actions for a story) and developing their own stories using Tales Toolkit

·         Learn how to sit, concentrate and listen for sustained periods of time

·         Listen and respond to ideas expressed by others in conversation or discussion

It is our belief that children need as much exposure to these activities to ensure they develop into the best learners that they can be.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

Personal, Social and Emotional Development is recognised as one of the building blocks of success in life. It supports children’s development by helping them to interact effectively and develop positive attitudes to themselves and others.  In order for your child to develop successfully in this area we will:

Talk freely about our homes and communities

Play with friends and continue to develop relationships at school

Continue to:

·         Consolidate the rules and routines of the setting (including behavioural expectations)

·         Share

·         Work collaboratively

·         Show kindness towards others

·         Develop listening skills

·         Develop an understanding of the school’s values (kindness, respect, honesty, teamwork)

·         Learn how to resolve conflicts with other children, e.g., finding a compromise, saying sorry etc.

·         Talk about how we are feeling during circle time activities

Physical Development (PD)

Physical development is as the title suggests about how young children gain control of their bodies, but it also includes how children learn about keeping themselves active and healthy and how they learn to use equipment and materials successfully and safely. In the Early Years Foundation Stage, Physical Development is broken down into two aspects:

·         Moving and Handling

·         Health and Self-Care

To support your child in developing in this area they will participate in the following activities:

·         Races/obstacle courses

·         Playground games

·         Throwing

·         Catching

·         Rolling

·         Travelling in different ways

·         Balance bikes

·         Forest schools

·         PE lessons with Mr Browning/Mrs Koupland

·         Continue to develop pencil grip

·         Use scissors safely and correctly

·         Continue to manage self-care independently

Literacy (L)

Being literate is essential in almost every aspect of adult life whether we are planning a holiday, selecting a DVD or delivering parcels. Literacy is often thought of as ‘the ability to read and write’ but it also includes being able to speak and listen.

In the EYFS, Literacy has two aspects:

  • Reading
  • Writing

To develop early reading and writing your child will be taught and immersed in the following:

·         Re-cap known sounds (RWI set 2) and teach long vowel sounds (RWI set 3)

·         Focus on segmenting (saying each individual sound in a word) and blending (saying the whole word) when reading and writing

·         Teach letter names and capital letters

·         Continue to develop handwriting and correct letter formation

·         Consolidate key words and learn new tricky words e.g., know, said, they…

·         Simple sentence writing incorporating key words and phonic strategies

·         Writing for different purposes – descriptions, labels, letters, lists, cards, maps, fact files etc

·         Sentence structure and grammar: capitals, finger spaces (spaces between words) and full stops

·         Read a range of text types (fiction and non-fiction)

·         Learn stories with actions (Talk for Writing) and perform these to an audience

·         Key texts we will be looking at: Pirates Love Underpants, How to Find Gold, Barry The Fish with Fingers, Julian is a Mermaid and Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs

Maths (MD)

In the Early Years Foundation Stage, Mathematics is broken down into two aspects:

  • Numbers
  • Shape, Space and Measures

Mathematics is all about understanding and using shape, space, measures and numbers to solve everyday problems like how much sticky tape to use to wrap a parcel or the number of red balloons that would need to be bought so that there were enough for all the children attending a party. Helping children to enjoy Mathematics is probably one of the most important things that adults can do so that children realise that mathematics is a way of finding things out and solving problems. In order to do this, we will be using concrete apparatus (Numicon) and immersing the children in a number rich environment through songs, play and activities.  In the course of this, your child will learn to:

·         Count reliably with numbers 0-20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number

·         Add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer

·         Solve problems including doubling, halving and sharing

·         Know pairs of numbers that total 10 when added together (number bonds to 10)

·         Write addition and subtraction ‘number sentences’ (calculations). E.g., 10 – 1 = 9; 6 + 4 = 10 etc

·         Identify 2d and 3d shapes and discuss their properties

·         Use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems

·         Recognise, create and describe patterns

·         Explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them

 Understanding the World (UW)

Understanding of the World is about how children get to know about other people, the place where they live and about all aspects of the environment.  In the EYFS, Understanding the World is broken down into three aspects:

  • People and Communities
  • The World
  • Technology

To help your child understand the world we will:

·         Talk about past and present events e.g., celebrations, holidays, special events…

·         Know that other children do not always enjoy the same things and be sensitive towards this

·         Know about similarities and differences between ourselves and others

·         Know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things

·         Talk about the features of our environment and how environments vary from one another

·         Make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur and talk about changes

·         Recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools

·         Select and use technology for particular purposes

 Expressive Art and Design (EAD)

In the EYFS, EAD is broken down into two aspects:

·         Exploring and using media and materials

·         Being imaginative

Your child will:

·         Sing songs

·         Dance

·         Use musical instruments

·         Experiment with changing songs, dance routines etc

·         Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function

·         Design and build models using construction equipment

·         Engage in imaginative play and add narrative/storylines

Special Events

Eastside Workshop – Anansi Adventures Workshop on 16th June (fingers crossed!)


Our values during the Summer term include: Kindness, Respect, Honesty and Teamwork.

We will be talking to the children about these values during circle time and we will ensure they are at the centre of all of our learning throughout the term.

How parents can be involved in home learning

Please read every day with your child and practise the all the key words that you have now been given for your child. Encourage your child to hold a pencil correctly.  Give your child lots of opportunities to colour, cut and draw in order to develop their fine motor skills. Please be familiar with the seven areas of learning (as stated above) and think about how you can support your child at home in developing in these areas.


English Key Skills
Speaking and listening

I can speak aloud to friends, in a group and to an adult.

I can talk about things that interest me including stories.

I can listen whilst others are speaking and wait for my turn to talk.

I can listen and follow simple instructions.

I can ask and answer questions appropriately during carpet time / circle time.

I can use talk during role play activities.

I can use talk to deepen my understanding.


Reading (word/comprehension)

I can read all Reception key words and the majority of key words for Y1.

I can show an awareness of full stops when reading aloud.

I can blend and segment unfamiliar words.

I can talk about a favourite story, poem or character.

I can answer simple questions about a familiar story.

I can make simple predictions about a text.

I can use a simple word bank.

I can read fiction, non-fiction and poetry appropriate for my phonic level.

I can retell key points in a familiar story.

I can join in during whole class retelling of a story.



I can write three simple sentences.

I can show an awareness of full stops, capital letters and finger spaces.

I can say a sentence, write and read it back to check it makes sense.

I can begin to write a sentence using the connectives ‘and’ or ‘but’

I can write simple texts such as names, labels, captions, lists, diagrams and messages.



I can write simple sentences using full stops, capital letters and finger spaces.

I can use simple connectives to join two simple sentences.

I can use prepositions correctly in my speech (e.g. up, down, in, into, out, to, onto).

I am familiar with determiners and use them correctly in my speech (e.g. the, a, my, your, an, this, that, his, her, their, some, all).

I can use adjectives to describe nouns (e.g. old, little, big, small quiet).



I can hold a pencil correctly, sit up correctly and steady my work.

I am beginning to form all letters and numbers (0-9) correctly.

I am beginning to write on the line.

My teacher and I can read what I’ve written.



I can read and spell all key words for Reception and possibly year 1 (red words).

I can recognise all phonic sounds and blends (set 1, 2 and 3).

I can ‘have a go’ at spelling words using my phonic knowledge.


Introduce: finger spaces, letter, word, sentence, full stops, capital letter.

Maths Key Skills

  1. I can count backwards and forwards to and across 20.
  2. I can count, read, write numbers up to 20
  3. I can double and halve numbers up to 20.
  4. I can use the language of: equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most, least.
  5. I know the number story of all numbers up to 20.
  6. I can identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations including the number line.


  1. I can begin to recognise and use +, – and = symbols.
  2. I know my number bonds to 20.
  3. I can identify one more and one less from a given number less than 20.

Fractions, Decimals and Percentages

  1. I recognise and use doubles and halves of numbers and quantities.


  1. I can use common vocabulary for comparison e.g. heavier, taller, full, longest, quickest.
  2. I can compare two lengths, masses or capacities by direct comparison.
  3. I can say and order the months of the year.
  4. I know the number of and names of the days in a week.
  5. I can sequence events in chronological order using terms such as: before, after, next, first, yesterday, today, tomorrow, afternoon and evening.
  6. I can use everyday language to talk about time, money, size, weight, capacity, position, distance, to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems.


  1. I can recognise and name common 2D, and some 3D, shapes.

Reception enjoyed a fun-packed story-telling workshop based on Anansi the Spider!  Thank you to Eastside School Workshops for coming in to school and bringing the story to life!

Having fun in the sun with a water challenge!  How will the children transport the ducks to the pond using the pipes, a hose and scaffolding materials?  Great team-work at play!

​Reception got their groove on for a Friday jazz jam afternoon.  What a bunch of cool cats exploring different instruments and the sounds they make.

We were very pleased to receive a visit from Perform on Thursday 15th October. The children had a wonderful time exploring the theme of Fairytales & Fables and using drama, dance and singing to help develop their confidence, concentration and social skills.

Miss Callaghan

Year Team Leader

Mr Roach

Class Teacher

Miss Taylor

Class Teacher

Miss Afsana

Teaching Assistant

Miss Orford

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Huckle

Teaching Assistant