Beeston 2/ Reception Class- Summer Term 2022

We hope you’ve had a wonderful Easter and are ready for a fun filled Summer term! We are looking forward to sharing new experiences together and developing our learning further.

Overview

Our main themes for this term are (Summer 1) ‘I what happened before?’ and (Summer 2) ‘I wonder what will happen next?’. Our mini themes/ possible ideas include: growing and changing, plants and flowers, life cycles, dinosaurs, global warming and the next generation! We will be reading and exploring the stories: Little Bear’s Spring, Pip and Egg, The Extraordinary Gardener, Dear Dinosaur, The Queen’s Handbag, Someone swallowed Stanley, Robots Robots Everywhere and of course many, many more! We will also be exploring other texts and some key celebrations, including: The Queens Jubilee, Healthy Eating week, Sports Day and we will be celebrating these together in school. We will be exploring these stories through all areas of learning, and we will develop the children’s knowledge and skills through exciting and engaging activities. However, these books and topics may change as we adapt our planning to the current needs and interests of the children.

Communication, Language and Literacy

During this term, we will be exploring a range of books based on our main themes ‘I wonder what happened before?’ and ‘I wonder what will happen next?’. The children will be given the opportunity to read for a range of purposes, such as: reading lists, instructions, letters and messages.

We will continue to take part in daily phonics sessions through our phonics scheme Essential Letters and Sounds (ELS). This term, we will continue to recap our Phase 3 digraph and trigraph sounds (ch, sh, th, ng, nk, ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, ure, er), and we will move through to Phase 4 and Phase 5 phonics. We will be continuing to work hard to use our decoding skills to read words and sentences using these sounds. We will be learning how to write simple sentences, using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We will continue to learn to read and write new harder to read and spell words, which you can support your child with at home using their harder to read and spell word keyring on their book bags.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This term, we will be focusing on the transition to Year 1 and preparing for this change. We will think about how we need to look after ourselves as we continue to grow and move on through the school. The children will begin to experience aspects of Year 1 in our classroom so that they feel more confident and comfortable in September. We will also continue to develop their negotiating skills when playing in groups, encouraging the children to work closely with their peers. We will take part in lots of group games, teaching children the importance of turn taking and sharing. We will be playing games such as snap, dominoes and snakes and ladders. We will also encourage the children to think about how their actions may affect others and how we can resolve any problems and make compromises. We will discuss the topic of healthy choices and discuss why it is important to make good choices in relation to food and exercise to stay fit and healthy.

Expressive Arts and Design

This term, the children will help create our wonderful role play areas that link closely to our book themes, such as a Garden Centre and a Dinosaur Museum! They will be encouraged to share their ideas and use resources to create props for inside their role play areas. The children will have the chance to write lists, instructions, draw maps and write letters to the different book characters. They will be encouraged to create 3D models, such as a dinosaur in the junk modelling area, by combining different resources and using a wide range of tools. We will also develop the children’s painting and drawing skills, where they will be given the opportunity to paint their own gardens, make flowers using tissue paper and pipe cleaners, as well as print using different fruits and vegetables. The children will continue to attend singing workshops with Mrs Shakspeare every week. They will learn lots of new songs and actions and will have the opportunity to play lots of different musical instruments (in response to music).  The children will be encouraged to make up their own composition using percussion instruments to represent a seed growing into a flower.

Understanding of the World

At the beginning of this term, we will be looking at how we have changed and grown so far in our lives! We will look at photos sent in from home from of when we were babies, toddlers and what we are like now. We will look at what we did and how we changed during each phase. We will create our own growth timelines too! We will explore the season Spring and spot the key environmental changes using our senses to encourage us to think about why changes happen. As the term progresses, we will look at changes during the season Summer through our summer walk around the school grounds. We will explore life cycles, in particular one of a bird, linking to our key story ‘Pip and Egg’ and will discuss what changes happen and why. We will look closely at taking care of our environment and understanding the importance of recycling.  

Mathematical Development

This term in Maths, the children will begin by continuing to strengthen our understanding of numbers to 10; knowing the composition of each number in depth and its importance. We will progress onto exploring addition, subtraction, doubling, odds and evens, as well as shape and pattern over the time and in preparation for Year 1. We will continue to have a strong focus on subitising (being able to recognise a number of objects without counting) using both 5 and 10 frames. As well as this, we will be focusing on counting back from 20 to 0, slowly and carefully, showing understanding of one more and one less in the counting sequence.

Physical Development

This term, we will focus on our ball skills, using our feet to pass and kick the ball to our peers. We will practise moving in different ways and at different speeds, being careful not to bump into each other. We will begin to play team games, understanding how crucial teamwork is. The children will also be supported to develop self-care skills when getting changed for P.E. and zipping up their coats. We will also continue to practise using scissors correctly and with control, through a variety of cutting activities.

Wow moments

We would love to hear about any significant events your child takes part in at home or when they do something amazing. If you have any pictures of significate events or have amazing moments you would like to share with us, please post these on your child’s 2Evidence me account.

General class Reminders

  • Fully named school PE kit needs to be in school everyday.
  • BOOK BAG, READING BOOK and READING RECORD need to be brought into school everyday.
  • Read everyday at home with your child and make a short note of this in their reading record.
  • Support them in reading and writing their ‘harder to read and spell’ words (found on a keyring on their green book bag).
  • Don’t forget to sign up and share photos and WOW moments of your child using your child’s Evidence Me account. 
  • Sign up for our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages to be kept up to date with what’s going on!

Twitter – @CastleView_PS   

Facebook – Search Castle View Primary School and join our group.   

Instagram- @castle_viewps

 

If you have any concerns or issues, please do not hesitate to speak to me after school.

Miss Shalders

Supporting your child at home

  • Read everyday at home with your child and make a short note of this in their reading record.
  • Support them in reading and writing their tricky words (found on a keyring on their green book bag)
  • Don’t forget to sign up and share photos and WOW moments of your child using your child’s Evidence Me
    account.
  • Sign up for our Twitter, Facebook or Instagram pages to be kept up to date with what’s going on in our
    school! Visit – www.castleviewprimaryschool.co.uk Twitter – @CastleView_PS Facebook –
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/639210016975323/ – Search Castle View Primary School and
    join our group. Instagram – @castle_viewps
  • If you have any concerns or issues, please do not hesitate to speak to me after school.

Wow moments

We would love to hear about any significant events your child takes part in at home or when they do something amazing. If you have any pictures of significate events or have amazing moments you would like to share with us, please post these on your child’s 2Evidence me account. Your child will have an opportunity to share their amazing moments with their friends in class.

General class Reminders

  • Fully named school PE kit needs to be in school everyday.
  • BOOK BAG, READING BOOK and READING RECORD need to be brought into school everyday.
  • Read everyday at home with your child and make a short note of this in their reading record.
  • Support them in reading and writing their harder to read and spell words (found on a keyring on their green book bag)
  • Don’t forget to sign up and share photos and WOW moments of your child using your child’s Evidence Me account. 
  • Sign up for our Twitter, Facebook or Instagram pages to be kept up to date with what’s going on in our school!  Visit – castleviewprimaryschool.co.uk Twitter –  @CastleView_PS   Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/groups/639210016975323/  – Search Castle View Primary School and join our group.   Instagram – @castle_viewps

 

If you have any concerns or issues, please do not hesitate to speak to me after school.

Miss Shalders