This is what Seahorses (Reception Class) are learning about in Summer 1:


We will learn about the learn about the astronauts: Tim Peake, Dr Helen Sharman, Mae Jemison, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin and what they achieved in Space. The children will learn that space contains more than Earth and the moon. We will use our building skills to build space rockets with large construction, this will also involve us working collaboratively in small teams. We will learn to follow simple instructions to make a rocket.


At the start of the term we will be reading the book, Whatever Next, written and illustrated by Jill Murphy. The book is about a baby bear who uses a cardboard box to fly to the moon! We will have fun retelling the story and learning about the story plot. We will enjoy reading other space related books in our daily story time.


The children have been working hard in their Read, Write, Inc Phonics and reading lessons. This half term lots of the children have moved to a different Phonics group which will see them learning new letter sounds, special friends, green words and red words (tricky words). The children are being encouraged to read with fluency by using Fred in their head.


In their Phonics lessons and writing activities, the children will use their Fred fingers to write the letters they hear in words. They will learn to write a sentence using a capital letter, finger spaces and a full stop.


In Maths, we will learn all about the number 10. We will be learning our number bonds to ten using different equipment such as tens frames, numicon, abacus, part whole model and cubes. We will also learn a Number bond to 10 song and learn to use a game called Hit the Button on the free website Topmarks.

This is what Clownfish (Nursery) are learning about in Summer 1:


Our topic this half term is ‘Growing.’ The stories we will read and explore this half term are- The Hungry Caterpillar, Jasper’s Beanstalk and the Enormous Turnip.

We will have caterpillars in our class to take care of and will learn all about the life cycle of a caterpillar.

We will be growing our own fruit, vegetables and flowers, and learn what we need to do to help them to grow.


In Phonics we will continue to play Fred Talk games. We will be trying to become secure in orally blending and segmenting words before starting in Reception in September.

We have also begun Read, Write, Inc phonics lessons now, and are learning new sounds each week. We will start posting onto Tapestry which sounds we have focused on each week, so that you can support your child to remember these sounds at home. Little and often is the key to them becoming secure in their phoneme recognition. 


In Maths this term our number focus will be numbers 4 and 5. We investigate these numbers in depth. We learn to count that number of objects and learn to stop when we have counted them all. We will learn to recognise the numeral and have a go at matching the numeral to the quantity. We will look at being able to subitise that amount. We will have a go at finding 4 and 5 in the environment by going on number hunts, and we will look at different ways of making 4 and 5, using cubes and counters on our 5’s frames.


Now Spring is in full swing, we will look more closely at the seasonal changes, by investigating the buds, flowers and leaves that are growing and changing. We will also take a closer look at the wildlife in the woodland area, and learn how to look for minibeasts, making sure that we are being respectful to them and their home. 


In PE, this half term we are doing dance. We are working on being able to use and remember sequences and patterns of movements which are related to music and rhythm. We will use our stories as a stimulus for our dance and look at different ways of moving; slithering, crawling, spinning and galloping.  


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