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Reception Curriculum - Summer Term 2



This half-term the children will stay within their set phonics groups.


Every child will be encouraged to blend (read) and segment (write) CVC words, and then put these words into sentences. They will also be taught ‘tricky words’, which are words that can not be sounded out, and which “tricky words” they are taught will be dependent on the stage they are at with phonics.

Alongside our daily targeted phonics groups the reception environment will be filled with lots of opportunities for children to practise their reading and writing skills – from writing messages in our ‘Message Centre’ to using writing in role-play. Children will also be beginning to read in small guided reading groups.                                                                  




In maths we will be continuing with number bonds and becoming secure with adding and subtracting.

We will look at doubling numbers, as well as halving and sharing, which are early mathematical skills related to multiplication and fractions. We will use stories and real world scenarios to help children link mathematical concepts and understand why we learn.


We will also be looking at 3D shapes and building with these to understand their properties. We will also look at time, as well as measurement, which will be linked to sports (e.g. ‘how far can you jump’ and ‘how fast can you run?’




In Literacy we will be looking at an increasing range of books.

Our core text this half-term is ‘The Snail and the Whale’ and we will look at its front and back covers and discuss its features, as well as understanding that a story has a beginning, middle and end. ‘The Snail and the Whale’ is a rhyming book so we will learn about rhymes.

Through our core text of ‘The Snail and the Whale’ we will talk about some of the words and vocabulary in the story.


Children will also be encouraged to ‘write’ stories, and this could be with words and/or pictures.


We will also be continuing with learning to understand the importance of writing and what its purpose is. Children will write messages, posters, notes, cards, postcards and lots more to aid them to become confident writers.



Being Imaginative

Exploring media and materials              

The children will have lots of extra play opportunities on top of what we usually provide, where they can talk to their friends, take on roles and choose how to do things. There will be a role-play ‘Beach Shop’, as well as a ‘Dinosaur’ small world.


Children will be inspired to make and create lots of weird and wonderful things, such as beach umbrellas, sand art, and shadow pictures.


Children will also be encouraged to be independent with their art and design and have freedom to explore how to make and do. We provide children with a wide range of materials where they can mark-make, write, draw, paint, stick, cut, fold… to explore and create from their own imaginations.         



Understanding the world          

Understanding the world falls into three different categories:

  • Technology

In technology we will look at e-safety and the importance of staying safe on the internet. Children will have access to their own search engine suitable for children. You can access this at home at


  • The World

Summer is finally here and we will be talking about other countries and their environments, and look at maps to discuss the world. We will also be harvesting our fruit and veg we have been growing and using them to make a tasty salad!


  • People and communities

We will link our core story of ‘The Snail and the Whale’ to this part of our curriculum. In the book the children save the whale from beaching itself along with the coast guard. We will talk about how people can help us when we are at the beach, or how we can help animals and the environment.          



Physical development

Physical Development is set out into 2 categories:

  • Health self-care

Children will be learning about healthy and unhealthy foods, and trying real salad from our salad garden. We will talk about exercise and monitor our heart rates.


  • Moving and handling

For our weekly PE session, which is on a Friday afternoon (please wear sports clothes on this day), we will be learning athletics, ready for our sports day. Children will talk about and learn new skills such as running races including relay, shot-put and everything else that they have at the Olympics.



Personal, social and emotional development (PSED)                                          

PSED is individual to every child, and what they need socially or emotionally to develop in unique to them. However, on top of each child’s individual needs we will also be looking at team games, sharing and being respectful and kind even if we don’t win!                                                                                                                                     



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