Christ Church C of E Primary School

Christ Church C of E Primary

Reception Class 


Reception Class – Curriculum Newsletter

Summer Term 1st Half


This half term we will continue our Spring and Growing topic. We will be planting seeds and observing how they change and grow. We will be looking at the life cycles frogs, with tadpoles in the classroom for the children to watch and the release of our butterflies following our work on caterpillars and mini beasts last term. We will be reading non-fiction books and talking about how we can find information in them.

We will be going for a walk in the woods on Monday 23rd April to look at the signs of spring and changes in the season.

In RE we will be learning about the rules we live by, making right and wrong choices and how the decisions we make can affect other people. We will be learning about the story of The Good Samaritan and asking the children to think of times they have helped someone or how they could be ‘a good Samaritan’.


Over the half term we will be revising counting, adding and subtracting numbers to 20. We will be sharing objects and amounts fairly and will learn about the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. We will also be using everyday language to talk about money, capacity, size, weight and time.


Please continue to regularly revise all the phonemes that we have covered. Writing is an important part of all we do so please encourage your child to do this as often as possible, for example making cards, invitations, labels for toys, shopping lists and stories. If your child is making plausible attempts at more complex words with the phonemes we have learned so far then that is a good sign! We do not expect perfection. 

Reading at Home

Please keep up the good work you are already doing at home as it really does have an impact on your child’s learning. You should be aiming to read for 5-10 minutes each day and making notes in your child’s reading record. Your child will continue to bring home both banded reading books and also an Oxford Reading Tree book or each week. Don’t forget the Tricky words in your child’s reading record. These should be practised regularly (Phase 2 and 3).


Our PE lesson continues to be on Thursday mornings, however the summer term is always a busy time so please could you make sure that your child has their PE kit in school all week in case there are any changes or extra PE sessions.

Now that we have moved into summer uniform, please could we remind you that all uniform and PE kit must be clearly labelled as this makes it much easier for the children to organise themselves when changing. As the children have to change close to each other, we ask them to put their school uniform into the empty PE bag when they are changing to make sure all of their clothes are together. This should avoid PE kits getting mixed up or lost. Please could you support this at home by helping your child practice to keep clothes together in a small pile when changing.


Thank you for continued support,


Mrs Joyce and Mrs Simpson



The Very Hungry Caterpillar

We had a great time last term learning the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar using actions to help remember the different parts of the story. The children learnt the story really well and this then helped them to write a story plan and eventually their own stories about a very hungry animal of their choice.

Here is the class telling the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.



Reading Meeting

Here is a link to our Reading Meeting Presentation. If you have any problems accessing it, please let us know.



Following parents evening, here are also some links to phonics games and maths games that you can access with your children at home. Some are suitable for a tablet / smartphone but others are only accessible from a computer.



Some useful apps for smartphones are listed below. Read the descriptions before deciding whether this is useful for your child as they are aimed at different levels.

Pocket Phonics

Twinkl Phonics

 Interactive Alphabet ABCs



Here is an online phonics guide for parents which we will be a really useful way for you to find out more about phonics, how it is taught in class and how you can help your child at home. 

Follow the link to find out more: