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 of butterflies and frogs, with tadpoles in the classroom for the children watch. We will be reading non-fiction books and talking about how we can find information in them. The children will also be writing instructions linked to growing plants from seeds.


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 using the letter cards that you have at home from Target Setting Evening. 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 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 Ditty Card each week. Don’t forget the Tricky words in the back of your child’s reading record. These should be practised regularly (top 3 lines).

PE Days

Our PE day will continue 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. We would also ask that the children continue to bring jumpers, cardigans and a coat each day. We are often outside in our outdoor classroom and it is quite shaded so can get chilly even on a sunny day!

Thank you for continued support,

The Reception Team.



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. 

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