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Reception Learning Overview - Summer 1 2017

What are we learning?

Our topic for this half-term is ‘People Who Help Us’.


In Literacy, we will be reading information and story books about the work of fire-fighters, doctors, post workers, lollipop people and the police. We will use our speaking and communication skills to write our own stories and will write for many other purposes in different contexts; for example we will learn to write a 'prescription' when role-playing in the doctor's surgery. To support our learning we will be visiting Peckham Fire Station and we will also have a variety of visitors, such as the police, coming to speak about their job with us.


In Maths we will learn to make more accurate estimations and combine groups of objects in 2s, 5s and 10s through practical problem solving. We will also solve problems related to shape, space and measure. 


In Phonics we will focus on consolidating children’s knowledge of the sounds they have already learnt and applying them when reading and writing. We will also be encouraging the children to read and write words with two-syllables or more such as: tonight, bedroom, furniture, pumpkin etc. Children will also begin to learn Phase 5 sounds this term. These sounds are alternatives to what they know already e.g. ai/ay and ow/ou.


We will continue to learn new tricky words. Our tricky words will be: said, have, like, so, do, were, little, one, when, out, what. We will also begin learning the following tricky words: oh, their, people. Mr, Mrs, looked, called, asked, could.


Please continue practising reading and spelling reception high frequency words and tricky words with your child. If you would like to do extra phonics activities at home with your child, please look for activities on the Internet and focus on phase 2, 3, 4 & 5 of Letters and Sounds. The following websites have some good activities and resources:




Children will continue to learn to play the recorder this term. All children have been given a recorder, which they will need to bring into school for their lesson and take home each week to practise. Please ensure your child’s recorder is in their school bag each day.


How can you help us?

To support your child’s writing at home, please encourage them to write about things that they enjoy to influence a love for writing. This could be as simple as labelling their favourite toys or writing a diary about what they did at the weekend. Your child could also help you with daily routines, helping you to write the shopping list. Please continually revise the new sounds they have been learning in phonics to emphasise and to help them remember the sounds when they are writing.

There are several maths activities that you can do at home that will also help support your child such as, counting toys to 20 and beyond, estimating how many objects they see and counting the actual amount, using number lines to solve addition and subtraction problems, encouraging your child to count on or backwards.


To support our learning in the classroom, if you have any of the following items at home please collect them and bring them in: empty 1 litre bottles with lids, empty yoghurt pots, old wellies, kitchen roll tubes, wrapping paper tubes, milk lids, milk bottles, and boxes e.g. cereal boxes and shoe boxes.



For our project this half term, children will be asked to design and create an emergency vehicle such as, an ambulance, police car, fire-engine and air ambulance. Children should begin by drawing their chosen emergency vehicle and then label colours and parts. This along with the final piece should be brought into school the week beginning Monday 15th May 2017 so children can share their project with us all. We look forward to seeing them!



This half term we will be visiting Peckham Fire Station. We will have the opportunity to talk to fire fighters, see the equipment they use and hopefully will be able to have a squirt with the hose!