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Summer 2

We have had a very busy half term! It has been lovely to see the children outside enjoying the lovely learning opportunities in our outdoor area. We have had lots of achievements in physical development this term with lots of children developing good letter formation and many learning to hula-hoop! Well done everyone! The children have really taken to our topic about Sunflowers. They have loved growing different seeds including apple pips from our daily snack table! They have really enjoyed it, and it has really helped with their writing, We’ve had books made, posters and fact files and reported our findings to Mrs Reynolds!

The children have worked hard in Literacy. We have been practising writing in sentences and using finger spaces and full stops. The children are now reading independently and can often be seen in the reading corner sharing books.

In Maths, we have been learning about subtraction and numbers to 20.  I have been amazed with their growing number knowledge. They can spot number patterns up to 20.

Next term we will begin our topic on Minibeasts. We will be learning about Spiders, Frogs, Ladybirds and Snails (the children love snails!)


Minibeast Froglet Aphid Plant
Insect Pond Larva Habitat
Arachnid Amphibean Antennae Protect
Frog spawn Camouflage Shedding Care
Tadpole Ladybird Egg Damp

We will also be lots of transition work to help the children make a smooth move into Year 1. We will have a focus on the children’s self-confidence, across the half term we will look at many stories to support this.


Please can we have a concerted effort with reading this half term. I cannot stress enough what an advantage it is to your child to read their RWI books regularly and particularly at the weekend. The children who read regularly gain a great advantage as they understand the text and can apply it to their writing. It really shows on Mondays if they haven’t tackled the text as they are behind the other children in terms of fluency and understanding the story. Please help to give your child an advantage rather than a disadvantage. It will also really help with the transition to Year 1 as fluency will be key to the children’s progress.


In Maths we will continue our work ordering to 20 and beyond. Please practise number recognition to 20 with your child at home if this is not secure, it will really get off to a flying start in Year 1 if they know these numbers. We will be working on sharing and learning to count beyond 20. We will also be working on knowing the number bonds to 5.

Vocabulary; add, subtract, share, divide, count,


We will continue our work using ‘Talk for Writing’ techniques. The children will learn stories to tell others. Last term we looked at ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear what do you see? By Eric Carle and Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell. You probably heard the children re-telling these stories at home. We will begin next term with the story, Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, by Eric Litwin, James Dean and Kimberley Dean.

Here are our targets for this half term;

  • To read and write using words that contain ‘2 letters 1 sound’ e.g. sh, ch, ck, ss, ll
  • To learn words we cannot sound out e.g. the, I, said, of, my
  • To count beyond 20
  • To estimate and count objects reliable to 20
  • Addition and subtraction to 10
  • To practise retelling stories
  • Reading at home
  • Writing in different styles e.g. lists, fact files, stories

If you feel your child has already achieved these you could support us by:

  • Number sentences with missing numbers e.g.   ? +? =10   or  
  • ? +3 =15   or    ? +? +? =12, or    7=? – 9
  • Adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers practically
  • Count in steps of 3
  • Writing sentences using full stops and finger spaces

Useful websites

Key Dates

6th June 2022              Term starts

29th June 2022            Sports Day

20th July 2022            Summer Fayre

21st July 2022              End of term

Thank you for all your support