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A message for Summer 2

It is hard to believe that we are now beginning our very last half term together in Reception. Where has that time gone? They do say time flies when you are having fun!  We had another fabulous half term and we were incredibly proud of each and every one of you. Some of the many memorable experiences last half term included visiting Cradley library, taking part in our very first book week, being visited by the dentist and having our very own toothbrushes to take home and use and of course our wonderful 'Superhero' dress-up day!

We hope you are all enjoying a restful half term at home with your families and we are all looking forward to seeing you back in school on Monday, for another half term packed full of learning and fun.


Our daily routine

As the children move through their Reception year, our daily routine and timetable changes to meet their needs. During the Summer term we will continue to offer lots of opportunities for indoor and outdoor play and exploration, alongside whole class carpet sessions. Each day will begin with a key skills session, where the children will work in their groups at an activity chosen by the class teacher in order to practice and refine skills being taught in class. The children will have daily phonics sessions, English/ topic sessions, maths sessions and handwriting sessions (details of the skills we are working on each week can be found on our weekly class newsletter). The children love the outdoors and we will be planning weekly physical skills and forest school sessions to further develop this interest, in addition to their weekly P.E. session. Our 'challenge and choice' rainbow sessions also offer the children opportunities to choose their own play and learning activities and to challenge themselves to access activities from all areas of our curriculum. 


Summer 2 -  English and topic work

The Jubilee

We will begin our learning this half term by celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. This will be a fantastic opportunity to learn more about our Monarch and why and how the Jubilee is celebrated. We will be looking at pictures from the past and from other parts of the world to learn a little more about what Kings and Queens are like today and what life was like in the past. 

"What will you see in a zoo?"

Our English and topic work for remainder of the half term will be driven by the children's interest in animals. We will be visiting Dudley Zoo and will be reading fiction and non-fiction books all about animals too. 

During this topic the children will be ...

. representing their favourite animals through art and music

. creating maps and models of a zoo

. using photos and visitor stories to compare the zoo today with the zoo in the past

. investigating habitats across the globe to find out where wild animals live and why

. learning about species that are endangered or extinct 

. considering which animals make a good pet and how to look after them


During our R.E. sessions this half term we will be reflecting on the question ... 'Why is the word 'God' important to Christian people?'. We will be taking time to reflect upon the beauty found in nature and will be thinking about ways we can help to look after the world. 


There is such a lot to do this half term; we can not wait to get started. If you have any questions, please speak to one of the team and we will do our best to help. Take care every one.


Mrs Darby, Mrs Price and Mrs Raxton




Reception Summer 2 - Medium Term Plan

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