Reception Class

Summer Term in Reception Class

I hope you all had a lovely Easter, it is lovely to see your child back in school and we will hopefully enjoy some warmer weather!

This newsletter contains useful information about what you should expect from the Summer term. This term we have begun more ‘formal lessons’ alongside Child Initiated Learning to help prepare for the transition to year 1. We understand that your child may feel anxious about Miss Rowden being on maternity leave. However, the Reception team are working hard to ensure the children are happy and have transitioned well.

If at any time, you have any questions or you are unsure of anything, please ask!


Since returning to school, we have been recapping our Phase 3 sounds and digraphs that we have previously learnt.  

We begin by practising the sounds we already know, before introducing a new sound. We practise saying the sound. We then practise reading and writing words that contain our focus sounds. So far we have practised and are recapping our phase 3 sounds; ai ee igh oa ar or oi, oo, ur, ear, air, er and ow.

We have also been practising recognising our tricky words by sight.

We sing many songs with our Phonics to help us remember our sounds. Please make sure you practice these at home!


Our first Literacy topic has been ‘On Sudden Hill. This is a favourite book of the children’s and mine! Each day we look at a different element to the story, exploring feelings of the characters and linking this to our own feelings about friendships, which connects to PSHE. This story also gives the children the opportunity to develop their imaginative skills!

Our lessons are practical and hands on, we will be having ‘junk modelling’ sessions using cardboard boxes to put our imaginative skills to the test –‘what could my box be today?’ This also gives the children the opportunity to develop their understanding of recycling.

We then write a sentence about what we have been talking about in our English books to help us prepare for Year 1. Using key features such as finger spaces, capital letters and full stops!

After ‘On Sudden Hill’, we will look at other classic stories for Reception, such as Handa’s Surprise.


The children currently take home weekly reading books that are changed once a week. It is expected that you read at home with your child daily. This helps them to practise their blending and segmenting skills that they are learning in Phonics. Reading regularly means your child will begin to read by sight.

Please also ensure you talk about the book they are reading, ask them questions about what is happening in the story as well as decoding the words to read.

We love books in Reception! We read many books over the week. Please share books with your child as well, so they can hear an experienced reader read as well as learning new vocabulary.


We have been practising counting to 20 and beyond. We sing songs and practise recognising numbers out of order. We have been continuing to do this since being back in school.

Since returning to school, we have been adding two numbers together. We look at a number bonds and number sentences such as 3 + 4 and have a go at writing our very own. We count out the first number and add the second number, mix it all together and count our answer. We will be using mixing bowls to help us understand the concept of ‘altogether’.

We will then move onto subtracting numbers.


PE lessons are taught on a Wednesday by Mr Bailey. Children need to come to school in their school uniform and bring their P.E kits separately. This is to help develop their gross motor skills and become more independent dressing and undressing themselves. Please ensure PE kits are weather appropriate- jogging bottoms and jumpers or cardigans if it is cold or shorts and sun cream if it is sunny and warm.  PE lessons will focus on key skills from the Physical Development area of the EYFS curriculum.


Computing sessions are taught by Mrs Hart. The children are very excited to be going to the computing suite for the very first time!


Our topic this half term is service. We will be exploring the different ways we help others.

Important Reminders

  • Please make sure all items of uniform are clearly named. Any items of clothing that are not named, may not make it back to you.
  • Please make sure any money sent into school is in a labeled envelope.
  • Reading with your child as often as possible is vital for their communication, language and literacy development.
  • Please make sure your child’s reading book is in their book bag and at school every day so that we can hear them read regularly.
  • PE is every Wednesday. Children are now to come into school in their normal uniform and they will get changed into their P.E kit at school.
  • Forest school is every Monday. Children are to bring in wellies and come in outdoor/old clothing.
Holy Trinity School

Our motto is:

Alta Pete – Aim High

“The primary aim of the school is to help each pupil reach his or her full potential so that they may develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge to take full advantage of the opportunities available in their future lives.”

We hope you have found this information helpful.

Thank you for your continued support.

The Reception team