Calverley Parkside Primary School

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Summer 1

         Summer 1 - The Great Outdoors


Welcome back to the Summer 1 term in Reception. This term our learning theme is The Great Outdoors. You can find the knowledge organiser for this here.


The aims of this unit of learning are:

  • To describe what they see, hear and feel whilst outside.

  • To identify places where British animals live including farm animals and wild animals.

  • To name common minibeasts found in the UK.

  • To recognise common British baby animals and adult animals, naming them using their baby and adult names.

  • To learn about simple life cycles: animals and plants.

  • To plant seeds and observe them grow, talking about their observations over time. 

  • To understand the effect of the changing seasons on the natural world around them.



In writing, your child will continue to focus on composing verbal and written sentences using their phonics knowledge. They will learn to write a range of sentences using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. In our writing this term, the children will also begin to use the Jane Considine writing approach. As well as supporting your child's sentence structure, this approach will also expose your child to new vocabulary that they learn and use in their sentence writing. You can find more information about 'The Write Stuff' approach by following this link. 


In reading, your child will continue to focus on reading sentences using their phonics knowledge. They will practise reading sentences with increasing fluency and answer a range of why, what and how questions to develop their understanding of the stories they listen to and read. 


The tricky words we have been learning to read on sight are: 

I no go to the into he she we me was you they all are my her said have like so do



We use the White Rose Scheme of learning to support the teaching of mathematical skills and concepts. This term your child will focus on:

-exploring and building numbers beyond 10                      

-counting patterns beyond 10


-spatial reasoning                                                                      


-matching, rotating and manipulating shapes and objects