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Welcome to Reception Class!


I am fortunate to be supported by the following team:


Mrs Meek (all day Monday and Tuesday)

Mrs Owen (all day Wednesday - Friday)

Mrs Delmaine (every afternoon)

Mrs Bevins will cover my admin time every Friday afternoon


We are looking forwards to an action packed half term full of fun!


Mrs Franek




Our Summer Two topic is:



Week 1: Sea Animals – under the sea. Do you know what you might find under the sea? How many sea animals can you name? Where will you find coral? What do dolphins eat? Do sharks live in parks or somewhere else? How do you know if there is a shark in the water? What is an ocean? Why is the sea salty? What do we need water for? Can you name different types of water sources, for example, a lake?


Key texts: Shark in the Park, by Nick Sharratt / The Snail and the Whale, by Julia Donaldson


Can you draw a picture of your favourite sea creature and label it? Can you find out some information about sharks – one or two facts?


Week 2: Sea Animals – rock pools / spending time on a beach. Have you ever been to the seaside? How did you get there? What is a steam train? What is a lighthouse? How many things could you do on a beach? What is a seagull? Do you know the name of the largest sea creature in the world? Are there some sea creatures that have a shell or live on rocks? Which sea creatures might you find living in a rock pool? What is seaweed?


Key texts: The Train Ride, by June Crebbin / The Rainbow Fish, by Marcus Pfister



Can you make a train ticket and write your name and where you are travelling to on it? Can you make a lighthouse using junk materials?


Week 3: Superheroes – water safety and sport’s week. What is a superhero? Can you name some superhero characters? What sort of power would you like to have and why? Do you know how to be safe when you’re near water? Be a brilliant superhero and find out some important facts about staying safe when you’re near any type of water. What power could you have using water? How strong are you? What sort of super things can you do, for example ride a bike, skip, run fast and change directions, jump, hop, set the table, wash-up, make your bed etc? Can anyone be a superhero? Can you name some water sports? Are you learning to swim?


Key texts: Nat Fantastic, by Giles Andreae / Super Daisy, by Kes Gray


Can you write a message to a superhero to find out more about them? Or write a sentence about your favourite superhero character and share it with our class? You could draw your superhero and add a speech bubble with some action words, for example Pow! And Zap! 


Week 4: Pirates and water travel. Can you describe a ferry? What is a cargo ship and what might it carry? How many water vehicles can you name? What is a hovercraft? Do you know any pirate songs or rhymes? What is a pirate ship’s flag called?


Key texts: Various picture story books, poems and rhymes


Can you make a flag for a pirate’s ship or a treasure map? Can you make a treasure box using junk materials? What would you put inside it? Can you write one or two sentences about a pirate adventure, for example, finding treasure on an island or travelling on a stormy sea?




Weeks 5 and 6: Travelling – travel agents and different ways I might use water. What is a journey? Have you been on an adventure before or a holiday? What would you find inside a travel shop or when looking with a grown up at an online travel shop website? Can you make holiday bookings online? Where could you go camping? What would you need to take on a camping holiday and how could you make a drink of squash or stay clean? Can you name some other countries? How long would it take you to travel to Australia if you were travelling by plane from England? Where would you find the Lake District? What is a lake? What is a cruise? Can you name somewhere you have travelled to and what did you do there? Can you describe a map?


Key texts: Oliver Who Travelled Far and Wide and non-fiction books


Try making some of the following things:

  1. A map
  2. A travel page of your favourite place and then add some labels? For example, a beach scene and label it ‘rock pool’ / ‘sandcastle’ / ‘beach hut’ / ‘crab’ / ‘picnic food’ etc.
  3. A holiday travel ticket or voucher – don’t forget to add you name and how much the ticket cost
  4. A water safety poster


Please do share your ideas with us.




Week 7: New adventures. What is an adventure? Can you talk about one of your favourite adventures? Who was with you and what exciting things did you do?


Key text: Various


Please feel free to add any learning on to Tapestry and we can show the class.


We're going to have such a fun half term of learning!


Mrs Franek



















For more detailed information about our learning, please look out for our half-termly class curriculum newsletter which will shortly be available and located at the bottom of this page. 



General information:

Further information about the EYFS can be found on 'Parent Zone' -  'Information for EYFS Parents'.



Useful publication:


What to expect, when? A parents’ guide


The purpose of this booklet is to help you as a parent/carer find out more about how your child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the EYFS. Children develop more rapidly during the first five years of their lives than at any other time. This booklet has been written to help you as a parent know what to expect during these vitally important years by focusing on the seven areas of learning and development which are covered in the EYFS. This publication can be found at the bottom of the page.



Habits of Mind: 

There will be a different focus each week. Please ask your child for more information.




Growth Mindset:

Please talk to your child about Ruby Reflection and Robert Resilience. What do Ruby and Robert like to do in school? 



Useful reminders:

A water bottle and warm waterproof coat should be brought into school every day.




A weekly guide:



Show and Tell: (one topic related item only)

We will advise you when this activity will be starting - please do NOT send any items into school at the moment.



Reading books, Reading Records and Library books:

These need to be returned so they can be changed and ready to go home every Friday (alternate Fridays for library books going home).



Reading books and Reading Records:

Books go home. Please make a short comment about your child's reading and interest in the book/s. If you have any queries, please come and see me. Reading books and records should be kept in your child's book bag every day (see above for return details). 


Phonics home learning:

Activity sheets will be sent home every week. Please attach or stick them into your child's Phonics Book and encourage them to complete the activities. The activities support the learning your child has done that the week during their phonics group time sessions.


Library day:

We will visit our school library and select one book to bring home every fortnight. Please make sure that your child's library book is returned after five days (the following Wednesday morning). Unfortunately, we are not able to issue a new book unless the previous one has been returned. 




Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns about your child's wellbeing or learning during their time in Reception Class.


Mrs Franek






'Working together to be the best we can.'