Reception Summer Term Letter

Dear Parents,

Welcome back! We hope you had a lovely holiday and are ready for the summer term!

Our topic for this half term is ‘Growing’. We will begin by looking at plants by examining and planting a variety of seeds, both indoors and out, and tracking their progress as they grow. We will also perform an experiment to look at what seeds and plants need to grow and be watching carefully to see the results. We will follow this by looking at the lifecycles of butterflies, frogs and chickens, hopefully by tracking the development of some caterpillars and frog spawn at school and watching some chicks hatch over in the Nursery. Finally, we’ll end the topic by looking at how we as humans grow and change as we get older. We may need some baby photos to help with this but will provide further details nearer the time.

The topic for the second half of the term will be ‘Minibeasts’. Again, this will be very ‘hands on’, exploring and investigating the wildlife in our local area as well as further afield. As many of our topics this year have involved looking at animals (how they are adapted to their different habitats and some of their lifecycles) we are planning a trip to Paradise Wildlife Park with Year 1 in June to see some of the animals we have discussed first hand. This will provide an ideal opportunity to both consolidate and extend the children’s learning. We will pass on further information concerning the trip as details are confirmed.

Daily sessions of Read, Write Inc will continue, as will Maths lessons in which we will be looking at and solving problems involving money and time, and the concepts of doubling and halving.

Weekly reminders:

  • Reading books are changed on Mondays and Fridays.
  • Spellings are tested weekly on a Thursday.
  • P.E. takes place on Mondays. Please ensure the children have kits in school on this day although it is helpful if they remain in school throughout the week in case we need to reschedule. As we will try to make the most of any good weather this term, could you please also ensure the children have trainers for outdoors use.
  • Show & Tell takes place on Friday afternoons on a rota system. The dates for each biscuit group are as follows:


22nd  April 29th April 6th May 13th May 20th May 27th May
Bourbons Cookies Custard Creams Digestives Jammie Dodgers Bourbons



10th June 17th June 24th June 1st July 8th July 15th July 21st July
Cookies SCHOOL TRIP* INSET DAY Custard Creams SPORTS DAY Digestives Jammie Dodgers

* To be confirmed

A few dates for your diaries:

  • Our class assembly will be on Friday 1st July at 9.15am. You are all very welcome to attend.
  • Sports Day is on Friday 8th This consists of a carousel of activities in which the chn take part in ‘house teams’ in the morning, followed by running races in the afternoon. Parents are welcome to support their children for either or both events but will be required to leave the school site during lunch break.
  • Our Summer Fair this year is on Saturday 18th June at 4pm. This is a very popular event in our school calendar and not to be missed!

We are looking forward to another very busy and enjoyable term.  As always, if you have any questions or concerns at any time, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Yours sincerely,


Mrs Jenny Kerr and Mrs Jane Carmichael