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Summer Term 1

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome to the summer term! As it is supposed to be the season of warm weather, we would like to draw your attention to the following:

Weather Precautions

As the days heat up, it is important that the children wear sun hats on bright sunny days. Please ensure that your child brings a sun hat to school throughout the summer term.

Drinking Water

It is essential for the children to drink plenty of water during the day. Please ensure that your child brings a water bottle each day with their name on it.

Outdoor PE

During the summer term, our PE lessons may venture outside (weather dependant). We will of course be practising for sports day too! Please check that your child’s plimsolls are the correct size and ensure that the plimsolls are named.

This half term, our topic is about dinosaurs. We would welcome any non-fiction books on dinosaurs for the children to share with the class. To find out more about our topic and what we will be learning about, please take a look at our topic overview below:


We will be practising games in this term in preparation for Sports Day! You may also hear your child mention Big Moves which is a scheme of work where children learn 2 different skills per week. These skills will build children’s balance, core stability and spatial awareness.


We will be continuing our push of single sounds and digraphs throughout this term. As well as blending and segmenting of CCVC sounds (snap, frog, bran), we will begin to introduce the children to CCVCC words (flash, paint, slept).

We will work on the remaining digraphs and applying them to words:

ch, sh, th, ng, nk, ai, ay, ee, ie, oa, oo, ar, or, er, ur, ow, oi, oy

Please continue to support your child in recognising and writing their first name and surname as well encouraging them to write wherever possible at home.

Our red words that we are teaching and reinforcing this term are:

I, to, the, no, go, was, all, my, said, he, we, me, be, she, some, come

We will also be expecting children to attempt to write polysyllabic words (words with more than one syllable) as well as writing with greater length and with narrative.

Communication and Language

Dinosaurs Non-Fiction Text

STOMP! ROAR! Here comes the Dinosaurs

Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs

Dinosaur Rhyming Books

Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs Go to School

Continue to discuss about features of a book such as whether it is fiction or non-fiction, whether it rhymes, who the author is and what a blurb is. We will continue to sequence stories into beginning, middle and end and make predictions based on what we know. We will learn that we get information from non-fiction texts as well as get information from technology (Google, Wikipedia and YouTube).


Say and use number names in order to 20 and beyond in familiar contexts e.g. number rhymes, songs and stories. Count back from 20.

We will begin to look at number bonds up to 10.

Matching Numicon pieces to the correct numbers.

We will focus on one to one correspondence up to 20 objects

Order a set of numbers 1- 10/ 1-20.

Relate addition to combining two groups. Separate (partition) a given number of objects into two groups.

Relate subtraction to taking away, counting how many left.

We will be introducing the concept of board games and how to play (Snakes and Ladders)

We will extend the children’s mathematical vocabulary by looking at positional language and introducing Beebots.

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Daily dancing (Take 10)
  • Mindfulness sessions (meditation and relaxation strategies)
  • Making Dinosaur pictures for our super classroom display
  • Design objects or pictures for our Dinosaur Land.

Understanding the World

We will continue to teach children about resilience and looking at our key words for the foundation year:

  • Caring
  • Sharing
  • Curiosity
  • Honesty
  • Listening
  • Friendship
  • Feeling safe and secure


If you would like to support your child further at home, please take a look at our homework grid. Mr Mooney and Miss Bolton will be giving out awards for completed pieces of homework.

Many thanks for your continuous support,

The foundation team J