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Summer Term Overview

This half term, our topic is 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.


Reading and Writing

We will be continuing our reading, writing and recognising of single sounds, digraphs (two letters one sound) and trigraphs (three letters one sound) throughout this term. As well as blending and segmenting of CCVC words (consonant, consonant, vowel, consonant) 'i.e. snap, frog, bran', we will begin to introduce the children to CCVCC words (i.e. flash, paint, slept).


We will be reading, writing and recognising the remaining digraphs and trighgraphs below. 

ar, or, ir, er, ou, ,ow, oy, oi, air, tch


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. Remember that this doesn't have to be with pen and paper. It could be writing in the sandpit, with big chalks outside or in a glitter tray. If you have any questions about this please come in and speak to the class teachers after school.


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

I, to, the, no, go, into, was, all, my, they, was, her, are, you, he, we, me, be, she, said, have, like, so, do, come, some, little, one, were, there, what, when, out


Children will practise reading these and writing them independently in their own writing.


We will also be expecting children to attempt to write polysyllabic words (words with more than one syllable i.e. sunset and laptop).


We will label features of dinosaurs using adjectives and even create our own dinosaur names!


We will be retelling stories using a story map and beginning to sequence events and narrative in our own writing.


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

The Good Dinosaur

Dinosaurs love Underpants

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 continue to look at number bonds up to 10.
  • Matching Numicon pieces to the correct numbers with a focus on numbers 10 to 20.
  • We will focus on one to one correspondence (counting arrangements of objects accurately) up to 20 and beyond.
  • Counting in 2s, 5s and 10s to solve problems.
  • Telling simple o’clock times using an analogue clock.
  • Basic coin recognition and using language surrounding money.
  • Ordering the set of numerals correctly 1 to 20.
  • Continuing to count forwards and backwards to solve simple problems involving ‘one more than’ and ‘one less than’
  • Discussing measurement and capacity when weighing out amounts for recipes.
  • Relate addition to combining two groups together. Separate (partition) a given number of objects into two groups
  • Relate subtraction to taking away, counting how many left.
  • 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
  • Baking dinosaur biscuits
  • 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


We also hope to visit New Walk Museum in Leicester to look at the Dinosaur exhibition.


Many thanks for your continuous support,


The Foundation Team