Holy Trinity

Church Of England VA School

01706 378061

Partner School

Our Core Values - Trust, Courage, Forgiveness, Truthfulness, Generosity, Respect, Responsibility.

What is going on in Reception?

Over the course of the school year, we will be adding some useful information to this page. You can find all the information you need, below, regarding our current learning within school this term and it may also include some handy tips and tricks to help your child at home or may be some useful websites for learning, related to our topics in class. Our topics do also try to follow the children's interests, so what you may be reading here is what Miss Ingham planned to teach, but curiosity may get the better of us and lead us down a different road!


This term in Literacy, we will be reading a variety of picture books to complement our chosen topics 'Trains, planes and things with wheels!' and 'Deep Sea Diving.'. For Summer 1 our key texts will include Handa's Surprise, You can’t take an elephant on the bus!, Whatever Next! and The Big Adventure. We will be looking at cementing our knowledge of those early writing skills by taking it up a gear, writing sentences (remember our capital letters, full stops and finger spaces), using our previously taught tricky words in our writing and also getting the correct spelling using our Phase 3 and 4 phonics knowledge. In Summer 2, we will be moving on to exploring texts about exploring life under the sea! We will be looking at the texts What The Ladybird Heard at the Seaside, Rainbow Fish and The Night Pirates. We will continue to look at retelling stories and narratives using our own words, using recently introduced vocabulary and we will continue to write phrases and sentences, which can be read by others. 



We will be starting the term with one week of revision of Phase 3 before continuing with our learning of phonics this term by moving on to Phase 4 consonant blends. We will continue to follow the Twinkl Phonics Scheme. Our phonics lessons will complement our literacy lessons as we continue to practice blending for reading and segmenting for spelling. We will also be supporting children to write captions and sentences using the sounds they are currently learning. 

This half term we will also continue with our spellings. As we have done previously, with the sounds we are learning, we will stick in the 3 or 8 words your child will need to learn to read and write into their little green books. These books will be sent home on a Monday and collected on a Friday. We will be testing whether your child is able to spell these words independently during our phonics lessons on a Friday.


In Maths this term we will be continuing to follow the Power Maths scheme. We will be starting the term with looking at exploring patterns with both shapes and numbers; continuing a pattern with different shapes and then also showing how we can count forwards and backwards. As we move further into the Summer term, we will then be looking at the composition of numbers up to 20 (6, 7, 8, 9 and 10) before looking at numerical patterns. We will also be looking at more measurements (volume and capacity) as well as beginning to explore the notion of time - days of the week, months of the year and daily routines.


For the Summer term, our focuses in RE will be Which places are special and why? and Why is the word ‘God’ special to Christians?.

We will begin exploring special places by looking at places which mean something to the children. This may be their home, a relatives home, school, a park or anywhere where they feel safe and happy. We will then move on to exploring the significance of places in the community, such as doctors surgeries, libraries, hospitals talking about what happens when we visit these pleases. We will then reflect on our previous learning in RE, thinking of places in which Christians may find special before branching out and talking about the special places Jews or Muslims may visit and find a comfort.

For our final term, we are going to explore the word, ‘God’. We are going to be looking at God as a creator, being thankful for our God while also looking at why Christians think God is amazing. We will then finish our journey by talking about our world and what might happen if people mess it up, posing the question ‘How might God feel?’.

Our Christian Values for the Summer Term are ...

Understanding the World

This term our two chosen topics are 'Trains, Planes and Things with Wheels' and 'Deep Sea Diving!'.

Our first new topic will see us learn about different modes of transport. We will explore different methods of transport and identifying any similarities or differences we are able to see. We will be investigating whether they belong on land, in the air or in the sea. We will also be looking at how modes of transport have changed and how people used to travel, as well as how we might prefer to travel now. As part of this topic, we will also be visiting the Runway Visitors Park at Manchester Airport. 

For our final term, we will move on to 'Deep Sea Diving!' We will be learning all about rock pools, fossils (including about Mary Anning), sand and beaches. We will also be looking at safety and how to stay safe near water as well as thinking about the different animals we might find under the sea. We will also be thinking about whether we would be able to live under the sea before seeking adventure with some pirates!