Summer 5 Newsletter – Reception

Our Summer 5 topic is called… ‘How does your garden grow?’

Welcome back everybody. We hope you have all had a lovely Easter break and are looking forward to our new topic all about growing.

During this topic we will be looking at different things that grow as well as finding out what they need to grow. We will look closely at what lives in our garden and think about why they live there.

Each week will have a different focus these are:

Week 1 The Tiny Seed
Week 2 The Enormous Turnip
Week 3 The Garden Centre
Week 4 Very Hungry Caterpillar
Week 5 Life Cycles

We have planned lots of hands-on learning this half term so we apologise in advance for messy uniforms.


Exciting things that will be happening…

We have a very busy half-term so please make note of the following dates:

Tuesday 9th May – Trip to Tesco Extra to find out where our  food comes from.

Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th May – Class Photos

Monday 15th May – Garden Centre Enterprise – Parents are invited into school in the afternoon.

Tuesday 23rd May – Seahorse Class Assembly at 9.30am.

Thursday 25th May – Trip to Yorkshire Wildlife Park.



The children have made amazing progress with both their reading and writing. They are becoming much more independent when reading and writing in the classroom and are much more confident to have a go. Please encourage them to practise as much as possible at home too. Over the next term we will continue to provide children with opportunities to develop their writing in a range of contexts. The children will develop their reading skills when finding out information about how seeds grow, plants around us and animal life cycles.


Over the next term we will be consolidating children’s number skills up to twenty and asking them to use and apply these in number problems. We will also be looking at time, doubling, halving and sharing. Please ask your class teacher for ideas of how to support your child’s learning at home.

Physical Development

Both Reception classes will continue to have their taught PE sessions on a Monday afternoon. Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school on their peg and ready to use. It is also important that children develop in smaller movements, such as holding a pencil correctly and using scissors with control. You can help your child by ensuring they have opportunities to practise these skills at home.