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Reception Curriculum - 1st Half Summer Term

Our Themes for this Term are:

 1st Half: Life Cycles and Growing

2nd Half: Fairy/Fantasy Tales and Changes

Communication & Language

  • Jack & the Beanstalk
  • The Hungry Caterpillar (life cycle focus)
  • The Tiny Seed
  • Jasper's Beanstalk
  • Titch
  • Growing Frogs
  • The Tiny Seed

 Mathematical vocabulary relating to: length, size, height.

Talking about growth

Talking to each other about when we were babies.

Re-telling the story of Jack and the Beanstalk in own words.





  • Sequencing stories
  • Complex Sentences
  • Diary writing - 'My Bean Diary'
  • Writing own ending for Jack and the Beanstalk


  •  Counting seeds/beans in twos
  • Grouping sets of seeds and other objects
  • Symmetry - butterflies
  • Sorting coins for Giant
  • Counting Giant's money
  • Spheres


I.C.T. - Cross Curricular

see Autumn Term

Understanding the World

  • Changes in our bodies/growth in animals and plants
  • Life cycles of seeds
  • Young and Old
  • Living things live and die/life cycles
  • Jack and Beanstalk - Growing beanstalks, investigation beans

 ICT:  Debbie and Friends

Food Technology:

  • 3 bean wrap
  • popcorn

Expressive Arts & Design

  • Making own beanstalks
  • Seed/bean collages
  • Role play Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Create the Giant's castle
  • Making golden eggs, harps and coins
  • Make a display


Physical Development

  • Applying physical skills
  • Co-ordination with equipment
  • Agility - Reaction, Response
  • Balancing equipment on head
  • Controlling the ball
  • Giant steps 'fe fi fo fum' work



Physical, Social & Emotional Development

  • Do you think Jack was stealing?
  • Is it good to steal?
  • Why do you think some people steal?
  • Some countries are poorer than others

Golden Rules:

Choose Golden Rule to revisit

Information for Parents

  •  Please send your child to school with a named water bottle which they can access throughout the day.
  •  As the weather gets warmer please make sure all garments including sun hats and water bottles are labelled.
  •  If children come to school with  an umbrella on wet days please take it home when the children enter their classrooms.   
  • In wet periods we would be grateful if your child has wellingtons to bring them to school to change into when playing outside.  Please ensure that your child's name is in the wellingtons.