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Reception (Pixie) 2021 - 2022

Mrs Bailey

Reception Class Teacher

Mrs Bailey

Reception Class Teacher

We have a very busy and exciting Summer term ahead!

Summer Term Topics

We are excited to introduce the following new curriculum topics to the children for the summer term:

Animal Safari

Animal Safari

In the Animal Safari project, your child will learn about incredible animals that live worldwide. They will explore various animal habitats and compare the animals that live there with animals in their locality. They will learn how to care for pets and what all animals need to grow, survive and stay happy and healthy. They will explore animal features and find out how they survive in the wild. They will compare the ways that animals are similar and different.

Supporting your child at home

  • Go on a local safari to find out about the animals that live in your garden or local park.
  • Look at animals from around the world, discuss your favourite animals and find out some fantastic facts.
  • Share and discuss the Did you know? The resource is attached below.

Creep, Crawl and Wriggle

Creep, Crawl and Wriggle

In the Creep, Crawl and Wriggle project, your child will learn about minibeasts. They will observe minibeasts in their natural habitats and create shelters for them to live in. They will learn about the life cycle of a butterfly and explore what minibeasts, such as snails and worms, need to survive. They will compare the features of minibeasts and learn the names of their body parts.

Supporting your child at home

  • Go on safari to look for minibeasts that live in your garden or park.
  • Make a bug hotel from plant pots, small rocks, stones, bark and leaves and see if minibeasts visit.
  • Research some fantastic facts about minibeasts from around the world.
  • Share and discuss the Did you know? The resource is attached below.

On the Beach

On the Beach

In the On the Beach project, your child will learn about the beach and learn about animals that live in rock pools and on the seashore. They will explore days out at the beach and compare their experiences with beach holidays in the past. They will learn about the animals that live in the sea and find out about worldwide seas and oceans. They will explore the importance of looking after the environment to keep living things safe. They will learn about staying safe at the beach and find out about people who help us.

Supporting your child at home

  • Go for a day out at the beach, and investigate a rock pool.
  • Look at pictures of family days out at the beach and talk about the activities you enjoy.
  • Use Google Earth to look at images of seas and oceans around the world.
  • Share and discuss the Did you know? resource.

Moving On

Moving On

In the Moving On project, your child will explore how they have grown and changed through the year. They will celebrate their successes and reflect on what they have learned and how they have developed. The project prepares your child for the next step of their learning as they move into Year 1.

Supporting your child at home

  • Look at photographs from the year and talk about how they have changed and grown.
  • Encourage your child to talk about their favourite learning experiences from the year and their successes and achievements.
  • Talk about change and encourage your child to explain what they are looking forward to when they move into Year 1.

Key information for Parents:

Home/School Communication Books

Please continue to use your child’s home/school communication book to ask any questions or share any concerns with us. We check these diaries daily and we encourage you to share any information with us that may affect your child’s day at school.

Reading Books

The children will bring home books from our reading scheme which will be changed every Friday.

Please continue to listen to your child read at home every day, then sign and record any comments in the Reading Record Book. 

Shared Home Learning Task

Your child will be encouraged to complete a shared learning task at home each week, based on the work we have covered throughout the week in class. Learning at this level will be through simple games, sharing a book, computing activities, speaking and listening opportunities and mark making and writing tasks.  This will be sent home every Friday, to be sent in completed by the following Wednesday.

The children are also given a phonics task to complete each day at home to consolidate their daily phonics learning from school.


We use Tapestry as an online observation and assessment tool for your child’s learning and development. Tapestry will allow us to work together to share experiences of what your child is learning at school and home. We will be sharing observations of your child at school and we would love for you to also upload your observations of your child’s learning and experiences at home.

Please make sure you are logging onto Tapestry regularly and if you do have any technical issues do not hesitate to write a note in your child’s communication book or contact Mrs Bailey.

How will my child learn and develop in Reception?

In Reception, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework working with the children to achieve their Early Learning Goals in all seven areas of learning.  The child is the centre of every experience and their prior knowledge is scaffolded to extend their learning and development.

Prime Areas of Learning

The prime areas are important because they lay the foundations for children’s success in all other areas of learning and life.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

During the Summer term, we will continue to encourage the children to explore the environment independently with their friends for them to feel a sense of security and well-being. 

We have high expectations of children's behaviour and when necessary support the children to make positive choices. The children will be encouraged to take turns and share to play alongside one another in a harmonious environment.

The children will be encouraged to widen their friendships circles and learn to negotiate their needs through effective communication within their play.

The transition will be a focus for the children this term as we begin to prepare them to move on to year 1

Communication and Language

The children will be given opportunities to develop and build upon their speaking and listening skills through independent and adult-led activities throughout each day. These activities will develop the children’s understanding, for example following instructions and asking and answering ‘how’, ‘why’, 'when' 'what' and 'where' questions relating to our discussions, the books we read and our topics.

Physical Development

Physical activities are always available in the indoor or outdoor environment which promotes gross and fine motor development. The children will participate in weekly PE lessons, where they will learn about spatial awareness, and balance and begin to push their physical abilities through fun activities, dance and games.

Through our continuous provision, the children will have access to a wide range of equipment and tools to promote writing and mark-making through their play.

Specific Areas of Learning

The specific areas provide a range of experiences and opportunities for children to broaden their knowledge and skills.


We follow the Read Write Inc phonics scheme; your child will be participating in daily class phonics sessions as well as small group and individual sessions.


We will be matching, ordering, subitising and selecting the correct numbers in a range of activities to help the children to understand and use numbers in everyday situations. 

We will continue to explore and record the concepts of addition and subtraction and number doubles. Shape, space and measure will be investigated and explored in our environment through this the children will experience learning concepts such as shape, size, weight, capacity, position, distance and time.

Understanding the World

This area of development involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world, their community, and their world both past and present. During the summer term, the children will explore life cycles, growth and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Expressive Arts and Design

The children will have the opportunity to explore their ideas and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, roleplay and stories.

We look forward to continuing to support the children in this final term of their foundation stage in Pixie class!

Mrs Bailey (Class Teacher), Mrs Day and Mrs Davies.


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Pippins School

Raymond Close, Rodney Way, Colnbrook,
Slough, SL3 0PR

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