The Weatheralls Primary School


Teacher: Mrs Bedwell

HLTA: Miss Goldsack

Teaching Assistants: Miss Pearson and Mrs Baker

In the Reception class at The Shade, we aim to prepare children for their school life by providing them with what they need to become independent, interested and inquisitive learners. We also aim to make the children’s first year at school enjoyable and instil an enthusiasm for learning which they will take with them through their school career.

Our environment is vital to the children's learning and development. In Reception you will find engaging role play, vibrant displays and provision that covers all seven areas of learning (as effective outdoors as indoors).

Our parents and carers are partners within the children's learning therefore we celebrate the learning that takes place at home, as well as school.      

The topics that we cover are based upon the interests of the children, This allows them to be enthusiastic about their learning and engaged at School.

This half term we will be preparing the children for a positive transition into Year one. We will be thinking about moving on to a new class and all the new exciting things we will be learning. 


Sun Safety

Now the weather is becoming hotter we will be talking lots about sun safety and the importance of staying safe in the sun. Please remember that every day your child will need sun cream applied, a sun hat and a full water bottle.



We will continuing our letters and sounds curriculum in phonics, using the read, write Inc. mnemonics which allow children to learn the sounds in a fun and memorable way. In Summer Term we will be focusing on the phase 5 sounds, developing our blending and segmenting skills.

The children will also be learning all of the tricky words that go along with our phonic phases.

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Talk for writing

We believe that for children to be able to write a story they have to be able to tell a story and the talk for writing programme encourages this.

The children in Reception have use story maps and actions and retell stories as a class. We then encourage the children to adapt a small part of the story and tell it in their own words. 

Our talk4writing stories in the Summer Term are  'Whatever Next' and 'What the ladybird heard'.  This term we will really be working on our innovation of the story and encouraging more independent writing of our own versions. To learn more about talk for writing please see :



The children will be working on their writing stamina this term. We will be encouraging them to use their phonic knowledge to develop their independence in their writing as well as developing their cursive letter formation. The children will continue to write for a variety of purposes including fact-files, posters, labels, stories and within their play.



During the Summer term the children will be developing their number knowledge to 20 and beyond. We will be thinking about addition and subtraction, arrays and place value. We will also focus on subitising where the children are encouraged to see a number without counting.

The children will become confident with 2d and 3d shape names as well as describe their properties, such as the number of sides, corners and faces. We will also be thinking about different types of measurements such as size, weight and capacity and developing of mathematical vocabulary.


Home learning

Every week we send home a learning page which explains all of the exciting learning that has taken place throughout the week. We also suggest a fun learning activity linked to the learning which you can complete at home.

Reading at home is absolutely vital to a child's progression in reading.  We encourage you to read with your child for around 10 minutes everyday to give them the best start in their reading journey.

Spellings - In the Summer term we will be sending some simple spellings home. These are to be learnt in the children's own time, and tested when they are ready. The children can also log in to Spelling Shed as a fun way to practice their learning at home.