At Bannockburn, we believe that children in Reception learn best by 'doing'. Reception is part of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and is based on the four main principles of the Early Years Profile; a unique child, positive relations, learning developments and enabling environments.

Our learning in Reception for this second half of the Summer Term will explore the value of friendship through the story ‘Rainbow Fish’ written by Marcus Pfister.

Primarily we will think about what makes a good friend and progress onto exploring the attributes of the different characters and use our imaginations to create our own stories.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

What we will do: Focus on the value of friendship and talk about what we think makes a good friend. We will also look at different scenarios and discuss the best ways to deal with situations with our friends. Talk about our transition into Year 1, visiting our new classrooms and talking about how we feel about the upcoming changes.


What we will do:

Recap of 2D and 3D shapes, using vocabulary such as edge, face and vertex to describe their properties. Use coins to make different amounts and record with number sentences.


What we will do: Explore our new story, looking closely at the characters and the main events. Use our imaginations to think of our own story ideas and use our sounds to record our ideas in words and sentences.

Understanding the World

What we will do: Look at the different creatures in the Rainbow Fish story and discuss how they are similar or different to each other.

Physical Development

What we will do: Prepare ourselves for our upcoming Sports Day by competing in relay races and practising our balancing skills. Talk about the effects exercise has on our body and the importance of keeping hydrated.  Practise our letter formation ensuring that all letters are formed correctly in preparation of Year 1.

Communication and Language

What we will do: Talk about our friends and how we show the value of friendship to each other. Retell the story of the Rainbow Fish and discuss our ideas for our own imaginative story.   

Creative Arts and Design

What we will do: Create our own props and puppets for our stories using different media including paint, pastels and printing. Make portraits of ourselves and others. 


Please click below to see the latest version of the Reception newsletter, how we support reading and the curriculum topic overview.

Reception Newsletter - Summer Term 2 - May 2019

Reception Topic Overview - Summer Term 1 - April 2019

Reading in Reception