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.

Over the next half term in Reception our learning will stem from the story, Funny Bones, written by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.

Communication and Language

We will be looking at photos and using the past tense to talk about how we have changed. We shall also use the future tense to discuss how we will look after our bodies as adults.


In Literacy we are using key words to write in the past, present and future tense. Poetry will be introduced and we will be using our feelings to write list poems. We will also share our knowledge of healthy foods to write shopping lists and recipes.


We shall focus on teen numbers (13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 & 19), leading into addition and subtraction using two-digit numbers to 20 and beyond. We will also explore 2D and 3D shapes, using key words to describe their properties.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We are looking forward to exploring different emotions and discussing how we can use a range of strategies to manage them appropriately.

Creative Arts and Design

In the Creative Arts we are practising how to use scissors safely to cut shapes and pictures. We are going to create self-portraits, looking carefully at our facial features. Using collage materials, we shall make healthy eating plates and x-ray pictures.  

Physical Development

In Physical Development we will discuss the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle by eating nutritious food and taking regular exercise. We shall be talking about how to manage our own hygiene needs. In Addition, we will be practising races and games in preparation for our Sports Day.

Understanding the World

We will share photographs of ourselves, talking about how we have changed. Looking at our bodies, we will label the different parts and what our skeletons look like. We will also be exploring different types of foods and think about healthy meals.

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Reception Newsletter - Summer Term 1 - 2018

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