Appleby Primary School

Appleby Primary School

Mrs Hearn

Welcome to Reception Class.

Summer 2023

Our first theme this term is  'Creep, Crawl and Wriggle'. Children will learn to identify minibeasts that live in the woodland and learn how to care for them and the environment they live in.   Our second theme is ' On the Beach and under the Sea'.  Children will learn about the seaside environment and make comparisons between a seaside town and Appleby town.  They will discover the oceans and creatures that live in the oceans around the world.  


We will continue  using Little Wandle letters and sounds revised phonics programme.   The children are making excellent progress.  The children will be bringing home a new practice book each week to show of their reading skills.   They will also bring home a book to share.   Please continue to share books from home and the library and comment in books at least 3 times a week.   Initially your child will bring home a book without words, as soon as they start blending sounds they will bring a book home with words. You can practice oral blending at home.  Visit the Little Wandle website for more information on how to support your child with reading at home. 


We will be  following the NCETM Mastering Number programme. This is a mastery approach where children engage in practical activities focusing on subitising, counting, cardinality, ordinality and composition.   


Our focus this term will be on consolidating our previous knowledge of phonemes.  We will learn to read longer words using methods like chunking.  Your child will be bringing home a home learning sheet each week with the phonemes we have learnt, for you to practise at home.   


The children will use their phonic knowledge to write captions and sentences. They will continue to work on letter formation  using the Little Wandle formation phrases.  Children will begin to use  capital letters, finger spaces and full stops in their sentences.   Writing is encouraged throughout the day in continuous provision.  They will also have a daily sentence to write in Phonics and other adult directed writing. 


Thursday mornings we will be learning about what effect exercise has on our bodies and the importance of keeping healthy.    We will explore a variety of sports over the summer including team and individual games.

Forest School 

This will be every Monday afternoon.  Make sure children have the correct kit as listed in the induction booklet.   We will go out whatever the weather so be prepared for muddy children!  They will go home in their kit so it can be dried for the next week.  


We will be singing familiar songs and building up a repertoire of new songs. We will also explore the musical instruments and play along to the songs we learn.   

Welcome to Appleby Primary School