Appleby Primary School

Appleby Primary School

Mrs Hearn

Welcome to Reception Class.

Summer Term 2024

Our theme for the first half of the summer term is 'Growing, Farming and Food'  The children will find out about different foods and where they originate from. They will learn about foods that are grown and produced locally  We will visit a local farm and learn about farming in the Eden Valley.  In the final half term children will make comparisons between their favourite story book characters. They will use their imagination to create, write and perform stories through out theme 'Once Upon A time'.



We will continue to  use Little Wandle letters and sounds revised phonics programme.  The children will bring home a reading for pleasure book for you to share, this is for you to read to them and enjoy reading together. All children have now mastered blending and are doing amazing on their reading journey. Children will be bringing home a new practice book each week to show of their reading skills.   Please read with your child at least 3 times a week and comment in their reading diary. There is lots of information for parents on how you can support your child on the Little Wandle Website.   


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.   Miss Ridely will also use White Rose Maths focusing on Shape Space and measure.


Our focus this term will be on phase 4 phonics this will involve reading longer words with 2 consonants, vowel, consonant.  They will learn to read words with automaticity and develop confidence and fluency in reading decodable and tricky words. 


1st Half Term

Week 1 short vowels CVCC said so have like

Week 2 short vowels CVCC CCVC some come love do

Week 3 short vowels CCVCC CCCVC CCCVCC longer words were here little says

Week 4 longer words compound words there when what one

Week 5 root words ending in: –ing, –ed /t/, –ed /id/ /ed/ –est out today


2nd Half Term 


Week 1 long vowel sounds CVCC CCVC Review all taught so far Secure spelling

Week 2 long vowel sounds CCVC CCCVC CCV CCVCC

Week 3 Phase 4 words ending –s /s/ Phase 4 words ending –s /z/ Phase 4 words ending –es longer words

Week 4 root word ending in: –ing, –ed /t/, –ed /id/ /ed/, –ed /d/

Week 5 Phase 4 words ending in: –s /s/, –s /z/, –es longer words



Your child will be bringing home a home learning sheet each week with the phonemes we have learnt, for you to practise.



We will be focusing on good pencil grips and the correct formation of graphemes. Children will practice segmenting sounds for writing in small groups.  Writing is encouraged throughout the day in continuous provision.  Each morning we will start to write captions and simple sentences to encourage independent writing and practice phonemes learnt in phonics.   


A slight change for this term PE will take place on Monday and Wednesday mornings we will be learning about what effect exercise has on our bodies and the importance of keeping healthy.  On Monday we will work with Action Ants and Wednesday Lucy our PE expert. 

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