Gordon Primary School

Gordon Primary School


Reception Learning - Summer 2022

Welcome to Reception.

Mrs Cullum, Comet Class mcullum@gordon.greenwich.sch.uk

Mrs King, Rocket Class rking@gordon.greenwich.sch.uk

Mrs Beattie, Rocket Class mbeattie@gordon.greenwich.sch.uk 


This term we have many exciting things planned under our topics of ‘Growing’ and ‘Journeys’
Some of our texts which support these topics are:

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In communication and language the children will:

  • be participating in class discussions regarding changes that have happened in our living memory eg how we have changed since being a baby
  • be speaking using past, present and future tenses - talking about what they could do as a baby/what they can do know/ what they hope to achieve in the future
  • ask questions to clarify our understanding, for example when growing seeds, use questions to clarify thoughts about ideal growing conditions
  • further refine listening skills - invite a grandparent in to talk about how life has changed for them since being a child/ play games involving making maps and following directions


In personal, social and emotional development the children will:

  • begin to understand the feelings of others through stories and discussions 
  • regulate our own feelings through circle times/zones of regulation/mindfulness/yoga
  • work towards simple goals, for example, looking at personal achievement throughout the year and where they might improve next
  • further develop independence, resilience and perseverance in the face of challenge. This will mainly be through carefully planned continuous provision where appropriate levels of challenge can be presented.


In physical development the children will:

  • continue to develop strength, balance and coordination when playing.
  • increase fitness levels to be able to move energetically- eg- daily mile sessions, specific PE lessons.
  • begin to show an accuracy when drawing- this requires an improving pencil grip.
  • use a variety of tools safely and effectively- scissors, cutlery as well as pencils.


In literacy the children will:

  • learn to consistently recognise at least 10 digraphs.
  • sound blend words consistent with their phonic knowledge.
  • read sentences and books consistent with their phonic knowledge. This will be achieved through daily phonics program Little Wandle.
  • write simple sentences that can be read by others, such as instructions for growing seeds/writing captions for photos/giving directions for maps.
  • correctly form most letters - targeted handwriting sessions.
  • listen to stories linked with growing and journeys - use appropriate vocabulary.


In maths the children will:

  • continue to decompose numbers and demonstrate an understanding of how numbers to 10 are composed; e.g. explain how they know visually what is 6 and not 6 by recognising the ‘5 and a bit’ aspect as well as ‘seeing’ the smaller groups by subitising e.g. 3 and 3.
  • subitise to 5 - instantly recognising the amount without counting.
  • be confident in recalling number bonds to 5 and some number bonds to 10 - this includes some subtraction facts.
  • know some doubles/odds/evens - patterns within numbers.
  • verbally count beyond 20.
  • compare quantities up to 10 and recognise when one amount is more/less or equal to another.


In expressive arts and design the children will:

  • use props within the imagination areas both inside and outside in their play.
  • explore techniques in particular sculpture - using natural materials to create pictures - Andy Goldsworthy/ paper mache insects/wire flowers.
  • share their creations - explain their thought process behind the final creation eg why did they choose a particular material, etc.
  • continue weekly singing sessions focusing on growing and journeys - moving to music/ responding with appropriate movements.


In understanding the world the children will:

  • describe the immediate environment and relate this to stories; e.g. making large scale maps illustrating the journey of the snail and the whale. Compare and contrast the hot and cold countries.
  • look at the local environment and represent it through drawing and model-making.
  • look at the festival of Eid and how it is celebrated in the local community - invite a parent to talk about their personal experiences.
  • through Forest school, explore the changes occurring during summer.
  • grow seeds and explore growing conditions.
  • begin to understand the past through stories - 'Once there were Giants’ - how humans change as they grow. Use images from the story to encourage questions and discussion.


Special occasions:

  • Vision Screening – Tuesday 26th April
  • Local Elections – Thursday 5th May 2022. Voting takes place in the Sports Hall. The school is open to pupils.
  • Platinum Jubilee: Picnic in the Playground – Friday 27th May
  • Half term holiday – week beginning Monday 30th May
  • Gordon Exhibition – week beginning Monday 27th June
  • Open Afternoon – Thursday 30th June
  • Sports Day - Friday 8th July. This will take place on The Green in the Key Stage 2 playground.
  • Last day of the Summer Term – Thursday 21st July



  • Your child should read for 10 minutes every day. It is also important that an adult reads to your child every day. Please talk to your child about the book and check their understanding by asking questions about events and the characters’ actions. Please also explain new or unfamiliar vocabulary. Their bookbag should come into school every day. 
  • Your child will have PE on Wednesdays. Their PE kit should stay in school in a named draw-string bag.
  • Your child needs to bring in a named water bottle every day.
  • It is getting warmer and the sun can be strong at this time of year. It is important that you apply sunscreen to your child before coming to school on hot days. A sunhat is also recommended.
  • We are a Healthy School. Please do not put sweets or chocolate bars in your child’s packed lunch. Please do not send in sweets or other treats when it is your child’s birthday. If you want to celebrate your child’s birthday with their classmates, you could buy the class a book, send in a healthy snack such as boxes of raisins or buy stationery such as pencils, but due to the impact on the environment, we ask you not to send in plastic toys.
  • The weekly 50p donation that purchases snacks and other miscellaneous items is collected on a Friday morning. You are welcome to pay weekly, half termly or termly. Thank you.
  • If your child will be absent from school, please contact the school office: 020 8850 5486 and leave a message detailing why your child is absent. If your child has had an upset stomach they should remain at home until they have been clear of symptoms for 48 hours. Please try to book medical appointments outside of the school day and note that family holidays will not be authorised.
  • If you have any questions or wish to raise a concern, please contact the class teacher in the first instance. Please use the email addresses above.