Curriculum Overview

Reception Summer 2

The following curriculum overview gives you details about what your child will be learning this half term in class. Please look at the links at the bottom of the page to see the different objectives that are being covered across a range of subjects and how you can help your child at home.

In Reception we do a lot of learning through exploration. Each day we have activities planned to develop your child’s knowledge and skills. We try and encourage them to direct the way the topic develops by asking questions that need to be investigated or by demonstrating a particular interest. Your child is encouraged to read, write, count and problem solve on a daily basis through challenges and careful questioning by the staff.

On The Beach


This project teaches children about the plants and animals that live at the seaside. It also explores holidays in the past and the importance of keeping safe in the Sun.

Driver: Understanding the World

Memorable Moments

Some of the memorable moments for our pupils this half term will include:

  • A picnic at the park

  • A seaside themed day with seaside games

  • Paddling and reading with our friends

  • Baking for the Seaside

  • Beach games and play

Personal, Social and Emotional

This half term we will:

  • Look at the different items and discuss why they would need to pack them for a trip to the beach.

  • Ask the children if there are any other things they would like to take for a day at the beach.

  • Encourage the children to talk about staying safe in the sun when they are at the beach.

  • Plan games to play, go on a treasure hunt, have a picnic, sing the songs we have learned through the project.

  • Fill Tuff Tubs with water and we will paddle to cool our feet on hot, sunny days. We will share good books and chat to our friends.

  • We will bury plastic golden coins and acrylic gems in damp sand. Offer scoops, spoons and paintbrushes for excavating.

  • Complete a range of baking activities recalling the importance of healthy eating and knife safety.

Early Learning Goal


  • Show an understanding of their own feelings and those of others, and begin to regulate their behaviour accordingly.

  • Set and work towards simple goals, being able to wait for what they want and control their immediate impulses when appropriate.

  • Give focused attention to what the teacher says, responding appropriately even when engaged in an activity, and show an ability to follow instructions involving several ideas or actions.

Manages self

  • Be confident to try new activities and show independence, resilience and perseverance in the face of challenge.

  • Explain the reasons for rules, know right from wrong and try to behave accordingly.

  • Manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs, including dressing, going to the toilet and understanding the importance of healthy food choices.

Building Relationships

  • Work and play cooperatively and take turns with others.

  • Form positive attachments to adults and friendships with peers.

  • Show sensitivity to their own and others’ needs.

Communication and Language

This half term we will:

  • We will record sentences about pictures. Write captions and descriptions.

  • Work more independently on tasks and ask for help if we need it.

  • We will talk to our parents during chatty challenge supporting our metacognition. (Repeated)

  • We will use our 'Come and talk about area' with weekly stimuli. (revisited)

  • We will vote for and listen to daily stories, non fiction books and poetry.

  • We will recommend Summer reads.

  • Retell/recall information from stories we have read.

  • Recall main events from stories such as the story of 'The Prophet and the Ants'

  • Be able to talk about people who are special to us, why we are special and what makes the world special. (RE revisited)

  • Listen to podcasts/clips about non fiction topics, such as 'Who lives under the Sea' 'Seaside, then and now' and 'What can we do at the beach?' 'Who lives in a rock pool?' 'How can we keep safe in the sun?'

  • Develop storylines in our own play. Use the Punch and Judy puppets to make up stories.

  • Look at our own learning and recall what we can remember. Pupil voice recalling knowledge from topics.

Early Learning Goal

Listening, Attention and Understanding

  • Listen attentively and respond to what they hear with relevant questions, comments and actions when being read to and during whole class discussions and small group interactions.

  • Make comments about what they have heard and ask questions to clarify their understanding.

  • Hold conversations when engaged in back-and-forth exchanges with their teacher and peers.


  • Participate in small group, class and one-to-one discussions, offering their own ideas, using recently introduced vocabulary.

  • Offer explanations for why things might happen, making use of recently introduced vocabulary from stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems when appropriate.

  • Express their ideas and feelings about their experiences using full sentences, including use of past, present and future tenses and making use of conjunctions, with modelling and support from their teacher.

Physical Development

This half term we will:

  • Write our RWI sounds

  • Hold a sentence

  • Conduct mini spelling sessions writing set 2 special friend words.

  • Continue to complete lots of funky finger tasks to support muscle strength e.g octopus suckers with tweezers, pipettes to extract and transport water.

  • Complete dough disco and pen disco

  • Play a variety of ball, bean bag games including beach ball challenges- Can you keep it off the ground?

  • Use large equipment outside such as hoops, ropes and tyres to build muscles and add to our imaginative play.

  • Practice gymnastics safely

  • Have a weekly session with our PE specialist

  • Learn short routines and perform them to our friends.

  • Build and test different ways of transporting water.

  • Create a bike and trike wash.

  • We will use floaty scarves or and move around the space.

  • We will move with grace and fluency.

  • Complete the crossing the water challenge using the large outside resources.

Early Learning Goal

Fine Motor Skills

  • Hold a pencil effectively in preparation for fluent writing – using the tripod grip in almost all cases.

  • Use a range of small tools, including scissors, paint brushes and cutlery.

  • Begin to show accuracy and care when drawing.

Gross Motor Skills

  • Negotiate space and obstacles safely, with consideration for themselves and others.

  • Demonstrate strength, balance and coordination when playing.

  • Move energetically, such as running, jumping, dancing, hopping, skipping and climbing.



  • Recognise and say sounds represented by graphemes.

  • Blend sounds into words, so that they can read short words made up of known letter-sound correspondences. Suggest what might happen at different points in a story

  • Describe the characters, events and settings in stories that have been read to them using recently introduced vocabulary.

  • Use phonic knowledge to blend sounds into words.

  • Join in with repeated refrains and anticipate key events and phrases in rhymes and stories.

  • Read Seaside stories and answer comprehension questions - discussing with our peers.

  • Be aware of how the title and blurb give information about a book.


  • Use writing to communicate thoughts, ideas, experiences and events.

  • Write captions for pictures.

  • Labels items at the seaside.

  • Write a postcard to our family.

  • Write a non fiction book about creatures that live in the sea.

  • Write full names on the line.

Phonics - Read, Write, Inc.

  • Read green story books.

Early Learning Goal


  • Demonstrate understanding of what has been read to them by retelling stories and narratives using their own words and recently introduced vocabulary.

  • Anticipate – where appropriate – key events in stories.

  • Use and understand recently introduced vocabulary during discussions about stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems and during role-play.

Word Reading

  • Say a sound for each letter in the alphabet and at least 10 digraphs.

  • Read words consistent with their phonic knowledge by sound-blending.

  • Reading aloud simple sentences and books that are consistent with their phonic knowledge, including some common exception words.


  • Write recognisable letters, most of which are correctly formed.

  • Spell words by identifying sounds in them and representing the sounds with a letter or letters.

  • Write simple phrases and sentences that can be read by others.

Love to Read!

We will enjoy….


Cardinality and Counting (revisited-consolidation)

  • Counting forwards and backwards to 30 when recalling how many children are attending today.

  • Represent the days attendance on tens frames.

  • Spotting the missing number on number lines/ tracks.

  • Using a 100 square identify one more one less than the selected number.


  • Compare quantities of treasure. Which pirate has the most treasure? How do you know this?

  • Look at the length of sea creatures and measure them, deciding which is the longest, which is the shortest? By how many?

  • Look at a range of shells and order them in size.

  • Sort shells/seaside items into groups classifying them by different traits.


  • Use the dice to select golden coins to fill ten frames.

  • Using whole part models record our number bonds to 10.

  • Using ten frames record sum sentences for number bonds to 10.

  • Look at a range of images from under the sea and pupils will decide how many.

  • Looking at the images pupils will explain how they know how many are there and organise them to support with counting/composition of whole.


  • Look at life buoys and create repeating patterns in circles

  • Using a range of seaside treasures pupils create and make patterns

  • Using a range of seaside treasures pupils spot the error and tell peers why

  • We will be able to describe the patterns and the type of pattern it is. eg ABAB pattern or ABBC pattern.

Shape and Space

  • We will use 2d shapes to create pictures

  • We will sort and classify 2d shapes

  • We will use the Roma to encourage positional and directional language

  • We will be able to direct our friends to find the treasure using treasure maps

  • We will be able to create our own treasure maps and support our friends in finding the treasure.


  • Use class timetable to understand the routine of the day

  • Odd one out games using length or height/ weight or size

  • Compare quantities using water beads and a range of containers

  • Measure a range of sea creatures and discuss/organise/classify

  • Use class calendar to count down days/trips/celebrations

  • Use the class learning journey to identify past/present and future

Early Learning Goal


  • Have a deep understanding of number to 10, including the composition of each number.

  • Subitise (recognise quantities without counting) up to 5.

  • Automatically recall (without reference to rhymes, counting or other aids) number bonds up to 5 (including subtraction facts) and some number bonds to 10, including double facts.

Numerical Patterns

  • Verbally count beyond 20, recognising the pattern of the counting system.

  • Compare quantities up to 10 in different contexts, recognising when one quantity is greater than, less than or the same as the other quantity.

Shape, space and measure

  • Has a developed range of mathematical language to describe and compare size, shape, length, weight and position.

Understanding the World

This half term we will:

  • We will look at the history of the seaside, compare and contrast then and now.

  • We will sort items from the past and items from now.

  • We will look at maps of the world, looking at seas and oceans.

  • We will discover animals that live on the seashore.

  • We will discuss how to take care of our beaches/towns and what we can do to help.

  • We will watch videos of animals moving along the sea bed and consider how they live.

  • We will read a range of non-fiction books to develop our knowledge of the seaside and sea creatures.

  • We will find out about animals that only eat other animals are carnivores, animals that only eat plants are herbivores and animals that eat both plants and animals are omnivores.

  • We will experiment with different types of material, thinking about what would be waterproof and try to keep our Teddy dry.

  • We will learn about special stories and discuss what some Muslims/Christians believe and why this is important to them.

Early Learning Goal

Past and Present

  • Talk about the lives of the people around them and their roles in society.

  • Know some similarities and differences between things in the past and now, drawing on their own experiences and what has been read in class.

  • Understand the past through settings, characters and events encountered in books read in class and storytelling.

People Culture and Communities

  • Describe their immediate environment using knowledge from observations, discussions, stories, non-fiction texts and maps.

  • Know some similarities between different religious and cultural communities in this country, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class.

  • Explain some similarities and differences between life in this country and life in other countries, drawing on knowledge from stories, non-fiction texts and – when appropriate – maps.

Natural World

  • Explore the natural world around them, making observations and drawing pictures of animals and plants.

  • Know some similarities and differences between the natural world around them and contrasting environments, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class.

  • Understand some important processes and changes in the natural world around them, including the seasons and changing states of matter.

Expressive Arts and Design

This half term we will:

  • We will explore the sea shore in the tough tray and make up stories using small world characters

  • We will create seaside collages using a range of different materials and ways in which to attach them

  • We will design and create our own sliders/flip flops ready for a day at the beach.

  • We will use clay to make fish and think about their scales, shape and size.

  • We will make jelly fish sun catchers, discussing how the light shines through them and changes colour.

  • We will perform Punch and Judy shows using our pre made puppets.

  • We will learn a range of seaside songs and perform them.

  • We will make beach huts and display them thinking about what people do at the beach.

  • We will use wax crayons to make hidden reveal images of under the sea.

Early Learning Goal

Creating with materials

  • Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function

  • Share their creations, explaining the processes they have used

  • Make use of props and materials when role playing characters in narrative and stories

Being imaginative and expressive

  • Invent, adapt and recount narrative and stories with peers and their teachers

  • Sing a range of well-known nursery rhymes and songs

  • Perform songs, rhymes, poems and stories with others, and – when appropriate – try to move in time with music

Extended Curriculum Objectives