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At Forest Academy, we believe that learning is most memorable for children when it is planned in a cross-curricular way, taking on board their interests and therefore, enabling children to make links throughout their learning. We always ensure our activities include challenges for all learners, opportunities for children to develop through play and real life experiences with lots of interaction from adults and peers. We have high expectations of both staff and pupils and always strive to achieve outstanding outcomes.


Welcome back to a new term! We hope you all had a restful break and you are ready for the new term. We are really excited to have all the children back to enjoy outdoor activities in the sunshine such as forest school and watering and watching our plants grow.

Our core value this half term is ‘Collaboration'

English and Reading
Through our core text ‘Malala’s Magic Pencil’ children will develop knowledge and understanding of children’s rights, and how unfortunately these are not always fulfilled. Through the text, children will learn about storytelling and its power to communicate important messages to others, with a specific focus on emotions and zones of regulation. Children will explore different feelings and emotions, what they mean, and discover ways
to regulate their own emotions.



To ‘hook’ the children into their learning they were immersed in different zones of regulation around the classroom, allowing them to explore and discover what each emotion means, what it feels like and how we express ourselves when feeling each of them. This will give children the opportunity to share and reflect upon different emotions and enable them to self-regulate and express themselves effectively when experiencing
them and show consideration and empathy for others.Communication and Language.





In maths, this half term Reception will be focusing on number facts and patterns within numbers. Through practical activities such as teddy bear picnics, and cutting fruit to share it equally between friends. Children will develop an understanding of how to solve problems through doubling, halving and sharing. To help give the children a solid foundation in understanding number patterns we will explore odd and even numbers, finding different ways to identify them, using numicon, number lines and unifix cubes. We will then end the half term by exploring the properties of 2D and 3D shapes.                          

To practise counting number songs click on the link below            


This term our focus will be athletics whereby children will explore moving in different ways including a variety of speeds, directions, footwork and at different heights, such as whilst on the ground or imitating shapes. We will discuss the importance of being aware of others whilst moving around safely, and following commands and instructions promptly such as transitioning from running to walking, or switching direction. The children will work on using their bodies to create different actions such as placing their hands on their shoulders, keeping their heads up or bending knees and swinging arms. Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit including plimsolls or trainers.                                        

Support at home
Parents can support their child's learning by reading with them every day, discussing the stories they have read, and looking at storybooks on the internet to read about our topics.

Practising counting and number skills when out and about will support children’s development and understanding of maths.


Practising sounding out and blending sounds into words as well as reading phase 2 and phase 3 tricky words.


Useful Information

PE Kit

Children will have PE twice a week, with an indoor PE session every Wednesday. The children must wear the PE kits to school and that consists of a white T-shirt and black shorts or jogging bottoms and black trainers or plimsolls. They will also need to wear a school jumper over the PE kit.

Reading Records 

This term, the children will be reading online books via:

Each week, the class teacher will allocate two books for children to read. Please remember to sign your child’s reading record book after reading. Mrs Cross and Ms Milford, will also sign in the reading record once they have read in a guided reading group session.

Water Bottles/Clothing

All children are encouraged to bring a water bottle to keep in class, which they can access throughout the day.


The children should complete only one weekly task from the homework menu in the homework journal. Please remember to hand the homework in every Friday.

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Diary Dates

  • 30th May – 3rd June 2022: Half Term