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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 to Summer term 1 in Reception.  

English and Reading 

This half term, our core book is Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai .  Here is a brief synopsis of the story.  As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil that she could use to redraw reality. She would use it for good; to give gifts to her family, to erase the smell from the rubbish dump near her house (and to sleep an extra hour in the morning). As she grew older, Malala wished for bigger and bigger things:  This book is based on true events which Malala experienced growing up in Pakistan

The children will also being looking at the book ‘I have the right to be a child’  by Alain Serres. 

This  book explores the Rights of the Child based on the UN Convention.  It sends the message that every child has the right to education, food, shelter, clothing, freedom and more.  ‘I have the right to be a child’ embraces the fact that all children regardless of their colour, economic circumstances and  where in the world they live are all entitled to these rights.

Through these lessons the children will begin to articulate that there is such a thing as Human Rights. They will begin to understand that they have rights and question whether their rights are always met. Over the course of the term, the children will take part in meaningful activities and discussions to introduce the children to the concept that the world does not always treat all  children fairly. The children will be prompted to discuss what is fair and unfair, and how we might keep things fair by using rules or agreements. 

Number, Shape, Space and Measure 

During this half term, in Ash class the children will be exploring numbers up to 20.   The children will be identifying, writing numbers , ordering and taking away numbers up to 20.  They will also be investigating the length and height of different objects.

In phonics lessons this term we are learning our Phase  3 sounds.  Phase 3 sounds are made up of a combination of individual graphemes (sounds), diagraphs and trigraphs.   In  phase 3 phonics the sounds predominantly consist of diagraphs.  A diagraph is the combination of 2 letters which makes one sound.  For example ‘ar’ or ‘ur’.    A trigraph consists of 3 letters which makes one sound  such as ‘igh’  or ‘air’.  The children will continue to link sounds to letters, naming and sounding out the letters of the alphabet.   The children will be taking home a list of tricky and high frequency words to practice at home.  When then children can spell and read each word independently please tick it.  Once they have completed a particular colour they will move to the next level  


We will have two PE sessions each week, consisting of an indoor and an outdoor session. indoor PE will take place on Tuesday afternoons; and weather permitting, outdoor PE will take place on Wednesday afternoons. Please ensure your child wears their PE kit to school on these days.

Outdoor Learning

During free flow children will have the opportunity to explore the outdoor learning area which is an extension of our indoor learning.  The children will be doing mark making using chalk.  There will be a range of activities for children to pursue exploring the number 20.  The children will implement their phonetic knowledge using a variety of resources for example our fantastic decoding activity to spell and discover the coded word.    The children will be engaged in activities aimed at promoting the development of the children’s  gross motor skills, balance and coordination.   They will have the opportunity to expand on their mathematical skills, ride bikes and explore a world of imagination in the mud kitchen



The Art outcome for Ash class will be for the children to create their own magic pencils to write their own ‘I have the right’ sentences.  They will also be writing, ‘If I had a magic pencil…’ wishes. 


This term in PSHE we will be looking at relationships.  The children will be focusing on making and maintaining their friendships.   The key vocabulary we will be using are teamwork, kindness, respect and sharing. 

Useful Information

PE Kit
Children will have PE every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. Please ensure your child wears their PE kit to school and that all items are clearly labelled with their full name. PE Kits should consist of a white T-shirt and black shorts/jogging bottoms and black trainers or plimsolls.  Please ensure that all items of uniform and PE kit are labelled.

Reading Records and Passports

Please ensure your child reads for at least 15 minutes a day, either independently or aloud and continue to comment in your child’s reading record book. We are very pleased to announce that every child will also have access to an exciting range of online texts via Bug Club, a separate letter explaining how to sign in and access the platform will be sent to parents.
Please check your child’s book bag for a reading diary and books.  This term in Ash class we will be changing books on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Water Bottles/Clothing
Please bring in a reusable, named water bottle for your child, these can be kept in school and will be washed and filled daily with drinking water.