Bournville Village

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Welcome to Reception

The Reception Team

Summer term 2022 

Key dates for your diary:

29th April – Whole school Eid celebration.

19th May/20th May – Trip to Mount Pleasant Farm.

23rd May – Sports Morning: whole school (weather permitting). Back up day is Friday 10th June.

W/C 23rd May – Queen’s Jubilee celebrations.

16th June – Language and vocabulary development parent workshop

24th June – Founder’s Day (Inset day)

30th June – Class photographs.

1st July – French culture day

4th July – RR Forest School taster

6th July – Transition Day

11th July – RGR Forest School taster

13th July – Parent’s Evening

18th July – RT Forest School taster



Our topic this term is ‘Life’.  As part of our topic, we will be visiting a local farm, Mount Pleasant in Forhill. A letter with detailed information has already been sent out to you before the Easter break. The dates are:

Thursday 19th May – RR and RGR

Friday 20th May - RT


In summer, our topic is Life. In this topic we will be focusing on:


Know that people are humans

Know that humans grow and change. Know that this is called a life-cycle

Know that humans need food, water and air to live

Know the food humans need to stay heathy

Know that to stay healthy humans need to eat a balanced diet

Know that there are different food groups

Know that humans need exercise to stay healthy

Know that exercise helps to keep our heart healthy

Know that our heart helps us to stay alive by pumping blood around our body

Know that to stay healthy we need to clean our bodies by using soap and water

Know that people have feelings and emotions



Know that humans are animals

Know that there are different types of animal

Know that animals need food, water and shelter to stay alive

Know that these animals live in different places and that this is called a habitat

Know that animals grow and change and that this is called a life-cycle

Know the life-cycle of a sheep

Know that animals have babies (live young)

Know the life-cycle of a sheep

Know that some animals lay eggs

Know the life- cycle of a chick

Know the names of baby animals

Know that we eat food that animals produce




Know the names for the parts of a plant

Know that plants grow and change and this is called a life-cycle

Know the life-cycle of a plant

Know that plants need water and light to grow

Know what happens if plants do not get water and light

Set up an experiment for this.

Know that we use some plants for food (link to farm visit – farm to fork)

Know that the fruit and vegetables we eat grow from plants

Know that fruit has seeds or stones e.g apples, orange, strawberries (on the outside), tomatoes, avocado, peach, plum

Know that some fruits look different on the outside than they do on the inside.

Know that fruit and vegetables grow in a variety of ways




Our focus this term will be:

  • Composition of numbers to 10
  • Verbally counting beyond 20
  • Addition and subtraction calculations
  • Automatic recall of number bonds to 5
  • Double facts to 10
  • Odds and evens to 10



Phonics will be taught daily. Your children will be heard read 3 times with a different member of staff per week. Reading diaries need to be given in every Monday and given back out on Fridays. Your child will come home with the book they have read that week on Friday.

Our ‘Author of the Moment’ is Eric Carle.


Recommended Reads

Oliver’s Vegetables – Vivian French

How Do You feel? - Anthony Browne

The Mixed-up Chameleon - Eric Carle

The Growing Story – Helen Oxenbury

Lunchbox, the Story of your Food – Chris Butterworth


Online learning/homework

Phonics and Maths homework will continue to be sent out on a weekly basis. This may be via Seesaw or a sheet sent home.


Spring term 2022

Key dates for your diary:

Wednesday PPA– PE, Music, PSHE

Friday – Library visit


Tuesday 4th January- pupils return to school

Monday 7th February- online safety week

w/c 14th February – YR walk to the brook

Friday 18th February- break up for half term

Monday 28th February- Staff training day

Tuesday 29th February- pupils return to school

Wednesday 2nd Mar- Parent’s evening

Thursday 3rd Mar- Parent’s evening

Friday 18th March- Comic Relief

Friday 8th April- Easter hat parade

Break up for Easter break

Further dates will be added as the year goes on. We will communicate these via email and the school newsletter.

Welcome to our Reception Spring term News letter.


Should you need to speak with your child’s teacher please send an email to;

For appointments or absences from school please call the office or send an email to;



We continue to ask the children to come into school wearing their school PE kits every Wednesday.


Reading and Library

Our library session is every Friday. We do have our own little library in Cadbury Building which the children access daily. A reminder that if children do not return their library books that week, they will not be able to take a new book home until the following Friday when the book is returned.



As we go outside in most weather conditions, please provide your child with suitable clothing (Wellington boots, warm coat with hood, hat, scarf and gloves). Even on those mornings that appear sunny in late winter/early spring.

Please continue to label all items of school uniform particularly cardigans and jumpers. 


Water bottles

School water bottles are the preferred bottles. Please label these clearly and bring them to school everyday. A reminder that it is school policy that water bottles contain water only.


Our Spring topic is ‘Water’.  We will be walking to our local park to take a look at the brook and the Yachting pool and the surrounding habitats. This is to support the children’s understanding of both natural and man-made water environments.


Understanding the World, Communication and Language

In Spring, our topic is Water. In this topic we will be focusing on:

What is water?

Know that water is vital to all living things and without it there would be no plants or animals.

Know that water can be used to drink, wash, swim, clean, travel, cook, grow and live.

Know that we get our water from taps which feed water from lakes, reservoirs and rivers following a treatment process

Know that not everybody gets water from a tap.

Know that rain is a form of water and falls from the sky in droplets which can cause puddles to develop on the ground

Know that water exists in three forms: liquid (water), solid (ice) and gas (water vapour).

On water

Know that water is a habitat.

Know that some animals live near water.

Know that these animals live in the United Kingdom near to rivers, lakes and ponds Know that these animals use the water to feed, reproduce and build their homes

Know that our local area has natural and man-made water sources: the brook, yachting pool.

Know that some things float on water and some things sink Know that some materials are waterproof Know that boats travel on water.

Know that there are many different types of boats and their uses.

The Sea

Know that the sea is a body of water.

Know the names of the 5 oceans around the world; Indian Ocean, Arctic Ocean, Southern Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean

Know that the sea is salty – identify similarities and differences with other bodies

of water

Know the geographical terms for parts of the seaside; coast, beach, cliff, sea, promenade

Know how to stay safe at the seaside

Know that there are many creatures that live in the sea.

Know the names of some animals that live in British seas



Our focus this term will be:

  • Number recognition – matching numeral to quantity
  • Number formation – numerals and representing using marks
  • Counting accurately – quantities, actions, objects and sounds.
  • Comparing quantities (more than/fewer than)
  • Subitising – develop fast recognition of up to 3/5 objects without counting
  • Comparing measures – length, weight and capacity.
  • Exploring number – composition of numbers e.g. making 5 or 6 in different ways.



  • Phonics will continue to be taught daily.
  • Children will be taught a range of purposes for writing and will be taught to use their growing phonic knowledge to write the graphemes for the phonemes they can hear in words.
  • They will be given opportunities to write their ideas in the form of labels, captions and simple sentences.
  • Your child will experience a range of individual books matched to their phonetic knowledge.
  • They will be read to, by the teacher, from a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
  • They will develop their comprehension skills through regular reading sessions.


Our ‘Author of the Moment’ will begin with Petr Horacek.


Online learning/homework

Reading books weekly – both ‘paper’ books and e-library.

Phonics home-work weekly.

Maths homework weekly, Sumdog online learning and an ‘other’ maths activity set by the class teachers.

Autumn term 2021

The Reception classes are based in Cadbury building. Your children will regularly visit both the Elizabeth and George buildings for lunch, assemblies and library time.


Our PE lesson will be on Wednesday. We will be asking the children to come into school wearing their school PE kits every Wednesday.


Our allocated library session will be every Friday; this is an opportunity for your child to choose a book they would like to read at home and perhaps share with you. We do have our own little library in Cadbury which the children access daily.


As the weather starts to get cold and wet, please provide your child with wellington boots as we go outside in all weather conditions. School water bottles will be provided. Please label these clearly and bring them to school everyday. Please label all items of school uniform particularly cardigans and jumpers.

Visits and visitors

Our first topic is ‘People’. As part of our topic, we will be visiting the local area. This may include Bournville park and the local shops. This will be to support the new EYFS curriculum area of Understanding the World.

Curriculum overview

The first few weeks of the Autumn term will be spent getting to know your child and carrying out assessments within the areas of learning. We will also be spending time supporting your child to develop friendships and work within a larger group. Throughout the Autumn term, our topic is People. We will be focusing on:

• Me and my family

• My school

• People who help us

• People around the world


Our focus this term will be:

• Number recognition

• Number formation

• Counting accurately

• Quantities (more/fewer)


Phonics will be taught daily. Your child will be learning to recognise their name, write it using the correct letter formation and use correct pencil grip in their preferred hand.

Online learning/homework

At Bournville Village Primary School we use an online learning platform called Seesaw. You will be given login details for you to access your child’s account. Seesaw can be used to set online learning or homework. We also use Seesaw to send out any year group announcements. If you need to contact your child’s teacher, we request that this is done via the school enquiry email and not via Seesaw.

Once the children have settled, phonics homework will be sent out on a weekly basis. Sometimes this will be set on Seesaw. Reading books will be sent home weekly for your child to read to you. You will have access to an online reading diary via Seesaw. This is for you to enter comments to share with your child’s class teacher about how your child read at home. Please look for the Autumn 1 reading diary. Click on it and type in a comment. Once you have done this, we can then begin to type our teacher comments. As we have just started the school year, some children may come home with a picture book with no words. This is to develop their story language vocabulary when looking at the illustrations.