English Summer Term 1



Under the Sea

Here are some of the books we will be reading:

Commotion in the Ocean

Rainbow Fish

Billy's Bucket 

Sharing a Shell

Best children's books - Under the Sea Topic

Billy's Bucket - book, teaching resources, story, mats, card, sequencing,

We also have story time twice a day! Children pick a book from the reading corner and we enjoy listening to it together.

Before morning play we have our 'Talk Through Stories' sessions which are based on key texts with rich detailed language. We talk through the characters, plot and extend our vocabulary through role play and discussions.

We also use 'Talk 4 Writing' in Reception, where children learn a story by heart and we use pictures and actions to help us remember. This allows children to recall and use different vocabulary and helps with their writing!

During Summer term we are using our phonics skills to count out all the sounds we can hear in a word and write them!

We are using our tricky words 'I, the, you, my, she, he' in our writing too.



In Reception, we use phonics to help sound out our words. We practice blending them together using Read Write Inc.

Look at our phonics page for more information and guidance.


In Reception, children do 1 writing task a week in their green Literacy books. 

We will be practising how to hold our pencil, recognise our name, writing our names and practising writing the sounds from set 1 phonics.


Here are the Early Learning Goals for the end of the Year for Reception!

Word Reading Writing Comprehension
Say a sound for each letter in the alphabet and at
least 10 digraphs.
• Read words consistent with their phonic
knowledge by sound-blending.
• Read 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.
• Demonstrate understanding of what has been
read to them by retelling stories and narratives
using their own words and recently introduced
• Anticipate (where appropriate) key events
in stories.
• Use and understand recently introduced
vocabulary during discussions about stories, nonfiction, rhymes and poems and during role play.