St Mary's RC Primary School, ManchesterSt Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School

St Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School

FS2/ Reception Half Termly Learning

Summer 1 2021

(see the Summer 1 curriculum document below and/ or on dojo)

Please have a look at what we will be focusing on in our learning in Summer 1:

Summer 1 2021

Theme: Errol's Garden/ How does your garden grow?

In this topic the children will be finding out what plants and flowers need to grow. 

They will receive a letter from Errol telling them how much he loves to grow plants and asking that they grow a sunflower each. We will read the story of ‘Errol’s garden' to help us to decide what to do with our seeds. We will investigate different seeds and then chop up fruit to find their seeds. We will make fruit kebabs with our favourite fruits and watch a video clip about plants we eat. 

The children will have the opportunity to plant their own bulbs and seeds and to search for and watch other plants grow. They will label plants pointing out different parts i.e. roots, stem, leaves. They will decorate a plant pot and then plant their seed carefully.

We will read a variety of books such as ‘Ten seeds’ by Eric Carle, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, ‘The Gigantic Turnip’ etc. and learn rhymes such as ‘Mary, Mary, quite contrary…’.


Communication & Language

Pupils will be taught to:

  • Follow a story without pictures or props
  • Listen to a variety of stories such as: Ten seeds by Eric Carle; Jasper’s Beanstalk; The Gigantic turnip; Grandpa’s garden; Lulu’s flowers; Anna’s hibiscus song etc.
  • Follow instructions involving several ideas or actions within the classroom.
  • Anticipate key parts of a story and respond with relevant comments, questions or actions.
  • Work with a talk partner, sharing ideas


Pupils will be taught to:

  • Listen to and respond to stories related to growing, life cycles and the seasons i.e. Ten seeds by Eric Carle; Jasper’s Beanstalk; The Gigantic turnip; Grandpa’s garden; Lulu’s flowers; Anna’s hibiscus song etc.
  • Continue to do daily phonics which includes oral blending; letter recognition; word reading; sentence reading; writing letters; writing words; writing sentences
  • Focused sounds to learn: ch; sh; th; ng; nk; qu; ai; ee; igh; oa; oo
  • Daily name writing
  • Writing words and sentences starting with captions such as ‘a cat on a mat’; ‘tools in the shed’ etc.


Pupils will be taught to:

  • Order two or three items by length or height.
  • Recognise all teen numbers and 20
  • Order numbers to 20
  • Count forwards and backwards within 20 (and beyond)
  • Find 1 more and 1 less within 20
  • Add together two sets of objects
  • Count on to add i.e.

Physical Development

Pupils will be taught to:

  • Hold and use scissors effectively
  • Form letters correctly focusing on letter families (letters that start I the same pace), such as c, a, o, d, g, q
  • Hold and use gardening tools effectively
  • Move in different ways/ speeds (athletics)

Other activities: Use small equipment to make a shared fairy garden; continue to participate in dough gym to strengthen their hands; use tweezers to pick up seeds/ beans etc.

Personal, Social & Emotional Development

Pupils will be taught to:

  • Understand the importance of keeping safe in the sun
  • Develop mindfulness and yoga skills
  • Understand the importance of stewardship of God’s beautiful creation
  • Understand and consider other children’s feelings

Religious Education

Pupils will be taught:

  • About the Easter story and the Good News that Jesus’s friends shared when he rose from the dead
  • To describe how Jesus’s friends felt when he died and when he rose from the dead
  • Know that everyone has Good News to share
  • Find out about the feast of Pentecost: the celebration of the Good News of Jesus

Understanding the World 

Pupils will be taught to:

  • Understand what plants and flowers needs to grow and what we need to do to help them to grow
  • Know why roots are important
  • Understand the importance of flowers to mini beasts
  • Investigate the natural environment
  • Sort seeds and cut up fruit to find seeds
  • Talk about their favourite fruit and make their own fruit kebab
  • Grow and take care of their own flowers
  • Discuss their observations after watching selected video clips and observing nature
  • Label parts of a flower/ plant

Expressive Arts & Design

Pupils will be taught:

  • To make flowers using different materials
  • To draw/ paint flowers using their observational skills
  • To observe the work of famous artists such as Van Gogh’s Sunflowers and Irises
  • To explore different sounds of instruments
  • Songs related to growing
  • To move in different ways to a variety of music. Join in dance programmes ‘Let’s move’
  • To play cooperatively as part of a group to act out roles and parts in our ‘garden centre’, ‘McDonalds’, small world park and dinosaur world


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