Summer Term 1

GPFS Sum1 R topic


Spring Term 1

Topic: An Eye on London

Literacy  & Communication and Language

This half term we will be focusing on Dinosaurs and London Landmarks. We will be looking at a variety of books that will support this topic, some of which will be the Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs collection. We will be using adjectives to write descriptive sentences as well as writing questions, facts and rhyming strings. This half term we will continue to work on using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.


During Mathematics we will be identifying and describing the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. We will begin to explore addition and subtraction with single digit numbers and continue our work on recording number problems. This half term we will also begin to explore money by learning about the different coins and using them to create different amounts of money.

Understanding the world

Children will explore the different food that Dinosaurs ate and will decide if they are a Carnivore, Herbivore and Omnivore. We will also be looking at the different habitats dinosaurs may have lived in and compare them to environments we have today. They will be sorting a range of topic related objects such as bones, fossils and dinosaurs in to categories.

Expressive Arts and Design

Children will have the opportunity to create observational pictures of dinosaurs and create dinosaur skeletons using cotton buds. We will be exploring different textures through collage work where we will create our own habitats for dinosaurs to live in.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will be discussing our feelings in our and why certain things make us feel the way that they do. We will be discussing how to solve problems that arise from our fears and worries. We will also be talking about visiting places, like London, with our families and discussing why we enjoyed our trips.  

Physical Development

In our PE lessons we will be developing our throwing and catching skills using a range of resources. We will also focus on team games to develop our ability to work as a group.    


  1. We are always in need of spare uniform so if you have any items which are no longer needed could we please have them donated. It would be much appreciated!
  2. If your child has gone home in spare uniform could we please ask that these are returned to us ASAP in order to keep our provisions up. Thank you.


1. Your child will receive homework on a Friday. Please ensure this is returned by the following Tuesday.

2. Please continue to support your child with their reading every day and record this in their reading record.

Here are some of the books we will be reading this half term

  • Ladybird First Facts about Dinosaurs
  • Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs
  • The Queens Knickers
  • Harry and the Dinosaurs at the Museum
  • Mad About Dinosaurs
  • Dinosaurs Love Underpants

GPFS Spr1 R Topic

Topic: All about me

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will be focusing on making friends, sharing and introducing the class rules. The classrooms are set up with many activities that require sharing and talking to one another. We have a Home Corner, A Vet’s Surgery and a Green Grocers, all aimed at encouraging speech and building relationships. At home you could play board games, or encourage your child to talk about what they like at school and who their friends are.

Communication & Language

The children will be sharing lots of rhymes, books and stories. We will also be spending lots of time establishing and demonstrating class rules. We will be carrying out circle time activities and learning how to listen to one another effectively. We will also be encouraging the children to ask questions about their surroundings and to extend their vocabulary. At home you could try extending your child’s vocabulary by asking for more details about an object, e.g., ‘the cat’ could become ‘the large, fluffy, ginger and white cat’.


We will be seeing how well the children can count by making towers of different numbers, or necklaces with different numbers of beads. We will be talking about the shapes used in models that they make. At home you could draw your child’s attention to shapes around them or count wherever possible, such as when climbing the stairs, or setting the table.

Understanding the World

We will be introducing the children to a range of materials for building models, and seeing the effects that can be created in different malleable materials such as play dough. At home you could give your child left over containers or boxes and let them experiment with different ways of joining them together. Please collect clean, safe, recyclable materials and give them to a member of the Foundation Team so that we can create models in class also.

Physical Development

We will be focusing on the children’s ability to change for PE, managing this independently.

Please ensure that your child’s PE kit is in school every day.

We will be covering:

  • Balance, targets, team work/taking turns & body movement/dance.

At home you could help your child to practise changing into their PE clothes quickly (tights and shoes cause a particular problem!).

Creative Development

We will be drawing and painting self- portraits using mirrors. We will also be experimenting with a variety of different media including and chalks. The children will have daily access to our music area where they can make up their own music. At home you could encourage your child to draw or paint pictures of themselves or other family members.


We will be teaching the children to write their names and share favourite stories We will also be using a variety of materials to allow the children to make marks. At home you could help your child to find a favourite story to share in class, listen to nursery rhyme CDs, or help your child to practise accurate letter formation in their name (a capital letter for the first letter, with the rest in lowercase)


Giving your child the opportunity to make marks on paper is extremely important as it gives your child the confidence to begin attempting writing. You can use all sorts of materials to do this, such as chalk, pen or pencils. It is good to encourage your child to “write” their name, or a shopping list even if they do not know what letters to use. Praise their efforts and ask them to “read” what they have written. As we introduce letters to the children, you will begin to see them appearing, often at random, in their writing. Copying writing is useful when practising their name, however children also need the opportunity just to ‘have a go’ in order to make them feel like writers.