Reception Class

Summer Term 1

Topic 3

Castles and Tapestries


Our third topic of the Summer Term is 'Castles and Tapestries' . We will be starting off the topic by changing the role play area into a Fairy Tale Castle and holding a royal banquet in the classroom. The focus of 'Castles and Tapestries' will be Design Technology (Expressive Arts & Design/Physical Development), children will be develop their weaving and sewing skill and design their own simple tapestry. 


Development Matters 2022

Early Learning Goals

Physical development

  • Develop their small motor skills so that they can use a range of tools competently, safely and confidently. 
  • ELG: Fine Motor Skills: Use a range of small tools, including scissors, paint brushes and cutlery. 

Expressive arts and design

  • Explore, use and refine a variety of artistic effects to express their ideas and feelings.
  • Return to and build on their previous learning, refining ideas and developing their ability to represent them.
  • ELG: Creating with materials: Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.
  • ELG: Creating with materials: Share their creations, explaining the process they have used.


This term our writing will be based on the book 'Little Red' by Bethan Woolvin. We will be writing traditional tale sentences and instructions.




Please read your child's reading book with them every day for 10 minutes. A little often has a huge impact on children at this age. Children need to have their reading books and diaries in their bags everyday, so they can be ready to be read with.  We change children's reading books every Friday.



In Reception, we follow the First4Maths scheme of work. This topic we will be comparing mass, counting beyond 10 and looking at bonds to 5 and 10.



Our P.E days are Monday and Friday. Please ensure that children come to school in their P.E kit on these days. This half term, the children will be developing their ball and athletics skills.