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Reception Curriculum


This half term our topic will be ‘People Who Help Us’

Throughout this topic we will be learning about different professions and people who help us in and around our local community. There will be visits to the school from different people who help us to share information about their job and how they keep us safe. We will explore this through role play in the indoor and outdoor classrooms and learn new vocabulary related to these professions. We will also explore a range of emergency vehicles and what they are used for. The children will also have opportunities to learn about how to stay safe and look after each other and our school.

In Reception we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum which is divided into seven areas.

*  Communication and Language

*  Personal, Social and Emotional Development

*  Physical Development

* English

* Maths

* Understanding the World

* Expressive arts and design

Learning through play is still very important in reception but there are also focused daily activities that the children will complete with an adult.  We have activities linked to these areas available at all times in the classroom and in the outdoor area.

Communication and language

This area focuses on developing the children’s speaking and listening skills which we do mainly through role play activities.  We try to develop the children’s confidence when speaking to others in a group such as during circle time and when sharing the class bear’s diary.  We encourage the children to talk about their own experiences and to listen to others in a variety of situations.  During story time the children are encouraged to respond to events in the story.


This area focuses more on reading and writing.  We will be learning four sounds a week, which will be put in your child’s sound book.  The sound book is for you to practise the sounds at home, but please keep it in your child’s book bag.  The sound books will be collected in on a Tuesday for the new sounds to be put in.  We will then be using the sounds that we have been learning to begin to read simple three letter words.  When we teach the sounds we tell the children the letter names but focus more on the sound that the letter makes as this is what they will need to use when they are sounding out new words.


We have introduced the Oxford Reading Tree characters to the children in preparation for them having reading books.  There will be a sheet with the characters names and pictures on in the front of your child’s reading record book.  Each week your child will have two reading books sent home, initially one will be an Oxford Reading Tree book and the other will be a book of their choice at the same stage.

Your child will read to the teacher or teaching assistant once a week on the same day each week, they will have their books changed once a week.  Please keep their reading books in their book bag in case there is the possibility of an additional read during the week.  It is important that the children read their reading book to you and then you write in the yellow reading record book about how they have got on.  Some of the children’s books will not have words in them to start with and instead the children must tell the story by using the pictures.

When the children have words we encourage the children to follow the words with their finger and use their sounds to sound out new words.  It is important to check the children understand what they are reading by asking them questions about what is happening or about what might happen next.


Each week your child’s class will visit the library and each child will choose a library book to take home.  The library book is for you to read to your child and does not need to be written about in the reading record book.


The children are now learning cursive handwriting.  We are continuing to practise name writing but now using cursive letters.  After half term the children will have letter formation homework.  Each week the children will complete a focused writing activity with an adult but there are opportunities for the children to do free writing at all times.  Each classroom has a writing area full of a variety of writing materials and paper and the children are encouraged to write lists, cards, invitations, letters etc.  There are also opportunities for writing in the role play area and the outdoor area.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

To develop the children’s personal, social and emotional development we work on helping them to build good relationships with both staff and their peers.  We focus on developing the children’s confidence to try new activities and speak in a familiar group.  We help the children to develop an awareness of their own needs and feelings and be sensitive to those of others.                                 

Physical Development 

The children have the opportunity to take part in physical activities on a daily basis in our outdoor areas.  The children can go outside everyday whatever the weather so please make sure that they have appropriate clothing.  Every Tuesday we will do PE in the hall.  We do a variety of activities during our PE sessions such as using the large climbing apparatus, dance and movement and using small apparatus such as bats and balls.  In the classroom we also do lots of activities to help with the children’s fine motor skills such as threading and using peg boards.


Maths in Reception is very practical.  The children will have the opportunity to explore and investigate maths activities independently in the classroom and the outdoor area as well as completing focused activities each week with an adult.  This term we will be working on counting and recognising numbers, finding 1 more and 1 less than a given number, 2D and 3D shape and adding together two groups of objects.

Understanding the World

This area covers all our history, geography, science and Computing.  Each class has an investigation area for the children to explore different objects and materials using all of their senses.  The children will be encouraged to ask questions about why things happen and how things work.  The children will have the opportunity to share their own cultural background and beliefs and learn about others.  Each week the children will get to go to the Computing suite to use the computers.

Expressive arts and design

In this area the children will be encouraged to share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role play and design and technology.  The children will have the opportunity to experiment with colour, texture and shape in two and three dimensions and will be able to use a variety of different art materials.  They have daily access to art and role play areas both inside the classroom and in the outdoor area.  During music activities the children will learn simple songs, explore sound using instruments and match movements to music.

We hope this provides you with a useful overview of life in Year R.  However, if you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the Year R Team.  We are sure your child will have a productive and enjoyable year!

To view our school Rules, Rewards and Sanctions please click here

To view our Learning Behaviour Information please click here.

To view our ‘Welcome to Year R’, please click here. 


To view the Literacy Workshop (Sept 19) please click here.

To view the Teaching Left-Handed Writing guide sheet, please click here.

To play a YouTube Jolly Phonics Songs video, please click here.

To play a YouTube Jolly Phonics Sounds video, please click here.


To view the Maths Workshop (Nov 2019)  please click here.

Feed back from Numeracy Workshop………………….

‘It was so good to get ideas of how we can practise numbers everywhere’. 

‘Thank you for the chance to see first hand how they are taught in school and how we can help’.

‘Understanding how you teach them was very useful’.