• Reception Curriculum

    Personal, Social and Emotional Development

    • Introduce Circle Time rules and routines (using family posters)
    • Exploring areas of the classroom and outdoor space in key worker groups
    • Naming feelings – create ‘Colour Monster’ wall display
    • Talking about the things that make us unique
    • End of term conferencing / reflection – what have I enjoyed / what do I want to get better at
    • Meet and greet with older children – prefects etc – point of contact during playtimes.

    Speaking, Listening and Attention

    • Learning rules and routines for circle times – discussing posters
    • Introduce talk partners
    • Recap Phase One phonics – daily listening, rhyming, alliteration, blending and segmenting activities
    • Storytelling narratives using own bedrooms.
    • Phase 2 phonics

    Physical Development

    • Learning about lunch time. How to make healthy choices.
    • Sing ‘Washing hands’ song
    • Daily gross motor activities (bikes, obstacle equipment etc)
    • Daily fine motor activities – out for children to access independently.
    • Learning how to store / transport and look after class equipment safely.
    • Introduction to gymnastics.

    P.E. Times:

    • Little Dorrit: Tuesday
    • Gargery: Thursday

    *(Remember to come to school in your P.E. kit on your P.E. day)

    Reading and Writing

    • Introducing own journals to keep in tray.
    • Discuss favourite books / book day / talking about favourite books.
    • Daily rhymes / nursery rhymes / storytelling and reading opportunities.
    • Look for print / writing in our environment – environmental print display
    • Create a class book based on Brown Bear Brown Bear.
    • Listening – Polar Bear Polar Bear.
    • Tanka Tanka Skunk – rhythm and pattern.
    • Story Scribing based on children’s bedrooms.


    • Daily opportunities for counting / counting songs (1-5).
    • Introduce Abigail text (counting).
    • Introduce Maths Monkey – solving problems.
    • Look for numbers in our environment – number hunts / numbers of significant importance.

    Understanding the World

    • Talking about what makes us special/unique (linked to daily circle times – family poster discussions)
    • Talking about religious festivals throughout the year: Islamic New
    • Year 12th September, Diwali 7th November, 3rd December
    • Hannukah Festival of lights, December Christmas Festivals.
    • Use class ICT –IWB, iPads.
    • Introduce children to map of the world – where are we from? Trace where children are from and link to map for All About Me display.
    • Talk about the seasons – changes in their environment.
    • Talk about being an author, an illustrator an artist (link to Rosie Revere and Iggy Peck when making bedrooms).

    Creative Arts

    • Teach ‘Wake up song’ / daily opportunities for songs (during circle times) and nursery rhymes using feely bag (end of day sessions).
    • Dough disco- making our own videos.
    • Explore sound – playing and making instruments/body percussion/voice sounds (linked to Phase One phonics & Tanka Tanka Skunk).
    • Exploring colour mixing using variety of media – paint, powder paint, fabric (making dream catchers).
    • Exploring changes in colour – linked to Autumn.
    • Explore portraits – each child to create their own.
    • Focus on patterns using different colours.
    • Each child to use mixed media to make own bedroom.

    Reading: Please ensure your child brings their reading book everyday and you read as often as you can with them.

    Assemblies and Shows:
    The Christmas Nativity – 5th December


    • Make sure your child has a spare set of clothes.
    • Children must not have laces on their shoes.