Reception Curriculum

Autumn 1 – Marvellous Me

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In the first half term our topic is ‘Marvellous Me’. This gives the children an opportunity to find out about their new friends, talk about their families and talk about themselves. They talk about what makes them unique, what they can do, things they like and they are encouraged to make choices and express a preference. 

Within the curriculum areas of Literacy and Communication and Language, the children will learn to take turns speaking and listening, listen carefully to instructions, follow class rules and routines, and identify and name adults and other children in their class. They will talk about family members and home life. They will also learn to hold a pencil correctly and begin to write their own name.

During this half term we will prepare for the launch of our Jolly Phonics programme, which will commence once all of the children are settled in. Personal, Social and Emotional Development is an important curriculum area during this half term; the children will gain confidence and form positive relationships.

They will learn to develop respect for themselves and others and be encouraged to manage their feelings and behaviour. Additionally, the children will be encouraged to dress and undress independently for PE and manage their own personal hygiene.

 

Early Reading and Writing Skills

  • Recognise own name
  • Recall some letter sounds
  • Copy some letters of their name
  • Draw freely
  • Begin to write own name and copy some simple words and captions
  • Begin to hold a pencil using the correct tripod grip
  • Show an interest in stories and can answer simple questions about a story. 

 

Mathematics Chest
- explore and compare size and height and use a range of size and height vocabulary – continue an ABAB pattern –subitise up to 5 - recite number names in order 1 – 10 and beyond - recognise and name numbers 1 - 10 and beyond – begin to write numbers 1 – 10 and beyond - develop 1 to 1 correspondence - recognise and name 2D shapes

  

Autumn 2 – Seasons and Celebrations

 

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During the second half of the first term, our topic is ‘Seasons and Celebrations’. During this half term the children will have the opportunity to take part in a range of practical activities linked to different celebrations. The children will experience cooking and tasting their own mini pizzas. The children will be required use their senses while food tasting and making their own instruments and they will also develop their communication and language skills sharing celebrations that they celebrate with their families. 

We will learn how different festivals are celebrated and why they are special and the seasons of the year when they take place. Thinking about the seasons celebrations take place we will look at the seasons and discuss what we see and the changes that take place in the natural world throughout the four seasons. The children will develop an awareness of different cultures and additionally, within Personal, Social and Emotional Development they will acquire an understanding of diversity. 

Literacy and Communication and Language play an important part in our curriculum during this half term. We will begin to follow the ‘Jolly Phonics’ programme learning a new letter sound each day. The children will learn to recognise and name letter sounds, form letters correctly and blend sounds together as an introduction to reading. Once all letter sounds have been taught, the children will begin to read a phonically decodable reading book developing their early reading skills.

Early Reading and Writing Skills

  • Write own name independently
  • Form some letters correctly and can say their letter sound
  • Identify initial sounds in words
  • Explore independent writing
  • Recall and talk about experiences
  • Begin to talk about the characters in stories. 

 

Mathematics Chest
- recite number names in order 1 – 20 and beyond - recognise and name numbers 1 - 20 and beyond - write numbers 1 – 20 and beyond - recognise and name the properties of 2D shapes - match sets of objects to corresponding numerals - combine two groups of objects to find the total - identify and name 3D shapes

 

Spring 1 – Books and Beyond

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Our topic during the first half of the Spring Term is ‘Books and Beyond’. This topic gives the children the opportunity through well-loved stories such as Handa’s Surprise to learn about and compare different localities. The children will compare and talk about similarities and differences between life in this country and life in other countries. Within the curriculum area of Expressive Arts and Design, the children will create characters from their favourite stories and talk about the processes, media and materials involved in making them.

Using the story Elmer as a stimulus the children will design their own colour patterns and develop fine motor control as they explore different types of thread when introduced to simple needlework. The children will also experience cooking activities and discuss ingredients, dental health and food choices. 

Literacy and Communication and Language will continue to play an important part of our curriculum during this half term. We will continue to follow the ‘Jolly Phonics’ programme, learning a new letter sound each day. The children will continue to recognise and name letter sounds and learn some digraphs.

They will continue to form letters correctly and blend sounds together.

 

Early Reading and Writing Skills

  • Write an increasing range of simple words e.g it, is
  • Form an increasing number of letters correctly and say their letter sounds with confidence
  • Identify initial sounds in words
  • Continue to explore independent writing
  • Say and write some digraphs, eg: ai, oa, ie
  • Begin to write simple sentences. 

 

Mathematics Chest
continue to recite number names in order 1 – 20 and beyond - continue to recognise and name numbers 1 - 20 and beyond - continue to write numbers 1 – 20 and beyond - continue to combine two groups and three groups of objects to find the total - continue to identify and name 3D shapes - estimate small numbers of objects - use measures to compare weights - develop mathematical language associated with weight - use positional language

 

Spring 2 - As We Grow

 

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Our topic during this half term is ‘As We Grow’ and through this topic the children will find out about the characteristics of living things.

They will also learn what living things need to live and grow. By discussing and exploring the change in animals and humans, from birth to adulthood, the children will discover things that they can do now, that they couldn’t do when they were babies. Additionally, they will develop an understanding of a healthy lifestyle and an awareness of the importance of physical exercise.

The children will develop an Understanding of the World by exploring other life forms, such as birds; they will look at habitats and design, make and evaluate a bird feeder. They will also learn about life cycles, by finding out about the growth and change of butterflies and frogs.

Within Expressive Arts and Design, the children will focus on observational art by admiring and representing the work of famous artists as a stimulus. The children will continue to develop their phonics skills by blending sounds to make words and using simple words to make sentences. The children will take home a reading book and develop an understanding of story structure through shared and guided reading.

 

Early Reading and Writing Skills

  • Write an increasing range of simple words, eg: it, is, can, see, a
  • Form an increasing number of letters correctly and say their letter sounds with confidence
  • Blend sounds together to read and write simple words
  • Continue to explore independent writing
  • Use digraphs within their reading and writing, eg: ai, oa, ie
  • Continue to gain confidence writing simple sentences.

 

Mathematics Chest
continue to recite number names in order 1 – 20 and beyond - continue to recognise and name numbers 1 - 20 and beyond - continue to write numbers 1 – 20 and beyond - continue to combine two groups and three groups of objects to find the total - continue to identify and name 3D shapes - develop an understanding of subtraction - compare numbers - identify and name coins from 1p to £1 - use money in role play situations - continue to use the language of position through the use of programmable toys

 

 

Summer 1 – Terrific Traditional Tales

 

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During the first half of the final term our topic is ‘Traditional Tales’.  This enables the children to learn about story structure and descriptive writing. The children will listen and respond to a range of traditional stories and learn to sequence events.

Opportunities will be taken to develop an awareness of appropriate and inappropriate behaviour through the morals of the stories within Personal, Social and Emotional Development. Within Understanding the World, the children will use a range of construction equipment to build structures, such as bridges and furniture. Additionally, they will design, make and evaluate sock puppets based on a favourite character from a story and observe changes that occur during cooking, when they make gingerbread men.

The children will explore different ways of travelling, through Physical Development, and develop hand-eye co-ordination by using bats, balls, hoops and other small apparatus. The children will be encouraged to use descriptive language when retelling stories and match letters and sounds when writing their own stories.

The children will continue to take home a reading book and an accompanying comprehension sheet in order that they may demonstrate their understanding of the text.

Early Reading and Writing Skills

  • Write an increasing range of simple words, eg: it, is, can, see, a
  • Form letters correctly and say their letter sounds with confidence
  • Blend sounds together to read and write sentences
  • Sound out and write multi-syllable words
  • Use digraphs within their reading and writing, eg: ai, oa, ie
  • Write in a range of contexts
  • Read with increasing fluency and answer a question about what they have read.

 

Mathematics Chest
r- recite number names in order 1 – 30 and beyond - recognise and name numbers 1 - 30 and beyond - write numbers 1 – 30 and beyond - add/subtract 1, from a number up to 20, by counting on, or counting back - solve addition and subtraction problems using money - develop an understanding of length and height - measure and estimate using non-standard units - develop mathematical understanding through traditional tales - continue to identify and name 3D shapes - develop an understanding of doubling and halving.

 

Summer 2 – Sunny at the Seaside

 

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Our final topic is ‘Sunny at the Seaside’. This gives the children an opportunity to find out about an environment that is different to the one where they live. There will be a focus on the past and present looking at how the seaside has changed and how different types of vehicles people use when going on holiday have changed over time. The children will use construction kits to make cars, boats, aeroplanes and trains.

The children will experiment with assembling and joining, using glue as a fastener. Within Personal, Social and Emotional Development, the children will consider their personal safety in and around school and at home, and relate this to outside activities during the holiday period. They will also develop an awareness of safety near water. Literacy and Communication and Language continue to play an important part of our curriculum; the children will develop an awareness of fiction and non-fiction books, using non-fiction books to explore the seaside in the past and the seaside now.

They will learn to recognise and continue a rhyming string and develop topic related vocabulary. The children will continue to take home a reading book with an accompanying comprehension sheet.  As well as this, the children will develop confidence performing a range of songs and rhymes and will demonstrate this through a Year Group Assembly.

Through Physical Development, the children will develop spatial awareness, gross motor control and co-ordination in preparation for Sports Day. The children will be expected to demonstrate developing independence and prepare for transition to Year One.

 

Early Reading and Writing Skills

  • Blend sounds together to read and write sentences
  • Sound out and write multi-syllable words
  • Position and space letters accurately, and uses finger spaces and full stops within their writing
  • Read what they have written, identify and correct errors
  • Read simple sentences with fluency and expression and answer questions about what they have read
  • Continue a rhyming string.

 

Mathematics Chest
- recite number names in order 1 – 50 and beyond - recognise and name numbers 1 - 50 and beyond - continue to write numbers 1 – 30 and beyond - add/subtract from a number up to 20 - record simple sums - estimate a number of objects up to 20 - recognise key times in the day and hours on an analogue clock - identify and name the properties of 3D shapes - continue to develop an understanding of doubling and halving