Curriculum Overview



Your child will be given a reading book during his/her first term at school. Please read regularly with your child following the guidelines discussed at the Reception Meeting.


Tricky words will also be sent home for your child to practise, as well as handwriting sheets. 

Playing number games such as snakes and ladders, ludo, cards and bingo help with number skills.


Library books are usually collected in and changed on:

Walnut: Friday

Apple and Hazel: Wednesday

Please ensure your child’s library book is in the reading folder. Thank you.


Please make sure your child has a named PE kit in school.

Personal Social and Emotional Development

The children will learn how to have a positive approach to new experiences and develop a growing awareness of classmates and self.

The children will learn to dress and undress independently and learn about personal hygiene. They will learn to respect the rules of the classroom and to use these to work in harmony together and take turns.

They will continue to be interested, motivated to learn, and confident to try new activities. They will be encouraged to initiate ideas and speak in a familiar group.

They will discuss the importance of sharing and looking after each other.

They will be involved in Harvest and Christmas productions and activities to develop independence and confidence.

Communication and Language

The children will be learning to be able to sit, listen and concentrate with understanding.  They will be learning to respond to two part instructions.

They will be listening to and using spoken and written language during their play and learning. The children will extend their vocabulary, exploring the meanings of new words through a wide range of books chosen from our topics of 'All About Me' and 'Celebrations'. They will be using language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences in play situations.

Physical Development

The children will develop awareness of space, of themselves and others and will move with confidence and imagination.

They will have an opportunity to use small and large apparatus and to learn to work individually or in a group.

They will use the outdoor equipment to develop gross motor skills, balancing and ball skills. They will also be using tools during art and craft work to develop fine motor skills.

They will be learning of the importance of eating healthy food.

The children will develop an understanding of the importance of safety when using equipment.


The children will identify and correctly form letters which follow the Jolly Phonics/Letters and Sounds scheme in order to develop their phonic knowledge. They will learn correct letter formation and be encouraged to write for different purposes. They will begin to blend letters to read simple CVC (consonant vowel consonant) words.


The children will be counting, reading, writing and ordering numbers up to 20 and beyond. We will be practising correct number formation.  They will be counting on and back from a given number. They will compare and order numbers and begin to use the vocabulary involved in addition and subtraction. They will be making simple estimates and predictions in day to day situations They will be using, naming and describing flat and solid shapes. We will introduce measures including money, time and length and using these in real life situations.

Understanding the World

The children will discuss themselves and their families in detail, and be aware of other families and cultures. They will get the opportunity to study photographs and how they have changed.

Harvest and Autumn activities both outdoors and indoors will take place.

We will look at various celebrations such as Harvest, Diwali and Christmas.

They will investigate using their senses.  They will find out about and identify some features of living things and look closely at similarities and differences. (Forest School)

In ICT the children will use simple programs and practice mouse and keyboard skills on the computer. They will use ICT resources such as BeeBot robots, walkie talkies, CD players and cameras.

Expressive Arts and Design

The children will use paint, pastels and crayons to draw self portraits.  They will create 2D and 3D artwork selecting appropriate resources and materials.

They will learn simple rhymes, poems and songs and share them with a group and larger audience at the Harvest Festival and Christmas Concert.  They will express ideas using musical instruments and through dance. They will learn to move with control and listen and respond to music to create simple dance movements.

Role play, puppets and small world play activities will be encouraged to develop imagination.