Reception Curriculum

Autumn 1 - Ourselves

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In the first half term our topic is ‘Ourselves’.  This gives the children the opportunity to find out about themselves and about their families and friends: they talk about the 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 with speaking and listening, listening carefully to instructions, following class rules and routines and identifying and naming teachers and other children in the 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 host a phonics workshop in readiness for the launch of our phonics programme, which will commence in the second half of the term. 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.

 

Mathematics Chest
recite number names in order 1 – 10 and beyond - recognise and name numbers 1 - 10 and beyond - write numbers 1 – 10 and beyond - develop 1 to 1 correspondence - recognise and name 2D shapes

 

Autumn 2 - Senses

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During the second half of the first term our topic is ‘Senses’ and the children will do many practical activities that help to develop their sensory awareness: they will do sensory painting to develop a sense of touch; food tasting to develop a sense of taste; explore scented pots to develop a sense of smell; investigate reflection, by using mirrors to develop a sense of sight and go on a listening walk to develop a sense of hearing.

During this half term, the children will also develop an awareness of different cultures and discover how festivals are celebrated. Additionally, within Personal, Social and Emotional Development they will acquire an understanding of diversity and disability. 

Literacy and Communication and Language play an important part of 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 follow the Oxford Tree Reading Scheme. 

 

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 - Elmer

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Our topic during the first half of the Spring Term is ‘Elmer’. This topic gives the children the opportunity to learn about colour, texture, shape and pattern. Within the curriculum area of Expressive Arts and Design, the children will experiment with colour mixing, using a range of materials.

They will design their own patchwork using Elmer as a stimulus and develop fine motor control as they explore different types of thread when introduced to simple needlework.   The children will experience cooking activities when they make and decorate Elmer biscuits. 

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. 

 

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 if they are to live and grow. By discussing and exploring the change in 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.

 

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 - 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.

During this half term the children will make an educational visit to a nature reserve.

 

Mathematics Chest
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 - The Seaside

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Our final topic is ‘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 transport to enable the children to discuss the different types of vehicles people use when going on holiday and they will use construction kits to make cars, boats, aeroplanes and trains. The children will experiment with assembling and joining, using glue as a fastener.

They will develop ICT skills and research sea life using the internet. 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. They will learn to recognise and continue a rhyming string and develop a 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 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.

 

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

 

A curriculum leaflet will be sent home at the beginning of each half term which will provide further information about the topic and the Areas of Learning.