Reception Curriculum


In the reception class they follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Further information about this can be found on the Department for Education website, or from the information document, Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage (from 3rd April 2017)

The curriculum is a play based curriculum with teacher directed activities used to enhance the learning.

The children have free flow to the outdoors so they can access outdoor play throughout the day.

A Creative Curriculum is planned each half term to incorporate activities which enable progression in the children’s learning. The teacher led activities are planned each week with learning objectives designed to support the reviewed Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Children move between whole class, group, pairs or individual teacher led activities to plan their own child initiated activities and focussed play challenges. The weekly plans, including specific Phonics, Literacy and Numeracy are kept on the practitioner’s desk for all staff to access. These are working documents and are often used to add notes and evaluations and changed as necessary depending on the children’s interests, understanding and needs. This planning aims to support, foster, promote and develop children’s progression through Reception, building the foundations for K.S.1. 

The Prime Areas of Learning and Development:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Including Making relationships, Self-confidence & self awareness and Managing feelings & behaviour. This subject is crucial for all aspects of life which will give the children the best opportunity for success in all other areas of learning. Each child needs a positive sense of him/herself and respect for others.

Communication and Language: Including Listening and attention, Understanding and speaking. The key skills will develop confidence in communication, speaking and listening in a variety of settings and purposes including role play and drama opportunities.

Physical Development: Including Moving and handling and Health and self care. Specific PE lessons timetabled in the hall and opportunities provided both inside and outside the setting will improve the skills of co-ordination, control, manipulation and movement. This helps children to gain confidence and feel positive about being healthy and active which promotes a positive feeling of well being.

The Specific Areas of Learning and Development:

Literacy: Including Reading and Writing of which Phonics underpins both. Discrete daily phonics lessons are taught to build skills to first recognise sounds to decode text to read then to word build to be able to write holding a pencil correctly and using correct letter formation. The children will have a wide range of books read to them and read simple texts for themselves, individually to adults, and in groups with the teacher. Mark making is valued as the first steps to writing which develops to writing for a variety of purposes.

Mathematics: Including Numbers and Shape Space and Measure this subject will develop confidence and competence in learning and using key skills including counting, sorting, matching, recognising and creating patterns, making connections, recognising relationships and working with numbers, shapes, space and measures.

Understanding the World: Including People and Communities, The World and Technology this subject develops crucial knowledge, skills, problem solving, exploring and understanding which will help the children to make sense of the world. Foundations are developed for Science, Design and Technology, History, Geography and I.C.T.

Expressive Arts and Design: Including Exploring and Using Media and Materials and Being Imaginative. Creativity is fundamental to successful learning. It enables children to make connections and extend their thoughts, feelings and understanding. It will include art, music, dance, role-play and imaginative activities.

EYFS Play and Learn Policy (Updated Feb 2017)

EYFS Policy (Updated Feb 2017)

EYFS Settling in Policy (Updated Feb 2017)

EYFS Statutory Framework (April 2017)

Reception Free Flow Procedures (Sept 2017)

See the Reception Curriculum Maps for more detail.