More information on the Reception curriculum can be found under the main 'Curriculum' page on this website.
This broad curriculum remains reasonably flexible allowing us to adapt to any particular interests of the children or current events.
Week beginning 15th July
Fire safety visit - Altrincham fire brigade are visiting us on Monday 15th July to deliver a fire safety talk
Making a fire safety poster
Transport and Travel -Book of the week - You Can't Take an Elephant on the Bus by Patricia Cleveland-Peck
Journey Day! - children order school packed lunch and decorate lunch bag. Go on pretend journey and eat lunch outside
Writing about a recent journey on a bus, train or tram
Time - o clock, half past and quarter to/past
Spelling tricky words
Paper plate face
Fire and Rescue Service
Week beginning 8th July
Fairy tales - Hansel and Gretel - retelling the story with their own ideas
Making a healthy rice cake snack
Number partition - tens and units
The story of Creation
Tricky word spellings
Week beginning 1st July
Watching Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
Fairy tales - Jack and the Beanstalk
Our alternative story is Jim and the Beanstalk by Raymond Briggs
Creative writing - letter writing from the giant
Fairy door craft
Chocolate play dough!
Find the missing numbers on a hundred square
Tens and units partitioning with teen numbers
Spelling tricky words
Assembly - colour the world with kindness
Week beginning 24th June
Fairy tales! - We are focussing on Sleeping Beauty
Making story maps to retell the story of Sleeping Beauty
Exploring capacity using containers of different sizes
Taking part in sports day
Jesus was a refugee
Making up our own fairy tales
Writing notes to the new Reception children
Week beginning 17th June
Supertato! We read a variety of Supertato books and explored the repetitive language
We made our own supertato superheroes
We retold the a Supertato story and added our own ideas
We added and subtracted numbers using objects to count
Practise for sports day
Painting pictures of superheroes
Week beginning 10th June
Identifying everyday super heroes in our family or local community
Identifying our own everyday super powers
Designing their own home
Counting forwards and back on a number line to add and subtract numbers to 20
Building dens outside
Running races in PE
Week commencing 20th May
Finding out about more People Who Help Us
Writing a thank you letter to someone who helps us
Beginning to think about how to write a story with a beginning, middle and end
Learning to count in 2s - forward and backward
Making a repeating pattern
Pracising throwing and catching skills
Week commencing 13th May
Doubling and halving numbers to 10
Using Numicon to help find doubles and halves
Finding ways to partition numbers with a total of 6 or 7 (eg. 4+3=7)
Finding out about People Who Help Us in the community
Learning about police officers, vets, firefighters and dentists
Thinking of questions they would like to ask one of these people
Writing about what they would like to be when they grow up
Practising writing some common tricky words like 'what, 'when', 'have', 'some', 'they' in sentences
Week commencing 7th May
Exploring 2d shapes
Making pictures using 2d shapes
Learning about pentagons, hexagons and octogons
Making and writing 'thank you' cards
Listening to the story of 'The Very Helpful Hedgehog' by Rosie Wellesley
Thinking about people who help us every day
Learning the Three Little Kittens poem
Singing nursery rhymes
Writing sentences with high frequency words and tricky words
Revising Phase 3 sounds
Having a games lesson outside and learning to throw and catch
Week commencing 29th April
Reading 'Tadpole's Promise' and finding out about the lifecycle of a frog and a butterfly
Looked at lots of non-fiction books
Thinking about why it is important to keep our promises
Writing about the key stages of the lifecycle of a frog
Running on the new running track
Having a games lesson outside on the MUGA
Adding one, two or three more to a given number
Practised writing addition calculations
Comparing the height of different brick towers
Listened to the story of Elver the Eel
Week commencing 23rd April
Listening to the story of The Hungry Caterpillar
Counting in 10s and placing 10s cards in the correct order
Building towers in multiples of 10 and ordering them by height
Writing our holiday news
Made caterpillar prints
Practised for our class assemblies
Written independent sentences from Phase 4 Letters and Sounds
Heard the story of St Martin and the Beggar and shared ideas for how we can help others
Week commencing 1st April
Listening to the Easter story and talked about what Easter is all about
Talking about the symbolism of an egg and a cross
Making Easter cards
Making booklets about our trip to Imagine That
Wearing Easter bonnets for our St Mary's Easter service
Learning to tell the time to the whole hour
Talked about what we do at different times of the day
Listening to The Egg Drop by Mini Grey
Talking about our hopes and dreams for the future
Talked about the seasons of the year and what we do at each one
Imagine That - Liverpool
Making bath bombs
Remote control cars
Painting a fridge magnet
Making a volcano
Panning for gold
Waiting for the water to tip
Science Exploration in class
Building a stone tunnel
Can you build a tunnel?
Week commencing 25.3.19
Revising what we have already learned about coins and the value of each
Matching coins to Numicon pieces
Testing different liquids to find out how fast each runs down a slope (water, syrup, washing up liquid, oil and shaving foam)
Testing different materials to find out which is most suitable for a tunnel (wet sand, dry sand, rocks or twigs)
Writing words are consonant, vowel, consonant, consonant (eg. help, went, jump)
Writing sentences to describe a picture (I can see ...)
Learning to hopscotch
Walking to church for our iSing Pop concert
Finding out what to expect on our Reception trip to 'Imagine That'
Week commencing 18.3.19
Learning iSing Pop songs and actions with Jess
Finding out more about God's love through the songs
Thinking about our forthcoming class assemblies and what we would like to share in them
Writing descriptive labels for a duckling
Writing consonant, consonant, vowel, consonant words (eg. clap, twig, plan)
Matching number and quantity using numbers to 20
Counting and comparing number value
Writing simple sentences using tricky words
We read The Odd Egg
Week commencing 11.3.19
Listening to 'Wakey, Wakey' - a story about animals waking up after a winter sleep
Finding out what each of the animals in the story eats
Learning about 3D shape and describing each one (cube, cuboid, sphere, cone, pyramid)
Looking at the properties of each one (number of faces, whether they stack, roll or both)
Looking at the shape of each face
Writing about the signs of Spring (what can they see around them?)
Working hard on letter formation and leaving a space between each word
Listening to and discussing the Easter story and what it means to Christians
Retelling the story using our class Easter garden
Understanding why there are 3 crosses in an Easter garden
Week commencing 4/3/19
Listening to the story of 'The Dirty Great Dinosaur', 'Linus the Vegetarian T-Rex', 'Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp'
Have a go at writing a 3 part story about a dinosaur
Think about how stories are structured with a beginning, middle and end
Thinking of words to describe dinosaur movements, extending vocabulary
Learning new sounds - ear, ure, ture, er
Working hard on writing independent sentences
World Book Day and listening to stories read by Junior children
Comparing the heights and weights of a variety of objects
Using the appropriate vocabulary - heavy, light, heavier, lighter, longer, shorter etc
Use spring scales and balances to compare weights
Find things which are longer and shorter than a ruler
Week commencing 25/2/19
We will be starting to find out lots of facts about dinosaurs
Reading the book 'Owls and Dinosaurs' together to find out more about dinosaurs
Finding out about fiction and non-fiction books and deciding which will give us more information about dinosaurs
Sharing interesting pages from non-fiction books about dinosaurs, eg. size and diet
Making a list of dinosaur parts - eg. tail, head, neck, frill etc
Write a sentence about a dinosaur
Listen to dinosaur raps
Find one and two more than a given number
Add 2 more cubes to a tower and write the matching addition - eg. 5 + 2 = 7
Focus on forming numbers correctly
Week Commencing 11/2/19 - we will be:
Hearing the story of The Gingerbread Man and joining in with the repeating refrain
Discuss how each character might be feeling and how that may have influenced their behaviour
Revising all the sounds we have learned so far in phonics
Making sure we are forming letters and numbers correctly and doing lots of practice
Finding different ways to partition sets of ten objects
Reading the corresponding addition (eg. 6 + 4 = 10)
Practise counting to 100 using a 100 square
Look for and identify hidden numbers on a 100 square
Listen to the story of Strega Nona
Learn to recite the poem 'What you don't know about food'
Learning about symmetry
Different ways to make 10
This week we have been learning all about Chinese New Year celebrations and festivities.
We have been experimenting with Chinese writing of words and numbers, as well as saying and writing Chinese seasonal greetings.
We read lots of dragon related literature, we drew on our knowledge of dragons to write about and draw a dragon of our own.
We have enjoyed lots of creative activities; painting blossom trees, making Chinese lanterns and designing our very own Chinese fans.
We have started to use the wall bars in gymnastics, we really enjoy challenging ourselves further each time whilst learning to keep safe.
Our teachers are so impressed with number and letter formation, our teachers can tell we have been practising these at home!
We have looked again at repeated patterns in maths and have looked at how to create and spot difficult patterns.
We continued to look at what made Jesus a king and discussing our thoughts on this, looking at parables and the story of Easter.
Week Commencing- 28/01/19
This week we continued to understand the textual features of recipes, the need for accurate word choices, and the importance of correctly sequencing instructions.
We created lots of observational drawings and painting of food and flowers, our teachers were so impressed with our beautiful artwork.
In maths we concentrated on mental addition, saying the next number (without counting from 1), adding 1 and 2 to any number and relating it to the corresponding addition
We enjoyed lots of activities on Mr H day such as planting, bread tasting, den building as well as wearing our special socks indulging in our favourite snacks and attending the service for Mr H,
We really enjoyed the M&M production of the sleeping beauty pantomime, we especially enjoyed Miss Quinn’s dancing.
Odd socks for Mr H day
Special snack day for Mr H
Week Commencing- 21/01/19
This week we began our exciting theme of Food and Cooking!
We shared our thoughts, feelings and opinions about food, cooking, a healthy diet, food hygiene and the cultural significance of food.
We looked at the importance of lists, recipes and sequenced instructions. We read and wrote a range of different recipes, shopping lists and short instructions to cook tasty treats such as jam sandwiches.
In Maths we looked at sorting and describing 2D shapes. We looked at symmetry and enjoyed lots of creative activities and challenges around symmetrical butterflies.
Week Commencing- 14/01/19
This week we have continued our topic of winter and dark nights, investigating stories about the natural phenomena of the season and sharing non-fiction books which give information.
We have extended vocabulary through discussion and sharing books; exploring the key texts, talking about our ideas, acting out events and understanding how books can be used to find out information.
We have been writing simple captions and instructions, inspired by our reading.
This week in maths we have been looking at ordinal numbers. We have been looking at the skill of estimation, incorporating objects, sounds and actions
In computing we have created our very own winter picture, we are becoming very confident using the programme Dazzle and have started to challenge and extend our own learning.
We have looked at hibernation and nocturnal animals, we have really enjoyed creating hedgehog homes and den building outdoors.
We have sequenced our own bedtime routine, and enjoyed discussing our favourite things to help us sleep at night.
We have enjoyed creative activities around hedgehogs experimenting with clay and other mediums. Making clay and paper hedgehogs
We have enjoyed ice exploration and the changes that happen to ice, we have had lots of discussions about melting and freezing.
Week Commencing – 08/01/19
We have started our two week topic of winter and dark nights.
We have been investigating stories about the natural phenomena of the season and sharing non-fiction books which give information.
We have been writing simple captions inspired by what we have read.
In P.E we have begun our gymnastics topic, exploring with travelling on and around apparatus safely.
In Maths we have revisited and concentrated on mastery of numbers 1-20, counting back, ordering numerals and looking at what each number represents.
We have been talking about and writing about the things we can see in winter.
Some of us have started completing phonics and independent writing in our phonics books, very exciting. We have been very creative, exploring winter pictures with different mediums.
We have worked on our cutting skills creating paper snowflakes
Building a den
Week Commencing- 17/12/18
This week’s focus is on celebrating Christmas, including the giving of gifts and getting together with family and friends.
We talked all our own Christmas traditions and how it related to the stories we have read.
We enjoyed exciting Christmas/winter tuff trays and role play activities, especially Santa’s workshop!
We retold the story of the First Christmas and realised how much we had learned from taking part in the nativity and creating our Christmas book.
In Maths we looked at using the days of the week in context, for example a story.
We also looked at recognising a minute as unit of time, we enjoyed experimenting practically by counting different actions that could be carried out in a minute.
We really enjoyed our party, having time to dance and play games with our friends and teachers was fantastic, the teachers were very impressed with our moves!
We have worked so hard and made so much progress during our first term; our teachers are so proud of us!
We can’t wait for some much needed downtime with friends and family, Merry Christmas!
Week Commencing – 10/12/18
This week we began our Christmas and winter traditions topic, we have really enjoyed this so far.
We have discussed how we prepare for Christmas and winter traditions and looked at their similarities and differences we notice between these traditions.
We have been writing Christmas cards and discussing how the postal system works, we hope we can send ours to our families next week!
We have been busy in our role play areas wrapping presents, dressing trees and enjoying all kinds of elf related fun.
We have enjoyed some very messy Christmas crafts, as well as creating some winter art in computing!
We have been focusing on money, we have been working hard trying to recognise and understand the value of coins.
We have been comparing prices in pounds up to £10, we especially enjoyed talking about what we would need to buy for Christmas!
We have been 'buying' our snack at snack time, we really enjoyed running a role play snack shop independently.
We really enjoyed practising our letter and number formation in our own classroom snow scene.
In P.E we went on a Christmas adventure and acted out one of our favourite class Christmas books.
We had so much fun watching Father Christmas on our very first school trip!
It really is starting to feel a lot like Christmas in Reception, we can't wait to see what we will get up to next week!
Week Commencing – 01/12/18
This week our space topic continued, we have been sharing our thoughts and ideas about aliens.
We have been discussing what we think fact and what fiction is, providing reasons for our opinions.
We have been listening to Gustav Holt’s planets music and enjoying some very messy alien play.
We have been using rhymes to predict words in a rhyming story or string.
We have been looking at subtraction and looking at the relevant calculations using planets.
We had a fantastic time exploring beat in music, we created our own using hands, feet and instruments.
We enjoyed various art activities based around The First Christmas, these involved lots of glitter!
We were so busy performing our fantastic nativity, we loved showing off all the hard work we have put in over the last few weeks!
Week Commencing – 26/11/18
This week we have been exploring the solar system, we learnt all about planets, moons and astronauts.
We have been looking at the difference between fiction and non-fiction texts and their uses.
We have been concentrating on 2D and 3D shape, we enjoyed sorting these and looking at how we could describe each one.
We used our 3D shapes to experiment with printing and look at the 2D prints we could make using 3D shapes, we were very interested in this!
We have been working really hard on sentence writing during our phonics sessions and independent writing.
We have been working very hard on perfecting our letter and number formation this week.
We have been discussing what the Christmas story tells us about Jesus and are starting to really understand the importance of telling the story ourselves in the Nativity.
We have been practicing very hard for our upcoming nativity, we cannot wait for you to join us in celebrating the birth of Jesus.
The Reception Spaceship!
Week Commencing – 19/11/18
This week we have started to explore our exciting theme of Space! This week we have started to discuss and share our knowledge of space and space travel!
We read whatever next and made our own list of things we would need to take to the moon.
We enjoyed lots of space related crafts and activities, we especially enjoyed creating our very own rockets!
We had some very messy space trays to explore, it looked like we had just landed on Mars.
Our dark den was transformed into a spaceship and we really felt the part dressing up in our real space gear.
We have been looking at height and using direct comparison using language of ‘taller or shorter’.
We have been also comparing quantities and numbers to see which one is more or less.
We have been looking at the Christmas story and what happens, we are writing our very own Christmas book.
We have been looking at why Christians perform a nativity and what we can learn about Jesus from this.
Week Commencing – 12/11/18
We have been looking at length this week and comparing different lengths using a direct comparison.
We have been using non uniform ways to measure all kinds of objects, even ourselves!
We spent some more time looking at the festivals of light and our feelings towards the dark, we looked at descriptive words for fireworks and candles.
Our role play area has been transformed into a dark den where we are able to experiment with different light sources.
We looked at performing Bollywood dancing, making divas, producing Rangoli patterns and creating fireworks through transient art forms.
We created beautiful firework pictures using the computer program Dazzle.
Week Commencing – 05/11/18
We have been consolidating our knowledge this week on all we have learnt so far and becoming super confident with our numbers 1-20.
We have started to look at and understand the concept of adding and subtracting looking at one more or one less than a number/amount.
We have been learning that the start of winter brings festivals of lights. We have explored firework night and Diwali and the stories behind both of these.
We have created some fantastic artwork inspired by fireworks during the festivals.
We were introduced to prepositions and how we can use them, we practiced all week and are feeling really confident with these now!
We told our teachers all about our autumn walk using prepositions such as ‘over the bridge’ and ‘along the river’, we even created a class map to help us with this!
We learnt all about Remembrance Day and the reasons behind wearing our beautiful poppies.
We really enjoyed dressing up for Remembrance Day, singing songs with the rest of the school and making poppies in lots of creative ways.
We have really enjoyed looking at what a church is, we looked at the churches linked to our school and why Christians go to church.
Getting active with Pudsey Bear
Week Commencing – 29/10/18
We have been looking at addition and finding five in different ways.
We have also been practicing writing our own calculations to show ‘the same as’ 5.
We enjoyed traditional tales in literacy discussing the characters we saw, exploring how story maps can represent a story and sequencing events.
We had so much fun looking at different versions of the same story and making our own adaptations as a class e.g. the big bad duck!
We shared ideas about homes and houses and created our own using junk modelling to create these, we had to think hard about silly and sensible building materials.
We enjoyed a scientific puff test of ‘puffable’ materials that would be blown away by the wolf, we also looked at comparing different homes such as an igloo and a tent on explorify!
We practiced our cutting of tricky shapes as practice makes perfect, we are becoming much more confident with this!
We went on a fantastic autumn walk along the Bollin, we found lots of exciting autumn treasure and cannot wait to talk about our walk next week.
We have been discussing our churches and community, we have thought about all the groups we are part of and what this means to us.
mix of oil water food colour to make 'fireworks'
finding out about ordering by height
Learning about The Christmas Story
Week Commencing - 15/10/18
We have been investigating various types of fruit- looking at the smell, texture and pattern on the inside.
We have been discussing where fruit and vegetables come from and talking about harvest.
We have been voting on our favourite fruit and vegetables, we created pictograms and analysed our own data!
We have been describing our favourite fruit and vegetables, we had a go at writing our descriptions using the sounds we know!
We have been practising our scissor skills, cutting around tricky autumn shapes!
We have also enjoyed using our fruit for paint printing, they have made for some lovely artwork!
We have discussed how to be healthy and healthy foods
We have been learning how to give one more than a given number and mastering our number understanding to 10.
We continued to deepen our understanding of God through the stories of The Lost Coin and The Lost Sheep.
We have been so busy over the last half term and are certainly ready for a rest!
We can’t wait to see everyone after the holidays!
5 a day Superheros
Printing with fruit and vegetables
Week Commencing – 08/10/18
What a week we have had!
We have been learning all about continuing repeated patterns and exploring the different ways patterns can be created.
We learnt about what God is like, discussing how strong and powerful he is through sharing the story of David and Goliath.
We have been concentrating really hard when forming our letters during phonics and on perfecting our pencil grips.
We have been acting out and retelling familiar stories, discussing the characters and their actions.
We have been learning our tricky words, we are becoming so confident with the ones we have done so far!
We really enjoyed being a part of the Harvest Festival, we tried really hard and really impressed our teachers with our fantastic singing!
In P.E we have experimented with movement to music, rhythm and beat using ice and snow animals as a theme.
We have been so busy!
A repeating shape pattern
Building a house
Infant Harvest Festival
Week Commencing – 01/10/18
We have had such a fab week in Reception!
We have been learning all about different 2d shapes and position.
We used our fantastic shape knowledge to go shape hunting in the outdoor environment.
We went to the jungle during our animal dance session this week!
We listened to lots of stories about being kind to each other and sharing.
We have experimented with our scissor skills and using other tools.
We created some beautiful harvest paintings, exploring how colours change through mixing.
We shared the Parable of the Good Samaritan and were able to tell our teachers all about what happened! We were listening so well!
We spent Friday afternoon practicing our Harvest Festival songs, we are so excited to share these with you next week!
We have been experimenting with voting, we voted for our favourite season.
We are really enjoying our phonics sessions and learning new sounds, our listening skills are becoming really impressive
We can’t wait to see what will happen next week!
Week Commencing – 24/09/18
Another fantastic week for us in Reception!
We have been so confident with walking from the gate independently and around school during the day and have learnt so much!
We have been listening to, retelling and acting out stories with repeated refrains as well as learning rhymes and chants.
Our animal dance theme continued with a lesson based around farm animals and their movements.
We have been exploring Simple City the computing programme and becoming confident using the mouse.
We began to learn our harvest songs in preparation for the upcoming Harvest Festival.
We have started learning our sounds and have really enjoyed some fantastic phonic related games.
We have been trying really hard to perfect our pencil grip with lots of fine motor challenges.
We have practised letter formation in some unusual and exciting ways.
We continued to look at good news in the Bible and the stories we could find/share relating to our own good news.
We have been matching numerals to the number in a set, as well as, ordering numerals to 10.
See you next week!
We have had such a fantastic week in Reception!
We have continued to get to know our class, teachers and lots of members of BCS, we have made lots of new friends!
We have been doing lots of activities around ourselves and our families including; charcoal portraits, fingerprint art and building our houses with various construction resources.
We have been talking about ourselves and what we like, we have enjoyed discussing what makes each person special and different.
We have discussed autumn as a season and the changes all around us.
We have been practising writing our names in exciting ways, we are becoming very confident with this!
We experimented with dance in our P.E lesson looking at how different animals move. Our teachers were so impressed by how fantastic we were at changing independently!
We had our first computing lesson, we were very excited to be navigating around programmes independently!
We learnt lots of new songs and rhymes, we have loved using actions in these!
We have been developing our listening skills through lots of games and activities.
We continued to learn about God and good news.
We have enjoyed exploring numicon and counting in lots of ways,
We enjoyed singing in the hall with all of the infants and teachers to finish off our super week.
We are excited to see what we will be getting up to next week!
This week in Reception we have been settling into school life and learning so many new things!
We have discussed starting school and what happens during the school day.
We have talked about friendship, what makes a fantastic friend and we even learnt a new friendship song.
We got to know our new class and teacher with lots of circle time activities.
We learnt lots of new songs and rhymes.
We had a fantastic P.E lesson! We learnt all about how we warm up and cool down when exercising, as well as having such fun playing games with the parachute.
We discussed the seasons and the changes that happen throughout the year.
We learnt about creation and all the beautiful things God created in our world.
We experimented with different activities in our classroom, we had great fun choosing what we wanted to do.
We explored the exciting outdoor areas and enjoyed challenging ourselves on the new climbing equipment!