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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 13th January 2020

  • We continue with our Winter theme and will be learning how animals survive in winter.
  • Our book of the week is The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson.
  • The children will be thinking about warming winter food and they will be making carrot soup.
  • In Literacy the children will be writing instructions to make soup.
  • In Maths the children will be learning how to count, manipulate and sort up to eight objects securely.
  • Through Bible stories and songs, the children will continue to learn about Creation.
  • In PE, our current topic is 'dance' and the children are learning through a dinosaur theme.
  • Our Heartsmart theme is 'Too Much Selfie Isn't Healthy!' and we we are learning about the special people in our family.

Key vocabulary: Winter, frost, ice, bleak, bitter, chilly, January, fire, fire place, chimney, cosy, warm, wrapped up, blanket, comfort, comfy, snuggly.

Activity to do at home: Discuss your family favourite comfort foods to enjoy when it is cold outside.  Ask your child to help you prepare a warming meal or snack.  

Week beginning 7th January 2020

Our book of the week is a non-fiction text called 'What Can You See in Winter?'  The children will be learning to look for signs of winter.

The children will be learning the letter sounds 'ee', 'sh', 'ch' and 'th'.

In Maths the children are learning about number partition through the 'part-whole' model.

In PE the children will be starting their gymnastic sessions.  

The children will begin to learn about Creation and how God made the world.  We will discuss how humans look after the world but also destroy it.  We will think of ways that we can have a positive impact on our planet.

Our heartsmart topic is 'Too much selfie isn't healthy' and the children will be encouraged to think about the special people in their lives.

On the art table the children will be making winter collages using 'cold 'colours such as blue, white, grey, silver.

Key vocabulary: winter, season, cold, freeze, ice, snow, frost, melt, sleet, decade.

Activity at home: Make a bird feeder; cut a bagel cut in half and spread with peanut butter before dipping in bird seed.  Thread string through the bagel hole and hang on a tree.  Discuss with your child that birds find it difficult to find food in winter.



Week commencing 16/12 - the children:

  • watched the 'Christopher's Christmas' production in the hall
  • finished their Christmas books
  • made bread and salt dough Christmas decorations
  • talked about our trip to see 'Mr Popper's Penguins ' at Sale Waterside
  • practised hand writing 
  • worked on phonic skills and tricky words
  • talked about the months in a year and days in a month
  • read lots of lovely Christmas stories and sang Christmas

Activity to do at home over the holidays:  Make a holiday diary (with photos or pictures) to let us know what you got up to (don't worry about doing the whole holiday - we'd just love to see a little snippet!). 


Christmas Tree Pizzas!

Christmas Tree Pizzas! 1
Christmas Tree Pizzas! 2

Week beginning 9th December 2019

  • Our book of the week is 'Harvey Slumfenburger's Christmas Present' by John Burningham.
  • The children will be designing and making a Christmas present using junk modelling.
  • We will be making a variety of fun Christmas crafts!
  • We will be practising tricky words.  These can be found in the front of your child's reading book and we are focussing on set 1 and 2.
  • We are beginning the 'bar modelling' approach in Maths and children will be learning how to do this using numbers 1-5.
  • We are continuing with our Christmas books.
  • We are making Christmas cards.
  • We are making Christmas tree pizzas!

Activity to do at home this week: To look at the ingredients of a pizza and discuss where they come from.  

Week beginning 25th November 2019

  • Our book of the week is' Man on the Moon: A Day in the Life of Bob' By Simon Bartram.
  • In Phonics we will be recapping letter sounds covered so far  and tricky words from set 1 and 2.
  • In Literacy we will be writing pages in our Christmas books.
  • The children will be writing 'alien words' in glitter and gloop.
  • In Maths the children are exploring 2D and 3D shapes.  They are making shape models.
  • The children are continuing to practise the nativity and learn the songs.
  • The children are making their own aliens.
  • The children are creating planet pictures by marbling ink.

Key vocabulary:  Moon  facts!  Did you know  that the moon orbits the Earth every 27 days?  Can you learn more moon facts?

Activity at home for this week:  Please encourage your child to learn the nativity songs.

Making shape robots

Making shape robots 1
Making shape robots 2
Making shape robots 3

Week beginning 18th November

  • We continue with our Space  theme and will be exploring fact books.
  • Our book of the week is  'National Geographic - The Big Book of Space'.
  • In Literacy the children will be writing their special 'Christmas Books'.
  • In Maths the children are learning about 2d and 3d shapes.  We are focussing on 3d shapes and learning facts about them.
  • We are  making paper mache planets.
  • The children are listening to Space songs and learning more facts.
  • We are practising the nativity and learning the songs.
  • The children are listening to different versions of the Christmas story.

Key vocabulary this week:  cuboid, cube, sphere, cone, pyramid, length, width, height, sold, flat

Activities at home: Please help your child learn any words that they have for the nativity or ask them to sing the songs for you.

                                          Go on a 3d shape hunt at home and look for any real-life examples.

Week beginning 11th November 2019

On Remembrance Day the children learnt what poppies represent and why we wear them.  They made poppy pictures and crafts.


  • On Tuesday we began our 'Space' theme.  We will be basing our activities around Space for 3 weeks.
  • Our book of the week is 'Whatever Next' by Jill Murphy.
  • In Literacy the children will be writing items that they would take with them to Space.
  • In Maths the children are identifying different ways of making numbers 1,2,3,4,5,6 and 7.
  • In technology the children are programming beebots around Space objects!
  • The children will be making Space paint splatter pictures.
  • In PE the children will continue with the 'healthy me' dance topic.
  • The children are practising their Nativity songs and will begin to learn their parts.

Key vocabulary this week: asteroid, meteor, star, planet, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, comet, moon.

Activities to do at home this week: Recycle your jam jars or plastic bottles and make a galaxy jar -https://myhomebasedlife.com/galaxy-jar-kids-activity/ /



Autumn Walk

Autumn Walk 1 down the steps
Autumn Walk 2 along the path
Autumn Walk 3 across the field
Autumn Walk 4
Autumn Walk 5 discovering mushrooms
Autumn Walk 6 on the way back

Week beginning 4th November 2019

  • Our story of the week is 'Bears in the Night' by Stan and Jan Berenstain. We will be focussing on positional language.
  • We will be going on an Autumn  walk to the Bollin and then drawing a map of our route on our return to school.
  • We are learning about Bonfire Night and making sparkly firework pictures!
  • The children are writing firework words such as 'fizz', 'bang', 'pop' and 'whoosh'.
  • In Maths we are learning about the the numbers '1', '2', '3', '4' and '5'.  We are paying particular attention to the number '5' and thinking of ways of making '5'.
  • We continue with our dance topic in PE and will be learning some pilate movements.
  • In phonics are learning the sounds, 'j', 'w', 'v' and 'x'.
  • We will continue with our tricky words.
  • In computing we will be using the 'topmarks' website and completing the underwater counting game.  We will be practising our mouse control.
  • We are beginning to learn our Nativity songs.

Key vocabulary: under, over, up, down, between, around, across, backwards, forward, back.

Something to do this week: listen and look for fireworks in the evening and discuss words with your child that describes them.


Week commencing 28th October 2019

  • We are learning about the Hindu and Sikh festival of Diwali.
  • Our book of the week is 'Let's Celebrate 5 Days of Diwali' by Ajanta and Vivek.
  • We are making clay diya lamps and decorating them.
  • We are drawing rangoli patterns using coloured sand.
  • We are dressing up in Indian clothes.
  • In Literacy we are writing our holiday news.
  • In Maths we are looking closely at quantity and considering 'more', 'less' and 'same'.
  • We are drawing maps of the school and using positional language.
  • In phonics we are learning the sounds 'h', 'b', 'f' and 'l'.
  • We have started a new PE topic of 'dance'.
  • In computing we are learning pre-coding skills and completing a Maths programme with numbers 1-10.

Key vocabulary this week: 'Diwali', 'festival', 'lights', 'diya lamp', 'rangoli', 'barfis'

Something to do this week: The fifth day of Diwali is known as 'Bhai Dooj'. On this day, brothers and sisters take care of each other.  Can you help your child think of ways to take care of their family this week?



Week Commencing  -14th October 2019

  • Our story this week is Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen, 
  • In Literacy we will be retelling the story using descriptive vocabulary. 
  • We will be making up our own version of a 'hunt' and experimenting with different story ways of storytelling with music and movement. 
  • In Maths we are looking at different types of repeating patterns. We are creating our own patterns using body percussion and recording these using symbols. 
  • In Phonics we will be learning the new sounds 'ck' 'e' 'u' 'r' and recapping the sounds we have learnt so far. We will be writing words with these sounds, making words and pracstising handwriting. 
  • We will be continuing to look at the good news stories from The Bible.
  • We will be continuing our gymnastics unit in P.E focusing on safe and skillful jumping. 
  • In computing we are exploring simple programmes and developing our early coding skills. 


Key Vocabulary this week- Position words (on, next to, between etc), sequence, pattern, repeating, same, match

Something to do this week- Find out a fact about a bear to tell your teacher! / Make a repeating pattern with household objects e.g.  knife, fork, spoon, knife, fork, spoon. 

Week commencing 7th October 2019

  • Our story of the week is 'Little Rabbit Foo Foo' by Michael Rosen.
  • In Literacy the children will be making up a new ending for the story 'Little Rabbit Foo Foo' and writing a simple sentence.
  • In phonics the children will be learning the sounds 'g', 'o', 'ck' and recapping the sounds we have learnt so far.
  • In Maths the children will be learning about measurement and ordering.  They will be ordering 3 or 4  objects by length.
  • We will be learning about 'Harvest' with a focus on bread.  We will be learning about how bread is produced from grain.  We will be tasting a variety of different types of bread and discussing likes/dislikes and what we enjoy eating at home.
  • When talking about Harvest we will be asking the children to think about sharing what they have with others.
  • We are learning the songs for the Harvest Festival. 
  • We are doing gymnastics in PE and have been focussing on travelling in different ways and making big/small shapes with our bodies.
  • In computers this week we are exploring espresso and using a mouse.
  • We are reading stories about Jesus.

Key vocabulary this week:  tall, short, longer, thick, thin. 

Something to do this week: comparing the shoes in your family, can you put them in order? 


Week commencing 30th September 

  • Our story of the week is 'Peace at Last' by Jill Murphy.  We are also sharing other Jill Murphy stories such as 'Five Minutes Peace' and 'A Quiet Night In'.
  • In Literacy the children are writing a sentence about their favourite food, with a focus on foods beginning with the letters we have covered so far in our phonic sessions.
  • We are recapping the letter sounds from last week, 's', 'a', 't', 'p' and are now learning 'i', 'n', 'm' and 'd' (next week g, o, c, k)
  • We are learning about healthy foods and making flat bread pizzas.
  • We are developing our critical thinking skills through sorting activities.  
  • We are finding comparisons between objects and thinking about what is the same and what is different.
  • We are learning songs for the Harvest Festival next Thursday.
  • We continue to explore 'good news' stories from the Bible.
  • We are learning our classroom expectations and the importance of treating one another with respect.
  • Learning how to log on and off in the computer suite and how to use a computer mouse.
  • We are changing for PE and our current focus is gymnastics - travelling in different ways.
  • We continue our discussions about Autumn and signs of Autumn.

Key vocabulary this week: Same, different, pattern, colour, shape, size, match, pair

Something to do this week: Sort your socks!  Can you match your socks into pairs?  

Week commencing 23rd September

  • We are sharing the book 'Things I like' and discussing each page together
  • We are voting for our favourite book and talking about the importance of voting
  • We are learning about s, a, t and p
  • Practising sounding out and writing each letter
  • Practising blending sounds together to make words
  • Going to the computer suite and learning how to use a mouse and the keyboard
  • Categorising and describing everyday objects
  • Making comparisons between objects - finding similarities and differences
  • Using Numicon - a key maths resource
  • Doing Autumn finger painting 
  • Learning new songs
  • Talking more about Autumn and the changes which take place
  • Listening to stories from the Bible with an emphasis on good news 

Key Vocabulary this week: Common tree names eg. oak, sycamore, beech and horse-chestnut

Something to do this week: How many different leaves can your child identify? - Download an Autumn Leaf ID sheet from Nature Detectives (www.woodlandtrust.org.uk)


Week commencing 16th September

  • Playing listening games
  • Running on the running track
  • Having PE in the hall and getting changed independently
  • Listening to stories about Autumn and the seasons
  • Watching a time lapse video clip about the changes which take place in a wood over a year
  • Sharing and discussing stories together
  • Listening for and responding to the pulse in songs
  • Learning more about the Bible and talking about the good news in some of the stories
  • Doing Autumn tree artwork
  • Learning Autumn songs
  • Learning how to be a good friend to others
  • Listening for rhymes in songs and stories

Week Commencing 9th September


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 begun to build exciting, new friendships! We have talked about what makes a fantastic friend and have also 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 have drawn a self-portrait to display on our wall
  • We have been doing exercise to music in the classroom
  • We had a fantastic P.E lesson! We learnt how we warm up and cool down when exercising, and we had fun playing games with the parachute.
  • We discussed the seasons with a particular focus on Autumn.
  • We have begun to learn about 'good news' stories in the Bible, beginning with The Parable of the Good Samaritan.
  • We experimented with new classroom equipment and had great fun choosing what we wanted to do. 
  • We explored the exciting outdoor areas and enjoyed challenging ourselves on the climbing equipment!
  • We learnt how to choose our lunch in the dinning hall and enjoyed eating together with other Reception children.


We can't wait for next week already!