q Reception Curriculum A1 - Montpelier Primary School

Reception Curriculum Overview

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Key Information

  • Phonic homework is given out every Thursday. Please work every day with your child to practise recently taught phonic sounds and words.
  • Reading books are given out every Thursday. Please read every day at home. Bring your completed reading record into school on Tuesday with your reading and library books.
  • A weekly newsletter is sent out every Friday. At the bottom of each newsletter, we provide a suggested home activity. Please make an effort to do this with your child over the weekend.
  • Our PE day is Friday. The children should come to school wearing their P.E kit on this day.

Autumn 1


Building Learning Power

  • Our learning muscles will be stretched this term as we focus on being Noticing Newts, while we notice things around our new classroom and school environment.

Communication, Language & Literacy

Our first topic will be ‘All about me’. In this topic, we will be looking at our families, our senses, similarities and differences, and belonging to our school community. This project crosses all areas of our learning and is underpinned by our school ‘BASICS’ ethos. Reading will be taught through guided reading as well as through literacy and phonics lessons.

This half term we will be introducing daily phonics sessions. In each lesson the children will be introduced to a new sound and will practise saying, writing and applying the sound to words.


‘10 green bottles sitting on the wall…’

We love to sing in Reception! Using well-known number songs and rhymes the children will be learning a number of maths concepts such as counting forwards and backwards. We will set up activities both indoor and outdoor to practise key maths skills including number recognition, number ordering and one to one correspondence.

We will be developing the children’s knowledge and understanding of patterns and simple 2D shapes. Some of the practical activities we will be doing include making repeated patterns and shape pictures.

BASICS & Characteristics of Learning

This half term we will be focussing on the following two characteristics:

  • Playing and Exploring – using our senses to explore the world around us.
  • Belonging – to our class and school

Physical Development

We will develop fine motor skills through a range of activities such as threading, play dough, small construction and finger painting.

We will develop gross motor skills through weekly dance and PE lessons.

This half term we will be playing parachute games and will be exploring different ways to move our bodies.

Personal, Social & Emotional

We believe it is vital for children to feel safe, secure and confident within their environment.

During circle time we will be playing games to help children learn about one another. We will discover things that we have in common and things that are different.

We will organise activities to support developing positive friendships and feeling comfortable in our new class.

Expressive Arts & Design

We will be making self-portraits for our classroom display. While learning about senses we will be exploring the importance of them.

We will be taking part in developing the role play area in each class. This half term will be a home corner, where we will paint the house and decide on additional props to make the house an exciting place to be.

Understanding the World

We will start by looking at ourselves, our family, and our school environment.

This half term we will be going on an Autumn walk to look at the seasonal changes in the environment. We will make our own Autumn page about the things we have seen on our walk and will be exploring animals that hibernate, what this means and why they do this.