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.
  • The children should come to school wearing their P.E kit on Wednesdays (Dance) and Fridays (P.E).

Autumn 2

  • Transport and Julia Donaldson

Building Learning Power

  • Our learning muscles will be stretched this term as we focus on being a Collaborative Koala by working together to follow class promises and helping each other with activities.

Communication, Language & Literacy

We will be extending our vocabulary by using WOW adjectives in our sentences whilst looking at stories by Julia Donaldson. After reading The Stickman, we will look at rhyming words and create our own.

We will also be exploring different modes of transport and writing about them. Using our knowledge of letters and sounds we will be making invitations to our Christmas Nativity. This half term we will be grouping the children for phonics. This is so we can ensure each child is being challenged appropriately within their knowledge of letters and sounds.


We will be mastering the numbers 1 to 5 and looking at different ways of making these numbers, such as one part is 2 and the other part is 1: the whole is 3 (2+1=3).

Using our knowledge of numbers we will introduce the concept of more than and less than. We will be using ourselves, objects and unifix cubes to demonstrate this in a practical way.

Through hands-on exploration and games, we will be learning to add two groups of objects together. Measuring length is fun in Reception – we will be learning to measure each other, objects, and furniture using non-standard measurements for e.g. footprints, straws and unifix cubes.

BASICS & Characteristics of Learning

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

  • Playing and Exploring – being willing to ‘have a go’ at a range of activities.
  • Active Learning – being involved and concentrating.

Physical Development

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

In our dance lessons, we will be learning a new dance for our Christmas Nativity.

We will be practising our rolling, throwing and catching skills using a variety of balls.

We will also be developing our balanc- ing skills on the balance bikes in the outdoor area.

Personal, Social & Emotional

We will be focusing on developing good friendships and talking about what makes a good friend. For the anti-bullying week, we will be discussing what makes a good friend and making friendship bracelets.

During circle time we will be celebrating our strengths and sharing them with each other. We will have a road safety talk about how we will stay safe outside of school and a special visit from the police.

Expressive Arts & Design

We will be kick-starting this half-term by making bright, glittery firework pictures. In music, we will be learning songs for our Christmas Nativity. We will be looking at different types of transport and how they are made.

During the international week, we will be watching clips of dances from around the world and trying to copy how the people move.

Understanding the World

In our ICT lessons, we will be learning how to log on to the computers and how to hold and control a mouse correctly.

We will be looking at the story of Christmas and discussing how people around the world celebrate this festival.

We will be exploring modes of transport and how they work.