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.

Summer 2

  • Minibeasts and Under the Sea

Building Learning Power

Our learning power will be developed by being Perseverance Penguins through developing our ability to focus on a task with minimal support.

We will also be Imaginative Iguanas by using our imagination to make up our own stories.

Communication, Language & Literacy

“Hairy scary spider…” We will be making class minibeast information books all about bugs. Looking at the story of ‘The Bad Tempered Ladybird,’ we will use WOW adjectives to describe the ladybird and make a new ending for the story.

Using our knowledge of story language, for example ‘once upon a time’, ‘a long long time ago, ‘deep in the forest,’ we will be writing our own minibeast stories. During our topic on water and under the sea, we will be learning about how not to wastewater and will put together a list of what it’s used for.

We will be designing our own treasure maps and writing directions about how to find the treasure. In phonics, we will be revising all taught digraphs and trigraphs and practising writing tricky words correctly.


‘Hickory Dickory Dock, the mouse ran up the clock…’ We will be learning to read the time to the hour relating it to the story of ‘The Bad Tempered Ladybird’.

We will also revise doubling and halving facts and use our Numicon resources to work out the answers with our learning partners. We will be revising our concept of number bonds to 10 and extending to 20.

We will be revisiting 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins and using money to buy various items from our souvenir shop; consolidating our skills of counting on for addition and using the number line for subtraction problems.

We will be Noticing Newts looking for vocabulary related to addition and subtraction in word problems.

BASICS & Characteristics of Learning

This half term we will be focussing on the fol- lowing two characteristics:

  • Creating and thinking critically – choosing ways to do things and finding new ways.
  • Active learning – Showing a belief that more effort or a different approach will pay off.

Personal, Social & Emotional

This half term the children will explore feelings and will learn how to manage difficult feelings.

Furthermore, the children will identify special people in their lives and explain why these people are special. We will be taking part in various transition activities to help us get ready for Year 1.

These will include meeting our Year 1 buddy, circle time question and answer and a tour of the Year 1 area.

Physical Development

In our dance sessions, we will be learning a show-stopping dance to kick off the Montpelier Summer fete!

In our P.E sessions, we will be continuing to im- prove our balance, coordination and teamwork skills.

In readiness for Year 1, part of our transition will consist of handwriting sessions. These will be focussing on correct letter for- mation and pencil grip.

Expressive Arts & Design

We will be exploring different media and materials to create showpieces for our art exhibition in July. While learning about under the sea, we will create 3D art.

We will be learning new songs related to minibeasts and under the sea and putting together three different role play areas: ‘minibeast garden’, ‘a minibeast hotel’ and ‘a potting shed’.

Understanding the World

We will be exploring the habitats of minibeasts and sea creatures from around the world.

We will be looking at the influence of human activity on the environment around us and what we do to look after our environment.