The Reception team is comprised of a team of teachers, Miss Edey and Mrs Hartley, and two teaching assistants, Mrs Dale and Mrs Hensman. We all work together to make your child’s time in Reception the best that it can be!

This Term, our topic is “All About Me”. We will be learning about lots of different sub topics, from Our Senses to People Who Help Us. We will explore many things about ourselves, including who is in our family and all about our bodies and emotions! The children will have the chance to talk about their families and home life and share photos and experiences of these. We will finish the term learning about special celebrations such as Diwali and Christmas.

Our curriculum is organised over the 7 areas of learning from the Early Years Currciulum. The information below gives an insight as to how this applies to our current topic.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will focus heavily on developing our personal, social and emotional skills during the first term. The children will learn about rules and behavioural expectations and why we have them.

Through lots of games, activities and role play, the children will be able to develop self-confidence and awareness through talking about themselves and their interests. The children will have plenty of opportunities to make positive new relationships and develop friendly behaviour with their new teachers and peers.


Communication and Language

In Reception the children will often use language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences in play situations. This is encouraged within our exciting role play and small world areas!

Children will learn how to express themselves and speak to others, particularly during Tolerance sessions, showing awareness of listeners’ needs.

During our daily Story Time, children will listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. 


Physical Development

This term, Reception will be taking part in gymnastics, which involves exploring and balancing on the large apparatus as well as learning how to perform simple jumps, rolls and movements.

We will focus heavily on learning how to get changed for PE independently. The children will need to bring their PE kits every week, ready for PE which will take place on a Friday.  

As well as large scale movements, the children will develop their fine motor control by engaging in tasks such as threading, sewing, drawing and writing.



During the first term, Reception will be learning to recognise and form the initial sounds in their daily Phonics lessons. The children will also learn how to blend these sounds together to read and write simple words. 

We will focus heavily on being able to recognise and write our names. 

The children will be taking part in supported 1:1 reading sessions with the adults, and will be encouraged to change their home reading book often. You can support with this by reading with your child regularly at home, and helping them to learn their sight words. 

Story time will occur daily to develop a love for reading!



The children will take part in daily Numeracy sessions, where they will be given opportunities to say number names in order and begin to count  a given set of objects accurately. We will enjoy demonstrating our number skills when singing along to our favourite number rhymes and songs.

During their child initiated time, Reception will learn to sort objects as well as follow and create simple patterns. We will also look at and describe basic shapes in the environment. 


Understanding the World

In Reception we enjoy taking our learning outdoors! Please ensure that your child always has suitable outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather, as they will spend time outside every day.

During this term the children will be learning about their bodies, family and all of the amazing things that make them unique. As part of our People Who Help Us sub topic, the children will learn about different occupations and ways of life. We will also learn about the various celebrations that are celebrated at this time of year. 

The children begin to develop the skills needed to operate simple ICT equipment.  Reception will enjoy learning through using computers, iPads, and other technology.


Expressive Arts and Design

In Reception, we try to make all learning as creative and fun as possible. Many areas of learning will be taught in a creative way!

Daily, the children will encounter opportunites to role play, paint, draw, make music, sing, dance and be imaginative.