The Reception team is comprised of a team of teachers, Miss Edey and Mrs Hartley, two teaching assistants, Mrs Dale and Mrs Hensman, and a 1:1 teaching assistant, Miss Houltby. We all work together to make your child’s time in Reception the best that it can be!

This term our topic is 'Exploration'.

We will be learning about lots of sub topics including Space, Pirates, Under the Sea and The Jungle.

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 topic this term.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The children will continue to follow the rules and routines of Reception, as well as the whole school expectations. 

They will develop their sharing and turn taking skills while making new friends, and discovering how to get along with them.

The children will be learning to consider what is right and what is wrong, and to understand the consequences of their own actions.

Children will be learning to understand that other people may have different needs than themselves.  



Physical Development

The children will need to bring their PE kits every week, ready for PE which will take place on a Friday.  Please ensure that all kit is named.

Children will be learning through dance to move in a range of controlled and varied ways.

Children will learn to recognise how their bodies change and feel during exercise. 

The children will also be developing their fine motor skills through the effective grip and use of writing and drawing tools, as well as threading, sticking and the use of equipment such as peg boards.  



Communication and Language

In Reception the children will often use language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences in play situations. They will have many oportunities to use talk for thinking in a range of situations.

The children will be learning to follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. 

Children will learn to susrain attentive listening in a variety of situations. 




Phonics will be delivered daily in relevant ability groups across both classes. This term the children are begining to learn how to construct a sentence, sounding out the words they need carefully and using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. 

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!




Within mathematics we will be developing number recognition, and our understanding of number. The children will take part in daily numeracy sessions, where they will be given opportunities to order, count, read and write numbers in a range of ways. 

Reception will also be learning about shape, space and measure. The children will be recognising and naming shapes in the environment, as well as exploring shape in practical contexts. 



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 thinking about the world around us, including Space, Under the Sea and The Jungle. 

Children will have the opportunity to explore a range of musical instruments, comparing different sounds.

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 and be imaginative.