Reception Curriculum

Reception Curriculum

In the Foundation Stage the children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum working towards the Development Matters statements and The Early Learning Goals. There are seven areas of learning, three prime areas and four specific areas.


Our Long Term Overview

CYCLE 1

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Topics

Me and my family

 

Let’s Celebrate

Hot and Cold

Out and about

Big and Small

      The Island

 

Wows

Wow week – International food and harvest

Wow week – Christmas  crafts
 

Wow week – Science

Wow week – MUD!

Wow week – Reptile experience

Wow week –Water Week

 Key Texts So Much
Zaza’s Baby Brother
Harry’s Home
Peace at Last
A Big Mooncake for Little Star
Dim Sum for Everyone
You choose
Firework poetry
Non-fiction books about Diwali
My Mum’s Sari
The runaway chapati
Mog’s Christmas
My Penguin Osbert
Kipper’s Christmas Eve
The runaway wok
Cleversticks
Bringing in the new Year
Blue penguin
Handa’s surprise
Going on a Bear hunt
Bear in the cave
Alfie’s feet
Stanleys stick
The something
What the ladybird heard
How to hide a lion
Can’t take an elephant on a bus
Arghh spider
Yucky worms
The snail and the Whale
How much does a ladybird weigh 
New home for a  pirate
Where the wild things
The night pirates
The Island
Experiences Settling into school – Becoming familiar with a new environment and making friends.
Visiting local allotments
Making and sharing different foods special to our families
Harvest celebration
Chinese Moon cake festival
Visit from a local artist
Finding out about firework celebrations,  Diwali and Christmas
Making Christmas cards and  decorations
Taking part in a Nativity play
Being scientists and conducting experiments
Visiting Ely Cathedral for light and colour trail
Making and eating hot and cold food including cooking on camp fire at Forest school 
Visit to Wicken Fen
Walk into town
Forest school family day
Creating  mud sculptures
Planting vegetables and flowers
A bear hunt at Forest school
Hunting for bugs
Creating bug habitats including wormery
Observing the butterfly lifecycle
Meeting and handling some unusual creepy crawlies
Listening to and watching musicians creating sounds with big and small instruments.
Visit from fire fighters
Paddling pool fun day
Wild things wild rumpus dance with live musicians
Transition visits to new classes
Pirate day
CYCLE 2
Topics

Once upon a time
(Traditional tales)

Autumn 2
Let’s Celebrate

 

Up in the Sky

 

Author Focus – Julia Donaldson

Let’s Grow

Fairytales

Wows

Wow week – Baking and cooking

Wow week – Christmas  crafts

Wow week – Science

Wow Week – Book week

Wow week – Growing

Wow week – Theatre

Key Texts The Gingerbread Man
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Three little pigs
The magic porridge pot
Little Red Hen
Enormous Turnip
Biscuit bear
Firework poetry
Non-fiction books about Diwali
My Mum’s Sari
Mog’s Christmas
My Penguin Osbert
Kipper’s Christmas Eve
Wow said the owl
Whatever next
How to catch a star
Long way home
Owl babies 
The Everywhere Bear
The Gruffalo
Other Julia Donaldson stories based on children’s interests
Big
The new small person
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Growing Frogs
Fox’s Year
Jack and the Beanstalk
The Princess and the Pea
There is no dragon in this story
Daisy and the dragon and the nincompoop  knights
George and the dragon 
Experiences Settling into school – Becoming familiar with a new environment and making friends.
Visit to local shop to buy ingredients for cooking
Making and sharing different foods 
Visit from a local artist
Finding out about firework celebrations,  Diwali and Christmas
Making Christmas cards and  decorations
Taking part in a Nativity play
Visit to Duxford
Visit from the Raptor  foundation
There’s an alien in the classroom
Making rockets
Visit from a scientist
Being scientists and conducting experiments
Taking home class bear
Visit from a storyteller
Visiting Ely library
Visit to botanical gardens or country park
Visit local allotments
Observing the butterfly life cycle
Observing the frog life cycle
Visits from babies – people and animals
Planting vegetables and flowers
Watching live theatre
Growing beanstalks
Building castles
Visiting  Ely library
Writing our  stories and making books
Transition visits to new classes  

Phonics

At present the school are using Sounds Write as our main phonics programme. This is supplemented by aspects of our former scheme, ERR and Jolly Phonics. Our Phonics Lead is Mrs Fran Housden.


Prime Areas

Communication and Language Development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical Development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to
food.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour
in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.


Specific Areas

Literacy Development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.

Understanding the World involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive Arts and Design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology. 

In Reception the children’s day consists of 50% direct teaching time which happens at the start of the morning and afternoon, and 50% independent learning time. During this time the Teachers and Teaching Assistants will be working with small groups, on a one to one with a child, or observing the children and moving their learning on through play.


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