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.


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

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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