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Reception Curriculum Overview

Autumn 1 - Ourselves

Wow Factor: A 'sense'ational fun day (dress for mess)

Fantastic Finish: Autumn walk in the school grounds


  • Harry and the Dinosaurs go to School
  • So Much!
  • Mr Wiggle and Mr Waggle
  • Funny Bones
  • Ben's Baby

We will be finding out about ourselves and our families and get to know each other. We will discuss our senses and how we use them.

Unit 1 Topic Plan

Autumn 2 - Traditional Stories

 WOW! Factor: Dressing up as fairy tale characters and fun day

Fantastic Finish: Singing Concert


  • Goldilocks and the 3 Bears
  • Cinderella
  • The Three Billy Goats Gruff
  • The Gingerbread Man
  • Hansel & Gretel
  • Snow White

In this unit, we will look at different versions of traditional tales and we learn some sign language to help us tell the stories aloud.  The children also follow instructions to make a Gingerbread Man and a jam sandwich.

Unit 2 Topic Plan

Spring 1 - Seasons

WOW! Factor:  Seasons carousel of activities (dress for mess)

Fantastic Finish: Valentines Tea Party


  • We're Going on a Bear Hunt
  • Penguin Small
  • Elmer
  • One Snowy Night
  • Paint a Sun in the Sky
  • Over in the Meadow

In this unit, we start by thinking about the season of Winter. We then start to talk about the signs of Spring and learn about all the seasons through stories, songs and first-hand experiences.

Unit 3 Topic Plan

Spring 2 - Growing

 WOW! Factor: Farm visit

Fantastic Finish: Local library visit


  • The Enormous Turnip
  • Oliver's Fruit Salad
  • The Little Red Hen
  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Oliver's Vegetables
  • The Trouble with Tadpoles

The children learn about seeds and plant growth through practical experiences and lovely stories. They learn about the need for a balanced diet. 

Unit 4 Topic Plan

Summer 1 - Wild About Animals

WOW! Factor: Gruffalo trail in the forest school area

Fantastic Finish: Animal themed dress-up, fun day and concert


  • The Gruffalo
  • Rumble in the Jungle
  • Walking Through The Jungle
  • The Tiger who came to Tea
  • Giraffes Can’t Dance
  • The Animal Boogie. 

In this unit, we learn about different animals and their habitats.

Unit 5 Topic Plan

Summer 2 - Space

 WOW! Factor: Theatre Group or storytellers

Fantastic Finish: Graduation Ceremony


  • Wanda's Space Party
  • Marmaduke the Very Different Dragon
  • George's Dragon at the Fire Station
  • Whatever Next!
  • You can't Eat a Princess!
  • Sleeping Beauty

In this unit, we explore lots of different themes such as space, prince and princesses, dragons and aliens and we learn about different story settings. As always we try to make links to the children's current interests.

Unit 6 Topic Plan