Reception Curriculum Overview
Autumn 1 - Ourselves
WOW! Factor: A 'sense'ational fun day (dress for mess).
Fantastic Finish: An autumn walk in the school grounds with parents.
- Harry and the Dinosaurs go to School
- Five Minutes' Peace
- Funny Bones
- Mr Wiggle and Mr Waggle (Talk for writing)
We will be finding out about ourselves and our families and getting to know each other. We will discuss our senses and how we use them.
Autumn 2 - Traditional Stories
WOW! Factor: Dress up as a favourite character from a book.
Fantastic Finish: Christmas Performance.
- Goldilocks and the 3 Bears
- The Gingerbread Man (Talk for Writing)
- Little Red Riding Hood
- The Three Little Pigs
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.
Spring 1 - Seasons
WOW! Factor: A seasons themed 'dress for mess' day.
Fantastic Finish: Valentines Tea Party
- We're Going on a Bear Hunt (Talk for Writing)
- After the Storm
- Stick Man
- Little Rabbit Foo Foo
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. We look at a non-fiction text about bears too and learn about the features of non-fiction books.
Spring 2 - Growing
WOW! Factor: Planting different seeds to grow
Fantastic Finish: Spring Bonnet Parade and walk to local Church
- The Enormous Turnip (Talk for Writing)
- Jack and the Beanstalk
- Jasper’s Beanstalk
- Oliver's Vegetables
The children learn about seeds and plant growth through practical experiences and lovely stories. They look at non-fiction instructional texts about planting/growing seeds. They learn about the need for a balanced diet.
Summer 1 - Wild About Animals
WOW! Factor: Trip to Whipsnade Zoo and local walk to Bramingham Woods
Fantastic Finish: Animal themed dress up and fun day
- The Gruffalo (Talk for Writing)
- Farmyard Hullabaloo
- The Great Pet Sale.
In this unit, we learn about the different animals and their habitats. We will write a recount of our trip to the Zoo and do some further work on non-fiction texts including revising labels and captions.
Summer 2 - Fantasyland
WOW! Factor: Walk to local library
Fantastic Finish: End of Year Celebration
- Whatever Next! (Talk for Writing)
- How to Catch a Star
- The Cat in the Hat
In this unit we explore lots of different themes such as space, prince and princesses, dragons, aliens and we learn about different story settings. As always we try to make links to the children's current interests. We will have a look at some examples of journalistic writing and revise instructional texts.