Reception Year (YR or Early Years)

The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum consists of the Prime Areas of Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development, and the Specific Areas of Literacy, Mathematics, Understand the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

For more detailed information about the content of the curriculum, please scroll down.

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.

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. 

Religious Education is taught using the Hampshire 'Living Difference' syllabus. 

tumn 1 – Beside the Sea

                      Autumn Colour

 

 

Literacy

Joining in with seaside songs, rhymes and stories in groups

Developing an awareness of rhyme, rhythm and alliteration

Recognising some familiar words, including own name

Mark-making with a range of materials, on a variety of scales, indoors and outside e.g. using chalks, sticks in mud, fingers in shaving foam, paints, rollers with water

Broader Curriculum

Establishing new routines and expectations – behaviour sorting

 

Developing attention and listening skills – Listening Lola

 

Sharing ‘all about me’ boxes to help children develop friendships

 

Role play  - home corner, beach hut

 

Exploring floating and sinking in practical ways

 

Sensory play to develop descriptive vocabulary e.g. sand foam, jelly, gloop

 

Small world play to develop storytelling skills and imagination - pirates

 

Autumn walk – observing, collecting and sorting natural materials

 

Investigating and drawing seasonal vegetables

 

Ongoing development of oracy skills using ‘Colourful Semantics’ approach linked to key texts

Maths

Learning number rhymes – beginning to represent numbers with fingers

Reciting number names in order to 10

Counting up to at least 5 objects reliably

Recognising and ordering numbers to at least 5

Becoming familiar with numicon shapes to at least 5

Finding one more and one less from a group of up to five objects

Using shapes for practical tasks e.g. creating a seaside picture, and talking about them

Phonics

Phase 1

Fine motor skills and Handwriting

Pre-writing shapes

Ongoing development of fine motor skills and tripod grasp using practical resources in playful contexts e.g.  tweezers, pipettes, threading, lacing, hama beads, posting, pegs, cotton bud painting, shaping ‘hedgehog’ bread rolls

RE

Concept:  Sharing

 

Harvest

PE

WriteDance

 

 

Image result for bear hunt bookRelated imageAutumn 2 – Fireworks

                      Journeys

                      Christmas

 

Literacy

Identifying and beginning to represent initial sounds in words - What would you take to Space?

Developing awareness of story structure – Sensory story, story map for We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Using vocabulary increasingly influenced by experiences of books – retelling familiar stories using props, puppets and pictures

Segmenting the sounds in simple words – labels for Stick Man pictures, Christmas lists

Blending the sounds in simple words – Father Christmas hunt around the garden

Broader Curriculum

Firework paintings using printing, splattering and scraping techniques

 

Constructing rockets using a range of materials

 

Bear Hunt around the school – talking about places we observe and developing positional language

 

Exploring light and dark, using circuit-building components to light up the cave for the bear

 

Learning songs and dances ready to perform our nativity play

 

Using a range of technology to make marks, play learning games and program objects to make them move

 

Role play  - Doctors’ Surgery, Father Christmas’ workshop

 

Small world play to develop storytelling skills and imagination – Space scenes, Christmas figures, Arctic scenes

 

Ongoing development of oracy skills using ‘Colourful Semantics’ approach linked to key texts

Maths

Counting objects to ten, saying one number name for each object

Finding the correct numeral to represent 1 to 10 objects

Partitioning small groups of objects in different ways

Using ‘more’ and ‘fewer’ to compare two sets of objects

Recognising, creating and describing patterns

Phonics

Phase 2

Fine motor skills and Handwriting

Pre-writing shapes

Learning to form the letters in our names

Ongoing development of fine motor skills and tripod grasp using practical resources in playful contexts e.g.  threading beads to make a Christmas decoration,  decorating playdough Christmas trees

RE

Concept:  Journey

 

The Nativity Journeys

PE

Gymnastics

WriteDance

 

 

Image result for owl babiesImage result for goldilocks three bearsSpring 1 –  Friends and Family

 

 

 

Literacy

Beginning to read words and simple sentences – reading labels/captions linked to texts and drawing to match

Using some clearly identifiable letters to communicate meaning, representing some sounds correctly and in sequence  - writing shopping lists and ‘I Spy’ lists

Deepening awareness of story structure and characters– role on the wall and sorry letter for Goldilocks, story maps and feelings tracking for Owl Babies

 

Broader Curriculum

Looking closely at similarities, differences and change - Making porridge, investigating the best material to use for a cushion for Daddy Bear’s chair

 

Exploring texture– creating owl pictures using printing techniques and paper bag puppets using collage techniques

 

Learning about family customs and routines associated with Chinese New Year – visit from Lion Dancers – responding with loose parts sculptures, shape pictures, music and dance

 

Preparing and tasting a stir fry – learning about good hygiene practices and trying a range of healthy foodstuffs

 

Role play  - £1 shop selling CVC items, Bird Spotting Hut (outside)

 

Small world play to develop storytelling skills and imagination – woodland scenes, puppets linked to key texts

 

Ongoing development of oracy skills using ‘Colourful Semantics’ approach linked to key texts

Maths

Finding the total number of items in two groups by counting all of them

In practical activities and discussion, beginning to use the vocabulary involved in adding

Beginning to count beyond ten

Beginning to use everyday language related to money

Ordering and sequencing familiar events

Phonics

Phase 3

Fine motor skills and Handwriting

Learning to form the ‘curly caterpillar’ letters

Ongoing development of fine motor skills and tripod grasp using practical resources in playful contexts e.g. transferring materials between bowls with chopsticks, picking up woolly worms with peg ‘beaks’

RE

Concept:  Friendship

 

What does the Bible tell Christians about being a good friend?

PE

Gymnastics

Achieving Body Control

 

 

Image result for the pig in the pond waddellImage result for billy goats gruff bookSpring 2 –  On the Farm

                   Easter

 

 

 

Literacy

Using vocabulary and forms of speech increasingly influenced by their experiences of books – opportunities for retelling using puppets/masks/small world props

Knowing that information can be retrieved from books and computers – researching chosen farm animal/vehicle

Deepening awareness of story structure and characters– story maps and description sorting for The Three Billy Goats Gruff, feelings tracking for the Pig in the Pond

Attempting to write short sentences in meaningful contexts – captions for drawings, own non-fiction books

Broader Curriculum

Knowing about similarities and differences in relation to living things - Miller’s Ark Farm Visit, Living Eggs

 

Using farm ‘ Talking tubs’  to extend vocabulary by grouping and naming

 

Broadening repertoire of songs – learn new ones for Easter church service

 

Constructing for a purpose, selecting appropriate resources and adapting work where necessary – designing and building bridges for the Billy Goats Gruff

 

Role play  - Fire Station (visit from Fire Service), working together to develop props to support role play

 

Small world play to develop storytelling skills and imagination – farmyard and pond scenes

 

Spring Walk around the school – talking about seasonal changes

 

Using technology to research chosen farm animals/vehicles

 

Maths

Finding how many items are left in a group when some are taken away by counting the remainder

In practical activities and discussion, beginning to use the vocabulary involved in subtracting

Recording using marks they can interpret and explain

Beginning to use mathematical names for ‘solid’ 3D shapes and mathematical terms to describe shapes

Using everyday language to talk about size, position and weight

Phonics

Phase 3

Fine motor skills and Handwriting

Learning to form the’ long ladder’ letters

Ongoing development of fine motor skills and tripod grasp using practical resources in playful contexts e.g. scrunching tissue paper eggs to fill a basket, weaving a bridge for the goats

RE

Concept:  Remembering

 

What do Christians remember at Easter?

PE

Gymnastics

Achieving Body Control

 

 

Image result for very hungry caterpillarSummer 1 –  Superheroes

                       Minibeasts

 

 

 

Literacy

Enjoying an increasing range of books  - superhero collection

Reading and understanding simple sentences – following written instructions/recipes

Demonstrating understanding when talking with others about what they have read

Using phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds – labelling superhero capes and masks, writing signs for models

Writing simple sentences which can read by themselves and others - I can books, speech bubbles, flap books, What’s under the leaf?

Broader Curriculum

Trip to Gordon Brown Centre – talking about how environments might vary from one another

 

Making observations of animals and plants -  minibeast hunting, growing cress

 

Representing own ideas and thoughts  - designing superhero capes and masks using fabric and pens/collage

 

Experimenting with design, form and function – creating a superhero gadget with loose parts

 

Selecting tools and techniques needed to shape, assemble and join materials - Developing model-making area with opportunity to keep models for refinement and display

 

Exploring colour mixing with paint and marbling inks

 

Role play  - Superhero Hideout (outside), Café (inside)

 

Cultural visit from Mrs Roy – Indian Day

 

Small world play to develop storytelling skills and imagination –cityscapes, minibeast scenes

 

Ongoing development of oracy skills using ‘Colourful Semantics’ approach linked to key texts

Maths

Counting reliably with numbers from one to 20

Exploring different representations of teens numbers

Ordering numbers to 20

Finding one more and one less to 20

Measuring short periods of time in simple ways – one minute challenges

Using everyday language to talk about capacity, time and distance

Phonics

Phase 3

Fine motor skills and Handwriting

Learning to form the ‘one-armed robot’ letters

Ongoing development of fine motor skills and tripod grasp using practical resources in playful contexts e.g.  using pipettes to create superhero potions, sewing a web for Spiderman

RE

Concept:  Special

 

Special Clothes

(In Hinduism)

PE

Gymnastics

Games

 

 

Image result for gingerbread man bookImage result for handas surpriseImage result for enormous turnipSummer 2 –  Food

 

 

 

Literacy

Reading and understanding simple sentences

Demonstrating understanding when talking with others about what they have read – sequencing, feelings tracking, character ranking, story mapping

Using phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds – labelling animals

Writing some irregular common words

Writing simple sentences which can read by themselves and others – developing own enormous vegetable stories, writing ‘keep fit’ instructions, describing African animals

Broader Curriculum

Knowing the importance for good health of physical exercise and a healthy diet - Tasting a fruit salad, creating obstacle courses, fitness challenges

 

Preparation for Sports Day

 

Making observations of plants, talking about changes - Visit to an allotment, planting sunflower seeds

 

Role play  - Bakery, Opticians (arrange visit)

 

Small world play to develop storytelling skills and imagination – African scenes, jungle scenes

 

Responding to African music with instruments and dance

 

Adjusting behaviour to different situations and coping with changes in routine – supporting the transition to Year 1 with visits and circle times, helping the new children who are visiting Year R

 

 

 

Maths

Solving problems involving doubling, halving and sharing

Using quantities and objects, adding two single digit numbers and counting on to find the answer

Using quantities and objects, subtracting two single-digit numbers and counting back to find the answer

Exploring characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and using mathematical language to describe them

Phonics

Phase 4

Fine motor skills and Handwriting

Learning to form the ‘zig-zag monster’ letters

Ongoing development of fine motor skills and tripod grasp using practical resources in playful contexts e.g. using tools to prepare fruit and shape gingerbread men 

RE

Concept:  Family

 

Raksha Bandhan

PE

Dance

Games

 

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