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Reception Curriculum Statement

Communication and Language

In communication and language in Reception we focus on developing children’s speaking and listening skills by providing a language rich environment, developing their confidence and skills in expressing themselves and providing opportunities for the children to speak and listen in a range of situations.

We do this by providing a range of stimulating activities closely linked to class themes and children’s interests. These include:

  • Reading books every day and talking about stories, characters and illustrations
  • Circle times
  • Singing songs and rhymes
  • Role play
  • Using puppets and small world characters
  • Modelling and extending language in areas of continuous provision
  • Offering real life/hands on experiences in the inside and outside areas
  • Using technology such as walkie talkies, iPads and microphones


In literacy in Reception we focus on developing the children’s phonics skills. This enables the children to read and write accurately. The children follow the Read Write Inc scheme for both their phonics learning and guided reading.                                                                                                                                                       In reading they learn the English alphabetical code by first learning one way to read the 40+ sounds and blend these sounds into words. Lively phonic books are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ‘tricky words’. The children take part in comprehension sessions to enable them to answer questions about what they have read.

In writing the children learn to apply their phonics knowledge to sound out and spell unknown words. They develop their spelling of ‘tricky words’. The children learn to use pre-cursive handwriting and work towards writing sentences using capital letters and full stops. Children’s composition is developed by drawing on their own experiences, learning stories by heart and talking about the stories they read.                        The children complete the following writing units across the year:

The children have 5 phonics lessons and 4 literacy lessons each week. In addition to this the children take part in daily ‘funky finger’ sessions to develop their fine motor and handwriting skills.


In maths in Reception we follow the White Rose scheme of work. The children cover the following units across the year:

Autumn Term

Spring Term


Summer Term

Other Subjects

The other subjects taught in Reception Class are:

  • PSED
  • Physical Development
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

These are taught through a range of themes linked  largely to our key texts, the seasons and festivals and will change dependent on children’s interests and learning and development needs.





Reception Parent Meeting

September 2021 Parent Forum

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