Curriculum Overview

Reception (Spring 1)

The following curriculum overview gives you details about what your child will be learning this half term in class. Please look at the links at the bottom of the page to see the different objectives that are being covered across a range of subjects and how you can help your child at home.

In Reception we do a lot of learning through exploration. Each day we have activities planned to develop your child’s knowledge and skills. We try and encourage them to direct the way the topic develops by asking questions that need to be investigated or by demonstrating a particular interest. Your child is encouraged to read, write, count and problem solve on a daily basis through challenges and careful questioning by the staff.

What happens when you fall asleep?


Twinkle, twinkle, little star. Why are there stars in the sky at night? Does everyone go to bed at the same time? It’s time to find out more about night time. This half term, we’ll listen carefully to bedtime stories and nursery rhymes and even have a sleep over! Zzz... Wide awake once more, we’ll learn about people and services that work at night and nocturnal animals. We’ll also find out more about how good bedtime routines can have a positive impact on our health, and take part in a series of bedtime challenges. Ready, steady, brush your teeth! Getting creative, we'll be making a Jackson Pollock style galaxy background and investigate star constellations in our mini planetarium.


  • Splatter painting a wall in the classroom-Jackson Pollock style! πŸ–ΌοΈ

  • Star gazing in a mini planetarium we will make ourselves.

  • Having a sleepover in school. (Not over night!)


Class Focus Text 1: Wibbly pig stories by Mick Inkpen

  1. Listen to a story talk about what we have read.

  2. Talking and listening.

  3. Introduction to using a checklist.

  4. Captions.

Class Focus Text 2: The boy who dared to dream

  1. Listen to a story talk about what we have read.

  2. Talking and listening.

  3. Descriptive vocabulary.

  4. Imagination

Class Focus Text 3: Is it bedtime Wibbly Pig by Mick Inkpen

  1. Listen to a story talk about what we have read.

  2. Talking and listening.

  3. Commands.

Other Areas

Outside Focus

listening games and tasks

Tapestry Task for home

Bedtime photographs-things we do to get ready for bedtime.

Music Focus

Rhythm and response.


Being a good friend

Continuous Provision Enhancements

πŸ“š Reading

  • books about night time-fiction and non-fiction

πŸ“ Writing

  • word mats

  • writing borders

⏰ Maths

  • clocks

πŸ–οΈ Malleable (Funky Fingers/Playdough)

  • glitter playdough

  • star cutters

πŸ” Investigations

  • cardboard boxes and torches

πŸš— πŸ‘· Small World and Constuction

  • nocturnal animals

🏑 Home Corner

  • Pillow

  • sleeping bag

🎨 🎢 Creative Areas (painting, workbench, music...etc)

  • chalk and black paper

  • untuned percussion instruments

πŸ’¦β›±οΈ Sand and Water

πŸ’»πŸ”¦ ICT

  • 2simple-splatter painting-Jackson pollock style

Curriculum Objectives by Subject

Extended Curriculum Objectives


  • Our P.E. day is Wednesday.

  • Please bring in reading folders every day.

  • We will only let your child go home when they have said goodbye to the teacher on the door.

  • School water bottles only please.

  • A spare set of named clothes please. They do not have to be uniform.

  • If your child is poorly please ring school and let the office staff know.

  • Any medicines should be taken directly to the office.