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.

Can I switch it on?


Recharge your batteries, plug in your brain power and switch on your senses; it’s time to tune in and turn on to technology. Throughout the project, we’ll use a wide variety of equipment. Digital cameras will help us to record our learning experiences, computers and tablets will be used to watch audio stories and make our own film, and we’ll also use a keyboard, mouse and PC to write and draw. We will also use software to explore Jackson Pollock-style pictures. Our programming skills will improve when we use commands to move robots around the floor. Through cooking and cleaning activities we'll compare technology from the past to the technology we have today.


  • Explore remote control toys. πŸ€–
  • Cooking and cleaning. 🧹
  • Splatter painting a wall in the classroom-Jackson Pollock style! πŸ–ΌοΈ
  • Making a film. πŸŽ₯


Class Focus Text 1: Percy's Bumpy Ride

  1. Listen to story and talk about what we have read.
  2. Write a list .
  3. Labels.
  4. Using sounds to write a message

Class Focus Text 2: Chicken Clicking

  1. Listen to a story and talk about we have read.
  2. Rhyming words
  3. Sequencing
  4. Labels

Other Areas

Outside Focus

We will be making a film about how our bodies move.

Tapestry Task for home

Taking pictures of their favourite Christmas presents or favourite time over the holiday.

Music Focus

Use a voice changer or microphone to explore how we can alter our voice.


Listen to audio stories and animations on screen.

Continuous Provision Enhancements

πŸ“š Reading

  • Listen to stories on the headphones.

πŸ“ Writing

  • Provide a lower-case keyboard to encourage letter recognition. Complete simple words and sentences using keyboard.
  • Labels around the classroom.

⏰ Maths

  • Digital timers
  • Calculators

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

  • Cake making items
  • Recipe book

πŸ” Investigations

  • Offer a range of radio-controlled cars and other toys along with props for obstacle building. Great fun!

πŸš— πŸ‘· Small World and Constuction

  • Nocturnal animals
  • Provide tablets for children to take photos.

🏑 Home Corner

  • Christmas photos from Tapestry task displayed
  • Adding cleaning items

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

  • Wind up water toys
  • Add toys that need to be switched on into our large creative area-becoming a 'night time' focus.
  • Listen to songs and rhymes on the headphones.

πŸ’¦β›±οΈ Sand and Water

  • Add wind up water toys.

πŸ’»πŸ”¦ ICT

  • Provide a lower-case keyboard to encourage letter recognition.
  • Place torch in reading den.
  • Offer a range of radio-controlled cars and other toys along with props for obstacle building. Great fun!

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.