Reception class

Welcome to Reception.

In the Foundation stage there are seven key areas of learning, which are all interlinked:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

These key themes are taught and underpinned through our topic approach where the children will enjoy practical and hands on learning experiences to help them learn new skills.

During the Autumn term children will enjoy the topics Let's Explore and Build it Up. Here the children will learn about their immediate environment and the different environments they share with others such as school and their community. They will learn about different structures and buildings that they find in the world and collaboratively create their own exciting structures. Within this term we will also cover Once Upon a Time and Exploring Autumn. Our Once Upon a Time topic develops children's language and love of familiar stories. Children are encouraged to re-tell and act out traditional tales including Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Three Billy Goats Gruff. Within Exploring Autumn, the children will learn about natural changes that happen during the Autumn term.

In the Spring term our topics are Long Ago and Puppets and Pop Ups. This project teaches children about how life in the past was different from their lives today, by exploring toys and games and talking to grandparents about their lives. In Puppets and Pop Ups the children explore puppets and have the opportunity to make their own and use them to tell exciting stories. Later in Spring, the children will look at the changes that take place during this season and the festivals that are celebrated at this time of year in our Signs of Spring topic. Our final topic for Spring is Dangerous Dinosaurs which is an amazing topic that teaches the children about the different creatures that roamed Earth millions of years ago.

Finally, in the Summer term, children will look at Sunshine and Sunflowers and learn how to care for the plants and creatures that live and grow in their local environments. The companion project Shadows and Reflections teaches children about shadows and how they change size during the day. Within this term we will also look at Big Wide World which teaches children about the global community they belong to and explores how plants, animals, communities and weather can differ around the world. Children will also explore floating and sinking, freezing and melting and why it is important to keep hydrated on hot days.

As well as our wonderful topics we also follow the children's interests, which are reflected through our child-initiated and adult led activities.

Reception staff are Mrs Collins, Miss Green and Miss Male.

Our Learning

Find out what we are learning in Autumn Term 2022: