Cherry, Holly and Willow Classes

The Reception Curriculum

Wherever possible, the children are given the freedom to explore their own interests and develop their understanding and skills through activities and contexts which they enjoy. They predominantly learn through meaningful play and the classrooms are carefully designed to ensure that all children are able to access all of their own resources and follow their own lines of enquiry. Staff are trained to interact with the children in order to move their thinking and their learning forward. Alongside this, the children will experience three main topics per year to inspire and broaden their experiences. The Reception topics can be found below. 

Click the links below to see the Parent Overview for each topic:

Reception is the final year of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which children will have been working in at preschools and playgroups. There are 7 areas of learning and development that shape learning in Reception. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, are: communication and language; physical development; and personal, social and emotional development. The specific areas of maths, literacy, understanding the world and expressive arts and design support the development of the prime areas.

Prime Curriculum Areas

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.

Specific Curriculum Areas


Literacy comprises reading and writing. To achieve Age Related Expectations (ARE) at the end of Reception, children need to be able to: 


  • Read and understand simple sentences
  • Use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately
  • Read some common irregular words
  • Demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read


  • Use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways that match their spoken sounds
  • Write some irregular common words
  • Write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others
  • Use correct pencil grip.
  • Use correct letter formation for familiar words.


  • Count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20 and place numbers in order
  • Say which number is one more or less than a given number
  • Using quantities and objects, add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer
  • Solve problems including doubling, halving and sharing
  • Use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money
  • Recognise, create and describe patterns
  • Explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.