In Reception, we follow the DfE synthetic phonics programme ‘Letters and Sounds’ in Phonics, and complement this with Jolly Phonics actions. Our Maths planning is based on lessons from Hamilton Trust, and we also use ‘Talk 4 Writing’ to develop our spoken language and encourage a love of stories.
We work towards the Early Learning Goals (ELGs), which we aim to reach by the summer term. You can find a summary of these here, along with some activities to support your child at home.
Below you can find a snapshot of the topics we cover across the year, and some of our favourite activities within each half-term.
|Autumn 1||Autumn 2||Spring 1|
|Main Topic||All About Me / Autumn||Festivals and Celebrations||Antarctica / Exploring the World|
|Phonics||Phase 2- single sounds||Phase 2 – single sounds||Phase 3- digraphs|
|Maths||Accurate counting, 2D shapes, repeating patterns||Length, height, 3D shapes, measuring||Addition, accurate counting to 20, shapes, comparing sizes|
|Communication & Language||Listening and turn-taking games||Introduce Talk 4 Writing||Storytelling, modelling and extending language|
|Physical Development||Introduce Dough Disco, large-scale mark-making, recognising name||Personal safety and managing risks||Developing letter formation|
|PSED||Learning routines and expectations||Building confidence||Turn-taking games|
|Understanding the World||Autumn walk, talking about likes and dislikes||Celebrations- Bonfire Night, Diwali, Christmas||Exploring globes and maps, finding familiar places, comparing different environments, Chinese New Year|
|Expressive Arts & Design||Self portraits, transient art, junk modelling||Clay diva lamps, firework paintings, patterns||Painting, observational drawings, using chalks|
|Spring 2||Summer 1||Summer 2|
|Main Topic||Healthy Lifestyles||Life Cycles & Minibeasts||Growing|
|Phonics||Phase 3- digraphs||Phase 4 – CCVC and CVCC words||Phase 5|
|Maths||Weight, number formation, money, time||Addition, subtraction, counting forwards and backwards||Capacity, comparing numbers, direction, money|
|Communication & Language||Learning and exploring stories, sharing experiences||Changing stories through Talk 4 Writing||Developing and extending vocabulary|
|Physical Development||Cutting skills and fine motor development, healthy eating and exercise||Gross motor skills outside- balancing and negotiating space||Targeted letter and number formation|
|PSED||Local visits- new experiences||Building resilience and stamina||Transition activities|
|Understanding the World||Signs of spring, Easter, Holi||Life cycles of different animals, minibeast hunts, comparing minibeasts||Growing different plants at school, lifecycle of a plant|
|Expressive Arts & Design||Making cards, exploring colour||Child-led||Child-led|