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The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum In Reception we follow the EYFS framework, focussing on seven areas of learning. Reception children will engage in learning opportunities linked to these areas of learning: 


Prime Areas 

  • Communication and Language 

  • Physical Development 

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development 

Specific Areas 

  • Literacy 

  • Maths 

  • Understanding the World 

  • Expressive Arts and Design 


A day in the life of a Reception child… 

Each day Reception children will have access to indoor and outdoor provision where they can explore, play, communicate with each other, take risks and develop into confident and resilient learners.


The children will play and learn in a wide range of areas including construction, painting, Maths,  Writing, Computing, playdough, funky fingers and many many more.  

We provide the children with waterproof clothing so that they can access the outdoor provision in any weather (we even have sledges to enjoy the snow!)  but each child should bring their own named pair of wellies that can remain in school the entire year.  



“I wonder….what  is special?” During this topic we will look at a wide range of stories and texts  including ‘The Colour Monster Goes to School.’  

During our Autumn topics, children will share information about themselves, their families and what is special to them. We will learn about a  range of different celebrations including Halloween, Bonfire Night, Diwali and Christmas.  



During the Spring term we explore the world around us during our two topics “I wonder…who lives there?” and “I wonder…what is out of this world?” They will continue to read a  range of books including ‘Here we are’ by Oliver Jeffers.  

Reception children will learn about Burnopfield, the school and our local environment. They will begin to look at maps, globes  and atlases to help them learn about countries and different habitats. They will then use their imagination to learn more about our solar system, aliens, dinosaurs and fairytales too.  



The Summer term sees Reception go into the woods in our “I wonder…what’s in the woods?” topic. Learning will be themed around texts such as ‘We’re going on a bear hunt' by Michael Rosen and ‘The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson.  


Transition is an important part  of the Early Years, so in the  Summer term we will work with  the children to support their  transition to Year 1 through the topic “I wonder…what  changes?"



Homework will be sent to parents on a Thursday via email. Each week we will send out three small tasks linked to the learning that week. These tasks will include a short Literacy or Phonics activity, a Maths task and a  short activity linked to our focussed topic. This may be Understanding the  World, or Expressive Arts based.  


Reading Records and Books

Children will receive up to two reading books each week, based on the phonic sounds they have taught using the Bug Club scheme, and their own phonic knowledge.  Reading Records will be sent home every night. We would love it if you could read with your child at least three times a week. Please don’t forget to sign the planner each time you read with your child, we love to see it.  



Reception children will have one discrete PE lesson each week.  This will take place on a  Wednesday morning. The children will need to have their  PE kit in school for this lesson.  



In Reception, we work very closely with parents. We use Tapestry to share ‘WOW’ moments and activities that the children engage with during their time with us. We also love to see what the children have been doing at home, so we ask parents to share anything that the children have been doing through photographs, videos or even just little comments. Each week we take some time to share these with the rest of the class, the children are always so proud!

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