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Foundation Stage/Reception

Reception children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, with three prime areas of learning and four specific areas of learning:


Three Prime areas:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development


Four Sepcific areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design


The learning and development requirements are informed by the best available evidence on how children learn and reflect the broad range of skills, knowledge and attitudes children need as foundations for good future progress.


Our curriculum takes account of the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage and Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage – please click on the links for more information.


Helping your child

There are a number of activities which will help your child before they begin school:

  • Spend time talking with your child about everyday activities.
  • Encourage your child to spend time with books, e.g. by reading aloud to your child.
  • Count, identify colours and name words as much as possible when undertaking practical activities together such as shopping.
  • Encourage your child to be independent in e.g. dressing and undressing.


  Objectives/topics to be covered throughout the year:
Theme Under the sea/ Magical meDinosaurs/Toys


Growth and change/ Castles

(Themes may vary depending on the children’s interests)

Literacy Recognising own nameReading and writing letters, simple words and eventually simple sentences


Understanding stories and different characters within them

Retelling stories

Recognising rhyme in texts

Developing an understanding/enjoyment of fiction and non-fiction texts

Mathematics Counting and ordering2D/3D shapes


Addition and subtraction





Doubling and halving

Understanding the world FamiliesAnimals


Life cycles

Cultures and traditions

Household objects





Expressive Arts and Design DrawingMaking, cutting, sticking


Role play/dressing up




Using musical instruments

Communication and language Listening carefullySpeaking clearly


Listening/responding to others

Concentrating/ maintaining attention

Physical development Developing fine motor skills e.g. Holding and using a pencil/scissorsDeveloping gross motor skills e.g. Using bikes and scooters


Running, walking, jumping, climbing, hopping, skipping, throwing, catching, rolling, dancing, crawling

Personal, social and emotional development Making friendsLearning to take turns



Following rules

Being polite and kind