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Reception - Curriculum

Dear Parents,

Below you will find the curriculum your child will be covering this Summer term (2023). As a result of this planner, you may be able to discuss the areas with your child or do research together.

Summer Term



  • To know that at Easter we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus.
  • To talk about the Easter Candle.

People Who Help Us

  • To know that the priest is a special person in the Church.
  • To know the church is a special building and identify some artefacts in the Church.
  • To know that Jesus cared for people and helped them when they needed it.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • To build constructive and respectful relationships.
  • Show resilience and perseverance in the face of challenge.
  • Give focused attention to what the teacher says, responding appropriately even when engaged in activity.
  • To show an ability to follow instructions involving several ideas or actions.
  • Manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs, including dressing, going to the toilet and understanding the importance of healthy food choices.

Communication and Language

  • Respond to questions using full sentences, e.g. I think… because… adults in all curriculum areas will consistently model this.
  • Describe a pretend object in play-based situations, e.g. when role-playing a coronation a child might use props for their orb and sceptre.
  • Question to understand why things happen e.g. who, what, when, how e.g. when a visitor comes in to talk to the class, children can ask questions rather than just sharing information they know.

Physical Development

Manipulation and Coordination

  • Children to hold, roll, pat and throw balls of different sizes.
  • Listen, respond and coordinate hands and feet to touch a target.
  • Send and stop objects using hands and feet.
  • Respond to cues to change between hopping, jumping and stepping.
  • Coordinate feet to practice hop, step and jump sequences.
  • Find new ways/make choices of ways to send, receive, and carry objects by self and with partner.



  • Talk for Writing Texts- The Paper Bag Princess
  • To read some letter groups that make one sound- diagraph; th, sh, ch, ng, nk, oo, ar, ay etc….
  • To continue to write short sentences and to read them aloud.
  • To use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops in writing with some adult support.
  • Write recognisable letters, most of which are correctly formed;


  • To recognise numbers to 10 and beyond (to 20).
  • Increasingly confident at putting numerals in order 0 to 10 (ordinality)
  • Begins to conceptually subitise larger numbers by subitising smaller groups within the number, e.g. sees six raisins on a plate as three and three
  • To explore different ways to record number quantities such as tallies, dots and number cards.
  • To solve number problems and recall all the different ways to make 10.
  • Enjoys tackling problems involving prediction and discussion of comparisons of length, weight or capacity, paying attention to fairness and accuracy

Key Vocabulary

  • Monarch - A King or a Queen
  • The Royal Family – The family of the King or Queen
  • Crown- A special item worn on a King or Queen’s head, often made of precious metal and jewels
  • Coronation- An important ceremony where the King or Queen is first crowned
  • Throne- A special chair that the King or Queen sits on
Festivals and Celebrations


  • The Ascension of the Lord - Thursday 26th May 2022
  • Pentecost - Sunday 5th June 2022
  • Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

Special Events

  • Children will be visiting the Church to look at the Easter Candle, meet Father Barry and to learn the name of different artefacts. 

Understanding of the World

  • Children to learn that in England, we have a King called King Charles III
  • Children understand that the crown is passed down through the Royal Family.
  • Children recognise Buckingham Palace as a special place.
  • Children know that the King's Guard wear special uniform and protect the King.
  • Children will know that there is a coronation ceremony for a new king or queen.
  • Children know that the Prime Minister is chosen to make decisions about our country.

Expressive Arts and Design

  • To explore the life, work of Henri Rousseau, and create a picture using collage based on the ‘The tiger in the Tropical storm’ picture.
  • To explore pattern on animal skins and look at the variety of shapes and textures. Create and animal skin print on paper using painting techniques.
  • To use wax resist technique to create a Rousseau Toucan picture as well as overlapping techniques.
  • To use wax resist technique to create the rainbow fish from the story.


  • Non-fiction texts- Kings and Queens
  • Zog and Zog and the Flying Doctors by Julia Donaldson
  • The Queen’s Hat by Steve Anthony
  • Usborne- Peep inside a castle
  • The Ugly Duckling
  • The Princess and the Pea
  • The Paper Bag Princess

Reception Class Blog

12th May

Welcome to Reception’s Twitter takeover. We have had so much fun together over the last few weeks and want to share it with you.

This week we have been learning all about Our Lady of Fatima with Dan and Emily. We prayed for peace in the world and in all our families. Then we sang the hymn ‘O Virgin fair, star of the sea, my deepest mother, pray for me.’


We are very excited in class because our caterpillars are changing and soon we will have beautiful butterflies. Can you guess what stage the caterpillars are at now?


We had lots of fun celebrating the Coronation together. God save the King and Queen


Look at how creative we have been this week. Can you guess what we have made? We shared our ideas with each other and proud of what we have made.


Look at are fantastic writing all about King Charles III and Queen Camilla.


We love to solve number problems in Reception.


We really enjoy being part of the Royal Family in our Buckingham Castle, as we are learning all about Kings and Queens this term. Also, we are enjoying retelling the story of the “The Paper Bag Princess.” Have you read this book all about a very brave Princess Elizabeth?


We love having visitors in our classroom, especially ones who come to read stories to us. The ‘Aliens in Underpants’ was a very funny story. What is your favourite story?


We are so proud of our wonderful Y6 children.They have came in each day with a smile on their face,ready to try their best in their SATs- & thats all we could ever ask for.

Thanks to Miss T & Mr C for their hard work preparing them, they enjoyed the fun parts of week too!

9th Mar

Welcome to receptions Twitter takeover

We started the day with a special Lenten Prayer Service with our friends


We are loving our art lessons this week, we are starting to look at still life drawings. We think we have lots of budding artists in reception! 🎨🖍
Next stop Van Gogh sun flowers...


We enjoyed a lunch picnic in the hall with our pack lunches we had prepared for our trip. Then we had a little dance!


Although we were sad we could not go on our first school trip 😢 it was okay because we LOVED playing in the snow with our friends


We hope you enjoyed our Twitter takeover. See you soon!!!



12th Jan

Welcome to Reception’s ‘Twitter Takeover’! 😊⭐️

We led a prayer liturgy about the wise men’s journeys to see baby Jesus.


We love working as a team! 🤗


We’ve been learning about the Christmas story. Look at our lovely art work.


We are all mathematicians!


We love exploring in woodlands adventure.


We are getting ready to learn all about Space!


Our buddies taught us some new dance moves.

Thank you for joining us for Reception’s ‘Twitter Takeover’. 😄



Welcome to reception class first ever exciting ‘Twitter takeover’ sharing some of our fun experiences in school

We had lots of fun this morning during our ‘wow active’ session. We just love being active together!

We have been celebrating St Joseph- our class saint who guides us in reception. We love learning and praying to St Joseph. We hope you enjoy our artwork too.

St Joseph- pray for us

We loved our art lessons, learning about primary colours. We even got a chance to mix them this week to create beautiful artwork

This month we have been raising awareness and celebrating Black History Month. We love celebrating everyone’s unique gifts from God

We have loved our first few weeks at St Joseph’s, learning and growing together in all weathers! We’ve loved making new friends in our class and are super proud of our hard work!

We hope you’ve enjoyed our reception Twitter takeover. See you soon!