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Reception - Curriculum

Dear Parents,

Below you will find the curriculum your child will be covering this Spring term (2024). As a result of this planner, you may be able to discuss the areas with your child or do research together.

Spring Term

Our planet Earth, the moon, the sun, the planets in our solar system, space travel, astronauts, the International Space Station


Christmas Unit

  • To know that Jesus was born in a stable in Bethlehem.
  • To know that we celebrate Jesus’ Birthday.
  • To know the first visitors were shepherds.


Baptism Unit

  • To learn that through Baptism we become a member of God’s Family.
  • To know that Jesus is the Light of the World.
  • To know about the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • To show resilience and perseverance in the face of challenge through problem-solving skills by talking through how they resolved a problem or difficulty.
  • Learn that mistakes are an important part of learning and going back is trial and error not failure.
  • To express their feelings if they feel hurt or upset and consider the feelings of others.

Communication and Language

  • Talk about what they have learnt about space, what an astronaut does and name some planets
  • When talking to use different tenses to discuss things that are happening now and things that happened in the past, and things that happened a long time ago.
  • To ask questions to find out more information e.g.- I wonder why…….
  • To share their opinions and ideas with others e.g. My favourite planet is……because……

Physical Development

  • In Gymnastics your child will be learning to develop confidence in fundamental movements, such as jumping, sliding, rolling, leaping and turning over and under apparatus.
  • To continue to develop small motor skills to use a range of tools competently and safely such as pencils for drawing and writing, paintbrushes, scissors, knives, forks and spoons.
  • To develop handwriting style and correct letter formation.  


  • Talk for Writing Texts- Whatever Next by Jill Murphy and Beegu By Alexis Deacon
  • To hear and say the initial sounds speedily.
  • To blend sounds into words, so that they can read short words made up of known letters: for example, h-a-t = hat,
  • To begin to write short sentences with some adult support.
  • To learn to re-read what they written to check it makes sense.


  • To continue to subitise through a variety of different activities.
  • To count verbally beyond 20.
  • Explore different number tracks, calendars and hundred squares to become more familiar with two digit numbers.
  • To become more confident when talking about comparing numbers using the following words: ‘more than’, ‘less than’, ‘fewer’, ‘the same as’, ‘equal to’.
  • To compare length, weight and capacity through interactive activities.

Key Vocabulary

  • Earth - The planet we live on


  • Space - Where all the planets and stars are found


  • Astronaut - A person who travels into space


  • Orbit - The path an object takes when it travels around a planet, moon or star


  • The Moon - Our Moon orbits the Earth

Festivals and Celebrations


  • Chinese New Year- Saturday 10th February 2024

Special Events

  • To visit the Church to pray at the Crib together.
  • To visit a Planetarium to support learning on Space during the Spring Term.
  • In RE the children will be learning about Baptism and a letter will be going on asking your child to share photos of their Baptism with the class.
  • Children will be celebrating Chinese New Year.

Understanding of the World

  • To know that we live on planet Earth, that has air for us to breathe, land to live on and oceans.
  • To understand that gravity is a force we can’t see that keeps us on earth
  • To learn about the astronauts and astronomers including Tim Peak and Caroline Herschel
  • To understand that astronauts have to train and work hard so they know how to survive in space.
  • To recognise and describe the planets in our solar system. Explain how the planets are different from each other e.g. colour, size, rings etc.

Expressive Arts and Design

  • To distinguish between different types of line and name them correctly.
  • To use spirals and curved lines in their work.
  • To use different techniques to create a painting inspired by Jackson Pollock
  • To follow instructions to make a paper Chinese Dragon
  • To be able to listen attentively, move to and talk about music, expressing their feelings and responses.
  • To be able to sing in a group or on their own, increasingly matching the pitch and following the melody.


  • Whatever Next By Jill Murphy
  • The Way Back Home By Oliver Jeffers
  • How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers
  • Man on the Moon By Simon Bartram
  • Beegu By Alexis Deacon
  • Astro Girl By Ken-Wilson Max
  • Zoom to the Moon by Jenny McLachlan
  • A variety of non-fiction texts focusing on Space

Reception Class Blog

7th Jul

Welcome to Reception’s Twitter takeover. We hope you enjoy a snapshot of our last few days in our class...


We enjoyed lots of Fun in our outdoor classroom- dressing up, building and playing together


We had special visitors to school today- Bournbrook Fire brigade came to visit. We loved learning about their special jobs and a special treat when we visited the fire engine!


We loved our first sports day at St Joseph’s!


We have have had such fun in our woodland adventure lessons this year, exploring nature along with building and growing together


We have been so busy, we enjoyed a special treat this afternoon. We hope you enjoyed our reception Twitter takeover. Have a lovely weekend

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!