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St Joseph's Catholic Primary School - Kings Norton, Birmingham

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Reception - Curriculum

Dear Parents,

Below you will find the curriculum your child will be covering this Autumn term (2020).  Not all subjects are taught each term but are covered throughout the year.

Please use this planner for discussion and research with your child.

Autumn Term 


  • Recall parts of the story of creation
  • Recognise gifts they have which are given by God
  • Know that families try to show love and care for each other
  • Know there are four weeks in Advent
  • Know the events of the Nativity

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Initiate and continue conversations with adults and peers
  • Ask appropriate questions
  • Develop confidence in their new classroom, with their teachers and peers
  • Follow the school rules

Communication and Language

  • Listen to stories and teaching
  • Understand and respond appropriately to stories and conversations
  • Use new vocabulary
  • Create a narrative during play
  • Explain their thinking and ideas

Physical Development

  • Experiment with different ways of moving
  • Handle tools, objects, construction and malleable materials safely and with increasing control
  • Begin to form recognisable letters
  • Use a pencil and hold it effectively to form recognisable letters
  • Practice some appropriate safety measures without direct supervision
  • Develop an independent approach to personal hygiene 


  • Hear and say the initial sound in words
  • Segment the sounds in simple words and blend them together
  • Link sounds to letters and sounding the letters of the alphabet
  • Begin to read words and simple sentences
  • Give meaning to marks they make as they draw, write and paint
  • Use some clearly identifiable letters to communicate meaning, representing some sounds correctly and in sequence
  • Write their own name and other things such as labels, captions
  • Attempts to write short sentences in meaningful contexts


  • Recognise numerals 1 to 5
  • Count by saying one number name for each item
  • Count objects to 10, and begin to count beyond 10
  • Select the correct numeral to represent 1 to 5, then 1 to 10 objects
  • Find the total number of items in two groups by counting all of them
  • Say the number that is one more than a given number

Understanding of the World

  • Talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members
  • Know that other children don’t always enjoy the same things and develop a sensitivity to this
  • Know about similarities and differences between themselves and others and among families, communities and traditions
  • Talk about changes

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Begin to build a repertoire of songs and dances
  • Explore what happens when they mix colours
  • Experiment to create different textures
  • Manipulate materials to achieve a planned effect
  • Construct with a purpose in mind, using a variety of resources
  • Use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately
  • Create simple representations of events, people and objects.
  • Introduce a storyline or narrative into their play
  • Play alongside other children who are engaged in the same theme
  • Play cooperatively as part of a group to develop and act out a narrative