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Class 1


Our Class 1 Curriculum 2020-21


In Reception, we cover 7 areas of learning. Throughout the year we deliver a range of activities which will lead children towards an understanding of the end of year goals outlined below. The activities we plan ensure that these key objectives are revisited through different experiences and in different contexts to embed the children’s learning and deepen their understanding throughout the year.

In Reception, we approach learning through a main topic and author, using this as the starting point before moving learning forward throughout the term using the interests of the individual children as the focus for activities.


Autumn Term:

Spring Term:

Summer Term:

Julia Donaldson, My world, My Family and Me

Sue Hendra/Traditional Tales, God’s Wider World

Roger Hargreaves, The Great Outdoors



Early Learning Goal


Communication and Language

Listening, Attention and Understanding

- Listen attentively and respond appropriately when being read to and during whole class discussions and small group interactions;

- Make comments about what they have heard and ask questions to clarify their understanding;

- Hold conversation when engaged in back-and-forth exchanges with their teacher and peers.



- Participate in small group, class and one-to-one discussions, offering their own ideas, using recently introduced vocabulary;

- Offer explanations for why things might happen, making use of recently introduced vocabulary from stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems when


- Express their ideas and feelings about their experiences using full sentences, including accurate use of past, present and future tenses and making use of conjunctions, with modelling and support from their teacher.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development


- Show an understanding of their own feelings and those of others, and begin to regulate their behaviour accordingly;

- Set and work towards simple goals, being able to wait for what they want and control their immediate impulses when appropriate;

- Give focused attention to what the teacher says, responding appropriately even when engaged in activity, and show an ability to follow instructions

involving several ideas or actions.


Managing Self

- Be confident to try new activities and show independence, resilience and perseverance in the face of challenge;

- Explain the reasons for rules, know right from wrong and try to behave accordingly;

- Manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs, including dressing, going to the toilet and understanding the importance of healthy food choices.


Building Relationships

- Work and play cooperatively and take turns with others;

- Form positive attachments to adults and friendships with peers;

- Show sensitivity to their own and to others’ needs.


Physical Development

Gross Motor

- Negotiate space and obstacles safely, with consideration for themselves and others;

- Demonstrate strength, balance and coordination when playing;

- Move energetically, such as running, jumping, dancing, hopping, skipping and climbing.


Fine Motor

- Hold a pencil effectively in preparation for fluent writing – using the tripod grip in almost all cases;

- Use a range of small tools, including scissors, paint brushes and cutlery;




- Demonstrate understanding of what has been read to them by retelling stories and narratives using their own words and recently introduced


- Anticipate – where appropriate – key events in stories;

- Use and understand recently introduced vocabulary during discussions about stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems and during role-play.


Word Reading

- Say a sound for each letter in the alphabet and at least 10 digraphs;

- Read words consistent with their phonic knowledge by sound-blending;

- Read aloud simple sentences and books that are consistent with their phonic knowledge, including some common exception words.



- Write recognisable letters, most of which are correctly formed;

- Spell words by identifying sounds in them and representing the sounds with a letter or letters;

- Write simple phrases and sentences that can be read by others.





- Have a deep understanding of number to 10, including the composition of each number;

- Subitise (recognise quantities without counting) up to 5

- Automatically recall (without reference to rhymes, counting or other aides) number bonds up to 5 (including subtraction facts) and some number bonds to 10, including double facts.


Numerical Patterns

- Count confidently beyond 20, recognising the pattern of the counting system;

- Compare sets of objects up to 10 in different contexts, considering size and difference;

- Explore and represent patterns within numbers up to 10, including evens and odds, double facts and how quantities can be distributed equally.


Develop the curiosity about number, shape, space and measure.


Understanding of the World

Past and Present

  • Chronology of events in their own lives.
  • Talk about the lives of people around them and their roles in society.
  • Know some similarities and differences between things in the past and now.
  • Influential/famous people

People, Culture and Communities

  • Local environment
  • Similarities and difference between different religious and cultural communities.
  • Similarities and differences between life in this country and life in other countries.

The Natural World

  • Explore the natural world around them (observations of plants and animals)
  • Similarities and differences between the natural world around them and contrasting environments.
  • Understand some important processes and changes in the natural world around them, including seasons and changing states of matter.


Expressive Arts and Design

Creating with Materials

  • Draw and paint using a range of materials, tools

and techniques, experimenting with colour, design,

texture, form and function;

  • Share their creations, explaining the process they

have used;

  • Make use of props and materials when role

playing characters in narratives and stories.


Being Imaginative and Expressive

  •  Invent, adapt and recount narratives and stories with peers and their teacher;
  • Sing a range of well-known nursery rhymes and songs;
  •  Perform songs, rhymes, poems and stories with

others, and – when appropriate – try to move in

time with music.

Famous Artists