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St Hild's College C of E Aided

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In Reception we cover 7 areas of learning. Throughout the year we will be delivering a range of activities which will lead children towards an understanding of the goals outline below. These activities will be revisited through different experiences/contexts to embed learning and deepen understanding. We approach learning through a main topic/author, then move learning forward, using the interest of the individual learners.





Discovering and exploring

Using non-fiction text, stories and technology to find out

Enriching and widening vocabulary


Creating with materials

Being Imaginative and Expressive


Past and Present



People, Culture & Communities



The Natural World














Explore the work of famous Artists

(one per term)

Cooking and nutrition

(science link)


Structures – joining techniques (tools)


Design, make and evaluate

Explore instruments


Explore/talk about music, sing songs and dance




Respond to performances




Develop storylines to their play


Taking on the role of characters from well-known stories




At least 3 Historical figures related to topics – compare and contrast in stories.


My family – discussions and sharing experiences – parental engagement. questioning time. compare families to families in books.


Similarities and difference between things in the past and now – photos, artefacts and visits.





Where we live? (local environment, walks and simple maps, google earth)


People who help us – what do adults do all day?

-sharing their experiences


Seasons - weather


Where in the world? comparing life in England to life in other countries (countries will depend upon topics and interests)

Using simple maps and globes.


Similarities and differences between different religious and cultural communities.


Special places – visits to places of worship, local area special places, visitors from different cultures.

Ourselves – senses to explore indoors and outdoors


Seasons - observations


Change – around them, changing state


New Life - planting, life cycles


Natural world – animals and plants (forest schools), observing and making comparisons to other environments (environments will depend upon topics and interests)


Investigating the properties of materials 


Investigating floating and sinking – the ‘wonder’


Keeping healthy – how and why


Investigating light and dark




Making connections and comparing through books and other sources

Forest school is part of our provision which provides both teacher and child initiated discover to take place.






Word building



Numerical patterns


Understanding texts


Understanding the functions of a book


Anticipate key events in stories


Extending vocabulary



Phonic sounds






To read some common exception words (Tricky mountain)

Letter formation


Segmenting to spell


Sentence structure



Developing a deep understanding of numbers up to 10

Developing subitising skills

Comparing numbers

One more and one less

Number bonds up to 10


Counting beyond 20

Comparing quantities

Compare and represent patterns within numbers to 10 (evens, odds, doubles, sharing)

Exploring shapes (3d and 2d)

Repeated patterns

Compare length, weight and capacity









Managing self

Building relationships

Gross motor

Fine Motor

Listening, Attention and understanding


Feelings – to talk and recognise their own and those of others







Sense of responsibility




New beginnings - Rules/routines


Personal hygiene

Personal needs

Place in community – relationship


Getting on/falling out (solve conflicts)



Coordination, strength, control and balance - Movement programme


Refining gross motor skills


Sequencing movement


Moving energetically


Ball skills


Apparatus skills


Refining fine motor skills


Using tools


Extending vocabulary – through conversations, adult and peer interactions, the using of stories (fiction and non-fiction)/poems and rhymes


Developing listening/attention skills


Developing questioning to clarify


Language development – social phrases


Talk about/retell stories


Develop the ability to draw on past experiences or from stories heard


Know and sing songs


Weekly Forest schools sessions to build upon social/personal skills outside.

An awareness of health and wellbeing

Weekly Forest schools sessions to build upon physical skills outside.

Personal hygiene



Termly Topics

Author: Julia Donaldson

My World, My Family and Me

Author/Genre: Sue Hendra/Traditional Tales

God’s Wider World



Author: Rodger Hargreaves

The Great Outdoors

Events/Festivals or religious events

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Harvest Festival

Bonfire Night


Remembrance Sunday Children in Need Christmas

Road Safety

Chinese New Year Pancake Day

Mother’s Day


Comic Relief

St.George’s Day


Father’s Day



Parental engagement

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Meet the Key worker/Experiences Questionnaire


Stay and play


Requests for photographs for children and family


Homework/phonics meeting

Forest school evening (2 groups)


Carols at the Baptist church


Christmas production


Parents evening

Stay and Play

Easter songs and activities


Parents evening

Forest school evening (2 groups)


Family planting

Celebration/moving on


Sports days


New parents for next year


Additional Experiences

Below are some examples of additional experiences we offer:

Visiting local shops

End of year trip

Pantomime – in school

Easter and Christmas puppet show in school

Walks around the local area

Chicks in school to observe from eggs

Tadpoles in school to observe  

Caterpillars – observe their life cycle