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Reception Class Learning

You can see our Long Term and Medium Term Plans by clicking the documents below.

This Summer Half Term our Topics are: Chicks and Space

Space picChick pic

Personal, Social & Emotional Development

This term we will be showing an understanding of our own feelings and those of others. We will be setting simple goals to work towards and be able to wait our turn. We will be working on giving 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.



This term we will be learning how to count to ten and develop an understanding of the numbers to five and ten. We will be looking at couning objects and knowing that the last number reached is the total number of objects. We will also be selecting, rotating and manipulate shapes in order to develop spatial reasoning skills. We will be creating repeating patterns and comparing length, weight and capacity.


Physical Development

This term the children will be taking part in P.E sessions with Ed Start. Which will cover our gross motor skills

Gross Motor Skills

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 Skills

 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, paintbrushes and cutlery.

Begin to show accuracy and care when drawing.




  • Writing

This term we will be focusing on developing the childrens writing. The children will start our phase 4 phonics too where they will learn all about digraphs and bledning cvvc, ccvvc and ccvcc words, with short vowels, together using 'robot talk'. 

  • Reading

This term we will be reading lots of different types of books, some fiction books and some non-fiction books about space. The children will explore books individually to a teacher and within a group every week. They will be able to talk about what they have observed in the books and sound out and blend words. The will also beable to identify tricky words.


Communication & Language

We will be encouraging the children to listen to and take part in class discussions. Children will be given lots of opportunities to develop their Speech and Language through activities in the role play areas and activities on offer in and around the classroom and outdoor areas.


Understanding the World

This term the children will be focusing on Chiks and Space. We will think about how the seasons have changed and what happens in Summer. We will learn about the world around us and what planets there are in space. We will also be learning about life cycles of a chick.

They will be given the opportunity to use the computers and learn how to use a mouse. They will also be using the iPads to access learning tools and develop their understanding of modern technology. 


Expressive Arts & Design

This is the area of the curriculum where we like to get messy. 

We focus on:

  • Exploring the areas in the classroom
  • Using Drama techniques
  • Combining materials and media
  • Using different model making materials
  • Manipulating materials.
  • Colour mixing
  • Developing role play
  • Create and perform dance and performances
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