Reception Curriculum

Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.



The EYFS seeks to provide:


  • quality and consistency in all early years settings, so that every child makes good progress and no child gets left behind
  • a secure foundation through planning for the learning and development of each individual child, and assessing and reviewing what they have learned regularly
  • partnership working between practitioners and with parents and/or carers
  • equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring that every child is included and supported

Four guiding principles should shape practice in early years settings. These are:


  • every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured
  • children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
  • children learn and develop well in enabling environments with teaching and support from adults, who respond to their individual interests and needs and help them to build their learning over time. Children benefit from a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers. (See “the characteristics of effective teaching and learning” at paragraph 1.15)
  • importance of learning and development. Children develop and learn at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).


Our Curriculum


Autumn 1

1. Marvellous me

Feelings and Emotions

My life so far (History)

We are all different (Diversity)

2. Superheroes

3. Autumn

Harvest, Materials, Senses

Cooking and nutrition


Autumn 2 4. The Gruffalo
In the Forest (drawing)

5. Help
Road safety

Internet Safety

(Christmas and other festivals)

Cooking and nutrition

Spring 1 1. Winter
States of matter (Ice)

2. Space
Aliens love underpants

NSPPC pants talk

3. Castles, Dragons and Unicorns
Spring 2

4. Spring
Looking after the environment


5. Animal Babies
owl babies

The ugly five

Ugly duckling (lifecycles)

6. Healthy Me
My Body Science

Brushing teeth


Summer 1

1. God’s Wonderful World
UW: Growing and planting

RE: Creation

2. Different Homes
Traditional tales

History: how houses have changed.

DT construction

Geography (maps and routes)

Local landscapes – Claude Monet

3. Dinosaurs
Summer 2 4. Summer

5. God’s Wonderful World – Plants
(part 2)

 (The world, different locations

6. Food and Nutrition
Cooking and nutrition

embed senses


Curriculum Documents


Blue Coat Infant School Information Booklet 2021

Unit Overview 2020 Early adopters

EYFS Policy 2020

Blue Coat Infant School Information Booklet Final

Curriculum Poems


Recommended Texts

50 recommended reads for reception


Promotional Video

For all of our units of work, we have linked poems that we would like the children to learn. You can find all these by clicking below


Unit Poems

Supporting Maths with Numberblocks

Numberblocks PowerPoints are designed for Early Years practitioners have been adapted for parents.

The PowerPoints cover Series 1 and 2, and begin at Series 1 Episode 7 (‘Five’). This marks approximately where children in Reception would have got to when in school prior to the third lockdown. Now children have returned to school, the resources can continue to be used to support with early maths at home.


Click on this link to take you to the Numberblock homepage.

Alternatively, click on the PowerPoints downloads below to see how you can support your child further.



Careers in Reception

In Reception, we cover a range of careers that we want to explore with the children. When I am older, I might want to be a…


social worker      chef

Vet                Firefighters

Police Officers             Paramedics

Lifeguards           Teachers

 Builders           Librarian

Crossing Guard

Dentist              Explorer

Astronaut             Scientist

TV presenter           Architect

Meteorologist         Botanist!



Useful Links