The children’s learning

We follow the new foundation guidance when planning for our reception children. This will follow on smoothly for those children who have already attended pre-school or nursery. The children learn through child initiated tasks and will be supported and encouraged to explore other curriculum areas using our knowledge about their interests. Their learning should be fun and exciting and mainly play based.
The teachers and support staff will use observations of your child and how they access the curriculum. They will be encouraged to take their learning outdoors as well as inside the class room (whatever the weather!) Some ways in which you can support at home are:
  • Talk to them as much as possible,
  • Read or tell stories together,
  • Share books,
  • Watch suitable television programmes and discuss them,
  • Play games together,
  • Play counting games and rhymes,
  • Talk about what colour and size objects are,
  • Cook with them,
  • Let them draw, scribble and colour with lots of different implements,
  • Have fun outdoors,
  • Build with anything you can find (big or small)
  • Cutting and sticking objects

During the Reception years, your child will learn to: 


 Say and use number names in familiar context

Talk in sentences
Count reliably up to 20 objects

Listen to others and respond appropriately
Recognise numerals 1 to 20 and order them correctly

Recognise individual letter sounds and the digraphs/trigraphs sh, ch, th, ay, ee, igh, ow, oo (zoo), oo (book), ar, or, air, ir, ou, oy, oi, er, ur, ure, ear, ai,oa
Use language such as more/less, greater/smaller, heavier/lighter to compare two quantities or numbers

In practical activities and discussion use the vocabulary related to addition and subtraction

Sound our and read simple three letter words which begin and end with a consonant and have a vowel in the middle e.g. hen, pig, fun, and similar four/five letter words.
Find one more/less than a number from 1 to 20

Add 2 single digit numbers together

Talk about what has happened in their reading book and be able to answer simple questions about it by finding the answer in the text.
Subtract a single digit number from another single digit number

Talk about poems, stories and non-fictional material
Talk about, recognise and recreate simple patterns

Know which letter to write in response to a sound
Name 2D and 3D shapes and describe them using mathematical language

Segment and spell simple three letter words which begin and end with a consonant, and have a vowel in the middle e.g. cat, dog, pit, and similar four/five letter words
Solve problems including doubling, halving and sharing

Order objects using direct comparison and order events

Hold a pencil correctly and form all letters correctly
Use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money

Use a capital letter at the beginning of a sentence
Use developing mathematical ideas and methods to solve practical problems

Use a full stop at the end of a sentence

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