Curriculum Map Reception 



Summer 1

19th April 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,                                                     

We hope you had a happy Easter half-term.  We are now starting the beginning of our summer term and our topic for the next few weeks is called ‘We are Explorers’.  We have planned lots of exciting activities that will encourage children to explore different habitats and look at how plants and animals grow. We will start with a little mini-topic all about dinosaurs!

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Children will respond to significant experiences showing a range of feelings.  They will be encouraged to show care and concern for others and for living things in their environment.  They will continue to be aware of their own needs, the feelings of others and personal hygiene safety through consolidation of our school rules and routines.

Communication and Language

Children will continue to develop their listening and attention skills using two channelled attention by ‘listening and doing’ at the same time. There will be lots of opportunities for children to talk in small groups and as a whole class, sharing their opinions and ideas effectively. Children will develop vocabulary related to plants, mini-beasts and life cycles.


There will be opportunities for children to create fact-files about dinosaurs and mini beasts and posters using non-fiction texts.  They will continue to learn Phase 3 letters and their sounds and practise their skills in segmenting and blending in order to read and write.  They will continue to explore rhyming strings through stories and songs.


Children will learn to classify and count mini-beasts.  They will continue to add and subtract small amounts.  They will make pictograms based on their observations and have opportunities to use money in our roleplay garden centre.

Physical Development

Children will use a range of simple tools to achieve results. They will learn how to use these skills to create things that they want in their play or as models using a range of joining and cutting materials.  Lots of opportunities will be provided to climb, balance and slide down apparatus as well as using bats and balls to encourage collaborative games. 

Understanding the World (UTW)

Children will learn to identify different mini-beasts and plants in their own environment outside.   They will look at similarities and differences in the life cycles of animals including frogs and butterflies. 

Expressive Arts

Children will learn to carefully observe plants and mini beasts and identify their main features such as colour, pattern, size and shape, transposing their thoughts onto paper.  They will make collages using a range of materials to create different textures.  Children will use their own bodies to create movement and dance and explore tempo and beat with fun calypso songs.

Ways to help your child learn

Please continue to hear your child read daily as well as share books together as sharing books is a great way to help and encourage your child to develop a love of books and expose them to a wide range of vocabulary.

Identifying numbers around them such as door numbers, numbers on buses and counting on and back from different numbers to 20 will really support their knowledge of number. 

Continuing to give your child opportunities to become more independent by dressing and undressing themselves so they can practice buttons, zips etc, pouring drinks of water, using a knife and fork to cut their food at mealtimes and washing their hands after going to the toilet and before mealtimes.

Things to remember

Book bags need to be brought into school every day with their reading books inside so that your child can be heard to read twice a week.

Labelled water bottles to be brought in every day.

All uniform to be clearly labelled with your child’s name.

Please check Google Classroom regularly for any messages or important information given about your child’s learning.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to another fun term.

Mrs Anthony, Miss Oakley and the Early Years Team


Summer 1 topic letter – We are Explorers Reception



Spring 2nd  Half Term
Dear Parents/Carers,                                                                                     

A warm welcome back to you all.  We hope you had a lovely half-term break.

Our topic for this half term is ‘Traditional tales’ which will include a range of stories such as The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Three Billy Goat’s Gruff to name but a few!

Throughout the half term, we will be ensuring that our core value ‘to be generous to others’ is embedded at every opportunity.


Religious Education

Sorrow and Joy – children will learn about the significance of Easter, that Jesus learnt to forgive and to reflect on ways that we can forgive, be kind and generous and help others.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Children will be supported to continue to initiate conversations and listen to others.   They will have lots of opportunities to explain their knowledge and understanding and ask appropriate questions to further their learning.  Children will be encouraged to become independent learners, expressing preferences and ideas through their own choices as well as learning the important skill of compromising when necessary.


Communication and Language

Children will explore different traditional tales and become acquainted with its story language and repeated phrases.  A big emphasis will be to verbally retell stories through re-in-act-ing prior to writing them down on paper.  Children will be encouraged to introduce storylines and narratives into their own play.  Once we are all back in school together children will take part in ‘helicopter’ stories to promote confidence and speaking skills as they express and share their ideas.



Children will begin to recognise and join in with predictable phrases in stories such as ‘I will huff and I will puff’ and think about other words and phrases that characters might be saying.  They will sequence stories in order to retell and act them out, exploring the different characters and settings through ‘hot-seating’ opportunities.  We will continue learning Phase 3 sounds and recap Phase 2 sounds daily. Children will continue to read words and simple sentences and build up a vocabulary influenced by stories.


Physical Development

Children will continue to develop their fine motor skills becoming more confident at using a pencil effectively and showing an interest in writing.  They will also continue to develop their gross motor skills moving in different ways by running, jumping, skipping, hopping etc.  This half term we will explore keeping healthy and foods that can help us stay fit and well.  Children will hopefully have opportunities to have fun in the kitchen cooking recipes from traditional tales.



Children will focus on counting objects reliably as well as finding one more or one less than a given number. They will continue to recognise numerals to 20 and begin to understand number bonds to 10.  Children will explore money, counting out the Giant’s coins from Jack and the Beanstalk and begin to recognise the value of different coins.  We will explore size, comparing the difference in size of the three bears as well as the Giant.  Children will develop their knowledge of 3D shapes, understanding them as a solid and exploring their different properties.


Understanding the World

Children will explore different settings in stories as well as discussing and imagining new environments.  We will talk about different animals and their habitats and explore materials, for example through the story of the Three Little Pigs and the different homes they built.  


Expressive Arts and Design

Children will be encouraged to act out traditional stories and their own stories, thinking about their body language and gestures in relation to different characters.  They will use musical instruments to help them think about characters actions through sound.  


Things to remember

Please continue to hear your child read every day.                              


Many thanks for your continued support.
Mrs Anthony, Miss Oakley, Ms Underwood
and the Early Years Team