Reception Curriculum Overview


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In Reception we follow the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) curriculum which is a ‘learning through play’ curriculum. Learning opportunities are based on observations of the children.  There is a balance of adult led and child initiated learning.  Our priorities in the Autumn Term are to settle the children to new routines in Reception.

There are 7 Areas of Learning. These are: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Communication and Language, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding The World and Expressive Arts and Design.

We particularly focus on the Prime Areas of learning throughout the Foundation Stage. At Latymer All Saints ‘Love, Aspiration and Service’ are the values specific to the Christian ethos of our school. These values provide us with a unique reference to guide decision making by teachers and children alike.


At Latymer All Saints we use Tapestry to create an on line record of the Learning Journey followed by the children in Nursery and Reception. The system records photographs, observations and notes building a comprehensive picture of the learning experiences enjoyed by individual children during their time with us. The system can be accessed by parents and carers. Further details about Tapestry can be viewed by clicking on the links at the foot of this page.


Autumn Term Literacy

Literacy covers Reading and Writing. Story Time – Daily Literacy sessions, called “Talk for Writing”, are delivered.  A story is covered for two weeks and children are encouraged to make up their own characters, change plots and endings and to use their imaginations as much as possible to develop their love of stories. Children are expected to mark make within their play.  Evidence is collected in their Memory Books as part of an on-going cycle for all subject areas.

Adults ensure that children can write their name (if appropriate) and we encourage children to learn to write their names in the first half term of the academic year. Children will have homework, once a week on a Friday. Homework is linked to the stories covered in “Talk for writing”. Children are encouraged to draw a picture and do some writing independently.

Phonics- Children are put into phonic groups after the October half term. A daily phonics carpet session will usually last for about 15 minutes.  Children will be given individual learning targets from observations.  We follow a phonic scheme called RML.

Reading- Children will take a reading book home once a week from a reading scheme. Parents and carers are encouraged to make a comment when sharing a book in the reading record book provided.

Autumn Term Mathematics

Mathematics includes investigating Numbers, Shape, Space and Measures.  Daily carpet sessions are planned weekly for children.  Currently children are working on counting objects to 10.  Carpet sessions are visual and interactive often incorporating number rhymes and songs.  Evidence for Mathematics is also gathered as part of an on-going cycle and collected in Memory folders.

By the end of Reception children are expected to count up to 20 objects reliably and subtract numbers to 10.  They are also expected to use everyday language about size, weight,  capacity, position, distance, time and money to solve simple problems. Children will take home a short piece of maths homework to complete once a week to help support and embed skills learned at school.

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Indoor and Outdoor Learning Environment

There is ongoing provision to learn through play across all 7 Areas of Learning.  These include:- Sand and Water, Mark making/Writing Areas, Interactive Displays such as nature/interest tables, Role play Areas, Creative Work Station, Painting Area, Mathematical Resources, ICT, Small world resources (dinosaurs, small world people, animals etc.), Reading Areas, Musical resources, Malleable and tactile experiences (play dough, textures etc.), UTW resources exploration boxes, scientific equipment.


Children are observed in self-chosen activities.  Observations are recorded in a variety of ways such as narrative and snapshot.  Parents are informed when it is their child’s Focus Week.  During this week Memory Folders are updated.  Teachers arrange a short meeting with parents to discuss next steps of learning.


Reception children will take part in Harvest activities and perform a short nativity in December. During the year children will also learn about festivals from around the world and they will attend church at Easter time.


Please click on the links below to view useful documents for parents:

Parent or carer agreement for the the use of Tapestry

Tapestry for parents





Getting your Child ready for school booklet