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Salehurst C of E Primary School

Let all that you do be done in Love. – 1 Corinthians – 16:14.

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Reception Curriculum


All Early Years' providers are required to abide by the standards for children's learning, development and care as set out in the 'Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage'.


At Salehurst, our youngest pupils are provided with stimulating indoor and outdoor learning environments, enabling them to learn effectively by:


* playing and exploring

* being active learners

* developing the ability to be creative and think critically


In compliance with the 'Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage', we plan activities and learning opportunities that enable our pupils to develop their skills, knowledge and interests in the following areas:


Characteristics of Effective Learning

Prime Areas


Specific Areas


Playing and Exploring: Children investigate and 'have a go'.

Active Learning: Children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements

Creating and Thinking Critically: Children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things. 

Communication and Language

* Listening, attention and understanding

* Speaking

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

* Self-regulation

* Managing self

* Building relationships

Physical Development

* Gross motor skills

* Fine motor skills


* Comprehension

* Word reading

* Writing


* Number

* Numerical patterns

Understand the World

* Past and present

* People, culture and communities

* The natural world

Expressive Arts and Design

* Creating with materials

* Being imaginative and expressive


We have six broad topics over the course of the year:


Term 1: Marvellous Me!      Term 2: Mix it up!     Term 3: Once upon a time...

Term 4: Crazy Creatures     Term 5: Splish! Splash! Splosh!   Term 6: Off we go!


These topics are then broken down into mini themes, based around key texts. We know what we want our children to learn and have ideas for how we can achieve this but are always open to the interests and direction that the children pursue themselves.

Our EYFS curriculum outlines what we want our children to learn and be able to do by the time they finish their Reception year. This curriculum is then used to devise our long term planning where we outline the topics and key learning opportunities that we will provide for our pupils. These are accompanied by checkpoints that will help us to identify any children who may need additional support or resources to make progress towards the Early Learning Goals. Our medium term plans provide a more detailed overview. In addition to these, weekly plans are also produced. These detail what will be taught in whole class sessions and outline provision informed by our assessments of 'next steps' for the cohort and individuals. These are not set in stone for, as everyone knows, sometimes children go in a different direction to what you have planned and therefore so do we!