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You may find this information about the National Curriculum helpful:


Children in Reception are guided to develop good social skills. They are expected to follow The Orion Way and be kind and caring to each other. Adults guide the children to learn to take turns, share equipment and work together with a partner or a small group. Children are taught to listen to each other. They are encouraged to have a go at new learning experiences to build confidence and independence and develop concentration.


Communication and Language

Children learn in a language rich environment to help them develop their spoken language and understanding.



Children have a daily phonics lesson and are taught through the Letters and Sounds Programme. Children have weekly guided reading and writing opportunities and literacy skills are always linked to a weekly book or topic.



Children have a daily mathematics carpet session to develop early numbers skills including counting forwards and backwards to 20 and recognition of numbers 0-100. They learn to add and subtract practically, recognise shapes and use a wide range of mathematical language.They are encouraged to solve practical problems involving every day and real life maths.


Physical Development

Children are guided to be independent at school in their self- care of feeding, keeping themselves clean, toileting and dressing. They have lots of outdoor play opportunities to climb, run, keep fit and be active. They are encouraged to take part in activities to develop their core muscles, fine motor skills and hand eye co-ordination.


Understanding the World

Reception children are supported to make better sense of the world around them and to begin to understand their role in the larger world. They have access to a wide range of technology to explore, use and program. Children are encouraged to investigate, observe and discover in their play both indoors and outdoors.


Expressive Arts and Design

Painting, drawing, modelling, collage and printing are just some of the creative activities that are available for children daily.  Children have opportunities to role play, dress up, make music and perform.


Reading and Homework

Children must do their Champion Reader homework every day. This involves sharing a book together at home. A homework task to do at home together is given every week. This task will support the learning that has taken place that week at school and the book they have read.



Topics throughout the year can include the following, however they may change due to children's interests at the time.


Autumn Term

  • Settling In
  • Ourselves
  • Our Family
  • Our school
  • Autumn
  • Night-time


Spring Term

  • Winter
  • Dinosaurs
  • Transport


Summer Term

  • Animals
  • Summer


Additional learning for Reception

Autumn Term - Bollywood dancing

Spring and Summer Term - African Drumming



Children go out and about in the local area.  Year group trips take place in the Spring and Summer and may include Willows Farm, the London Transport Museum and London Zoo.


What you need for Reception

  • School Uniform
  •  Wellington boots
  • A  warm coat
  • School P.E. T-shirt
  • Spare clothes
  • Book bag
  • A healthy snack
  • A big smile



  • Read the weekly Reception newsletter
  • Come in and help
  • Stay and read on a Friday
  • Talk to your child about what happened at school today
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