Reception Curriculum Overview
Reading Writing
Children read and understand simple sentences. Can use their phonic knowledge to write words in which ways which match their spoken language.
They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also write some irregular common words.
They also read some common irregular words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others.
They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.
Numbers Shape, Space and Measures
Count reliably from 1 - 20. Place them in order. Say what is one more or one less than a given number. Use everyday language to describe size, weight, capacity, position distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects to solve problems.
Using quantities and objects they add and subtract two single digit numbers. They count on or back to find the answer. They recognise, create and describe patterns.
They solve problems including: doubling halving sharing They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.
Expressive Arts and Design
Exploring and Using Media and Materials Being Imaginative
Children sing songs make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. To use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes.
They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour design, texture,form and function. To represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.
Understanding of The World
People and Communities The World Technology
To talk about past and present events in their own lives and the lives of their families. To know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. To recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools.
To know that other children do not always enjoy the same things and are sensitive to this. To talk about features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They select and use technology for particular purposes.
To know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.


Early Learning Goals

Prime Areas:

Physical Development

Moving and Handling

Health and Self Care

Show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements.

Children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe.

They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space.

They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.

They manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.

Personal, Social Emotional Development

Self confidence and Self Awareness

Managing Feelings and Behaviour

Making Relationships

Children are confident to try new activities, and to say why they like some activities more than others.

Children talk about how they and others show their feelings, talk about their own and other’s behaviour, and its consequences, and know some behaviour is unacceptable.

Children play co-operatively, taking turns with others.

They are confident to speak in a familiar group or class, and understand and follow the rules.

They take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise the activity.

They work as part of a group or class, and understand and follow the rules.

They show sensitivity to other’s needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children.

They say when they do or don’t need help. They adjust their behaviour to different situations, and take changes in routine in their stride.
Communication and Language

Listening and Attention



Children listen attentively in a range of situations.

Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners needs.

Children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions.

They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions.

They use past present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future.

They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.

They give their attention to what other’s say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.


They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas and events.