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Curriculum Map

We use Jolly Phonics to support our phonics learning in Early Years.

In Reception we aim to help your child become as independent as possible.  It is important that children learn to take responsibility but they need support to learn how to do this.

The curriculum in Reception covers seven areas of learning and development.  All areas of learning and development are connected to one another and are covered through children's interests and broad topics.

The areas of learning and development are

  • personal, social and emotional development
  • physical development
  • communication and language
  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design

Personal, social and emotional development

  1. Making relationships
  2. Self confidence and self awareness
  3. Managing feelings and behaviour

Children will be provided with experiences and support which will help them to develop a positive sense of themselves and others, respect for others, social skills and a positive attitude towards learning.

Physical development

  1. Moving and handling
  2. Health and self care

The physical development of young children must be encouraged through the provision of opportunities for them to be active and interactive.  We aim for them to improve their skills of co-ordination, control and manipulation and movement and they will be supported in using all of their senses to learn about the world around them. They will also be supported in developing an understanding of the importance of physical activity and making healthy choices in relation to food.

Communication and language

  1. Listening and attention
  2. Understanding
  3. Speaking

We aim to help your child develop skills in speaking and listening.  They will be provided with opportunities and encouragement to use their skills and knowledge in a range of situations and for a range of purposes.  They will be supported in developing their confidence to do so.


  1. Reading
  2. Writing

Children are encouraged to develop their reading and writing skills through a variety of purposeful child initiated and adult led activities.


  1. Numbers
  2. Shape, space and measure

Children will be supported to develop their understanding of problem solving and reasoning.  Mathematics will be taught in a broad range of contexts in which they can explore, enjoy, learn, practise and talk about their developing understanding.  We aim to provide opportunities for children to practise and extend their skills in these areas and to gain confidence and competence in their use.

Understanding of the world


  1. People and communities
  2. The world
  3. Technology

We aim to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding that help the children to make sense of the world.  Their learning will be supported through offering opportunities for them to use a range of tools safely and to encounter creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environments and in real life situations.  They will undertake practical 'experiments' and work with a range of materials.

Expressive arts and design

  1. Exploring and using media and materials
  2. Being imaginative

We aim to extend the children's creativity by supporting their curiosity, exploration and play.  They will be provided with opportunities to explore and share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities such as art, music, movement, dance, imaginative and role play activities, mathematics and design and technology.


Autumn 1- Magical Me

We welcome the children to the school. We will be looking at our own identity and learning about ourselves and our families. In EAD we will be experimenting with different media to produce art work of ourselves and our friends. We will be looking at the ‘Golden Rules’ in which we follow at school and our rights and responsibilities. As part of our enrichment day we will be celebrating our class bears birthday.

We will be beginning to follow the ‘Jolly Phonics’ scheme and ‘Letters and Sounds’ to set the foundations of reading and writing.

Autumn 2- Celebrations

We will be focusing on the story of ‘Elmer’ to celebrate diversity. We will also be learning about a range of celebrations such as; Diwali, Bonfire night, Remembrance Day and Christmas. We will be having a Bollywood dance workshop for enrichment day. We will also be visiting the local church just before Christmas.

We will be starting to send home reading books and rainbow words for the children to practise.

Spring 1- Why can’t I have chocolate for breakfast?

We will be looking at healthy eating, where our food comes from and having a shared class breakfast. We will be writing shopping lists, trying new foods and having a visit from the school cook.

We will be consolidating counting and number recognition. We will be progressing our writing to write sentences and captions.

Spring 2- Circus

Our focus for this half term will be developing a variety of physical skills. To help with this, we will be having a circus workshop coming to school to teach the children some circus skills. We will be making clown masks, hats and ties. We will be learning about money and paying for a circus ticket.

We will be having a talent show, making popcorn and celebrating the circus.

Summer 1- Animal Antics

Our focus for this half term is pets and animal environments. We will be looking at what pets we have at home, we will have some visiting animals to our classes, we will be going on a trip to Tilgate Park to learn about different animals and their environments. We will be writing instructions on how to care for animals. We will also write a thank you letter to Tilgate Park for welcoming us.

Summer 2- Fairy Tales

We will be visiting Sutton library for a story session. We will look a traditional fairy tales such as; The Three Little Pigs, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk etc. We will be looking at characters in the stories and writing our own version of The Three Little Pigs. We will be doing outdoor P.E in the lead up to sports day.




Ofsted Graded GOOD

Bronze Sainsbury's School Games Mark

Health schools London award - bronze 2016

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Sustainable travel: The Bronze Award is the first level of STARS accreditation. Achieving this demonstrates that a school encourages and promotes active and safe travel to the whole school community.

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Bronze food for life mark


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