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With the exception of phonics and some mathematics, all our learning in Reception is topic based. The curriculum in Reception is holistic and not separated into subjects. The curriculum is set out into areas of learning. We have one topic that covers all areas of learning. We do not always explicitly make links to these areas when talking to the children about topic learning. However, when teachers plan topic learning, it is planned using these areas. As parents, we realise that you might like to know which areas of the curriculum the topic learning links to and so we have provided the curriculum links for you. Please note that all learning that takes place in Reception covers all the areas of learning, however the links provided are the ones that we are particularly focusing on that week. Literacy (reading and writing) and Mathematics opportunities provided as part of all topic learning that we do. In order to prepare the children for Year One we will, where appropriate, link learning to the national curriculum subjects such as History, Science, Geography. When planning for our topic, we will also take into account our whole school curriculum drivers and plan learning that incorporates these.


Below is a key for the areas of learning;


PSED= Personal, Social and Emotional development

C&L= Communication and Language

PD= Physical development

UW= Understanding the world

EAD= Expressive Arts and Design.


Our new topic is called Welcome to .... farm


Week beginning 5th June- What can stories and rhymes tell us about the past? UW focus week This week will be a history focus week, we will be looking at some nursery rhymes and find out what they can tell us about the past. We will be handling some historic artefacts from the past and finding out their uses.


Week beginning 12th June- Who is Kandinsky? EAD focus

This week we will be learning about two artists- Kandinsky and SH Raza- we will be comparing their style. We will also be creating some art based on the style of Kandinsky.


Week beginning 19th June- What does a plant need to grow UW focus. This week is a science focus week, we will be learning about what a plant needs to grow and labelling the parts of a plant, we will also be sorting a classifying plants. We will be reading the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and planting our own beans!


Week beginning 26th JuneThis week is a special French themed week. This week we will be thinking about similarities and differences between life in this country and life in France


Week beginning 3rd July-  What happens to a seed as it grows? This week is another science focus week, we will be looking at the Life Cycle of an Apple seed and drawing our own scientific diagrams to show this 


Week beginning 10th July- This week we will be reflecting on our year in Reception and writing some special things to go in our reports


Week beginning 17th July- This week will be an RE themed week about special buildings and places



During this half term we will be reading the following books- 

Jack and the Beanstalk

The Three Little Pigs

The Three Billy Goats Gruff