Early Years Foundation Stage – Reception – Curriculum Overview 2018-19
Area of Learning and Development Autumn Term 1

People Who Help Us

Autumn Term 2


Spring Term 1


Spring Term 2

Traditional Tales

Summer Term 1


Summer Term 2


Big Question What makes you a superhero? Why do leaves go crispy? What laid an egg like this? Knock Knock who’s there? Where on earth

are the pirates?

Why is Water so Wonderful?


Visits from local community occupations

Theatre Visit – Dec

Visit to Hardwick park.

We’re going on a leaf hunt.

Where did this egg come from?


Children to make gingerbread men and one runs away (video). Pirate picnic


Water Fun Day

Trip to Sea Life centre




Meeting new friends/making new relationships

Meeting new adults (visitors)

Weekend bear to share home experiences – linked to class email

Class target – I can fasten my coat

Introduce tooth brushing

Introduce Code of Conduct, DoJo & Traffic Light System

Safety during school visits.

Something special, children bring in a special item from home on a rolling programme. Children to explain own knowledge and ask appropriate questions of others. Using How, who, when, what, where and why questions.


Talk about what makes a good friend. Read stories about friendships and discuss how to resolve conflicts.




Children talk about how they and others show feelings.

Safety around water-while walking around lake in Ropner Park and at Tynemouth beach when visiting Sea Life centre

Heart Start

Lucinda and Godfrey

Looking at environments with lack of water.

Water Walk

Communication & Language LA


Establish routines for good listening – before input eg clapping, rhymes and listening code

Developing vocabulary – sharing news and experiences

Speaking – What I am good at!

Asking questions.

Listening to stories with increased attention and recall.

Introducing topic related vocabulary


Extend the children’s vocabulary and sentence composition.

‘Answering how and why questions.’

Responding to stories.

Expressing themselves.

Learning, exploring and correct use of new and topic related and imaginative vocabulary.

Listen to rhyming stories.

Join in with repeated refrains of traditional tales.

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

Topic related vocabulary.

Speaking in front of a large group -assembly





M & H


Being healthy – food, exercise

Toilet/hand washing routines

Daily fruit and milk

Practise using knife & fork – progressive tasks

Coat fastening, scissor skills

Pencil skills – writing name, drawing recognisable picture of themselves – progressive AM task

Whiteboard work

PE sessions, finding a space and moving around the space safely and in different ways. Cosmic Kids Yoga

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

Healthy food preparation

Develop co-ordination and movement through PE

Continue letter formation & families



Discussions around the need for water for life –

·          Drinking

·          Keeping clean

·          Cooking

·          Swimming

·          Plants


Sports Week activities

Heart Start 999 activity

Road safety

Literacy R



Letters & Sounds

Reading & spelling system

Writing Targets

Name writing

Pre cursive script

Letter formation & families

Bank of words e.g. mum, dad, sister etc. & key words.

Writing challenges

Sentence composition and conventions.

Topic resources to encourage writing.

What makes you a super hero?

Introduce reading roundabout


Continuing to work through reading and spelling system at individual level

Letters & Sounds – 4 groups

Reading Roundabout

Continuing to work through reading and spelling system at individual level

Letters & Sounds – 4 groups

Reading Roundabout

Topic related Fiction and non-fiction books

Using phonic and keyword knowledge to read and write simple sentences.


Mathematics N



Number Target – I can count to 10/20

1 to 1 counting

Ten Town

Introduce Numicon & RM Maths

Doubling & halving

How many jumps/hops?

Comparative vocabulary – e.g. taller/shorter. How far can I . . ?

Data collection – eg graph of eye colour/height chart

Rich Mathematical Tasks


Money, sharing, addition and subtraction.

R.M. maths

Patterns around them

One more, one less

Solving problems doubling and halving.

Properties of 3D shapes

Solving problems involving addition and subtraction.

Write digits up to 20

Problem solving.


Recognise, create and describe patterns.

Use mathematical language to describe everyday objects and shapes.

Use everyday language to talk about a variety of measures.

Count on and count back


SS&M Describe positions of Dinosaurs

Dinosaur counting activity for SIA.

Measuring bones.

Explore time



Understanding of the World



P & C



Family celebrations – birthdays, weddings

Cultural celebrations (Christmas)

Awareness of differences

Learning about occupations – people who help us

Introduce different roles in school and job in the community.

Autumnal changes

Trip to Hardwick park looking at the natural environment and the seasonal changes.

Introduction to ICT suite, & RM Maths

Introduction to using cameras

Children take a picture of various types of trees in groups, each time we visit the park take a picture of the tree and observe the changes.

Reading eggs


Chinese New Year

Spring and weather observations.  Planting seeds and monitoring growth.

Using magnifying glasses – dinosaur artefacts.

Language master – dinosaur facts

Life cycles – Tadpoles & butterflies

Interest Tables – materials, textures

ICT – finding programs independently

Look at the UK, explore the physical and natural features.


Discuss the difference between towns, villages and cities.


Look at different modes of transport to travel around the UK.


Logging onto the computers.


Explore different countries around the world.


Discuss differences and similarities of different cultures.


Looking at maps.

Explore water features in different parts of the world.

Animals that live in water.

Monitoring growth flowers and plants.


Floating and sinking.

Local water features, lake, fountain, River Tees

Water investigations using piping and water channels.