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Reception Spring 2 Curriculum

Welcome to Reception

Starting school is an exciting time and in St Michael in the Hamlet’s Early Year’s Foundation Stage, your child is at the centre of everything we do.

We have two reception classes, Seals and Penguins. Our nursery class is called Turtles and we have an ocean theme running throughout our EYFS setting.

The reception classroom is a large, bright open plan space, with the Seals and Penguins having their own designated areas for teacher led activities. At other times, children have access to all areas of the classroom. We have created an enabling environment that is stimulating, yet calming, with a pale blue and magnolia theme throughout. Our walls are kept clear, except for the display boards, so that children are not over stimulated. We have two inviting reading areas, one in each classroom and resources that children can access when they choose. We have a beautiful outdoor yard and garden for EYFS, and a side garden that contains our allotment, wormery and composting area. We are hoping to have a bee hive soon.

We are running a three day / two day split, with our Thursday and Friday teacher led activities taking part in our outdoor classroom, The Cabin, in The Wild Garden and in our little learning hubs we are setting up in our yard and garden.


Our Staff Team

We have three teachers: Mrs Sayer, Miss Knutsen and Mrs Horscroft. Mrs Sayer is the teacher of the Seals and is EYFS Lead. Miss Knutsen and Miss Horscroft are the teachers of the Penguins. Miss Knutsen teaches on a Monday to Wednesday and Miss Horscroft on a Wednesday to Friday. Our support staff  are Miss Fisher, Miss Langeveld and Miss Maddison.

Our parent volunteer is Mrs Felliciano and our EYFS Link Governor and class governor is Mrs Pilgrim.

Our Curriculum for 2019-2020


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Topic Theme

All Together Now


The Ocean

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Yellow Submarine

We’re all Going on a Summer Holiday


As an EYFS team we have devised a new curriculum for Reception this year. This builds on the strengths of last year’s curriculum, it includes cultural capital and real life experiences.  This year we will be using our outdoor spaces to build strength, confidence, resilience and communication skills, as well as strengthening vocabulary, improving fine motor skills for writing and promoting wellbeing.  


Our Book Spine

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Elmer by David McKee


Last stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena

Nini at Carnival by

Errol Lloyd



The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The Yellow Submarine

Mr Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham


This book spine will be updated when we know the children’s needs and interests more, as the term progresses.


Our Enrichment

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Harvest Festival with families

Carnival Parade for families- children make own costumes


Christmas show


The Very Hungry Caterpillar show for families

The Yellow Submarine

Sing song for families

Celebration picnic for children and their families in our garden


Trip to local church St Michael in the Hamlet


Phonics training for parents

Possible trip to an aquarium



After school maths session

Supporting your child with writing – parent session- link to healthy diary completed at home


EYFS Sports day

Outdoor learning – all day Thursday and Friday, Nature to nurture, Forest School activities


Other useful information

We will meet with all parents in the autumn term to discuss your child in an informal meeting. This sharing of information is crucial to your child getting the best start in school.

If you wish to support your child at home, we would encourage reading stories to them. We have an EYFS book exchange that you can access at the end of the day, in the entrance to the reception classes. There is also a book exchange for EYFS parents, as we aim to promote reading for the whole family, so that children see their parents read.

We follow Jolly Phonics. You can google Jolly Phonics Phase 2, for the songs we are learning at the moment.

Please sing lots of nursery rhymes with your child and simple songs. This helps them develop their language, sounds, understanding of rhyme, memory etc

Children tend to be good at rote counting, but less secure at reading numbers, have a look at numbers around you, on houses, buses, car number plates etc.

Listen to your child read their homereading book a few times over the week before returning it to school on a Wednesday. Keep sessions short and fun and positive. Reading should be enjoyable for you and your child.


Helping your EYFS child at home with Maths

'Teach Your Monsters To Read' FREE online reading activities

Have you seen the Kids' Zone? Play games, and visit some cool websites. You can vote for your favourites!

Downloadable Documents and weblinks