The learning in Reception is split into the seven areas of development; each day consists of a range of activities including:

  • Registration and finger gym
  • Read Write Inc.
  • Child Initiated Time
  • Maths 
  • PSHE 
  • Lunch time
  • 15-minute maths
  • Topic time
  • Story time
  • Plus, many more fantastic learning opportunities.

Our day in Reception is balanced between times of formal and informal learning with an adult who leads an activity – this is known as Adult Directed time.  As well as times when the children can choose learning experiences for themselves – this is known as Child Initiated time.  All of our formal and informal learning takes place indoors and outdoors. It is in these different environments that children explore and discover their immediate world. It is here they practise new ideas and skills; they take risks, show imagination and solve problems on their own or with others.


All of our topics are underpinned by a book – either non-fiction, fiction or a rhyming book. We enjoy listening to and then learning all about these books. Our learning includes re-telling the stories, acting out characters from the stories, and exploring and discovering maths, the world and creativity through these stories. They include traditional tales; The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Rapunzel; stories by Julia Donaldson including The Gruffalo, The Paperdolls and The Snail and the Whale; and non-fiction books about Castles and Dinosaurs.

Outdoor Area

Our outdoor area has been designed to allow all pupils to have access to a range of different activities to meet the 7 areas of development. The Role Play house outside allows us to link our experiences from home to school; it is designed to encourage communication and language skills with peers. Our stage is also used to encourage communication and language skills with peers and is set up either by our topic or by the children’s current interests. The construction area allows the children to construct on a larger scale and promotes physical development, maths and communication and language skills. The water, sand and mud areas allow the children to further develop their physical development and communication skills. The creative area offers creativity with different tools, themes and promotes independence, imagination and sharing. The reading garden is a dedicated area for children to listen to familiar stories, re-read familiar stories themselves and enjoy some quiet reading time. Children can access and learn in all areas, with resources designed to develop their imagination, independence and to build upon their own experiences.


We have visitors who come to talk to us about our learning. The librarian comes to talk about books in the autumn term, just in time for us to start to visit the school library. We visit St Barnabas Church three times a year to learn about Christmas, Easter and Noah. We are visited by a Circus Skills workshop and an expert in Minibeasts, as well as visiting Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

Please open and/or download the following detailed overview of what your children will be learning this year.