Bishop's Cleeve Primary Academy

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 RK - Miss George - supported by Mrs Lewis & Mrs Anderson 

RM - Mrs Massingham - supported by Mrs Banfield

RS - Miss Singh - supported by Mrs Watson

RP - Mrs Potts -  supported by Mrs Rachael

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Have a look at what reception have been learning by following this link to the Reception blog.

Reception blog 



In the Reception year we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum. it is split in to the following areas of learning:-

Image of the Early years Foundation Stage Curriculum Structure


We ensure how we deliver our curriculum and organise our environments support each child's needs and interests. These characteristics of learning are the foundation of our practice.

Autumn Term 2021

Our main focus in the first half term is to support your child as they make the transition from a pre-school setting to school. We will be supporting them as they make new friendships and become more familiar with the school routines.

Our reception classes are exciting environments, where children are able to take part in creative, imaginative, physical and investigative activities. 

In Literacy sessions we will be encouraging the development of language skills. This will involve many listening activities and opportunities to speak with increasing confidence in front of others. We will be introducing the Jolly Phonics scheme, which teaches children their letters and sounds for writing. We will be learning some traditional nursery rhymes and learning some traditional stories and books with patterned text such as Each, Peach, Pear, Plum and The Enormous Turnip.

We will be exploring our outdoor area, enjoying playing in the playground and practicing fine motor control in readiness for writing. Later in the Autumn term we will begin to do some PE sessions in the hall, exploring different ways of travelling.

During the Autumn term, we will concentrate on recognising and ordering numbers and counting reliably. We will introduce addition and subtraction, and children will also learn to name various flat and solid shapes, and describe them using everyday language.

This term we will be celebrating several special days from varying cultures and traditions, including Diwali, Remembrance Day, Bonfire Night and, of course, Christmas! We will also be introducing the children to various forms of technology around the classroom, including the class computer and interactive whiteboard, laptops and programmable toys. We will also be starting 'forest school' and exploring the outside environment more.

From the very start of term we will encourage the children to express themselves creatively using a variety of media, for example painting, collage, music, songs and dance. Specifically we will creating Bonfire Night pictures, Diwali decorations and Christmas cards amongst others.

For further information about our Autumn curriculum, please see the Curriculum Letter below.

Spring Term 2022

This term our learning will be linked to our theme which is all about ‘Bears and Winter’.

In literacy sessions we will be continuing to encourage the development of many speaking and listening skills.  We will be listening to, learning and talking about different stories, as well as sequencing them and acting them out. Some of the texts we will explore are Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? and Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

We will continue the Phonics scheme, by blending and rhyming cvc words and will begin to learn the ‘digraphs’, (sounds made with 2 letters) such as ‘ch’, ‘sh’, ‘th’. 

 As part of our physical development we will be focusing on gymnastics, moving in different ways across the apparatus and learning different gymnastics positions such as pike and straddle.

Personal, social and emotional development continues to be a huge focus for us as we progress through the year.  We will continue circle times to talk about ourselves and our friendships as well as focusing on a different emotions and feelings in ore depth. We will be  discussing when we might feel different feelings and what we can do if we feel some feelings that are difficult to regulate.

This term in mathematics we will be continuing to learn about place value and the number system by  exploring numbers 6-10 in depth . This will involve looking at the parts (numbers) that make up each number and using them in subtraction and addition. We will also re-visit shape, pattern and measure linked to Goldilocks. 

We will be using our stories about Bears and winter as a starting point for much of our learning in this area.  For example, making porridge (exploring texture/taste/smell) and using ICT to research facts about bears.

We will also learn about Chinese New Year, Shrove Tuesday and Easter.

We will use the wonderful illustrations of Eric Carle to inspire much of our creative work this term.  We will be exploring various mediums such as paint, exploring textures and mixing colours, and collaging.

In our music lessons we will continue to learn songs and experiment with rhythms and instruments using Charanga.