Take a look at our Reception curriculum:



Sorting and patterns are the basis for initial activities. Recognising patterns and sequencing are very important for future number work. We explore different strategies for understanding numbers to 10, which includes counting orally forwards and backwards, number recognition, and beginning to practice ordering.  Practical activities are very important, but written number work is also covered with regular practice to ensure correct formation of the numerals. More, less, and simple practical addition is introduced.

Shape, Space and Measure

We introduce the language associated with both 2D and 3D shape, learning to name and describe properties in a variety of ways, for a selection of common shapes. Comparison is a skill used in many activities, but also helps to introduce the terminology for measurement of length and height. Description of capacity is begun in practical terms – ‘full, empty, how much do we need’ etc. We discuss time in context of days and months, and times of day. O’clock is introduced as part of our daily routine.



We introduce the alphabet through initial sounds (lower case and capitals), and start to build simple words phonetically. We also introduce the vowel sounds (a,e,i,o,u), and the digraphs ch, sh and th, learning to hear them and recognise them in common words.


Starting with no-word books, we introduce the detail that can be used in storytelling. Using flashcards, we introduce the words needed for the Reading Scheme books, including some High Frequency words. The children continue with these books at an individual pace for the rest of the year.


As letter sounds are learnt, we look at correct formation and a good pencil grip. Known words are used as often as possible on sheets relating to the Collins Literacy scheme, or in the children’s own drawing activities. Constant practice of name writing is also done.


This scheme uses excerpts of stories, or rhymes and poems, to help the children focus on specific areas of learning such as vocabulary, predicting, rhyming, or punctuation.


  • Greetings
  • Colours
  • Numbers
  • Instructions
  • Pets
  • Christmas


In Reception, art is a part of our classroom activities, rather than a specialist lesson. We do anything that relates to literacy themes, number work, or other school calendar events. We try to expose the children to different media, and practise the skills of cutting, sticking and painting.

Computing and ICT

Unit 1: Digital literacy

  • What is a computer?
  • What is the internet?
  • Internet safety and privacy
  • Saving files

Unit 2: Red Ted and Dina

  • Keyboarding
  • Mouse skills

Unit 3: Coding

  • What is an algorithm?
  • Navigating mazes
  • CodeKarts
  • Beebots
  • A.L.E.X


Coming soon…


Being special

Why are people special; communities and groups. How am I special; values and qualities; respect for each other. What do others think about me; understanding what you are good at; opinions. Which places are special to me and why; at home, in Malawi, elsewhere.

Building friendships

What do we remember and how far back; how have we changed and developed. How do I feel; memories good or bad; dealing with positive or negative feelings. What makes a friend; treat others as you want to be treated. What do friends share; toys, games, activities; difficulties. How do we keep friends; making up and things that go wrong.