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Speenhamland School

Speenhamland School

Reception Curriculum



We follow the Rising Stars scheme at Speenhamland, with Wisteria Class being the beginning of their Phonics journey. During the first 2 weeks of the school year, we recap our listening and attention skills through fun interactive games that support our personal, social and emotional development as well as the initial skills needed to begin our phonics lessons. Throughout the school year, pupils are taught 2 new sounds a week with a particular focus on blending skills for reading and segmenting skills for spelling and writing. Every day, the class teacher will teach these sessions followed by small group work to review and enhance understanding.


At the beginning of the school year, the pupils will take home books without any words - this allows the pupils to develop: their comprehensive understanding of what is happening in a story based on what they see in pictures; their ability to predict what may come next as well as develop their communication skills by discussing how characters are feeling and why things may be happening. Throughout the school year, the pupils will take home books with increased vocabulary in line with what is being taught in our phonics sessions. Parents are asked to read with their child daily and record this on our reading record platform – Go Read. In school, pupils are read to daily alongside reading within our phonics lessons.


On starting at Speenhamland, the pupils undertake “Write Dance” literacy sessions where we work on our gross motor skills through fun interactive lessons centred around a short story and a song. Activities to support these sessions include whole class “scrimbling” sessions, tearing paper with a variety of thickness and acting out different movements. The children then progress on to our Fantastic Foundations lessons in autumn term 2. In these sessions, they start with verbalising a sentence using the new language we have learnt, to writing simple words and phrases. Finally, being able to independently write a sentence.


In Wisteria Class we follow the White Rose approach to teaching maths. The school year is divided into ten phases and provides a variety of opportunities to develop the understanding of number, shape, measure and spatial thinking. White Rose allows for key mathematical concepts to be revisited and developed further across the year.



Throughout the school year, pupils have the opportunity to undertake a variety of local trips, helping them to develop an understanding of their immediate environment.  They create maps, discuss the journey and what they have seen. In addition, they learn about the world around them and compare a variety of environments.


Pupils will be taught about a variety of key events throughout the year, comparing items from the past and comparing them to life now. They will begin to understand the concept of past and start to track events on a timeline.


In Reception, pupils will be taught to: show curiosity about objects, events and people; take risks; engage in new experiences and learn through trial and error. They also learn to find ways to solve a problem; find new ways to do things; test their ideas; use their senses to explore the world; make observations of animals and plants; explain why some things occur, and talk about changes. Science learning is all undertaken through interactive, practical lessons which support all children to participate and engage.


Through our immersive PSHE lessons, following the Jigsaw scheme, pupils are encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas in a calm safe environment. Pupils are taught to understand the difference between right and wrong, how to manage conflict and who to go to for support.


Pupils have the opportunity to explore a variety of cultures and celebrations during our Discovery RE sessions. They explore what makes them unique as well as gain a respect and understanding of other people’s beliefs.


Throughout the school year, pupils are exposed to a variety of creative opportunities from painting, junk modelling, sculpting, digital art and collaging. Carefully planned sessions show a progression in skills, leading up to a final art piece based on what the pupils have learnt.


At the beginning of the school year, pupils will explore parts of a computer and learn about online safety. In Autumn Term 2, pupils have the opportunity to visit our computer suite on a weekly basis, learning how to log on to a computer, gain access to Purple Mash - our ICT platform - and understand how to stay safe online. Towards the end of the year, pupils will begin to follow tasks and instructions set on Purple Mash ready for Year 1.