A Curriculum for Reception
Developed with Reception teachers, for Reception teachers.
Informed by consultations with reception teachers, A Curriculum for Reception provides EYFS teachers with just that – a structed, knowledge-rich and effective reception curriculum for English schools.
The aim is to make the pressure felt by Reception teachers to build their own curricula a thing of the past, while preparing Reception-aged children for the Year 1 National Curriculum.
A yearly overview of twelve themes
that build into a curriculum that supports the development of early concepts for the Foundation Subjects in Key Stage 1.
Twelve simple-to-follow topic-plans
based on helping the children to become ‘Little Geographers', ‘Little Historians' and ‘Little Scientists'.
Each topic lasts three weeks.
Each topic has recommended weekly texts to read to the children five times-a-day, to support children's acquisition of specific knowledge, language and vocabulary. Each topic has a list of recommended vocabulary to introduce.
Each topic makes explicit what it is that you want the children to know, understand or be able to do as a result of the three-week theme.
Coverage of the topics will ensure that your children have covered all aspects required
within the Understanding the World educational programme.
The yearly overview is laid out to show how number, shape, space and measure, and art can be planned alongside.
Specially designed illustrations
are used to engage, enthuse and support your children.
The resources you will find here are based on my first-hand experience and knowledge gathered through over forty years as a teacher, headteacher, HMI, Senior HMI and educational consultant to schools and academy trusts.
The lack of practical support for teachers designing their own curricula for Reception has been known for a number of years. As the Ofsted report ‘Bold Beginnings' put it:
“There is no clear curriculum in Reception. Most leaders and staff in the schools visited acknowledged that there was little guidance about what four- and five-year-olds should be taught, beyond the content of the ELGs."
As one of the HMI who undertook these visits, I saw first-hand how many reception teachers struggled to construct their own curriculum with minimal support – but also how the most successful schools did so.
A Curriculum for Reception is born of both my understanding of the pressures placed upon Reception teachers and the educational practices used by some of England's best-performing schools, which I now hope to share with Reception teachers like you.
Whilst there has been plenty of support and structured materials for early reading, phonics and latterly for early number, there has been little in the way of development for the foundations of the Foundation Subjects.
Recently, there has been a much stronger focus on ensuring a clearer progression and sequence of learning from Reception into Key Stage 1. The curriculum plans I offer here are designed to make explicit that sequential learning.
I hope that you find the Reception curriculum plans useful. They are designed to be very clear and simple to follow; each topic or theme is planned for three weeks and, over the year, the twelve topics cover the foundations of the Foundation Subjects introduced formally in Key Stage 1.
I have also constructed some additional resources to help you put this curriculum into action.