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Curriculum in Reception

Here at St. Patrick's our Reception children are taught under the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. Our practitioners use the Development Matters framework to support their daily observation, assessment and planning for and of the early learning of our children. Children are taught through games and play and also have focused sessions to secure their learning in specific areas such as Literacy and Mathematics. 


The areas of learning that children are observed in are:



  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development 🀝
  • Communication & Language πŸ‘‚
  • Physical Development πŸƒ‍♂️


  • Literacy πŸ“šβœοΈ
  • Mathematics πŸ”’πŸ’ 
  • Understanding the World 🌍
  • Expressive Arts and Design πŸŽ¨πŸ–ŒοΈ


Our Curriculum is taught over three terms:


πŸ‚Autumn (September to December),

🌱Spring (January to April) and 

β˜€οΈSummer (May to July). 


Each of the 3 terms has two halves and each half term has an overarching topic.


πŸ‚ Autumn Term 1: Knowing Me, Knowing You

πŸ‚ Autumn Term 2: People Who Help Us 

🌱 Spring 1: All Creatures Great & Small

🌱 Spring 2: Growing & Changing

β˜€οΈ Summer 1: Around the World 

β˜€οΈ Summer 2: We're All Going On a Summer Holiday


As a school we understand the importance of keeping our children engaged in what they are learning and in Reception this is achieved through the introduction of a new theme each week and by following our children's interests. We strive to promote and encourage children's confidence and independence and enjoy seeing our children happily taking risks as they learn and often succeed in the challenges set out for them during focused activities and within continuous provision. 


Some of our Reception themes include:

🏫 Starting School

πŸ‘ƒ Senses

πŸŽƒ Autumn/Pumpkins

πŸŽ† Fireworks

πŸ‘¨‍πŸš’ Fire Service 

πŸ‘¨‍βš•οΈ Doctors, Nurses & Paramedics 

πŸŽ… Christmas in Wigan

✈️ Transport

🏴‍☠️ Pirates

πŸ¦• Dinosaurs

🌊 Under the Sea

🌼 Flowers

🐞 Minibeasts

πŸ–οΈ Holidays


Take a look at what the Reception children have been learning about and 'Our Learning Journey' so far ...