Curriculum maps autumn Abbey 2019 v2

The Federation of Abbey Infant & Junior School Curriculum Map for Reception. 2019-20 - Autumn term For specific class information see For dates see

Communication and language

Our role play areas are set up as a home corner and will be changed to link with the different celebrations. This encourages imaginative language and the confidence for children to act out their chosen roles. Children are learning traditional rhymes and songs to learn new words and their meaning.

Our topic is All About me!

Through this topic we will be talking about ourselves and celebrations linking all the areas of the early years curriculum. This topic is designed to encourage children to build relationships with others and learn about similarities and differences between themselves and others. Our educational visit will be to Ash End Farm to visit Santa and listen to the Christmas Story. Parental workshops will be focussed on phonics and making a scarecrow to link in with Harvest. Your children will also have the opportunity to bring in their favourite toy, take part in a Bhangra dancing workshop and celebrate their differences through a Smarty Arts Workshop.

Phonics & early reading

Physical Development

Children will be learning new sounds every week. They will be encouraged to identify sounds in words and will segment and blend and read CVC words and tricky words during ‘child Initiated Learning’ (CVC words e.g. p- i-n, f-i-n). They will be encouraged to speak about what is happening in the illustrations of books and to comprehend the whole story.

In P.E. children will be using story to practise large and small movements, making them aware of the space around them, including jumping, hopping and skipping. They will be developing fine motor skills through different activities such as using Playdough, threading and using pegs and pegboards.

Life skills, soft skills and bucket list experiences


Expressive arts and design

Personal, social and emotional development

Children will practise dressing themselves during ‘child Initiated play’, P.E., Forest School and the Nativity play. They will be encouraged to maintain personal hygiene by practising the skill of washing hands and knowing the importance of being clean. Children will achieve their bucket list experiences e.g. Bhangra dancing, ‘Tea with Santa’ and pumpkin exploration. Soft skills are skills that are embedded in every day Child Initiated Learning and this will include making decisions, leadership, creativity, being a good team player, accepting responsibility and developing communicating skills.

Children are looking at ways to represent numbers from 1-20 using practical resources. Children explore numbers with numicon, counters and tens frames. Children will be learning new vocabulary to describe the position of an object and name and describe shapes.

In our music sessions the children will be learning to keep a steady beat and using body parts to make sounds. Children will be exploring different textures and colours by painting paper plate self-portraits, designing a firework display and making things with junk modelling.

Children will learn class rules, becoming aware of routine and boundaries. Opportunities will be given during ‘child Initiated learning’ activities where team work and independence will be encouraged. Circle time will allow children to express how they feel and share experiences.

Understanding the world

Characteristics of effective learning


Children will be talking about their box bought from home and will talk about people and experiences special to them. Children will be able to observe and make comments about nature and living things during outdoor learning .Cameras, phones, keyboards will be in the role play area for imaginative play.

Children use their own experiences through self-directed play to develop roles and pretend objects are things from their everyday life. Children are encouraged to curiosity to find and explore their new environment and focus on their learning for short periods of time.

Our ‘Talk for Writing’ uses language, pictures and actions to help children remember and learn each story or poem. Our poem ‘All of Me’ helps children develop a sense of rhyme, rhythm and alliteration. The story about our class bears gives examples of list writing for the children to mark make and practise letters.

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