Reception Michaelmas Curriculum | King's Hall School Taunton

Reception Michaelmas Curriculum

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Welcome to Reception, we hope you have had a wonderful summer and are as excited as us about your child’s first year at school!

This term in Reception our main topics are Journeys and Building and Construction.

We will also continue to develop the children’s own personal interests through ongoing observations.

The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is outlined below. There are the three Prime Areas and four Specific Areas. The Characteristics of Effective Learning (COEL) ‘Playing and Exploring’, ‘Active Learning’ and ‘Creating and Thinking Critically’ are also vital tools of learning.

​The children will continue their learning journey through the 7 areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which are as follows:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Activities to encourage settling in and understanding the new routine of the day, independence, concentration, confidence and social skills (sharing and turn-taking)
  • Circle Time (SEAL)
  • Learning and understanding the six Golden Rules
    Physical Development
  • Development of speaking and listening skills
  • Understanding
  • Following simple instructions
  • Circle Time (SEAL)
  • Phonics – speech sounds

Communication and Language

  • PE curriculum - multiskills
  • The use of small and large equipment to develop both fine and gross motor skills
  • Health and self-care
  • Write Dance


  • Development of sound and letter recognition
  • Development of letter formation
  • Development of early reading skills through individual and whole class activities

  • Development of knowledge of Common Exception words
  • Opportunities to practise emergent writing
  • Write - Dance


  • Use of mathematical and positional language
  • Recognition of 2D and 3D shapes
  • Recognising, ordering, accurate ‘touch’ counting and writing of numbers one to twenty

Understanding of the World

  • Holidays and journeys
  • Forest School
  • Daily school routine
  • Seasons and Autumn
  • Computing
  • RS including multicultural traditions and celebrations
  • Apple Orchard visit

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Painting and colour mixing, printing, collage, clay modelling and general media exploration.
  • Dance and Drama Themes
  • Role play areas

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Busy, Busy, Busy!

This will be a very busy, exciting term, please feel free to come and discuss what your child has been doing in school, as we know they are often reluctant to share information! Please encourage your child to bring in items of interest from home related to our topics and save their home toys for Golden Time on Fridays.

​Dates to Remember

​Dates to Remember

The first Reception trip will be to Charlton Apple Orchard on Friday 21st September. Further details to follow!

General Information

General Information

  • Please take note of our Proud Clouds so that we can celebrate your child’s achievements at home. You will find these in the cloakroom.
  • Homework will be sent home each day except Wednesdays after half term. An optional activity linked to either our literacy or numeracy lessons may also be sent home for the weekend.

    Please note during the first few weeks of term there will be no reading homework as we will be spending this time building relationships with the children.

    Parent-Teacher meetings to discuss how your child has settled will take place on Monday 17th September, a sheet to sign up for an appointment will be available in your child’s classroom.

    However, our door is always open so please do come and discuss what your child has been doing in school, as we know they are often reluctant to share information!



    Please ensure your child has the appropriate named clothing for playtimes, forest school and other outdoor activities. We go out in ALL weathers!

    Forest School will take place every Friday, all children to wear suitable clothing

    PE kit should be worn every Monday: shorts to be worn underneath tracksuit trousers, school shoes to be worn to school and all children to leave their daps/trainers in school at all times please

    All further information including dates and times can be found in the school diary and weekly Pelican News.

    Reception Staff

    Reception Staff

    Many thanks for your continued support!. We are looking forward to an exciting term ahead!

    Mrs Gray, Miss Knight and Mrs Coles

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