At Bannockburn, we believe that children in Reception learn best by 'doing'. Reception is part of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and is based on the four main principles of the Early Years Profile; a unique child, positive relations, learning developments and enabling environments.

Over the next half term our topic in Reception will be “Healthy Eating”. We will be learning about the different ways we can stay healthy and relating the discussions to the foods we eat and the exercise that we do. We will also be thinking about good hygiene practices and how we can demonstrate them both at home and school. Our core text over the half term will be The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.  

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

What we will do: Discuss healthy and unhealthy foods and which foods are our favourites. We will be looking at foods and categorising them into the different food groups.


What we will do: Write instructions on how to stay healthy and show good personal hygiene. Look at recipes and have a go at writing our own. Order and sequence different parts of a story and discuss our favourite and least favourite parts.


What we will do: Explore teen numbers, ordering and representing them using different resources. Practise adding and subtracting numbers. Look at measurement including length, height and capacity.

Understanding the World

What we will do: Think about the different occupations and how they help us. Talk about the importance of road safety and what we need to do to stay safe when crossing the road. Look at the senses and compare the smell and taste of different fruits.

Physical Development

What we will do: Practise good hygiene throughout the day and think about when we should wash our hands and the ways we can prevent germs from spreading. Think about the different ways we can stay active and discuss the effect it has on our body. We will make smoothies and fruit salads, thinking about how the equipment needs to be used safely.

Communication and Language  

What we will do: Discuss how we can look after ourselves in relation to staying healthy. Compare different occupations and how each one helps us, thinking about where they work and the uniform they have to wear. Enjoy a wide range of books, looking at how they are structured. Making up our own stories with a beginning, middle and end.

Creative Arts and Design

What we will do: Complete various art activities relating to different celebrations including Chinese New Year. Change role play areas into a doctor’s surgery, dentist and a café.

Please click below to see the latest version of the Reception newsletter and the curriculum topic overview.

Reception Newsletter - Spring Term 1 - January 2020

Reception Topic Overview - Spring Term 1 - January 2020