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 will be 'Animals on the Farm.'

We will be learning about different animals, discussing what they look like, thinking about the names of baby animals, who looks after them and what they eat. This will lead to discussions about where our food comes from.

Our core texts over this half term will be “Driving my tractor” by Jan Dobbins and “Farmyard Hullabaloo” by Giles Andreae.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

What we will do:

  • Discuss who looks after the animals on the farm and how we can show care and consideration for animals.
  • Think about what happens at different parts of the day on the farm. 



What we will do:

  • Explore numbers to 10, ordering them, looking at odd and even numbers and practising our addition and subtraction.
  • Explore 2D shapes and discuss their properties.
  • Look at money and how we can make different amounts.



What we will do:

  • Look at labelling the animals that live on the farm, while thinking about similarities and differences.
  • Focus on letter formation, recognising tricky words and using our sounds to segment and blend to read and write words.


Understanding the World

What we will do:

  • Compare town and countryside, thinking about how they are the same and how they are different.
  • Use adjectives to describe them.
  • Think about what animals need in terms of their habitat and diet.


Physical Development

What we will do:

  • Practise putting on clothes independently including buttons and zips.
  • Activities to support fine motor skills (disco dough, using tweezers, pegs and boards…).
  • Practise how to hold the pencil correctly to form letters.
  • Looking at how to stay healthy and what foods make a healthy diet.
  • We will discuss where our food comes from.


Communication and Language

What we will do:

  • Discuss what farm animals look like, thinking about the similarities and differences between them.
  • Use our senses when thinking about what the animals hear on the farm, what they feel like and what they see.


Creative Arts and Design

What we will do:

  • Use junk modelling and creative materials for children to make their own tractors, animals masks and farm animals.
  • Imaginative scenarios when role playing in the farm shop.


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

Reception Newsletter - Autumn Term 2 - October 2019

Reception Topic Overview - Autumn Term 1 - September 2019