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 seven weeks we will be supporting the children to settle into their new classes at Bannockburn and begin to build new relationships with staff and friends.

As part of our children’s development in Early Years we look at not only what the children are achieving but also how they are learning. We call this the Characteristics of Effective Learning. These are broken down into 3 areas:

Playing and Exploring – children investigate and experience things and have a go.

Active Learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties and enjoy their achievements.

Creativity and Thinking Critically – children have and develop their own ideas and make links between ideas. They develop strategies for doing things.

This first half-term our topic will be about nocturnal animals with our core text being “Night Monkey Day Monkey” by Julia Donaldson.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

What we will do: Explore different emotions and discuss how we can use a range of strategies to manage them appropriately.


What we will do: Focus on numbers to 10. We will practise our counting, number recognition and ordering. We will make numbers in different ways, compare amounts of objects and explore one more and one less.


What we will do: Focus on recognising our names and learn to write them using the correct letter formation. Introduce the alphabet, talking about the letter names and sounds.

Physical Development

What we will do: Practise getting dressed into our P.E kits and putting our shoes on independently. Talk about how to use the toilet appropriately and how we keep good hygiene.

Understanding the World

What we will do: Talk about who is special to us and events that we have enjoyed in the past. Provide opportunities for home corner role play.

Communication and Language

What we will do: Practise our listening skills through games, repeating musical sequences and following instructions.  

Creative Arts and Design

What we will do: Practise using scissors to cut shapes and pictures. Create different nocturnal animals using a range of creative resources, looking at particular the colours and features of different animals.   


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

Reception Newsletter - Autumn Term 1 - September 2019

Reception Topic Overview - Autumn Term 1 - September 2019