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.

This term our topic will be about ‘Ourselves’, sharing what makes us special and finding out who are our ‘Superheroes’.

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 recognising our names and learn to write them using the correct letter formation. We will also introduce the alphabet, talking about the letter names and sounds.


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

Understanding the World

What we will do: Share our Special Shoe Boxes, talking about who is special to us and events that we have enjoyed in the past. There will also be opportunities for home corner role play.

Physical Development

What we will do: Practise getting dressed into our PE kits and putting our shoes on independently. We will also be talking about how to use the toilet appropriately and how we keep good hygiene.

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. We will also create self-portraits, looking carefully at our facial features, and use collage materials to make healthy eating plates and x-ray pictures.  

Please click below to see the latest version of the Reception newsletter, how we support reading and the curriculum topic overview.

Reception Newsletter - Autumn Term - 2018

Reception Topic Overview - Autumn Term 1 - September 2018

Reading in Reception