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Welcome to Early Years Foundation Stage – Reception.


 In Reception the class teacher is Miss MacDonald.

We have a very exciting term ahead!  Please have a look at the links  on this page to see what we will be learning about this term.

We are so excited for you to start and wish we could meet you in person but, as we
can’t, we thought you might like to see who we are!

Miss MacDonald

Miss S MacDonald Harvey

Our Yearly Overview:

Firs Primary School EYFS Curriculum Yearly Overview 2022-2023 – RECEPTION



Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Topic Title


The Marvellous World of Me

People Who Help Us

Once Upon a Time

Bugs and Woods

Under the Sea

Animals of the World

Main focus text

3 weeks - Jack and the Beanstalk

Toolkit for the effect: Suspense


2 weeks – Cloud Goblin

Toolkit: Information (non-chronological report)




2 weeks - Poetry including

Wind on the Hill by A.A. Milne

Focus: orally describe how something moves


3 weeks – The Enormous Turnip

Toolkit for the effect: Action


2 weeks – The Little Old Man’s Diary

Toolkit: Recount

2 weeks - Poetry including

There’s a dragon in the wagon

Focus: orally describe what a character looks or is like


3 weeks – Billy Goats Gruff

Toolkit for the effect: Description


2 weeks – How to travel safely across a bridge

Toolkit: Explanation

2 weeks - Poetry including

Today I saw a little worm by Spike Milligan

Focus: use adjectives to talk about what images and objects look like


3 weeks – Little Red Riding Hood

Toolkit for the effect: Settings


2 weeks – How to catch a wolf

Toolkit: Instructions





2 weeks - Poetry including

Under the water by Julia Donaldson

Focus: orally describe where something is using simple prepositions


3 weeks – The Rainbow Fish

Toolkit for the effect: Characterisation


2 weeks – Shark Fact File

Toolkit: Information (non-chronological report)

2 weeks - Poetry including

The animal parade

Focus: orally getting a story going


3 weeks – Handa’s Surprise

Toolkit for the effect: Openings and Endings


2 weeks – Hawk’s Ridge Farm Park

Toolkit: Persuasion






Other key texts

(including literature spine books to be read)

My Hair

Eyes That Kiss in the Corner

On the Way Home

Don’t Hug Doug


The Day the Crayons Quit

Ruby’s Worry

The Name Jar

The Colour Monster


Cottonwool Colin

My Monster and Me 

Five Minutes Peace

Billy and the Beast

Owl Babies

Funnybones stories

The Runaway Pea

Whatever Next

How to Catch a Star

Rama and Sita

The Jolly Christmas Postman

Christmas Stories/ Nativity

Room on the Broom

Cops and Robbers

Burglar Bill

Oi Frog!

The Enormous Turnip

Clean up

Goodnight Moon


Goodbye Moon

What We Will Build

The Tiny Seed

Oliver’s Vegetables

One Plastic Bag

Jasper’s Beanstalk


Billy and the Dragon

After the Fall

The Giant Jam Sandwich Supertato

Farmer Duck

You Choose Fairy Tales

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

The Gruffalo

Little Rabbit Foo Foo

Can’t You Sleep Little Bear?

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Little Red Riding Hood

A Way With Wild Things

Chapatti Moon

Rosie’s Walk



The Singing Mermaid

The Snail and the Whale

How to be a Viking

Hugless Douglas

Rainbow Fish

Rain Before Rainbows

Mrs Armitage on Wheels

Six Dinner Sid

Handa’s Surprise

What the Ladybird Heard

Argh Spider!

Diary of a Wombat

Click Clack Moo

Giraffes Can’t Dance

Mr Gumpy’s Outing


On the Way Back Home

The Three Little Pigs



Key topics

My New Class


My Body

How have I changed?

What am I good at?

My Family

Being Kind

What to do in an emergency

Who can help us?

What jobs do different people do?

What do I want to be when I grow up?


What is a traditional tale?

How do stories start and end?

Where do you live?

Magical and fantasy characters

Stranger danger

Staying safe

Castles and homes in history

How do things grow?

What is a life cycle?

How do we grow?

What might we find in the wood?


Who lives under the water?

Pirates in history

Mermaids and other underwater creatures

Beaches and holidays

Contrasting environments


Animal habitats

Patterns of different animals

Awe and Wonder

(Including wood work


Starting school


Autumn Trail









Guy Fawkes/ Bonfire Night

Santa Visit

Christmas traditions around the world

Autumn walk/winter walk


Nature walk

Winter – build a snowman, ice play


Food tasting – different cultures


Simple pencil pot

Planting and growing – new life

Nurturing and growing

Living Eggs/live caterpillars

World Book Day



Nail hedgehog


Trip to the Sea Life Centre

Pirate Fun Day

Healthy Eating Week

Petting zoo


Simple boat


Transition to Year 1

Trip to the zoo

Animal man

World Environment Day

Sports Day

End of year assembly

Teddy bears picnic with parents


Herb planter

Cultural Capital including festivals





Celebrating us and our families




Remembrance Day













Valentine’s Day



Chinese New Year




Mother’s Day

Easter Egg Hunt

Shrove Tuesday



Sikh New Year


















Pitta bread pizza

Gingerbread men



Biscuit skeletons

Vegetable soup-tasting

Fairy cakes

Porridge make and taste

Queen of Hearts tarts


Fruit tasting

Fairy cakes

Rice crispy Gruffalo paws


Rainbow Fish pizza

Floating fruit boats



Animal biscuits

Fruit smoothies

Ice cream

Science focus

Main taught focus:

Light and dark/shadows


Other areas touched on during continuous:

Growing plants and vegetables

Changes in the environment

Using natural materials

Main taught focus:




Other areas touched on during continuous:

Growing plants and vegetables

Changes in the environment

The weather

Animals that live in the snow

Using natural materials

Main taught focus:


Growing plants and vegetables


Other areas touched on during continuous:

Growing plants and vegetables

Changes in the environment

The weather

Using natural materials

Real and imaginary animals

Main taught focus:

Life cycles/camouflage


Other areas touched on during continuous:

Growing plants and vegetables

Changes in the environment

The weather

Using natural materials

Main taught focus:

Floating and sinking


Other areas touched on during continuous:

Growing plants and vegetables

Changes in the environment

The weather

Using natural materials

Main taught focus:

Nocturnal animals


Other areas touched on during continuous:

Growing plants and vegetables

Changes in the environment

The weather

Using natural materials

Life at the seaside Harvesting vegetables

Firs Fabulous Experience and/or Finale



Elmer’s Great Pattern Party



Looking at baby photos

Fabulous experience: ‘People Who Help’ dress-up day.


Finale: Police Museum



Nativity with Y1

Fabulous experience: Giant in the classroom


Finale: Fairy tale theatre visit



Planting and growing beanstalks

Fabulous experience: Nature walk in school grounds


Finale: Ugly bug ball



Living Eggs/

live caterpillars

Fabulous experience:

Trip to the Sea Life Centre


Finale: Pirate and mermaid day



Fabulous experience: Animal man


Finale: Twycross zoo



Leavers celebration


Home corner



Home corner




Costa Coffee

Home corner


Fairy tale hairdresser salon and spa

Home corner


Insect hotel


Plant shop

Home corner



Home corner




Dinosaur museum

Character Education

Historical figures/artists


Emmeline Pankhurst



Frida Kahlo


Marie Curie



Giuseppe Arcimboldo


Nelson Mandela



Gustav Klimt


David Attenborough



Henri Matisse/Georgia O’Keefe


Rosa Parks



Vincent Van Gogh


Amelia Earhart



Joan Miro/Louise Bourgeois



Teeth focus

Healthy eating

Visitor with baby

Walk around the school-the grounds

People who help us

Police museum

Fire engine visit

Visit to church

Visiting theatre: fairy tale performance


Snow play


Petting zoo

Sea Life Centre

Animal man

Visit to the zoo

Parent Involvement

Tapestry workshop


Little Wandle presentation


Reading workshop




Phonics demo lesson

Reading workshop

Phonics demo lesson

Stay & Share


Invitation to story time for BookStart books.


Maths  demo lesson

Graduation Assembly

End of year family picnic

Stay and play for new starters

Tapestry/assessment meeting for new starters

Transition to year 1 packs/new starter packs.

Extra assessment opportunities

National baseline (ongoing for relevant new starters)

School baseline

TalkBoost baseline

Little Wandle phonics assessments including placement assessments (ongoing for new starters)

Little Wandle phonics assessments

Little Wandle phonics assessments

Moderation of judgements


Little Wandle phonics assessments

Moderation of judgements


Little Wandle phonics assessments

Submission of EYFS Profile judgements to LEA

Talk Boost assessment for progress

Little Wandle phonics assessments


Mutual respect.

We are all unique.

We respect differences between different people and their beliefs in our community, in this country and all around the world.

All cultures are learned, respected, and celebrated.

Mutual Tolerance. Everyone is valued, all cultures are celebrated and we all share and respect the opinions of others. Mutual tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.

Rule of law.

We all know that we have rules at school that we must follow.

We know who to talk to if we do not feel safe.

We know right from wrong.

We recognise that we are accountable for our actions.

We must work together as a team when it is necessary.

Individual liberty.

We all have the right to have our own views.

We are all respected as individuals.

We feel safe to have a go at new activities.

We understand and celebrate the fact that everyone is different.


We all have the right to be listened to.

We respect everyone and we value their different ideas and opinions.

We have the opportunity to play with who we want to play with.

We listen with intrigue and value and respect the opinions of others.

British Values. Fundamental British Values underpin what it is to be a citizen in a modern and diverse Great Britain valuing our community and celebrating diversity of the UK.

Fundamental British Values are not exclusive to being British and are shared by other democratic countries.


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