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Reception Information

Summer Term

Below is a presentation that provides you with information about the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and how it is taught in the Reception year at Queen Emma. We hope it helps to give you an idea of what your child will be learning throughout the year, and how you can best support them at home. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the Reception team.

Please download our Information Booklet to find out more about the routines and expectations in Reception. You may also wish to take a look at the Reception Curriculum Map, which shows you the topics we will be covering in different subjects over the course of the year. Please talk to us if you would like more information.

Follow this link to find great ideas to support your child’s development from birth to five. For more information please click on the link to view our Early Years Foundation Stage Policy on our Policies page.

Articulation of Phonemes

Below is a link to a useful video clip showing the correct ‘pure’ pronounciation of phonemes (units of sound).

Here is another video to support you with the articulation of phonemes within words.

Miss Strappelli

R1 Hedgehog Class
Early Years Phase Leader

Miss Baras

R2 Owl Class

ReceptionWhat's been happening

Understanding the World

In Reception, Geography is taught through our area of learning called ‘Understanding the World’. Over the year, the children have been learning about a range of places including Antarctica, and discussing what they might see if they went there. During our ‘Woodland Explorer’ sessions, children have enjoyed going into the forest school area and have engaged in a range of activities such as drawing maps. They have discussed man-made and natural features of the forest school area, and talked about materials that they could see. Back in the classroom, they have also been using globes, atlases and non-fiction books to learn more about the world around them.


ReceptionWhat's been happening


Reception children made houses for the three little pigs. They drew a design first and then made their houses in busy learning. We had a review at the end and children shared their work with their friends.



Freezing and Melting

In Owl Class, we have been talking about the changes in the weather now that it is winter and how that affects the world around us. The children have been having lots of fun exploring ice and talking about ‘freezing’ and ‘melting’. We froze a rubber glove full of water and talked about how we could make it melt using our hands, the sun and other things to warm us. The children spent a lot of time exploring how they could melt it themselves by pouring warm water on to ice cubes and breaking it up with different tools.




In Reception, children have enjoyed learning the story of Blue Penguin. They have been thinking carefully about what penguins look like and how they survive in Antartica. Using junk modelling, children made their own penguins.


ReceptionWhat's been happening

Woodland Explorers

This half term, Owls and Hedgehogs have been enjoying our ‘Woodland Explorer’ sessions each Monday! As we have been reading the story ‘Owl Babies’, in this week’s session, children have been busy making nests for the owls. They worked with their friends to gather items for their nests and then carefully built these.


ReceptionWhat's been happening


Reception have been demonstrating a range of skills in DT this term. The children have created different models out of recycled materials. These included the Eiffel Tower, a phone and a bag! Well done Reception.