Part of the Glyn Academies Trust

Reception- Cartwright Class


Curriculum Overview


GLF Wider Curriculum

This term our GLF Curriculum focus is Art, and we will be answering the question ‘Can I create a piece of art based on a period of historyThe children will be taught several artistic techniques and will ultimately select their preferred technique to create their own individual showcase art piece for inclusion in a classroom gallery. 


  • Writing short sentences and re-reading what they have written, using correct letter formation 
  • Beginning to spell independently by applying own phonics knowledge 
  • Beginning to form capital letters correctly 
  • Engage with a range of books both fiction and non-fiction 
  • Learning and using new vocabulary through ‘Talk through Stories’ and artistic technical vocabulary through the GLF Curriculum focus 


  • Count objects and identify how many there are altogether. 
  • Count beyond 10 and notice the patterns within the number. 
  • Ordering and comparing amounts 
  • Understanding equal parts and the concept of ‘double’ 
  • Understanding how to compose (build) whole numbers using smaller parts up to 10 
  • Identify and compare 2D and 3D shapes. 
  • Exploring 3D shape; composing and decomposing these into larger and smaller shapes. 

Expressive arts and design

  • Exploring how to make different types of marks: shapes, dots and lines 
  • Using different tools and techniques to make these marks 
  • Exploring purposeful colour mixing 
  • Understanding the use of observation in art 
  • Exploring individual preferences regarding artwork 
  • Exploring renowned pieces of art and famous techniques such as Pointillism 
  • Understanding the purpose and features of an art gallery. 

Understanding the World

  • Understanding and experiencing key calendar events: Lent, World Book Day, Holi, Mothering Sunday, Easter. 
  • Reflecting on valued pieces of art in the local world around us (at home) and in the wider world (art galleries) 
  • Investigating objects in the world around us (spring time flowers) when creating observational artwork 
  • Reflecting on our own personal artistic choices. 


Our talk through stories this term are: 

  • The Dot 
  • Katie and the Bathers 
  • Luna Loves Art 
  • Ravi’s Roar 
  • My Monster and Me. 


Talking with your child:

Research shows speaking, listening, and understanding are central to every aspect of our lives. A child’s later educational success stems from their ability to express their needs, learn how the world works and communicate with others. These websites show short simple videos, such as when to introduce new vocabulary or how to have engaging back and forth conversation with your child.   

Improving oral health

Start good oral health habits from the earliest age with your child to prevent tooth decay. Sadly, it is still a serious problem among young children, with tooth extraction being one of the most common procedures for children under 6 in hospital. Watch this video to learn more about ways to start and support your child’s oral health.

Phonics and early reading

Reading is a vital life skill, children who have stories and rhymes read to them regularly, will have the opportunity to open the doors to so many different worlds. More importantly, reading will give your child the tools to become independent lifelong learners. We can achieve this together through the Read Write Inc program to help your child learn to read fluently.

Encouraging children to develop a love of books by reading to them daily and by giving them access to a wide range of books at home, at school, local library and through online resources such as


Support your child’s ability to understand, recall and fluency in mental addition and subtraction facts, so they go from counting to calculating.

Additional guidance for parents.

A parent’s guide as to what to expect in the early years along with a locally developed app, 50 things to do before you’re 5, in Oxfordshire!



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