Part of the Glyn Academies Trust

Reception- Cartwright Class


Curriculum Overview


GLF Wider Curriculum

This term our focus is Technology, exploring the question ‘How have structures influenced our lives?’ We will be learning construction techniques throughout the term and selecting the most effective techniques and materials to create our showcase piece, a shelter for small world animals.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development


  • Building relationships.
  • Exploring our school values.
  • Considering others and promoting empathy. 
  • Exploring the similarities and differences between us and how celebrations at this time of year take place around the world.

Communication and Language

  • Expanding our vocabulary linked to our key text.


Physical Development

  • Exploring music, rhythm, dance and coordination.



Key texts this term are:

  • Peace at Last
  • All Through the Night
  • A House for a Christmas Mouse
  • The Dark, Dark Night
  • Night Monkey, Day Monkey
  • The Three Little Pigs
  • One Snowy Night
  • Robin Red Vest


  • Counting and deepening the understanding of number 5
  • Comparing the number of objects in 2 sets, using the terminology ‘more than’ and ‘fewer than’.
  • Exploring composition of numbers through combining smaller ‘parts’ to create one larger ‘whole’ number.
  • Exploring time - thinking about sequences of events and daily routines
  • 2D shapes and describing them.
  • Spatial awareness.
  • ABB Patterns and spotting errors.
  • Measuring and comparing.

Understanding the World

  • Exploring the world around us, including nocturnal animals and their habitats.

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Learning new techniques to design and build.



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!