Our Reception curriculum is designed to enable all pupils to develop their independent learning skills enabling them to grow into happy, confident students who are ready to start the next stage of their learning journey in Key Stage 1.

By the end of the year, our aim is that our students are confident in the following areas;

  • Read and write full sentences;

  • Work confidently with numbers up to 20;

  • Form friendships and work as a team

  • Manage their own feelings and behaviour;

  • Know how to stay safe and healthy at school and at home;

  • Experience activities and events that are new to them


We assess children’s development throughout Reception with daily observations of their interactions and play, as well as through more structured learning opportunities, such as reading or writing in small groups with a teacher. Assessments are carried out using an online journal “Tapestry’ this creates a seamless dialogue between the Academy and parents/careers.

We map each child’s progress against the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile, which allows us to identify areas of strength, as well as the key next steps for each child.


As with all areas of our Primary phase curriculum, all of our learning in Reception  is linked to a central topic, such as All About Me or Minibeasts. Our topic mapping has been specially designed to support the needs of the students at Atlantic in addition to supporting the 7 areas of learning the Early Years curriculum focuses on.

During a ‘typical’ Academy day in Reception we will Start the day with Independent Learning time – where we explore the tasks and activities in the Reception Learning space. We then study Maths before attending Family Dining at Lunch time. After Lunch we complete our daily Phonics Tasks. We aim to ensure all students in Reception are read with every single day.

Curriculum Enrichment

As well as using a variety of areas around our school groups – the outside environment, Sports facilities, cooking facilities and our Forest School area, we have the opportunity to go on a number of trips and experiences through the Year uch as a trip to the Dinosaur Museum and a visit to our Local Farm.

Home Learning

In Reception it is essential that students read every day to support their development in early reading. 10 minutes reading a day to an adult will support the academic work your child completed in class. All students are expected to bring their book bag into school every day with a signed reading log.

Communication with parents

We know that by working in Partnership with parents and carers will ensure the students at our school have the very best start to their educational career.

We ensure all staff are available every morning at drop off and pick up so we can share any events or activity. We report students’ progress 3 times a year with a data report demonstrating progress and twice a year we hold a consultation meeting discussing your child’s progress and next steps.
Our online Learning journal Tapestry will ensure that communication and daily activities are communicated at easy and will ensure that any developments at home can be shared with your child’s class teacher.  During our celebration weeks, 3 times a year there will be events to come in and celebrate your child’s learning, for example, to join our Family dining and to enjoy a performance or poetry in our theatre.

Where next

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