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Reception Curriculum Map

Communication and Language

Listening and attention

  • Listen attentively in a range of situations
  • Listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events, and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions
  • Give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.


  • Follow instructions involving several ideas or actions
  • Answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events


  • Express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs
  • Use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future
  • Develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.

Expressive art and design

Exploring and using media and materials

  • Sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them
  • Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function

Being Imaginative

  • Use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes
  • Represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories

Religious education

Special People

  • Talk about people who are special to us, who we admire; friendship and the ways that people care for others; stories from the Bible and from another religion about friendship and care for others

Special Times

  • Talk about celebrations in their own lives and the stories and celebrations of some major religious festivals

Special Places

  • Talk about why some places are special and what makes them special; the church as a special place for Christians and religious beliefs about the world as a special place

Being Special

  • Begin to understand that each person is unique and valuable;
  • Become familiar with how this is shown in Christianity through infant baptism and dedication; and signs and symbols used in the welcome of children into a faith community

Physical development

Moving and Handling

  • Show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements
  • Move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space
  • Handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing

Health and self-Care

  • Know the importance for good health of physical exercise and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe
  • Manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently

Understanding the world

People and Communities

  • Talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members
  • Know that other children do not always enjoy the same things, and are sensitive to this
  • Know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions

The World

  • Know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things
  • Talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another
  • Make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes


Recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools -Select and use technology for particular purposes.


British Values


  • Take part in class votes
  • Begin to know why this is a fair way to make group decisions

Rule of law

  • Suggest ideas for class rules and begin to explain why they should be in place
  • Follow the school rules

Individual liberty

  • Begin to make choices independently
  • Share ideas and suggestions

Mutual respect

  • Take turns and share resources

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

  • Name people/events/things that are important to them and say why they are important
  • Listen to others talk about people/events/things that are important to them

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Values

Spiritual --explore the natural environment and talk about what they like/where they enjoy being and why. -Discuss interest and fears with trusted adults and friends e.g. starting school, the Nativity.

Moral -Discuss right and wrong (through the context of stories, everyday experiences rules) -Discuss fairness and equality (context of children sharing resources and learning together) -Begin to recognise some ways in which we can look after where we live and learn.

Social -Begin to learn collaboratively -Talk about some people who help us in our families and communities

Cultural -Learn about different national celebrations (such as St George’s day, St David’s day) and begin to recognise that other cultures celebrate occasions and live their lives differently to themselves.



  • Count reliably with numbers from one to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number
  • Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer
  • Solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing

Shape, Space and Measures

  • Use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems
  • Recognise, create and describe patterns
  • Explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them

Personal, social and emotional development

Self-confidence and self-awareness

  • Confident to try new activities, and to say why they like some activities more than others
  • Confident to speak in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas, and will choose the resources they need for their chosen activities.
  • Say when they do or do not need help

Managing feelings and behaviour

  • Talk about how they and others show feelings
  • Talk about their own and others’ behaviour, and its consequences, and know that some behaviour is unacceptable
  • Work as part of a group or class, and understand and follow rules
  • Adjust their behaviour to different situations, and take changes of routine in their stride

Making relationships

  • Play cooperatively, taking turns with others
  • Take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity
  • Show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children



  • Read and understand simple sentences
  • Use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately
  • Read some common irregular words
  • Demonstrate an understanding when talking with others about what they have read


  • Use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds
  • Write some irregular common words
  • Write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.