Belonging, Believing, Building a Future


reception curr page pic Cygnus is a class of 13 Reception children aged 4 and 5.

Mrs Williams teaches Cygnus class on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays, Mrs Smith teaches Cygnus class on Thursday and Fridays. Mrs Morris is the Teaching Assistant who works in Cygnus, supporting the children’s learning. 

Autumn 2023-24 Term 1 Topic overview

Autumn 2023-24 Term 2 Topic overview  


The curriculum for the Reception children underpins all future learning by supporting, fostering, promoting and developing the pupil’s learning in the seven areas of the Reception curriculum. 

All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.  Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting pupil’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.

These three areas, the prime areas, are:hattie watermelon

  • communication and language (listening, attention and  understanding; speaking);
  • physical development (gross motor skills, fine motor skills);
  • personal, social and emotional development (self-care, self regualtions, building relationships). 

The four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied are:

  • literacy (comprehension, word reading, writing);
  • mathematics (numbers, numerical patterns);
  • understanding the world (people, culture and communities, the natural world, past and present);
  • expressive arts and design (creating with materials, being imaginative and expressive). 

 Exciting first hand experiences, both child-initiated and adult-led, enable pupils to develop knowledge, understanding and key skills in all areas of learning, which provide a sound basis for later education. 

Termly Curriculum Overview 2023-2024

Click on the links below to view the curriculum overviews for each term.

Autumn Term 1 Autumn Term 2 Spring Term 1
Spring Term 2 Summer Term 1 Summer Term 2

Click to view expectations for the end of Reception

"The strong relationships at all levels of the school including with the parent body that ensures Christian values support the all-round development of the children."




St Peter's CE School
Alvescot, Bampton, Oxon OX18 2PU
Tel: 01993 842535
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