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Our Curriculum


Meet the Team

  • RSM – Mrs Mamoon, Mrs Schoeman

  • RRR – Miss Oliphant, Miss Glynn

  • HLTAs - Mrs Mawson and Mrs Rossington

Our Curriculum 

Curiosity Accredited Early Years setting


As Early years practitioners we have a passion for providing children with the best possible start. Through the Curiosity Approach we work hard to create an environment that promotes awe, wonder and curiosity through the use of authentic and natural resources. It is a wonderful mix of Reggio, Montessori, Steiner and Hygee methodology that will help promote and widen experiences for our children. We see our children as the 'thinkers and doers of the future' and are proud to be the only school accredited setting in the North of England.

In Reception, children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage. This is made up of key areas of learning. The Prime Areas - Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. Children also learn to develop their Literacy, Maths, Creative skills and Understanding of the world through hands on practical activities and small group sessions. Play is at the heart of all we do and we value the learning environment as a way for children to develop and steer their learning, curiosity, independence and resilience. Your child's class teacher and support staff track your child closely throughout the year and measure their progress against age related levels.

Reception Curriculum goals

Reception Curriculum 23-24 EYFS

Me and My World

Through this topic we learn about what makes us special, our talents, emotions, body parts and senses. We explore where we live and compare our toys with those in the past.


Get ready to celebrate!! A multi-cultural look at celebrations across the world exploring and how and why people celebrate special times and comparing them to our own experiences.


Through stories and books we learn about our own favourite food, how food arrives on our plate, differences in our own food and that of other cultures. We explore how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle as well as testing out and making recipes. We visit a restaurant to have a meal with our friends.

Our Natural World

Reception are globe trotters. Come with us as we travel around the world exploring the animals, habitats, and life in other countries. We look at how to look after our environment as well as comparing life in other countries to that of our own. 


As we get ready to prepare for our own school journey into year one we look at travel and transport in the past and now. We look at unusual ways to travel including by cardboard box!!! We experience seaside holidays in the past as well as boldly going where no Reception have been before into space. We also have a special visit to Bridlington to experience life by the sea for ourselves.


Within school, we follow RWI as our phonics and reading scheme. Children learn to read and identify sounds. RWI teaches children to read accurately, fluently and with understanding, to spell, and to write their own compositions. Tailored sessions take place daily alongside Writing for Pleasure where we focus on being authors and even publishing our own books.


Children learn to read, recognise, and order numbers to 10 as well as understanding the composition of numbers. We explore subitising, doubling, sharing and number bonds to 10 through fun, practical sessions. We support children to develop mathematical vocabulary and to develop skills as mathematicians. We are proud to be part of the Mastering number project.

NCETM mastering number overview

Our Interactions

Within Early Years, interacting with young children is at the heart of our daily practice and a vital part of our teaching and learning. Interactions are profoundly important for supporting and extending learning.  

“Nothing matters more than stopping, listening and responding positively” 
(Julie Fisher) 

In Nursery and Reception we are trained to use the Wait, Watch, Wonder method of interacting. This is based upon the research and evidence of Julie Fisher. 

  • Wait – reminds the practitioner to start by doing nothing but being respectful of the learning and activity that is already happening. 
  • Watch – allows the practitioner to understand the intent and purpose of the activity and whether it is the right time to intervene 
  • Wonder – allows time for the practitioner to ponder on what exactly the child is trying to achieve or how to stimulate them further 


PE days

We will begin PE lessons after October half term

The children should come to school in their PE kits and they will remain in their kits all day. Please remember that school PE kit consists of plain black shorts or track suit bottoms, white t-shirt and black zip up top.

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Home Learning Expectations

The children will be given levelled appropriate RWI books on a Friday. These should be read over the weekend and returned to school the following week. We ask that parents make a comment in their child’s reading diary. On a Wednesday Reception visit the school library and take home a library book to share at home. Home learning is given each week related to learning covered in class. Children also receive Red words to learn to sight read. We visit the library every Tuesday.

Read, Write, Inc Support

Class Dojo

We use class dojo to share photographs, learning, announcements and information. It is a fantastic way to keep up to date with all things Reception. Please make sure you are signed up using your unique code.

Class Dojo

Knowledge organisers

Knowledge Organiser Spring 2 and Summer 1 2023

Knowledge Organiser Spring 1 2023

Knowledge Organiser Autumn 2 2022

Knowledge Organiser Autumn 1 2022

Online learning resources to support Reception

Meadowfield Primary School is part of Red Kite Learning Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 7523507, registered office address: Red Kite Office, Pannal Ash Road, Harrogate, HG2 9PH

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