Reception curriculum 

At Grange we want children to be happy, confident and to develop a real thirst for learning, and this starts in reception. We provide them with a safe and stimulating environment in which to learn and explore and aim to foster children’s individual wants, needs and interests in order to enable them to get the most out of their experiences. Children have lots of opportunities to facilitate their own learning through carefully resourced provision areas and adults support children through high-quality interactions that challenge thinking and extend learning. Through our interesting and engaging topics we endeavour to provide each child with a range of opportunities which stimulate their creativity and support their development based on their likes and interests. We value the importance of the outdoor environment in order to enable children to develop their thinking, problem solving and collaborative working skills. 

There are seven areas of learning and development which shape education in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected and are split into 3 prime areas and 4 specific areas of learning as follows:

Prime areas:

  • Communication and language: ​listening and attention, understanding & speaking. 

  • Personal, social and emotional development: making relationships, self-confidence & self-awareness

  • Physical development: moving and handling & health and self-care

Specific areas:

  • Literacy: reading & writing

  • Maths: numbers & shape, space and measure

  • Understanding the world: people and communities, the world & technology

  • Expressive arts and design: exploring and using media and materials & being imaginative

The reception teachers think carefully about planning to ensure that all areas of the early years curriculum are covered. Please see the documents below, which show what the children will learn during their time in reception. 

All children in reception are assessed against the Early Learning Goals at the end of their year in reception. The Early Learning Goals are split into the same areas as set out above and children work towards and are assessed against set statements and criterion. You can find the statements that children are assessed against below. 


At Grange Primary School we follow the LCP scheme for phonics and begin teaching phonics early on in reception. Children are taught to recognise individual letter sounds and the sounds that groups of letters make (phonemes). It is important that the children learn the 'pure' sound in order for them to blend sounds together to read words. The video below explains the importance of using 'pure' sounds and lets you hear what each letter or group of letters should sound like. 

Early reading

Once the children have learned the first set, or phase, of sounds, we will send them home with a book which they will be able to read. The children should be able to use their knowledge of each sound to 'blend' the letters together to read each word. The video below shows how you can help your child to blend the sounds together to read words. 

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Grange Primary School

Tel: 01268 734420


Elder Avenue

Wickford, Essex, SS12 0LR