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The Federation of North WalshamInfant and Junior Schools


Reception Curriculum Yearly Overview 2023-2024

Summer Term 1

Year R Summer Term 1 Learning Letter

Reception Summer Term 1 Medium Term Plan

Spring Term 2

Spring Term 2 Learning Letter

Spring Term 1

Spring Term 1 Learning Letter

Autumn Term 2

Reception Autumn 2 Medium Term Plan

Reception Autumn Term 2 Learning Letter

Autumn Term 1 

Reception Autumn 1 Medium Term Plan

Reception Autumn Term 1 Learning Letter

'How to support early reading and writing at home' briefing for parents: 25th September 2023

'How to support early mathematics at home' briefing for parents/carers October 2023

At North Walsham Infant School, we aim to provide a happy, caring and stimulating environment where all children are encouraged to reach their full potential. Every child is at the heart of our curriculum, which has been built to ensure that no child is left behind. Children will develop positive attitudes towards learning as they are provided with a curriculum that meets their developmental needs. Positive, supportive relationships and high quality interactions are at the heart of everything we teach in the Early Years.  One of the aims of our EYFS curriculum is that it prepares children well for Key Stage 1. For this reason, at our school time is given each day to the direct teaching of reading, phonics, writing and mathematics. This ensures that our children are challenged and prepared for the Year 1 Curriculum and beyond. 


As you walk around the Reception classes, you will observe the children engaging in adult–led or child initiated learning activities.

    During their time in Reception, the children will experience and immerse themselves in a broad and balanced curriculum underpinned by effective pedagogy which covers the seven areas of learning as stated in the Early Years Foundation Framework 2021. This is how the areas link to the national curriculum subjects in Key Stages 1 and 2 (Years 1 to 6) :



    EYFS Area of learning

    KS1 and KS2 Subjects

    • Communication and language 
    • Literacy



    • Mathematics 


    • Understanding the world 






    • Expressive arts and design 

    Art and design 

    Design and technology 


    • Physical development 

    Physical education

    • Personal, social and emotional  





    The Early Learning Goals (ELGs) set the end point of our EYFS curriculum:

    The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework sets the standards that all Early Years Providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children's ‘school readiness' and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.


      There are four overarching principles that shape the EYFS. These are:

      • Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured;
      • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;
      • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers;
      • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.


      The areas of learning and development

      Within these overarching principles of the EYFS, there are seven areas of learning and development which shape the curriculum in our Reception classes. Three of these areas are particularly crucial for igniting children's curiosity and enthusiasm for learning; and for building their capacity to learn; form relationships and thrive. These three prime areas are:

      • Communication and Language;
      • Physical development;
      • Personal, Social and Emotional development.

      Alongside these prime areas, we also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. These specific areas are:

      • Literacy;
      • Mathematics;
      • Understanding the World;
      • Expressive Arts and Design