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Peak Dale Primary School

Aim High



Children in Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.   

Each half term we have a new, exciting topic!

Click the links below to see our topic coverage for this academic year.


Children in our Reception classes learn the skills and knowledge found in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)  which sets standards for the learning and care of children from birth to 5 years old.


The EYFS is based upon four principles:

  • A unique child
  • Positive relationships
  • Enabling environments
  • Learning and development


The children are taught within the three prime areas of learning:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language


And four specific areas of learning:

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


Much of the children's learning is through practical activities and one to one learning with a member of staff. A record of many areas of the curriculum are included in the child's Learning Journey. The children also use two exercise books known as Discovery Book and Maths Book.


The above areas of learning are covered through our complete, book-based curriculum.  The Teach Through a Text approach was created so that there is highly  consistent, cohesive pedagogy used across a school. Children become critical readers and acquire an authorial style as they encounter a wide-range of significant authors and a variety of fiction, non-fiction and poetry




The children have a daily phonics lesson, see our Phonics page for more information.


The children learn to read individually and in guided reading sessions. They will read from different schemes including Little Wandle, Oxford Reading Tree, Heinemann, Collins and the Dandelion scheme.

Helping at home

Parents and carers are encouraged to help their children at home with reading, writing, handwriting and maths etc. We recommend parents read their child's half-termly news letter and knowledge organiser , sent via email for up dates on how they help each week. Our children also have log in details to access various online learning platforms