Part of the Glyn Academies Trust

Reception Curriculum


Chestnut Park Primary School is committed to developing a love of learning through a curriculum in which children are inspired, excited and challenged. If the children enjoy their learning experiences, they will want to engage in these learning experiences again and again.

Dream- Achieve- Inspire

Our philosophy is simple; if children enjoy learning, they will set themselves aspirational goals or dreams. Within an exciting, challenging and creative environment, children will achieve these goals whilst inspiring each other and driving their learning forward. Our ‘Dream-Achieve-Inspire’ philosophy towards the curriculum creates this community of learning.

Our Curriculum is based on three key drivers:

Basic Skills

Diversity  Enterprise


Basic Competence- children will secure, retain and apply the skills of reading, communicating, writing and calculating to the highest standard.

Enterprise- children will be innovative, embrace challenge and develop as independent learners and thinkers.

Diversity- the curriculum is developed knowing that children learn best when actively engaged in the world around them. Our curriculum embraces equality and diversity; developing the school’s values, within a language rich and nurturing environment.

The curriculum drivers are reflected throughout Chestnut Park Primary School’s vision, values and aims.

Reception Classes

In the Reception Classes, children progress within a language rich environment. A language rich environment is about using every available opportunity to use language, to interact, to take turns, to share and to talk.

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum comprises seven areas of learning and development. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three 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

-giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical Development

-providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Personal, social and emotional development

-helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.


We also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:



-encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write.


-opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.

Understanding the World

-guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment

Expressive Arts and Design

- enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology

Our staff will ensure there is a balance between activities led by children, and activities led or guided by adults. Learning takes place indoors and outdoors, through play, exploration and creative thinking. As children grow older, and as their development allows, there will be a gradual shift towards more activities led by adults. This will help children prepare for more formal learning, ready for Year 1.

In planning and guiding the children’s activities, our staff will reflect on the different ways that children learn. These characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:


  • playing and exploring - children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’;
  • active learning - children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements;
  • creating and thinking critically - children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.

Partnerships with Parents

We believe children learn best when we work in close partnership with our parents and the wider community. There will be many opportunities to actively participate in your child’s learning through weekly drop in sessions and family learning events. We encourage every family to become actively involved in the school; this forms our community of learning.

Our Themes:


Big Question

Topic Links

My World and Me I wonder what makes you smile?

PSHE getting to know each other, our likes and dislikes

Festivals: Christmas, Diwali and Ramadan.

Foods from different Countries

Roles of people who help us; doctors, shops, police (stranger awareness), our new building

Springing into life

What happens in Spring?

Seasonal Changes

Colour and Pattern

Life Cycles and plant growth

Growth of our new school

We’re going on a journey

How many ways can you travel to …?

Travel and exploration in the past and present

Story telling linked to Journeys

Splish, Splash, Splosh

Why do we need water?

Caring for ourselves

Transport using water

Saving water- conservation and plant growth

We use Letters and Sounds together with the Read Write Inc. synthetic phonics programme in the Foundation Stage (Reception class ) and in Years One and Two. Click here to read more.

In our phonic sessions, we teach phonemic awareness which is the ability to hear, identify and manipulate phonemes (smallest units of sound). The aim of Read Write Inc. is to enable beginning readers to decode new written words by sounding them out (known as blending)

Religious Education- Our RE follows the Croydon agreed syllabus. Click here to read more.

PSHE- At Chestnut Park Primary School we use THRIVE, an emotional well being and social skills development assessment programme to personalise our PSHE to the needs of the children. This is supported by the  JIGSAW PSHE programme. Click here for an overview of our Safeguard curriculum.

Our website will be updated with the curriculum details of additional year groups as the school grows.

Our termly curriculum maps will be available on our website each term


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