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Reception year at George Mitchell Primary Phase

Peacock and Butterfly Class 

What will my child be doing and learning in Reception?

The Foundation Stage allows children to develop skills, build ideas, think creatively and interact and communicate effectively with others. Play is the cornerstone of the Foundation Stage curriculum. Through supervised play children are encouraged to explore, develop, imagine and investigate their surroundings in order to start to understand the world around them.  Reception Year will not feel like learning and most children see the Foundation Stage as fun and playing. During the Foundation Stage children will be tackling speaking and listening, singing and dancing, stories and counting. Foundation Stage is laying down the building blocks for a smooth transition into Year 1 and the start of Key Stage 1.

Teachers at our school use many strategies to check your child’s progress so they can adapt their teaching to best support, challenge and develop your child’s knowledge and understanding. If you would like to know the next steps your child is working towards, please talk to your child’s class teacher.

Some children have special educational needs and may find it difficult to progress as quickly as other children but we will put support in place to ensure they do.

Parents and carers have a key role in the educational development of their child. It is important to communicate with your child’s teacher regularly, so that we can work together for the benefit of your child.

Numeracy in Reception

By the end of Reception Year, most children should be able to:

  • Say numbers one to twenty
  • Count up to 10 objects reliably
  • Recognise the written numbers 1 to 9
  • Use words to compare e.g. more, less, greater, smaller, heavier, lighter
  • Find 1 more of 1 less than any number from 1 to 10
  • Add 2 small groups of objects with a total of 10 or less
  • Count how many are left when some objects are taken away
  • Make simple patterns and talk about them
  • Name shapes such as circle, square, triangle, rectangle, cube, cone, sphere
  • Use words to describe position such as over, under, above, below, on, in, next, beside

    By the end of Reception Year, most children should be able to:

Speaking and Listening

  • Enjoy listening to and using spoken and written language and turn to it in play and learning
  • Use talk to organise, sequence and clarify ideas, feelings and events
  • Use language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences
  • Speak clearly and audibly with confidence and control and show awareness of the listener
  • Extend their vocabulary, exploring the meanings and sounds of new words
  • Listen with enjoyment and respond to stories, songs and other music, rhymes and poems and make up their own stories, songs, rhymes and poems


  • Listen with enjoyment to stories, songs, rhymes and poems, sustain attentive listening and respond with relevant comments, questions and actions
  • Know that print carries meaning and, in English, is read from left to right and top to bottom 
  • Show an understanding of the elements of stories, such as main character, sequence of events, and openings, and how information can be found in non-fiction texts to answer questions about where, who, why and how 
  • Retell narratives in the correct sequence, drawing on the language patterns of stories
  • Link sounds to letters, naming and sounding the letters of the alphabet
  • Hear and say sounds in words in the order in which they occur
  • Read some high frequency words 
  • Read simple words by sounding out and blending sounds
  • Read a range of familiar and common words and simple sentences independently


  • Use a pencil and hold it effectively to form recognisable letters, most of which are formed correctly 
  • Attempt writing for different various purposes; lists, stories and instructions.
  • Write their own names and other things such as labels and captions and begin to form simple sentences sometimes using punctuation.
  • Use phonic knowledge to write simple regular words