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Welcome to Reception!

In reception we aim to create a warm, welcoming and stimulating learning environment which will encourage children to explore, investigate and learn through first- hand experience. We also aim to make it a place where children feel secure and confident, and are challenged to develop their independence whilst they play and learn both indoors and outdoors.

There are seven areas of learning and development in the Early Years Foundation Stage. At Manorfield we believe these seven areas are equally important in order to promote the development of the ‘whole child’. We aim to deliver all the areas through planned, purposeful playful learning, with a balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities.

Prime areas

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
  • Communication and Language  (C& L)
  • Physical Development (PD)

Specific areas

  • Literacy (L)
  • Mathematics (M)
  • Understanding of the World  (UW)
  • Expressive Arts and Design  (E A&D)

Each half term we plan exciting learning opportunities through our topics.  This year we will be doing exciting activities and we will have lots of fun as we learn together.

At the bottom of the page is a link to some of the activities and experiences we have planned for our current topic.

Autumn 1


Role play

Indoors- Opticians and Rhyme time Castle

Outdoors-Dark Den/ Building site


Sound Walk around the environment

Spring 1

Traditional stories

Role play

Indoors- Puppet theatre,


Polar animals



Summer 1


Role play

Indoors-Baby Clinic

Outdoors- New baby home bay and baby shop


Visits from Health visitor/School nurse

Autumn 2


Role play Indoors

Rhyme Time Castle/Toy Shop

Outdoors- Garage/Super Hero play


Visit Crow Nest park Toy Museum

Spring 2

Growth and Change

Role play-Indoors- Fruit and vegetable shop/ animal hospital

Outdoors- garden centre / Garden shed

Visit Cannon Hall Home Farm

Summer 2

Out and About

Role play


Outdoors-Drive Thru, Car Wash and Picnics

Train/Pirates role play


Visit to Kirklees Light Railway



If you would like to view the reception curriculum letters please Click Here

Please click here to view the Reception End Of Year Expectations

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