Our Value for December is GRATITUDE

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Values Programme

Chantry Primary Academy

Primary Academy

Learning values for life

Reception Curriculum Overview

Autumn 1 – Wonderful Me

WOW! Factor: A 'sense'ational fun day

Fantastic Finish: People who help us visitor


  • Harry and the Dinosaurs go to School
  • So Much!
  • Mr Wiggle and Mr Waggle
  • Funny Bones
  • Ben's Baby
  • My Hair
  • Making Friends

We will be finding out about ourselves and our families and our friends. We will discuss our similarities and differences between ourselves and others.  We will explore our senses and how we use them.

Unit 1 Topic Plan

Autumn 2 - Traditional Stories

WOW! Factor: Dress up as a favourite character from a book

Fantastic Finish:  Christmas Performance


  • The Enormous Turnip
  • Goldilocks and the 3 Bears
  • Cinderella
  • The Three Billy Goats Gruff
  • The Gingerbread Man
  • Hansel & Gretel
  • Snow White

In this unit, we will look at different versions of traditional tales and we learn some sign language to help us tell the stories aloud.  The children also follow instructions to make a Gingerbread Man, grow cress and make a jam sandwich.

Unit 2 Topic Plan

Spring 1 – Our Wonderful World

WOW! Factor:  Outdoor learning walk

Fantastic Finish: Food tasting from around the world


  • Handa’s Surprise
  • The train ride
  • One day, so many ways
  • The world around me
  • How cities work

In this unit, we explore the wonderful world that is around us. We look at different environments to where we live and discuss cultural differences and similarities we may share.

Unit 3 Topic Plan

Spring 2 - Kings and Queens

WOW! Factor: Visit Knebworth House 

Fantastic Finish: Ball - parents invited in


  • The knight and the dragon
  • Small knight and George and the royal chocolate cake
  • Katie in London
  • The Queen’s hat quest
  • Kassim and The greedy dragon

The children learn about the past and present Kings and Queens and explore some fantasy land stories. We discuss the differences and similarities from past events in history to today’s events.

Unit 4 Topic Plan

Summer 1 – Amazing Animals

WOW! Factor Animal mask making

Fantastic Finish: ‘Tiger Who came to Tea’ Afternoon Tea Party


  • The Gruffalo
  • Going on a bear hunt
  • Rumble in the Jungle
  • Walking Through The Jungle
  • The Tiger who came to Tea
  • Giraffes Can’t Dance
  • The Animal Boogie. 

In this unit, we learn about the different animals and their habitats. We will explore the natural world around us and make observations of animals and the environment.

Unit 5 Topic Plan

Summer 2 - Space

WOW! Factor: Rocket Making

Fantastic Finish: Space experience day


  • Wanda's Space Party
  • A place for Pluto
  • Alien’s love underpants
  • Whatever Next!
  • Astro Girl
  • Zim Zam Zoom

In this unit, we explore space and everything wonderful about it. We will discuss planets and what can happen in space and contrast their environments to ours.

Unit 6 Topic Plan