Our Value for July is EMPATHY

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Values Programme

Chantry Primary Academy

Primary Academy

Learning values for life

Reception Curriculum Overview

Autumn 1 - Ourselves

Factor: A 'sense'ational fun day.

Fantastic Finish: Zoolab.


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

We will be finding out about ourselves and our families and get to know each other. We will discuss 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: Visit to St Hugh's church and Christmas Performance.


  • Goldilocks and the 3 Bears
  • Cinderalla
  • 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 and a jam sandwich.

Unit 2 Topic Plan

Spring 1 - Seasons

WOW! Factor:  A seasons themed 'dress for mess' day.

Fantastic Finish: Pyjama and film day with hot chocolate


  • We're Going on a Bear Hunt
  • Penguin Small
  • Elmer
  • One Snowy Night
  • Paint a Sun in the Sky
  • Over in the Meadow

In this unit, we start by thinking about the season of Winter. We then start to talk about the signs of Spring and learn about all the seasons through stories, songs and first hand experiences.

Unit 3 Topic Plan

Spring 2 - Growing

 WOW! Factor: Visit Standalone Farm 

Fantastic Finish: Visit to Lewsey Library and Mother's Day Tea Party.


  • The Enormous Turnip
  • Oliver's Fruit Salad
  • The Little Red Hen
  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Oliver's Vegetables
  • The Trouble with Tadpoles

The children learn about seeds and plant growth through practical experiences and lovely stories. They learn about the need for a balanced diet. 

Unit 4 Topic Plan

Summer 1 - Wild About Animals

WOW! Factor: Local walk - Houghton Hall

Fantastic Finish: Animal mask making


  • The Gruffalo
  • 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.

Unit 5 Topic Plan

Summer 2 - Fantasyland

 WOW! Factor: Rocket Making

Fantastic Finish: Fantasy Ball


  • Wanda's Space Party
  • Marmaduke the Very Different Dragon
  • George's Dragon at the Fire Station
  • Whatever Next!
  • You can't Eat a Princess!
  • Sleeping Beauty

In this unit we explore lots of different themes such as space, prince and princesses, dragons and aliens and we learn about different story settings. As always we try to make links to the children's current interests.

Unit 6 Topic Plan