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Welcome to Reception!


At Cookham Dean we believe in providing a safe and stimulating environment where all children con flourish.  We believe that each child is unique and that children learn best when playing and learning are combined. We know that the most successful learners are happy, confident, curious, motivated and engaged. We provide a nurturing environment which reflects our core values and interests of our children, develops skills for now and success in the future and offers challenges so that children are able to achieve their full potential.


Our topics for this year are:

Autumn 1 Do you want to be friends?
Autumn 2

Why do squirrels hide their nuts?

What happens wen I fall asleep?

Spring 1 Why can't I have chocolate for breakfast?
Spring 2 Will you read me a story?
Summer 1 Why do zebras have stripes?
Summer 2 What can you see in summer?



We will cover each topic through a mixture of teacher-led whole class learning, small group or 1:1 teacher-led activities and continuous provision related to the topic that allows the children to learn more through independent, group or individual play. On top of this there will be daily phonics sessions, a weekly music session and two PE sessions a week (on Mondays and Thursdays for this term). Children can come to  school in tracksuit bottoms or leggings and trainers on PE days. These can also be worn on other days.

We also aim to take the children on a visit to Forest School each term.


We conclude most topics where possible with an 'Express'. Parents are invited into the classroom so that the children can share with them some of the things that they have learnt during their topic.


As we move through the term, we will update the page with photos and highlights from the topic.


If you haven't already done so, have a look at our curriculum map below for more detail on what your child will be learning during their time in Reception.

Curriculum Overview for EYFS

Autumn Term 1 - Do you want to be friends?

This is a great topic to start the year as it explores what friendship looks like and how to be a good friend and to take care of each other. We will read lots of stories about friendship and base our activities around these stories, giving the children the chance to play together and get to know each other.

45 High Frequency Words - for Reception

Cookham Dean CE Primary School, Bigfrith Lane,

Cookham Dean, Maidenhead SL6 9PH.

Tel: 01628 482734.