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Royal Wharf Primary School

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Reception Curriculum Overview
Term/Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Autumn 1 A Better World - Citizenship Book Week Theme A - 'A day in the life of ..'  
Autumn 2 Theme A - A day in the life of …' (careers people choose) Show time! 
Spring 1 Big Questions Theme B - Lost in Space    
Spring 2 Theme B  Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream Investigate!    
Summer 1 Made4life Theme C - London's Living Things      
Summer 2 Theme C - London's Living Things Investigate! Arts Festival Review  

Our school nurtures curiosity and creativity through an inspiring, broad and engaging curriculum in which children explore themes that are exciting, stimulate their interest, capture their imagination and provide appropriate challenge. Learning is brought to life through high quality first hand experiences, which engage children’s natural curiosity. We use these experiences to deepen and extend their understanding about each other and the world in which they live. Children’s learning in each term is supported by exciting trips both in the local and London area and further afield. We enrich their learning using all that London has to offer.

Our curriculum is planned thematically so that children can make links between the different subject areas and construct meaning in more depth. This also allows learning to flow naturally.

Throughout the school children are taught in small classes of around 20 pupils. We believe that this gives us the best opportunity to get to know your children well and to give them personalised support educationally, emotionally and physically.


In Nursery and Reception teaching and learning is centred on purposeful child initiated play and small group work both indoors and outside. Alongside this approach, children have more focused sessions in reading, writing and maths. In year one, we will gradually support the children to move towards the more structured approach that they will experience in the rest of the school.


Also integral to our approach is the development of desirable character traits and attributes in our children which we believe can support their social and emotional development, improve academic attainment and promote positive mental health. It also instils children with a moral compass and skills in understanding and interacting with other people. To this end we focus on developing the following ‘Qualities for Life’ and incorporating them into the children’s learning:


Growth Mindset, Curiosity, Cooperation, Gratitude, Communication, Resourcefulness, Hard work, Grit, Zest, Resilience, Respect, Morality, Self-management and Reflective thinking


Our children learn to become resilient and self-assured in an outstanding and supportive environment. Everyone is challenged and encouraged to thrive and achieve as individuals, preparing them for their role as caring and active citizens in modern Britain.