Rivers Primary Academy, Livingstone Road, Blakenall, Walsall, WS3 1LY
Part of Windsor Academy Trust

Curriculum and Learning

Our reception curriculum introduces children to school learning in an inspiring and engaging way. Children learn essential skills that support their mental and physical development and help them thrive. 

Children learn through interactive play, and more formal activities led by our teachers. Children also have the opportunity to build upon their curiosity and interests by choosing activities that appeal to them.

Our bright and colourful classrooms provide an inspiring space for children to learn. Children are also able to develop their skills in our large outdoor area, school hall, science lab/cooking room and music studio.

Our friendly and supportive team leads learning following the Early Years Foundation Stage - the national standard for learning for children aged up to five years old.

Our learning focuses on:

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development
  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design.

Our curriculum helps children become confident learners and prepares them for more formal learning in Year 1. Information on how what children learn during the year is shown below.

Curriculum topics

Term Topics
Autumn term 1

Me and My Family - Settling in-Baseline

  • The Rainbow Fish-  Making friends
  • Elmer - Similarities and differences
  • The Three Little Pigs - Houses and homes
  • People who help us - our environment
  • Our pets
  • Autumn.

WAT EAD project - The Dot

Reading Spine Books

  • What the Ladybird Heard Next
  • Ruby’s Worry
  • How to Catch a Star.
Autumn term 2


  • Birthdays - Kipper’s Birthday
  • Pumpkin Soup
  • Divali
  • Christmas - The Jolly Christmas Postman
  • Winter - The Stick Man.

Focus story - The Gruffalo

Reading Spine Books

  • Room on the Broom
  • Funnybones
  • Stick Man.
Spring term 1


  • Aliens Love Dinopants
  • Whatever Next
  • The Dinosaur that Pooped a planet
  • Grandma from Mars
  • Toys in Space
  • Chinese New Year/Shrove Tuesday.

Focus story - children’s choice

  • Reading Spine Books
  • My Pet Star
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
  • Oi Frog.
Spring term 2

Traditional Fairytales

  • The Gingerbread Man
  • Hansel and Gretel
  • The Ugly Duckling
  • Cinderella.

Focus story - children’s choice

  • Spring
  • Easter
  • Mother’s Day.

Reading Spine Books

  • Little Red Hen
  • Three Billy Goats Gruff
  • The Snail and the Whale.
Summer term 1

Growing and Changing

  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Planting-non-fiction
  • Farm animals- Farmer Duck
  • Minibeasts - The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Oliver’s Fruit Salad.

Focus story - children’s choice

Reading Spine Books

  • Handa’s Surprise
  • Prince Cinders
  • Oliver’s Vegetables.
Summer term 2


  • Summer
  • The Jolly Postman
  • Grandma’s Beach
  • Visiting different countries
  • England/London
  • America
  • India.

Focus story - We’re Going on A Bear Hunt

Reading Spine Books

  • Supertato
  • Oliver’s Fruit Salad
  • The Tiger Who Came to Tea.