Welcome! A warm welcome to our new Reception and Nursery intake who will be joining Rockmount Primary School in September. We can’t wait to meet you and will be in contact soon with further details about the enrolment process. Remember the deadline to accept Reception offers is 30th April 2024.
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Rockmount Primary School

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Welcome to our Reception Classes


Jet Class

Class Teacher: Hayley Gorman


Zircon Class

Class Teacher: Lyndsey Smith


Onyx Class

Class Teacher: Clare Garside

Teaching Assistants across Reception:

Michelle Verrall
Danielle Norwood
Rebecca Burridge
Linda McCreadie


Reception Curriculum Map for 2014-2015


Autumn 1st Half

Traditional Tales and


Personal Social and Emotional Development/Communication and Language/Understanding the World and Physical Development

The themes have been chosen to ensure that there is opportunity to cover all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.

Although specific areas of the curriculum have been highlighted, we plan for all areas to enable the children to experience a variety of play-based activities during their time in Reception.


Autumn 2nd Half

 Food: Celebrations


Personal Social and Emotional Development/Communication and Language/Understanding the World and
Physical Development

Spring 1st Half


Heroes and Villains 


Personal Social and Emotional Development and Literacy

Spring 2nd Half


New Life: Frogs and Plants

Understanding the World and Mathematics

Summer 1st Half


Farm Animals



Understanding the World/Literacy and Expressive Arts and Design


Summer 2nd Half




Expressive Arts and Design and Literacy


Please read our termly curriculum letter for more information.

If you have any queries, please contact the Class Teacher or the Learning and Teaching Leader for this phase: Amber Vijayaratnam.  


Autumn Term

Reception children have settled well into their classes and routines. We have been focussing on establishing friendships, sharing and being kind to other. Our topic focus is Traditional Tales and we have enjoyed exploring a range of texts. We have been retelling the stories using props in our role play areas and small world activities. This week we have been reading 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears' and 'The Magic Porridge Pot' and we even made and tasted porridge.


The children developed their design skills when creating a range of models at the workshop tables. We focused on joining a range of materials which then supported the children to make models independently. 


We enjoyed learning about the changes in  Autumn and exploring the differences in the weather and the environment. We read and studied  Helen Cooper's trilogy about Pumpkin Soup. This formed the basis of our creative activities. The children had the opportunity to cook, paint and create a variety of models. 


The children performed a fantastic Christmas show and learned how to cooperate and work as part of a team. They also used their workshop skills to create a range of Winter crafts.



Spring Term

During the first half of the Spring term we will be enjoying our exciting topic on "Superheroes". We will choose a variety of different Superheroes including, The Big Friendly Wolf as well as the traditional characters such as Spiderman and Batman. We will also cover heroes in our own lives and link this to our PSED curriculum. We intend to discuss the characteristics that we admire in a hero and talk about how we would like to emulate this in our everyday lives. This topic is guaranteed to motivate children in Reception to write captions and phrases for their models and 'superhero' capes. We are creating role-play areas in all three classrooms that reflect different aspects of our topic.


"New Life" is the topic for the second half of term. We plan to grow a variety of seeds and beans in class and the books we have chosen, 'Jack and the Beanstalk' and 'Jasper's Beanstalk' are excellent texts to engage the children in all aspects of learning especially Understanding the World and Shape, Space and Measure. We intend to look at non-fiction texts such as 'A Bean Diary' and 'A Frog Life-Cycle'. We are looking forward to finishing off the term by going on a Spring walk, hunting for signs of Spring such as frog spawn in the school pond and buds appearing on the trees.



Summer Term

During the first half term we enjoyed our topic of 'animals'. We had an interesting educational visit to London Aquarium. During our visit we were lucky enough to see a range of animals including sharks, jellyfish and a crocodile.  As part of the topic we enjoyed learning about caring for animals through our exploration of non-fiction texts as well as a range of engaging fictional stories.  We also enjoyed ‘visiting’ a range of habitats, in different countries, to learn interesting facts about different animals.


‘Water’ is the topic for the second half term. The children have enjoyed exciting activities including pond dipping, on Outdoor Classroom Day, and making a range of ‘under the sea’ models. During this topic all classes have enjoyed creating maps and messages in a bottle to help the pirates find the treasure!


The children have also been learning about the importance of exercise and keeping healthy during Healthy Schools Week. We have made healthy sandwiches and taken part in multi-skills activities. We also had great fun dancing outside to raise money for the NSPCC.