Reception Expectations


• Look at books and listen to stories

• Use phonic knowledge to decode regular words

• Be secure at Phase 4 phonics

• Read Phase 2, Phase 3 and Phase 4 tricky words

• Identify rhymes and alliteration

• Join in with rhyming patterns

• Read and understand simple sentences

• Demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read

• Make basic predictions

• Identify the start and end of a sentence

• Know the alphabet and link letter names to the sound they make

• Know the difference between a capital and lower case letter

• Learn some simple rhymes and poems by heart

Speaking and Listening

• Use complete sentences to explain or describe things

• Listen carefully to what is being said and repeat this if needed

• Know not to interrupt when someone else is saying something

• Stand up in front of others and re-tell something that has happened to them


• Use phonic knowledge to write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others

• Write name (correct capital and lower case)

• Use capital letters and full stops to demarcate sentences

• Write clearly demarcated sentences

• Use a correct pencil grip

• Correct formation of all letters


• Count reliably to 20

• Count a number of objects by pointing to/moving each one as they count

• Recognise numbers to 20

• Order numbers 1 – 20

• Say 1 more and1 less than numbers to 20

• Add and subtract two single digit numbers

• Form all digits 0-9 correctly

• Know the names of the days of the week in order

• Begin to recognise and name common 2D shapes, e.g. square, rectangle, circle and triangle

• Begin to recognise and name some 3D shapes, e.g. cube, sphere, cylinder, cone

Ofsted Outstanding 3D

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