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Holy Family Catholic Primary School
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Welcome to Reception Learning
Key information for children, parents and carers


Reception Joseph: Miss Kelly

Reception Mary: Mrs McDonald

Reception support staff: Mrs Ohanians,  Mrs Papadaki, Miss O'Connor and Mr Brown


In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at Holy Family Catholic Primary School our aims are to:


• support children to make a planned, confident transition from home to school
• provide a happy, caring, safe and secure environment for learning
• plan learning experiences that meet the individual needs and interests of the children through a balanced provision of adult guided and child initiated opportunities
• support children to become competent and confident learners so they are able to reach their full potential
• provide a broad and balanced high quality curriculum in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage guidance
• foster positive home school links with parents and other care providers.

We follow The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum as detailed below. This framework is a means of ensuring high standards of early education and care that will reassure parents that their child’s development is being fully supported. It underpins all future learning by supporting and fostering the children’s personal, social and emotional well-being. It encourages positive attitudes and dispositions towards learning in the children and promotes learning through play.

The Early Learning Goals


The Prime Areas


Communication and language


Listening and attention: children listen attentively in a range of situations. They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.

Understanding: children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.

Speaking: children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.


Physical development


Moving and handling: children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.

Health and self-care: children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. They manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.


Personal, social and emotional development


Self-confidence and self-awareness: children are confident to try new activities, and say why they like some activities more than others. They are confident to speak in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas, and will choose the resources they need for their chosen activities. They say when they do or don’t need help.

Managing feelings and behaviour: children talk about how they and others show feelings, talk about their own and others’ behaviour, and its consequences, and know that some behaviour is unacceptable. They work as part of a group or class, and understand and follow the rules. They adjust their behaviour to different situations, and take changes of routine in their stride.

Making relationships: children play co-operatively, taking turns with others. They take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity. They show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children.


The Specific Areas




Reading: children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read (at the bottom of this page is a link to a site which can help you practise phonics).

Writing: children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.




Numbers: children count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.

Shape, space and measures: children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.


Understanding the world


People and communities: children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. They know that other children don’t always enjoy the same things, and are sensitive to this. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.

The world: children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

Technology: children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.


Expressive arts and design


Exploring and using media and materials: children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.

Being imaginative: children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories.  

Key Information

Reading books and book bags

At the moment, book bags should be kept at home.  We will start reading with your children in school soon. Each child will have a reading record book in which the title of book and a comment will be recorded each time they read.  Once reading is up and running, each child will read with an adult once a week.

We will let you know as soon as this situation changes.



Our PE day is Thursday.  PE is taught by Mr Bascombe.  Children should come to school wearing their PE kits, which they will wear all day.  Since the children will be wearing their PE shoes all day, they may wear their own, non-uniform, trainers instead of the light weight PE shoes.  Please ensure that all PE clothing is clearly labelled.


Home Learning

Once the children have settled, home learning will be posted on this page in the 'Home learning' section every Friday.  Home learning will provide ideas about how you can consolidate and enhance your child's school learning at home.  Your child's teacher will let you know when home learning has started.


Show and tell

Usually, children would bring a significant object with them to school on their show and tell day to show to their friends and talk about.  This is a lovely way of building confidence to speak in front of others.

Unfortunately, at the moment, children will not be able to bring objects in from home to talk about.  Instead, we will be asking children to share their news from home.  This could be news about an outing or visit, a new toy or a fun activity, such as baking.  It would be very helpful if parents each week could e-mail a photo of whatever their child would like to talk about to the Reception e-mail address:-


The timetable for show and tell is set out below.   

Monday – Butterflies
Tuesday – Ladybirds
Wednesday – Spiders

Thursday – Caterpillars

Friday - Bumblebees


Please help your child to prepare for this by practising at home.





Please see the individual sections below for useful information regarding our key areas of learning.

Educational Websites
Parent Presentations