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Welcome to the Reception Class

In Reception we blossom and grow!

Welcome to the Foundation Stage‚Äč!


Photos will be added every couple of weeks, so take a peek and see what we have been up to. 


The Foundation Stage a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. From when your child is born up until the age of 5, their early years experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs.


In the Foundation Stage here at St. Joseph's your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

  • Communication and language;

  • Physical development; and

  • Personal, social and emotional development.

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy;

  • Mathematics;

  • Understanding the world; and

  • Expressive arts and design.

    These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it's suitable for very young children, and it's designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests.

    Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.


Reception Welcome Letter

Curriculum Overview
Letters and Sounds -  Phonics Phases

P.E. January 2020

Meet Our Year 6 Buddies
Recommended Books

Areas of the classroom

Our first week at school

The Enormous Watermelon - the children enjoyed role playing the story. They chose the nursery rhyme characters who came to help Old Mother Hubbard pull out the enormous watermelon.

Aliens love underpants by Ben Cort - the children have designed their own underpants

Friday 4th October - Mathematics outside! The children enjoyed finding different ways to make 5. We had an obstacle course which involved the number in many different ways. We found different ways to make 5 using the cubes.

Wednesday 16th October - Stay and Read morning