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St Peter's Catholic Primary School

St Peter's Catholic Primary School

Reception - Maple & Willow Classes

The curriculum that we deliver in the reception class meets the requirements set out in the Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage. This sets out the standards that must be met to ensure that children learn and develop well, are healthy and safe. Children develop skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development. These areas are divided into the ‘Prime’ and ‘Specific’ areas of learning.

The 3 ‘Prime’ areas of learning focus on developing the skills that children need for healthy development and to become effective learners. These areas are:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

As children grow, the Prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 ‘Specific’ areas, which are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

These 7 areas are used to plan children’s learning and activities. It is designed to be flexible so that staff can follow the needs and interests of the children. Children in the EYFS learn through by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

You can download a guide to the EYFS framework and what typical development looks like in each area of learning here.

These ‘Come and Learn with me’ presentations give information about some of the areas of learning:

Come and Learn with Me – Physical Development

Come and Learn with Me – Writing

Come and Learn with Me – Mathematics

Come and Learn with Me – Characteristics of Effective Learning

Topics in Class

The wonderful thing about the EYFS curriculum is that it is specifically designed to work around the interests and needs of that particular class. We take our lead from the children’s passions and interests, theming our teaching around them to ensure that children really engage with their learning.  As we cannot know what will motivate and inspire the children as they move through the year, we have moved from fixed topics to following the interests of the children across the year.

There are, however familiar themes which arise each year, although we may explore them in different ways. For example, once spring time is underway we always explore the idea of ‘growing’; in previous years the children have been really excited by animals and this took our growing topic down the path of life cycles and looking at tadpoles and butterflies. With other classes the outside area and plants motivated the children so we grew lots of plants, looked at plant life cycles and measured how things grow.

Over the course of the year, our learning may well be based around some of these common themes:

  • Myself
  • Autumn
  • Light & Dark
  • Christmas
  • Snow
  • Spring
  • Growing (Plants and animals)
  • Animals and mini-beasts
  • Around the world
  • Summer
  • Fairy tales and traditional stories

Your child’s ‘Tapestry’ online learning journal will be available for you to share with them at home, which is a great way of talking about what they have been working on in school. If you cannot access the online learning journal you are welcome to pop in after school any day to look at their paper copy or use our tablets in class.

Guides to using the Tapestry online learning journal for parents/carers can be found here:

Parent/Carer Tapestry guide

Tapestry Apple app help guide

Tapestry Android help guide


If you would like to see the materials used in our autumn term presentation about phonics and reading in Reception, please click here.

We use the ‘PM Readers’ reading scheme and  once all children are on the reading scheme their  books are changed on Mondays and Wednesdays. Reception staff hear the children read using the PM books during the week so book bags should be in school every day.


We follow the Letters and Sounds phonics programme. Children have a daily phonics session where they are introduced to and taught how to use the sounds in a lively and hands on way. This website contains games and resources which you can use to support your child at home.

PE Kit

Your child’s PE Kit should be in a draw string bag and will be kept on each child’s peg. This will stay in school until half term and will then be sent home for washing. We currently use the large apparatus on a Thursday; if your child wears stud earrings or sleepers then please remove them before they come to school on these days.

Snack Time

Children are able to access our class ‘Snack Shack’ throughout the day. This is stocked with the fruit that is provided as part of the Government’s free fruit scheme. They also receive free milk before the age of five, with the option to pay for it once they are five.

At the End of the Day

Parents wait and collect their children by the Reception area gate. The children will collect their coats and belongings and the teacher will bring the children out to you. Please don’t be late for your child. Your child must know who is going to collect them and in the early days it is a good idea if it is you.  You should let the school know the name of the person who will normally collect your child and inform the school of any changes.

Contact us

If you have any concerns, please come in and see us at the end of the day or contact  us and we will respond to you as soon as we can. If you have an urgent message for us then please contact the school office directly.