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Please look at the 'Useful Information' under the 'Parents' tab to familiarise yourself with updated information for September 2020.



We would like to send a warm welcome to all of the Reception families! This page will be updated weekly, to inform you of any important dates or information.


A massive well done to all of the reception children who have made a fantastic start to the school year. Our thanks also goes out to all the parents and carers for being supportive and understanding in  these difficult and uncertain times. 



  • Due to COVID- 19 restrictions we are unable to talk to you in person. Please email any concerns, queries or questions regarding your child or children to Please allow 24 hours to receive a reply to your emails
  • Please wear masks at all times when you are in school grounds, otherwise you will not be allowed to enter
  • If your child has any allergies or medical needs, please make sure you email to and
  • If you are unable to pick up your child or children please call the school office and they will let us know who will be collecting them
  • Fruit and milk is provided daily at school, therefore do not send in fruit from home. Please encourage your child to try different fruits and vegetables at home
  • If your child is having a school dinner, do not send in a packed lunch 
  •  Due to health and safety reasons, only stud earrings should be worn at school. No other jewellery is allowed  
  • Please name ALL of your child or childrens' clothing and belongings


We thank you all for your patience  and kindness whilst we navigate our way through this difficult time. 



The Reception Team



Meet the Teacher presentation



                     Class teacher-  Mrs Baran 

                     Early Years Practitioner- Mrs Matharu  



                     Class teacher-  Miss Murphy 

                     Early Years Practitioner- Mrs Stewart 


                     Class teacher-  Ms O'Donnell 

                     Early Years Practitioner- Ms Docherty 




The Early Years Foundation Stage at St Joseph’s


The Early Years at St Joseph’s provides a warm, safe environment for all children both physically, socially and emotionally. It is a place where all learning is valued and where children can lay the foundations for a lifelong love of learning and reach their potential.

This happens through:

  • An imaginative and inviting learning environment that provokes curiosity, stimulates enquiry, provides appropriate risk and challenge, encourages independence, allows children to make decisions and promotes problem solving. This enables children to become self-motivated and independent learners which also develop the characteristics of effective learning that are essential for success
  • A curriculum rooted in play that provides children with meaningful, enjoyable and challenging learning experiences
  • Adults who are alert to the individual needs and interests of children and respond to these through careful observation and planning that builds on previous knowledge and takes account of children’s next steps in their learning to maximise progress
  • High quality interactions between adults and all children that encourage sustained shared thinking and allow children to reflect on their learning
  • Close working with parents and carers, recognising that they are their child’s primary educator and that working together in partnership will provide the best outcomes for children


How Children Learn in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)


What is the EYFS?

Children in reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This is a framework which supports children’s development from birth to the end of their Reception year. The EYFS is based on 4 important principles.


A Unique Child

Principle: Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.


Positive Relationships

Principle: Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key adult.


Enabling Environments

Principle: The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.


Learning and Development

Principle: Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and interconnected.


The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum consists of the Characteristics of Effective Learning and seven areas of learning and development which are interconnected. More information on the EYFS is available here



How do children learn?

Young children learn best through multi-sensory play based experiences. All the children in the EYFS at St Joseph’s learn through a mixture of child and adult initiated play. The children have access to both indoors and outside for most of the day. Learning which takes place outside is of equal value to that which occurs inside.


How do children learn English and Maths in the Early Years?

Children are introduced to early skills in reading, writing and maths at a developmentally appropriate level. Children’s love of books, stories and rhymes are developed from the moment they enter St Joseph’s to promote a lifelong love of reading. Children follow the Letters and Sounds programme that ensures a structured approach to learning the technical skills of reading using synthetic phonics. We offer a reading workshop for parents to attend in the Autumn Term of each year to enable parents to support their children with reading and writing at home. All children are encouraged to be mathematical thinkers and we provide children with concrete mathematical learning experiences that enable them to be secure in basic skills but also to apply these skills in play and other everyday activities.


Planning in Reception

In Reception medium term planning takes the form of topics and reflects settling-in, the seasons and time of year, the major festivals and celebrations, favourite stories and the interests of the children. It ensures that all areas and aspects of the curriculum are experienced over the year and identifies learning possibilities (attitudes, knowledge and skills) within each area of learning. These plans are intended to be guidelines and have the flexibility to respond to children’s changing needs and interests.

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