Religious Education Overview

Hello and a very big welcome to our Reception Class page! 

The Holy Family Reception team are Mrs Morrison and Mrs Dyas who work in reception full time and Mrs Pearson who will work with us on a Thursday afternoon.

In reception we enjoy lots of opportunities to learn through play alongside adult led group activities and independent challenges.  We have the option of both indoor and outdoor play.  Most activities are child led, so are planned around your children’s interests and tailored to individual needs.

We follow a structured but flexible routine. Each day the children will take part in adult led activities including communication and language activities, maths, games - to encourage sharing and phonics where we follow Read Write Inc. which is a systematic phonics programme.

We use a secure online learning journey called Tapestry to record every child’s experiences and achievements which we actively encourage parents as children’s primary educator to contribute to. You can find out more about Tapestry here.

The EYFS at Holy Family includes both the nursery and reception class. The statutory document we follow is the EYFS Framework which was introduced in 2012 and then updated in March 2017.

The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development. 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. When teaching and supporting your child we 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 we 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.

You can find more information about the EYFS Framework here

You can find out more about what we are learning here

You can read our Autumn newsletter here