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Our Lady's Catholic Primary School

Jesus the teacher guides our every step

Reception Class

In Reception Class we learn through planned, purposeful play using a mixture of adult directed and child initiated activities.  A big focus in Reception is being independent and being able to apply our learning in real life situations. 


We like being able to learn in our indoor and outdoor classrooms. Our favourite areas are: the role play area which we change with our topics; the large bricks construction area; our creative area; small world to apply real life scenarios to our learning; and physical resources to develop fine and gross motor skills.


We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum. The EYFS curriculum is taught through seven areas of learning, three are known as the 'Prime' areas and the remaining four as 'Specific' areas.

The prime areas begin to develop quickly in response to relationships and experiences. They are fundamental in supporting learning as they are linked together and interwoven throughout our curriculum. Moreover, without the mastery of the prime areas of learning, all subsequent learning throughout the school is jeopardised. The specific areas include essential skills and knowledge; these are needed for children to participate successfully in society. They grow out of the prime areas, and provide important contexts for learning. Both the prime and specific areas can be found in the links below on this page.


The Characteristics of Effective Learning


The ways in which a child engages with other people and their environment underpin learning and development across all areas and support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner. The three Characteristics of Effective Learning are:

  • playing and exploring; finding out and exploring, playing with what they know, being willing to ‘have a go’

  • active learning; being involved and concentrating, keeping trying, enjoying achieving what they set out to do

  • creating and thinking critically; having their own ideas, making links, choosing ways to do things.


We use Tapestry, an on-line learning journal, to replace the learning logs previously used in Reception class.  This means that we can upload images and observations to a secure area and parents are able to access this at home as well as add their own images and observations.