Welcome to Reception

At St Elizabeth’s, we believe that every child deserves the best possible start to school and we strive to give all our children the individual support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow.

In Reception, there is an awareness of preparing children for expectations of their future school life. We aim to ensure that all of our pupils learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. Reception is a vital time in which our children settle into school and are supported to become happy, confident, independent learners. We promote teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and provide children with the broad range of knowledge and skills that enables them to make good future progress, as citizens of our school and members of a Faith community.

The Reception curriculum encompasses eight areas of learning. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.  The four Prime Areas which underpin all learning and skills are Religious Education, Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development.  The four Specific Areas, through which the four prime areas are strengthened and applied are Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.  

Children learn through play in Reception.  Play is very important since it demands from the children concentration, perseverance and mental and physical effort.  We aim to encourage children to explore, experiment, question, take risks, make and learn from mistakes, and provide them with opportunities for listening, reflecting and praying.  We want the children to have fun and enjoy learning.  

All children are supported in developing their potential at their own pace. By means of developmentally appropriate activities and adult support, each child achieves his/her own potential. This sense of achievement is very important in a child’s learning. It inspires him/her to want to learn more.

Click here to download Reception Curriculum Plan 2020/2021.

Click here to view the National Curriculum in England.

Mrs Kerry Driver
Early Years Co-Ordinator

Miss Laura Kennedy
Reception Class Teacher

Mrs. Marie Etchepare Reception B Teaching Assistant

Mrs Marie Etchepare
Reception Teaching Assistant

Mrs Angela Judge

Mrs Angela Judge
Reception Teaching Assistant