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R.C. Primary School

Placing God in our hearts we will love, live and learn.

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In the Early Years we have developed a wonderful curriculum which caters for the children's interests.  The overview below contains an outline of the topics we cover, but the content of the topics are adapted according to the needs and interests of our children. To find out more information about our EYFS curriculum please see the curriculum map below. 


For more information on the new Early Years Curriculum 2021 please go to - Key Information- Curriculum - Early Years. 

Alternatively please go to the bottom of the page and click on the document 'Development matters ages and stages' and Early Learning Goals. 



Every child in Reception is allocated a key worker. Mrs Buckel and Mrs Goldstone will be your child's key workers 

  • The key person works alongside parents and carers to ensure that there is continuity of care for the child thus supporting the child’s emotional well-being.
  • The key person, and other staff, observes the child to identify how they learn through their play, their next aspect of development, what their interests are, whether there is any cause for concern or need for extra support.
  • They keep a record of your child's learning journey and update it regularly on Tapestry.

New to our school September 2021

From the beginning of the year, our school implemented a new Behaviour Policy which is built upon the ‘5 pillars of Pivotal Practice’ (‘When Adults Change, Everything Changes’, Paul Dix):

  • Consistent, calm adult behaviour,

  • Relentless Routines,

  • First attention to best conduct,

  • Scripting difficult conversations,

  • Restorative Follow-up.


We have three simple goals: Be safe, Be a Learner, Be Kind and Respectful.

Autumn Term 2021


Firstly, we would like to welcome all the children to Penguins. We are all so excited to see the children start their journey into school.  


Penguins will be taught by Mrs Buckel and Mrs Goldstone and are very pleased to have Mrs Crook and Mrs Wagner to further support the children’s learning and development. The children so far have all settled into the school routine fantastically and have enjoyed being with friends, old and new. The children have thoroughly enjoyed exploring all the areas of our classroom, both inside and out.


The first theme we will be learning over this term in Reception is ‘Knowing me, Knowing you’. This will include the children learning all about their senses, their homes, feelings and families. We will also be following 'Letters and Sounds' for our phonics. We will be sending weekly reading books home with the children to further support the teaching of reading in class. We really value and appreciate all the support at home with the children’s learning and a strong relationship between home and school will lead to a very successful year for the children.


This year we are looking forward to guiding and supporting the children though their first year at school. In Reception, we have high expectations for the children in both their learning and behaviour. We have a positive and engaging environment for the children where respectful behaviour is encouraged and praised. In our class we ask that all children have a go and try their best in every task. 


We cannot wait to show you all photos of the hard work we have been doing in reception but also all the fun we have been having.


If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact me on:


Thank you,

Mrs Buckel and Mrs Goldstone

Open Evening


Open Evening We are holding an Open Evening for prospective parents of Reception and Nursery children on Tuesday 19th of October 5 – 6pm. Please come along if you have a child due to start Reception in September 2022 or Nursery within the next year. This will be an excellent opportunity to meet the teachers and have a look around our Early Years environment.

Meet the teacher 

Thanks to all the parents that came to meet the teacher. This is the PowerPoint that we shared during the meeting. 

Meet the Teacher