St. Sebastian's R. C. Primary School



In Reception we have high expectations and challenge each child to achieve the best they can. We offer a balance of adult-led and child initiated learning to ensure children make the best progress possible.

In the Early Years Foundation Stage children learn best when they experience learning first hand, through meaningful interactions with others, through physical activity and through play. Our Early Years practise is based on on-going observation and assessment of the children within the curriculum.  The observations and assessments we make can be seen through our online journal Tapestry.


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The Early Years curriculum emphasises:


Prime areas of learning:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

Specific areas of learning:

  • Maths
  • Literacy
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design


These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning activities. Children in the EYFS learn by exploring, being active and creative, both indoors and outdoors. Over the year, we will gather evidence through observations and children’s independent work, which will form a profile of your child’s learning journey.  You are welcome to come in at any point throughout the year to look at your child’s profile and we welcome contributions from home to assist us in tracking your child’s development. The education of your child is something we aim to do in partnership with you and as such parents are always welcome to discuss their child with staff.


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Our Early Years principles are based on the EYFS statutory guidance, four overarching principles of good practice:

  • Every child is a unique child
  • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments
  • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
  • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.


EYFS outdoor and indoor learning environment 

The children enjoy exploring and learning in our newly developed indoor and outdoor areas.






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Physical Development

  • To hold a pencil correctly     
  • To do jigsaws
  • To use scissors
  • To use a knife and fork


Social Development

  • To go to the toilet independently
  • To dress/undress him or herself
  • To fasten and unfasten their shoes and coat
  • To look after their own belongings
  • To mix with other children


Mathematical Development

  • To recognise and name colours, shapes, numbers.
  • To sort everyday objects into groups
  • To count sets of objects
  • To help in cooking activities


Language Development

  • To share books in a relaxed atmosphere
  • To be given time to talk

Our first week in Reception!


This week, we have been getting to know each other and exploring our environment.  We love our new classroom and the learning environment outside.  Mrs O’Neill and Miss Dickinson said learning is fun and we agree.

Argh me hearties!

All hands on deck, batten down the hatches and roll-out the big guns for International Talk Like a Pirate Day today. This light-hearted holiday started 20 years ago in the USA. It’s now held worldwide and even Barack Obama has tweeted about it!

I know what you’re thinking; why would sensible people around the world want to talk like sea dogs?  It could be that they were rule-breaking rebels or we get excited by the idea of finding buried treasure.

What did we do?

This part was easy. We grabbed ourselves an eye patch, bandana, baggy shirt and a little toy parrot.  Mrs O’Neill said we could use awful grammar and use our pirate accent. We also had a pirate-themed birthday party as we have enjoyed reading the book, Captain Beastlies Pirate Party, we walked the plank and used our homemade treasure maps to find gold.  We had a jolly (roger) day. Arrr!


Here are some of the key words and phrases to help you be more pirate!

Ahoy = hello

All hands on deck = emergency

Aye = yes

Booty = stolen goods

Hearties = friends

Land ahoy = land spotted


Ahoy there!.MOV

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