St. Sebastian's R. C. Primary School


Curriculum Information

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.  The observations we make can be seen through our online journal Tapestry.

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 indoor and outdoor areas.

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Gross and fine motor skills

  • 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
  • To play games
  • To be imaginative in play supported and extended by an adult.