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That all may have life - life in all its fullness


Reception Teacher: Ms. Delia Wildey

Support Staff: Karen Winzar 

At St Margaret Clitherow we endeavour to fulfill the Overarching principles of Early Education.

  • every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured;

  • children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;

  • children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers; and

  • children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Our CurriculumPrime areas of Learning Development:

  • Communication & Language

  • Physical Development

  • Personal, Social & Emotional Development

These three areas of learning are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.

The Prime Areas are supported and strengthened through the four specific areas:

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the world

  • Expressive Arts and design

 Activities and experiences we strive to provide:

  • Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

  • Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

  • Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

  • Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

  • Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces and measures

  • Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

  • Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a range of media and materials, thoughts, ideas and feelings though a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology.

We teach phonics in a systematic way- daily though ‘’Letters and Sounds’-  Phase 2,3,and 4 words.

Mathematics is taught providing practical, physical experiences for the children to explore problem solve.

Mathematics resources below

EYFS-Helping your child with fluency in mathematics

EYFS-Helping your child to solve problems in mathematics

EYFS-Helping your child with reasoning in mathematics

Reading: Just a few minutes reading with your child every day makes a huge difference . We ask you to have discussions with your child about the book he/she is reading. Talk about pictures, title and ask questions. Remember you can find great books at your local library too!.

ICT games for Literacy and Maths to help support your child’s learning at home.

Topmarks Education Website offers a variety of interactive games for all areas of learning:

We have invited parents and carers into our setting for Stay and Read, Stay and Phonics and Stay and Maths sessions. Please see some pictures below.

 Stay and Read pictures: