St Francis of Assisi


Mrs Irene Picazo
Teacher/Languages Lead

Welcome to Reception.

Reception Staff consists of a Class Teacher and two full time Teaching Assistants and a 1:1 Teaching Assistant

The day starts at 8:45 and finishes at 3:10

Children in Reception learn many different skills by topic work and Child-led activities which allow the children to gain knowledge and understanding of the world.  Researching, investigation, explaining, identifying, questioning, manipulating, constructing, enquiring and creative skills are developed in Reception.

We put a particular emphasis on developing reading, writing & mathematical skills, whilst following the EYFS curriculum.

Other curriculum subjects include PE, Music and Spanish which some of them are taken by our specialist teaching staff.

We aim to develop children’s self-confidence and self-awareness whilst encouraging them to build good relationships with their peers and other adults in the setting following our school core values.


Encouraging all children to be independent learners

In Reception we follow the Early Years Framework. We base all of our classroom activities around the children’s individual needs linking to the 7 areas of learning.

In Reception we have daily Phonics lessons, using Jolly Phonics resources to support the development of this important reading strategy. Parents can purchase resources to support phonics learning from the school office. Children have the opportunity to take reading and library books home to share with parents / carers.

We teach the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum though half termly IPC units. Our IPC activities link to stories and songs. Children learn through play and exploration in our indoor and outdoor environments.

Each class also enjoys scheduled Physical Education and Computing lessons each week.



Reception end of the year slideshow

Burgess Park

Our day out to Burgess park was such an amazing experience. We took a bus ride to the park. On arriving we strolled through the park to a lovely quite area by the lake where we saw beautiful ducks. We did a spring check list, where we had to spot different plants and animals. After […]

Growing plants in Reception

We are growing our own plants in Reception. We have followed the 4 steps to grow a plant: We put some soil in the pot. We put the seeds in the soil. We fill the pot with more soil and we pat it. We water it. We make sure the plant gets sunlight and enough water […]