St Francis of Assisi


Mrs Irene Picazo
Teacher/Languages Lead

Welcome to Reception.

Reception Staff consists of a Class Teacher and one full time 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.



Erasmus trip to Finland

Download our slideshow from the trip! The first Erasmus trip to Finland was such a wonderful experience. Four children from Y5 and two adults from St. John´s took this adventure for a week. Adults were involved in Hyrsinkin school every day activities, taking part in the lessons and cooperating with teachers. Adults also had some […]


Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. St. John’s Walworth C of E Primary School is participating in an Erasmus + project with other partner schools in Europe: Czech Republic, Spain, Poland and Finland. The project’s name is Kalokagathia, Healthy soul in a healthy body. Our goal for […]

Reception 2018-19

A very warm welcome to all our new Reception children who have started school this term. We are very proud seeing you settling in to the routines of school so well. It didn’t take long for you to make yourselves at home! We would also like to thank all parents for the support we receive from […]