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Welcome to Maple Class 


On behalf of the Reception team I would like to offer a very warm welcome to both you and your child. This Reception page will provide information about some of the fantastic learning your child will experience throughout this year. 


In Maple Class we provide active experiences so that children can learn and explore through both adult supported and independent investigative play.  We strive to stimulate enquiry and engage children interests and have carefully designed our provision to meet the needs of all children. We aim to promote happy, self-confident and independent learners who love to support and care for one another 

Our class teacher is Miss Rowe and our teaching assistant is Mrs Bruton .


Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School EYFS Vision Statement 

In the Early Years Foundation Stage at Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School, our vision is to provide an enabling environment which promotes the learning and development of every child attending our setting. Our EYFS curriculum is designed to allow children to develop the knowledge and learning behaviours that they need to succeed in life. Children’s learning is led through a balance of discrete, adult-led sessions and carefully planned continuous provision where children can investigate and apply their learning using our stimulating indoor and outdoor environments. 

It is our aim that children will leave the EYFS as confident, independent and reflective learners. 

Through building positive relationships, we aim to develop and foster the characteristic of effective learning* in every child. Children are encouraged to always become well-regulated and sociable through the modelling of positive interactions and language. Our learning environment, alongside interactions with staff are carefully planned and resourced to allow children the opportunities to: 


  • Develop their communication and language skills 

  • Expand their confidence, independence and resilience 

  • Learn through active play and exploration 

  • Extend their skills/ abilities by testing them out in a range of situations 

  • Enjoy learning and have fun 

  • Build positive relationships with adults and peers 

  • Seek challenge and learn from mistakes 

  • Develop their gross and fine motor skills 

  • Gain the basic skills, knowledge and understanding required to become confident school-ready learners 


We believe that all children are capable of achieving amazing things and we develop this through having high expectations of all the children in our setting. We also believe in working closely with parents to ensure that we can enable the best outcomes for our children. 


Parental engagement is very important to us at Our Lady’s and communication with parents and carers is facilitated through; home visits, parent open-sessions, online interactive Learning Journeys and daily conversations with staff. We run practical sessions throughout the year to help parents and carers in supporting children at home. This includes an introduction to our RWI Phonics programme.  


We recognise the unique practice of nurturing the learning of young children with specific needs and we are aware of the importance of early intervention for children facing specific developmental/learning challenges.  


Our experienced SEND Coordinator works closely with staff as well as parents and carers to ensure tailored support is available for children and families if necessary. 

Staff in the EYFS work to create an environment that fosters personal, social and emotional development whilst also promoting a love of learning through our engaging topic-based curriculum. Our strong focus on communication and language development allows children to access the EYFS curriculum and in turn make excellent progress towards reaching the good level of development at the end of Year R. 

Children leaving Year R have a secure understanding of basic mathematical and scientific concepts. They will have encountered a wealth of well-chosen texts and had opportunities to write in different contexts. Early reading skills are well established through discreet phonics and Guided Reading sessions, designed to develop a love of reading, in preparation for KS1. Children will also have developed the self-esteem and resilience required to be successful learners in Year 1 and beyond! 



Important Information:

Book Change: Reception pupils will bring home two books and these will be changed on a weekly basis. One book will be a Reading Scheme text which matches the phonemes (sounds) that the children have been taught in Phonics so that they have an opportunity to apply their new knowledge. The other book will be chosen by the child, from the School Library. Reading books will be changed every Friday. 


PE: Your child will have PE Friday afternoon. They should come into school wearing their PE kit and they will wear their kit all day. 


Forest School: Your child will have a Forest School session every Friday afternoon with Mrs Andrews. They will wear their wellies, which will be kept in school throughout the academic year, along with waterproof overalls. There are overalls available in school, or, your child can bring their own waterproof coat and trousers to wear each week, if you wish. During the colder months, please make sure your child has a hat, scarf and gloves (that you don't mind getting muddy) to wear in Forest School. 


COOL Time (Carrying On Our Learning): Reception’s COOL Time activities will be sent home every Friday and need to be completed and returned to school by the following Friday. More information and guidance about these activities will be available on our online learning platform. You will receive information and guidance regarding our online learning platform in the coming weeks. A parent information evening will be held in due course.  


Reading: We encourage 5-10 minutes of reading, in a short burst, each day.


Phonics/Tricky words Flash Cards: We encourage the use of the flashcards, in a short burst, each day. 


Information to support your child at home.