Teaching Staff

Teaching Staff: Mrs Pearman (Maternity Leave), Mrs Gaffney, Mrs Cruse

Support Staff: Mrs Seal, Mrs Annals, Mrs Skura, Miss Edwards

‎‎Reception Team Welcome


At Sacred Heart we work hard to ensure the children make excellent progress through fun and engaging play-based learning. We want the children to have excellent experiences, in which they learn lifelong skills and gain an amazing, positive start to their education.  

We use the ‘Development Matters‘ document to support our planning and we work towards achieving the EYFS Framework end of Reception goals.  

The children are encouraged to use both the inside and outside learning environments, which are set up with continuous and enhanced provision. Continuous provision are the resources which are set up all the time in the environment and our enhanced provision are weekly resources or activities which are set up and link to our topics or termly curriculum overview (see below). All provision is carefully planned to ensure children’s skills are individually developed and learning opportunities are personalised to ensure every child makes excellent progress in their learning journey. Our environments are both supportive and challenging for our children.  

Alongside this the children are taught through adult-directed lessons or group activities. These include lessons such as RE, phonics, literacy, maths, PSHE, PE and more. Through these inputs we teach the children new skills which they can then apply independently through their play.

Reception Transition

A child starting school can be a daunting experience for parents and children so our school ensure that the transition process is a positive and happy one. This is the first stage of your child’s learning journey so we help this process by:

  • a full induction programme for children, parents and carers, which includes an induction evening meeting at the school and a stay and play session for children to attend with their parents/carers prior to a September start.
  • providing a wealth of information about getting ready for school and life at Sacred Heart is in our Reception welcome pack.
  • Staff communicating with and where possible visiting the pre-school setting your child is already attending.
  • a home visit before the Summer holiday, before your child has their first day in school
  • a staggered entry in September.

Phonics – Read Write Inc.

We follow the Read Write Inc phonics scheme of learning. Children have daily phonics lessons where they learn the letter names and the sounds they make. Children learn how to read using the sounds they know to blend words together. Phonics is taught in smaller groups in order to meet the needs of all children. We assess the children every half term and then place them into the appropriate group for their level and provide additional intervention based on this.


At our school we use Tapestry which is an online learning journal for each child. You will have your own individual log in, in which you can view weekly pictures or videos of your child’s learning. You can comment on these observations and you can add your child’s home achievements, which we can celebrate at school!

Worker of the Week

Each week in Reception we choose two superstars for worker of the week. Parents are invited into school to see their child receive worker of the week award in assembly.

Reception prayers (Please ensure you practice each prayer together)

  • Morning Prayer
  • Prayer before meals
  • Prayer after meals
  • Evening Prayer
  • Hail Mary Prayer
  • Our Father Prayer

Reception Reading Plan

PE (Physical Education)

Please follow the link to our PE curriculum page

Reception Calendar

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