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Our Lady Immaculate Catholic Primary School


In Reception children are encouraged to become confident, independent, creative thinkers following the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. This covers the seven areas of learning as designated by the DfE: the three prime areas – Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication and Language and Physical Development and the four specific areas – Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. Learning is child-centred with a focus on developing the three characteristics of effective learning: playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically. We believe that young children learn best when they are confident, happy and actively engaged in their learning.

Our curriculum is delivered through half-termly topics. There is a balance of teacher and child-initiated activities. Children are taught through active and practical approaches which are directly linked to their interests. Play is essential for children’s learning and development. It builds their confidence as they learn to explore, enables them to think about problems and develops their ability to relate to others.

The Early Years curriculum takes place both in the classroom and the outside area, which can be accessed directly from the classrooms. We plan many enrichment activities throughout the year and the children particularly like going on school outings, including visits to the local area e.g. the park, the library and Gatton Park