St Mary's Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Infant School

St Mary's C of E Infant School




Welcome to our Reception Class page

The teachers in Reception are Mrs Bonaparte (Monday to Thursday) and and Mrs Parker (Fridays). Our teaching assistant is Mrs Le Mesurier (Monday to Fridays).

At St Mary's we pride ourselves on creating a warm, safe and caring environment where children love to be. Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active and through creative and critical thinking. We believe that every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships. Children learn and develop well in enabling environments with teaching and support from adults, who respond to their individual interests and needs and help them to build their learning over time. 

In Reception we follow the EYFS Foundation  Curriculum Early years foundation stage framework

Early Learning Goals

The curriculum is split into 7 areas but all learning is inter-connected. 

 The Prime areas are;

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
  • Communication and Language ( CL) 
  • Physical Development (PD)

The specific areas of learning

  • Literacy (L)
  • Mathematics (M)
  • Understanding of the World (UW)
  • Expressive Arts and Design (EAD)

At St. Mary's we use Curriculum Maestro to deliver our curriculums.  Running through this curriculum are 10 ‘Big Ideas’. These ‘Big Ideas’ are found in every area of the curriculum and serve to ‘thread’ the areas together.

In Reception we have new topics each half term. The main topic is known as a ‘Driver Topic’ and forms the foundations for the learning over the term.

Autumn Term Driver Topics

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Me and My Community

This project supports children with settling into the new rules and routines of school and encourages them to make new friends and feel confident in their class. It teaches children about being helpful, kind and thoughtful at home and at school. This project also teaches children how they are unique and special, the importance of friendship and how people in their family, school and local community are important and can help them.

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Sparkle and Shine

This project teaches children about the celebrations that take place during the autumn and winter seasons, and focus on the significance and symbolism of light at this time of year.

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Once Upon a Time

This project supports children to develop a love of stories and reading. It encourages children to learn, re-tell and act out familiar and traditional tales including Cinderella, Goldilocks, Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs and The Three Billy Goats Gruff.


The children in Reception benefit, along with the rest of the school, from exciting school trips, visitors to the school who share their expertise and outdoor learning. Another highlight are our ‘Spectacular Days’ which celebrate the breadth and creativity in the curriculum. Our Spectacular Days will focus on these Big Ideas. The children will be mixed with other year group within the school and will have a chance to work with other teachers doing a range of activities both inside and outside the classroom.