Welcome to Reception Class. This is the beginning of your child's learning journey at St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School.

Throughout this important year, we will work closely with you to ensure that your child settles into formal education quickly and easily. We offer new opportunities to your child to help draw out their ability and potential, helping each individual to grow and develop in preparation for the future.

Our Reception classroom is a large self-contained area with its own toilet facilities. It has recently been renovated and provides a safe, happy and stimulating learning environment for your child.

As with everything at St. Joseph's, our Catholic Faith is at the centre of everything we do in Reception Class. Your child will learn that Jesus loves us all and that we are special. We all try hard to treat everyone that we meet with love and respect, just as Jesus did, and we start and end each day with prayers. In the morning we share assemblies and collective worship or Mass with other classes.

Your child will be learning skills, gaining new knowledge and demonstrating understanding through seven areas of learning and development.

The three prime areas are:

  • Communication and Language;
  • Physical Development;
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

Your child will also develop skills in four specific areas. These are:

  • English;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understanding the World;
  • Expressive Arts and Design.

Children learn through a combination of adult-directed tasks and self-chosen activities. We encourage your child to be independent, whilst learning and enjoying their time in our role play area and outside classroom.

Our Learning

Find out more about our learning:

Our Curriculum Maps (the latest at the top):

Curriculum Overviews:


We use the BeeBots in computing.
Our outside classroom is so much fun!

Learning about Science.
Enjoying a dance in our PE lesson.