Welcome to Reception


Mrs Steele is our class teacher with Mrs Dyas as our teaching assistant!

I hope you are all well and keeping yourself busy and active.

Here is a link for you to keep on learning

Please log into tapestry: https://tapestryjournal.com/

There are lots of activities for each class and new challenges will be posted each day.

Any problems with logging in please contact Mrs Morrison, email below or your child's class teacher.

Thank you

Mrs Morrison - l.morrison@holy-family.lancs.sch.uk
Mrs Steele - c.steele@holy-family.lancs.sch.uk
Mr Heron - d.heron@holy-family.lancs.sch.uk
Miss Davies - s.davies@holy-family.lancs.sch.uk


Throughout the year, we will learn through topics such as superheroes, dinosaurs, festivals, traditional tales and the seaside. We will teach the children the skills they need and then the children will transfer these skills to their chosen activity during their child-initiated play. The children will take their learning both indoors and outdoors, whatever the weather! Through observations of the children, we can extend the activities to suit your child's ability and teach them their next steps. At Holy Family, we have our own secure outdoor area where we have access to sand, water, large physical equipment, natural materials and much more!


Religious Education Overview


Snack Time and Water

Throughout the day we have a rolling snack time and a piece of fruit will be provided for your child. If you wish to send your child with a healthy snack, please ensure it is labelled or in a tub. As we are a healthy school, we encourage the children to drink water and milk. If you would like your child to have their own bottle, please provide water and not juice.


Early Learning Goals 

In Reception we will help your child work towards and achieve their Early Learning Goals. These include: Three prime areas;  

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

and the four specific areas; 

Literacy (Lit), Maths (M), Understanding the World (UW) and Expressive Arts and Design (EAD). 



We ask you to read with your child as much as possible. Once you have read with your child, please fill in their reading record to let us know. We will change reading books every Thursday so please ensure your child’s reading record and books are in their school bag. We will send home two reading books per week; We ask you to please read these books more than once, the first time focusing on tricky words, blending and segmenting, and the second time, questioning your child’s understanding of the story.  

Click on the link below for some ideas to help you, help your child, to achieve their Early Learning Goal in Reading. 



In Reception, your child will be given around 45 high frequency words to learn over the year – the aim is for them to be able to recognise these words and to be able to read them. Children learn these words as part of their phonics lessons and will also have these words on the first page of their reading records. Click on the link below for printable flashcards to help your child. 







We use a secure online learning journey called Tapestry to record every child’s experiences and achievements which we actively encourage parents as children’s primary educator to contribute to. You can find out more about Tapestry here.

The EYFS at Holy Family includes both the nursery and reception class. The statutory document we follow is the EYFS Framework which was introduced in 2012 and then updated in March 2017.

The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

  • Communication and language;
  • Physical development; and
  • Personal, social and emotional development.

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas.

These are:

  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understanding the world; and
  • Expressive arts and design.

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. When teaching and supporting your child we will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it's suitable for very young children, and it's designed to be really flexible so that we can follow your child's unique needs and interests. 

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

You can find more information about the EYFS Framework here

You can find out more about what we are learning here

You can read our Autumn newsletter here 

Nursery and Reception— New Life

“Jesus’ life, death and resurrection are the central event of all human history and at the heart of faith”

Religious Education Curriculum Directory

This half term, the children in the Nursery and the Reception classes will be learning about new life. They will learn about the story of the empty tomb, and learn that Jesus appeared to his disciples. The children will begin to understand the special gift of joy and peace that Jesus gave to his friends (John 20: 19-21) and can give to us as well. They will hear the story of Jesus going back to his Father and learn that   one day we shall hopefully go there too.


• planting an Easter garden At home you could help your children by:                                           

• looking for signs of new life

• practise the Sign of the Cross, ‘Our Father’ & ‘Hail Mary’

• encouraging them to write their own prayers