Religious Education Overview

Hello and a very big welcome to our Reception Class page! 

The Holy Family Reception team are Mrs Court and Mrs Dyas who work in reception full time.

In reception we enjoy lots of opportunities to learn through play alongside adult led group activities and independent challenges.  We have the option of both indoor and outdoor play.  Most activities are child led, so are planned around your children’s interests and tailored to individual needs.

We follow a structured but flexible routine. Each day the children will take part in adult led activities including communication and language activities, maths, games - to encourage sharing and phonics where we follow Read Write Inc. which is a systematic phonics programme.

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 Summer 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