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You should have received your welcome letter and 'starting school at Our Lady & St Philomena’s' information pack. Can you please return your admissions form to school as soon as possible and we will also need to see a copy of your child’s birth certificate or passport.


We hope to be able to give you a provisional start date for your child soon pending Local Authority advice and Government guidance. 


Our induction arrangements have obviously changed this year and we hope to be able to offer you a chance to come into school in September, prior to your child starting school.  You will be able to meet your child's teachers and have a look around our classrooms.  Appointments for this will be sent in a separate letter once we know more.

Starting Reception Induction Dates

Preparing your child for school - Games / Stories

CBeebies | Topsy and Tim | First Day at School

Harry and the Dinosaurs go to School - Story Time

Starting School By Janet Ahlberg and Allan Ahlberg
Read along or mute the video to read it yourself to your child...

Woolly and Tig - Going to School


Starting School Poster

Getting ready for school checklist

Welcome to our Reception class page!

On this web page we will be putting lots of information about all the exciting things we will be doing this year. Remember to keep in touch with us through Class dojo were regular updates of what is going on in class will be shared. 

 Mrs Southern - Class Teacher

Mrs Fairclough - Nursery Nurse


The early years curriculum is based on learning through exploration and play.

There are a number of ways you can help your child to learn and make progress:

  • Always be on time.
  • Good attendance
  • Home reading
  • Point out numbers and letters in the environment. 
  • count at every opportunity
  • Talk to your child about the world around them.
  • Ask your child what he / she has been doing in school.


Parental Involvement

We believe that parents and / or carers play a vital role in their child’s education. We will support your efforts at home and provide opportunities for you to engage in your child’s education in school.


Reading at home 

Reading can be a special time for you and your child. Research has shown that reading for as little as 5 or 10 minutes each day can help support your child’s educational development. 

Please continue all of the hard work you have been doing at home ensuring that your child is reading their school reading book every night. Please remember to use the Phase 2 phonics actions and robot arms to help your child blend and segment the words they are reading and encourage them to memorise the high frequency words that they encounter in most books (the, no, he, she, go, etc.)

Fundamental British Values


The fundamental British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs are already implicitly embedded in the 2014 Early Years Foundation Stage. 

In the Nursery we strive to set the foundations of fundamental British values in a way that is relevant to their age and stage of development.


  • We teach children to be kind and respectful of others;
  • We teach children about the world around them and use the seasons, weather, British special days, etc. to plan meaningful learning experiences;
  • We teach children to be part of their local community;
  • We plan to celebrate festivals and mark special days from the world around us;
  • We teach the children about compromise – that some of us believe one thing and some of us believe something different, but we can all play together in the same  classroom and respect each other;
  • We teach children to work together.  We provide them with projects that involve everyone in the class.  We plan group activities where children learn to listen, take turns and value contributions from each other.
  • We teach children about the world in which they live – the world on their doorstep and the wider world;
  • We teach children to listen to and respect each other.