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St John XXIII Catholic Primary School Inspiring Faith in our Future

Year 1

Have a look through our learning journey gallery to find out what our inquisitive reception children have been doing throughout the year.


You can see what developmental milestones we assess our reception children against as they progress throughout the year.


Here are some ideas that you can be doing with your child at home to help your child progress on their learning journey.


We believe the root of all learning is found in our children's curiosity. We have worked hard to provide our children with a calm and thought-provoking learning environment which promotes questioning, conversation and a thirst to know more. As our children's interests change and develop so does our environment. We get to know our children by playing alongside them and developing their interests through a mixture of loose parts and authentic resources. We believe that all children join our family full of their own thoughts, likes and interests and it is our duty to nurture and develop these interests and to ensure they take pride in what makes them unique. 


We encourage our children to take charge of their own learning and develop their independence and perseverance. We do this by ensuring there is a wide range of resources constantly available to them and thoughtfully stored at their level. Our children are encouraged to explore and experiment with a range of textures, materials and tools to bring their imagination to life. 


We strive to provide our children with experiences that will stay with them and spark their imaginations. Our children are free to explore both our indoor and outdoor learning environments throughout the day. Our provision, found both outdoors and indoors, aims to develop the whole child through harnessing a wide range of skills. As a whole team, both staff and parents, we have donated a wide range of authentic and natural resources to be used alongside the children's play. We believe this has enabled us to open our children's eyes to new and exciting sensory experiences and helped our children learn how to respect their environment. 


Our children's learning is supported through a mixture of teacher guidance, direct teaching and child initiated play. As part of this our children receive weekly sports sessions led by our QPR coach, weekly music sessions led by our school's music teacher, weekly communication and language sessions led by West London Zone as well as daily phonics, maths, literacy and RE sessions. 


At the heart of everything we believe in the power of play. We are proud to provide our children with a space where they can feel safe to play and make strong bonds with both peers and teachers. A space where their accomplishments, creations and talents are praised and showcased. Children can learn from each other and begin to become aware of the range of cultures that make up our little family. 


From the Reception team











Come and Meet our Team




Dear Parents,


Starting school is an exciting time for us all and the beginning of a wonderful journey.  Guiding the children through their Nursery journey is Mrs Nolan (class teacher) Mrs Lucas (Early Years Educator) and Mrs Rix (Teaching Assistant.).


In the Nursery we are committed to providing the children with a safe a secure environment in which they are able to develop as confident individuals with a passion to learn. We aim to provide a wide range of experiences and activities to spark their enthusiasm and provide them with opportunities to develop a range of skills that will form the foundations of all future learning. In following the Early Years Foundation Stage we primarily focus on developing the children’s speaking, listening and attention skills, their personal, social emotional development as well as their physical development.


As experienced practitioners we understand that every child is individual in their interests and abilities and are at different stages in their development. We develop strong relationships with the children and support them throughout their journey with us, from settling in, to meeting individual targets, setting personal challenges and being able to celebrate their achievements.

In Nursery we believe that children learn best through play and exploration. We support the children’s learning by developing our topics and activities around their interests. Throughout the day the children are given many exciting opportunities to explore a wide range of activities both independently and with adult support.  The children have independent access to a range of resources both inside and outside throughout the day in order to support all areas of their development. We have our own outdoor space with access to climbing equipment which the children love to explore.


We are highly committed to providing the children with the best possible care and education and value the importance of parental support. Our doors are always open and we appreciate all information that will help us to support your child. We are so proud of what the children achieve at school and the new things they are learning each week, we send home activities weekly based on what we have been doing in class so that parents are able to share these proud moments too.


We love to highlight exceptional achievements and do this through our weekly Star of the Week presentations.


We are looking forward to the exciting months ahead of us.


The Nursery Team

To keep our environment full of curiosity and wonder, we rely on the use of loose parts and open ended resources. We love being able to introduce our children to new and wonderful treasures and so we kindly ask that if you have any spare items at home, to please donate them to our Nursery class. Here is a link to a few examples of things we would be looking for.