Please find a wealth of information below, including key documents and useful resources for you and your child.

If you ever have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

The Early Years Team

Our Nursery and Reception classes offer a carefully integrated program, where we follow the Early Years Foundation Principles, which guide the work of our staff. These are grouped into four themes and are at the core of our commitment to providing quality care and education at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School - A Unique Child, Positive Relationships, Enabling Environments and Learning & Development.

The learning and development of each individual child, throughout the Nursery and Reception years, nurtures the development of knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes that children will need if they are to achieve the Early Learning Goals. Our aim is to tailor the education of each child, by looking at their next steps of development, through both the prime and specific areas of learning. 

The three prime areas are:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The four specific areas are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive arts and design

During these formative years, the progress of each child is closely monitored and through careful planning, observation and assessment, the next steps for their learning and development are continually identified and encouraged to enable each child to fulfil their potential.

The Nursery is situated within its own playground and outdoor areas, separate from the main school and yet is still very much part of the whole school family. Children develop quickly in the Early Years, and we aim to do all we can to help children have the best possible start in life. Children are born ready, able and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with other people, and in the world around them. However, development is not an automatic process. It depends on each unique child having the correct opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments. 

In Nursery you have the flexibility to choose between a morning and afternoon sessions. This allows you to tailor this key stage of learning to the needs of your child. There is also the facility for an extended school day, with before school care at our breakfast club.

Our Reception class is inside the main school building and is light and colourful, providing a welcoming and nurturing environment. We offer continuous provision in all the areas of learning to enable our children to thrive, explore and develop with a good balance of child and adult initiated learning opportunities.  The teaching and learning is carefully planned to stimulate children’s development. Children follow a programme designed to help them achieve the Early Years Foundation Principles. We believe that children learn best from practical experience, both inside and outside the classroom, and we make use of our outdoor provision areas.

Key Early Years Documentation


Early Years Vision Statement

Outdoor Provision

Nursery Information for Parents 

Reception Class Information for Parents

Useful Early Years Games and Resources


Phonics Phase 2 Sound Mat.pdf

Phonics Phase 3 Sound Mat.pdf

Phonics Phase 5 Sound Mat.pdf

www.free-phonics-worksheets.com: Worksheets for a variety of sounding and blending

www.firstschoolyears.com: A good selection of resources including worksheets and some interactive games.

www.primaryresources.co.uk:  Under word level section of literacy, a good selection of worksheets and PowerPoint files.  Covers phonics and alphabet work.

www.zidzone.ws/phonics: (American site) Simple worksheets mostly CVC and initial sounds.

www.bbc.co.u/schools/wordsandpictures/phonics: A mix of good interactive games and worksheets covering most phonic phases.

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks1bitesize/literacy: A very good selection of interactive games focusing on phonics and sentence construction. 

www.northwood.org.uk/phonics: Each is split into medium / hard / very hard and are short and fun.

www.ictgames.com/literacy.htmlA great selection of games that link well with games in Letters and Sounds.

www.phonicsplay.co.uk: A selection of interactive games for all phonic phases.

www.northwood.org.uk/phonics: Interactive games for a range of sounds.