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St Laurence Church of England Primary School

Learning with love and laughter

A member of the Derby Diocesan Academy Trust

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Reception Class loved dressing up as the Edwardian era as we learned about Vote 100 week as 2018 marks 100 years since Parliament passed a law which allowed women to vote for the first time. The Early Years Foundation Stage


At St Laurence, planning for each week is carried out using a topic-based and story approach, following the children’s interests and responding to specific events.


There are seven areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which activities are planned around:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Physical Development

  • Communication and Language

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the World

  • Expressive Arts and Design


Throughout the EYFS, children will be working towards the Early Learning Goals. These describe the level of attainment expected at the end of your child’s Reception year in school.





Phonics is taught every day in reception. Phonics is the link between letters and the sounds they make. Using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ Scheme we plan and teach Phase 1, 2 and 3.


Once the children have begun to learn the sounds, they can use this knowledge to read, blend and spell words. Within phonics there are ‘tricky words’ that children will need to remember by sight as they cannot be sounded out using phonics. We will send home relevant word bookmarks that children can use to practise their phase two and three tricky words over the year.


We will share with parents which sounds (phonemes) and tricky words we are learning throughout the term on a weekly basis.


Phonics resources online:

Jolly Phonics Music:

Letter and Sounds:

Phonics play:


Throughout the year we organise parent workshops on phonics to help parents/carers support their child’s reading and writing at home.




All children in Reception attending St Laurence Primary School will have a personal on-line Learning Journey which records photos, observations and comments, in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage, to build up a record of your child’s experiences during their time with us.


We use Tapestry, which is hosted in the U.K. on secure servers. Parents will have secure access (via an email address and password) to your child’s Learning Journey and, in addition to viewing our contributions, we encourage parents to add to it by uploading photos and comments, or commenting on observations made by us.


Inside and outside classroom


At St Laurence all children have free flow between the inside and outside classrooms where a variety of child and adult – initiated play is planned. Please have a look at our current reception (17/18) learning so far this year.