Safeguarding Notice

St Gabriel’s RC Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All staff, governors and volunteers are expected to share this commitment. For more information please see our safeguarding policy which can be found under Key Information > Policies > Safeguarding Policy.

Please read our latest Ofsted report from February 2024
St Gabriel’s Roman Catholic Primary School


My name is Miss Whitehead and I am really excited to be teaching Reception this year. Please find information below for this acedemic year.

Key Information

All children need a pair of wellies that stay in school, these are essential for the children to be able to access provision on the grass.



  • Your child will need to work on their reading book and share their library book with someone who can help them read it.
  • Use the Read, Write Inc flash cards daily if possible to flash sounds and improve recognition. You can also use them to play games or make words with to read.Use the sound, number and name mats to help your child.

All children have been given a set of Ruth Miskin sound cards - these are the same as what we use in school during our phonics lessons with the children.  These are your cards to keep and use as flash cards, make words and play games with at home.  Your child's reading book day will change along with the phonics timetable and their reading for pleasure book (Story book to be shared with an adult) will be changed on fridays.

EYFS Curriculum and Assessment

We use Development Matters to assess and track children against the seven areas set out in the EYFS curriculum.


Prime Areas

Personal, social and emotional development

Physical development

Communication and Language

Specific Areas



Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and design


Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active and through creative and critical thinking, these are known as the characteristics of effective learning:

● Creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.

● Active learning – children keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy their achievements.

● Playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’.

Reception Year Group Booklet