Welcome to the Foundation Stage, the first steps of your child's learning journey at the Abbey Catholic Primary School.

Every child deserves the best possible start in their education and through parental and teacher support they can fulfill their potential. The Reception year will lay the foundations to enable your child to become an independent and self-motivated learner throughout their whole school career.

The Reception team is led by Mrs Small, Mrs Howard, Mrs Jinks and Miss Williams. The phase leader is Mr McTernan.


We continue to use the IPC (International Primary Curriculum) program. For details of what your children will be researching, please click on the topic titles below:

In the Foundation Stage there are seven areas of learning:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

These areas of learning are taught through different topics during the school year.

Reception Gallery

Painting a picture of one of my new friends using different colours.
Being creative with the playdough.

Adding music to our nursery rhyme.

Drawing flowers outside.
We have superheroes in the forest area.

Working together on the light table.
Using the computer to create a picture.

Practising our scissor skills.

Reception Media


Articulation of Phonemes.
This video has been produced to aid Reception parents with the phonic system in school.