St Patrick's Catholic Primary School

Early Years

 “The Early Years of a child’s life are crucial. At St. Patrick's, we work hard to make every day special.”


The Early Years Foundation Stages or EYFS refers to our Nursery and Reception programmes. All our children will follow our Early Years program in order to develop their learning and improve their reading, writing and maths skills. Children in our Early Years unit have carefully planned lessons that are based around the seven areas of learning. These are divided into the prime areas of learning (personal, social, emotional development, physical development and communication and language) and the areas (Literacy, Maths, understanding the World and expressive arts and design).

Meet the Early Years Team

Miss N Blanchfield

EYFS Leader

Mrs R Cheetham

Early Years Teacher

Mrs L Hallahan

Nursery Nurse

Mrs T Marsden

Educational Teaching Assistant

Mrs J Dunne

Educational Teaching Assistant

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Welcome to our final half term, where has the year gone! 

Our topic in the final half term is ‘It’s a Bug's Life’. This topic will provide us with lots of opportunities to further explore the curriculum area ‘Understanding of the World’, as well as continued opportunities for writing and number work.

The children will explore the life cycle of a butterfly, making observations and writing about the changes. Our focus author this half term is Eric Carle who wrote various books, including ‘The Hungry Caterpillar.’ It would be fantastic if you could share any books by this author at home. 


Religious Education 

In this half term the theme is ‘Our Church Family’. By now the children will have a real sense of ‘belonging’ to their class and school community.  The children will begin to learn that they belong to the Church family. 

You can help your child by:

  • Helping your child to learn the simple familiar prayers e.g. the Sign of the Cross, the Our Father, the Hail Mary, morning prayer, night prayer, etc.  This can be done easily by simply saying the prayers regularly with them.
  • Taking part in the Church’s celebration each week at Mass – which is currently live streamed on the Parish website
  • Giving your child a simple children’s Mass book with pictures and pointing out to them what is happening.
  • Spending some quiet time before or after Mass (or other suitable time) to point out the tabernacle where Jesus is present in a special way.  By using these long words (with a simple explanation) the child will become familiar with them.
  • Teaching your child to genuflect or bow their head towards as a sign of reverence.
  • Helping them to appreciate the different people involved in keeping the church beautiful because it is God’s House and a place of prayer.

We have some more fun filled Summer Term home learning activity suggestions for you to try. These suggestions will be updated weekly. As always we would encourage you to share your learning experiences with us on Tapestry.

Summer Term, Week 10 (Week Beginning 06/07/2020) EYFS Home Learning Activity Suggestions



Numbers - Adding and subtracting


Counting Songs  

  • Counting Songs Nursery rhymes and songs for learning the numbers 1 to 10.




Numbers - Depth of numbers with 20

Counting Songs  





  • Activity 7: Number Patterns - To recognise and extend a pattern.




Phase 2: In Phase 2, letters and their sounds are introduced one at a time. 


Letter i

Letter n



    Phase 3 

    • Practise previously learned Phase 3 sounds.                                                                                               
    • Practise blending for reading, including high-frequency words. 
    • Practise letter names.                                                                                                                           
    • Practise segmenting for spelling, including high-frequency words.
    • Learn to read the tricky word here. 
    • Practise reading two-syllable words.                                                                                                     
    • Practise writing captions and sentences.

    Phase 3 Recap Lesson 1 - The Dark

    Phase 3 Recap Lesson 2 - At the River 

    Phase 3 Recap Lesson 3 - Big Shop 

    Phase 3 Recap Lesson 4 - At the Pool 

    Phase 3 Recap Lesson 5 - The lightning 


    • Click  the image to watch and listen to Eric Carle, the author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, reading this classic picture book out loud.


    • Read the story and try to retell it to a friend. Can you remember all of the food that was eaten, in the correct order?


    • Retell the story from the point of view of the caterpillar. Why was it so hungry? How did it feel after eating so much?



    • Can you use alliteration to describe some of the food that are eaten? (e.g. lovely lollipops, scrumptious strawberries).


    • Why not also try one of these craft activities... 

    Nursery and Reception Religious Education 


    Know that we belong to our Church family Be aware that our Church family prays together.


    Talking and listening to Jesus is called praying. Sometimes we pray on our own and sometimes we pray with each other to show we are part of God’s big family.


    You don’t need to say any words when you talk to Jesus. All you have to do is sit quietly. Think of something you are happy about and thank Jesus for it. Perhaps there is something you are unhappy about and you’d like to ask Jesus for help with it. You don’t have to say anything, Just sit quietly and close your eyes. Try to make a picture in your head of what you want to talk to Jesus about.


    • Pray together:

    Our Father, who art in heaven,

    hallowed be thy name;

    thy kingdom come,

    thy will be done,

    on earth as it is in heaven.

    Give us this day our daily bread

    and forgive us our trespasses,

    as we forgive those who trespass against us;

    and lead us not into temptation,

    but deliver us from evil. Amen.

    • Can you remember our afternoon prayer? Why not say this everyday before you go to bed? See if you can remember some of the actions we do at school.



    Families play a hugely important part in supporting each other at times of uncertainty or concern especially as you will probably be spending more time together because of home working, school closures, and other public health measures.  

    This guide provides some simple advice and guidance to parents and carers to help families work together and support one another during the coronavirus outbreak.

    During our time of Home Learning, you have been really busy.  Please see some images below of what your friends have been getting up to:


    Curriculum Map


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