St Ambrose Barlow Catholic Primary School


Welcome to Reception Class. This is the beginning of your child's learning journey at St. Ambrose Barlow Catholic Primary School.

During this very important year your child’s teacher will be Mrs Healy and their teaching assistant will be Mrs Fayaz. We will work in partnership with you to care for and educate your child. We aim to offer new opportunities to your child to help draw out their ability and potential, helping each individual to grow and develop in preparation for the future.

The Reception classroom is a large area with its own toilets and cloakroom. It is a happy, stimulating learning environment with many colourful, interactive displays that celebrate your child’s talents and achievements.

Our Catholic Faith is at the heart of everything we do in Reception Class. Your child will learn about many different faiths; that Jesus loves us all; and that we are special. We all endeavor to treat everyone with love and respect, just as Jesus did.

Your child will be learning skills, gaining new knowledge and demonstrating understanding through seven areas of learning and development.

The three prime areas are:

  • Communication and language;
  • Physical development;
  • Personal, social and emotional development.

Your child will develop skills in four specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understanding the world;
  • Expressive arts and design.

These seven areas are used to plan your child's individual learning. We encourage your child to work through adult-directed tasks and self-chosen activities. The role play area, outside classroom, and a wide range of exciting, purposeful activities linked to the half termly topic, are used to encourage independence, enjoyment and learning through play.

Throughout the year the children will have the opportunity to go on school trips. These include a visit to the Lickey Hills Country Park, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Ash End Farm.

Our Learning

Find out what we are learning this year:


Playing with all our new puzzles.
Colouring and making pictures to bring home with us.

We are doing the washing up! We like playing together in our Home Corner.
I am making tea for Mrs Healy!

We have enjoyed making lots of new friends and playing new games together.
Dancing to new dances in class. We have followed each new move to the music.