St Ambrose Barlow Catholic Primary School
St Ambrose Barlow Catholic Primary School


Welcome to the Foundation Stage, the beginning of your child’s learning journey at St. Ambrose Barlow Catholic Primary School.

Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential, therefore, we will work in partnership with parents to enable every child to be the best they can be.

We aim to provide children with a creative curriculum which encourages new learning opportunities, developing self-confidence and independence and laying the foundations for their future.

The Reception classroom is a welcoming and stimulating learning environment. We aim to provide children with a safe and secure setting which allows them to enjoy learning and grow in confidence.

In Reception, we cover all seven areas of learning and development.

The Prime areas are:

  • Communication and Language
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development

The Specific areas are:

  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

The children will explore the Early Years curriculum through a play-based approach including both adult-led and child-initiated learning.

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 endeavour to treat everyone with love and respect, just as Jesus did.

Our Learning

Find out what we learn in Reception during the year: