Early Years Adventure

Welcome to Early Years, where adventure awaits! 


Early Years’ Teaching and Learning Team: 

Mrs H Owens (Class Teacher)

Mrs J Deebank (Higher Level Teaching Assistant)


Watch our video for a taster of life in Early Years at St. Peter’s. 

In Early Years we learn through play, making the most of both planned experiences and spontaneous opportunities for learning and development. The curriculum is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, and each child is supported to achieve the Early Learning Goals at the end of the Reception year. 

There are seven areas of learning within the Early Years framework and each of them form an important part of a child’s early educational development. There are three prime areas of learning which are crucial for igniting learners’ curiosity, building their capacity for learning and forming positive relationships which enable all to flourish in learning and in life. The three prime areas are:

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


These are intertwined with four further specific areas of learning, through which learners apply and practice their skills from the prime areas. The specific areas of learning are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design.


A great deal of time is spent in the Reception year teaching learners to read through a structured approach to synthetic phonics. Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write. It helps children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language.

At St. Peter’s we use the Letters and Sounds approach to teach early reading skills and this is supplemented with resources from Jolly Phonics. Parents are expected to read with their child at home every night as regular practice and application of phonic skills and knowledge means that our learners make exceptional progress in reading and parents are often wowed by how quickly this essential skill develops.

 Our approach to teaching phonics is highly-effective and this is evident in the exceptional outcomes our learners achieve in the national phonics screening test at the end of Year 1. For more information, please see the pupil outcomes page of our school website.

Through all our learning adventures, learners are working towards the Early Learning Goals, which can be downloaded here for your information.

Parent Information – Early Learning Goals