Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School,

Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Highfield Road, Hemsworth, WF9 4LJ

01977 625354

Early Years at Sacred Heart

Please find a wealth of information below, including key documents and useful resources for you and your child. 

If you ever have any questions, please feel free to contact us. 

The Early Years Team 

The class teacher is currently Miss Bartle as Mrs Welsh is on maternity leave. EYFS is supported by Mrs Knowles and Mrs Birkinshaw.

Our Reception class offers a carefully integrated program, where we follow the Early Years Foundation Principles, which guide the work of our staff. These are grouped into four themes and are at the core of our commitment to providing quality care and education at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School - A Unique Child, Positive Relationships, Enabling Environments and Learning & Development. 

The learning and development of each individual child, throughout the Nursery and Reception years, nurtures the development of knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes that children will need if they are to achieve the Early Learning Goals. Our aim is to tailor the education of each child, by looking at their next steps of development, through both the prime and specific areas of learning.   

The three prime areas are: 

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

The four specific areas are: 

  • Literacy 
  • Mathematics 
  • Understanding the World 
  • Expressive arts and design 

During these formative years, the progress of each child is closely monitored and through careful planning, observation and assessment, the next steps for their learning and development are continually identified and encouraged to enable each child to fulfil their potential. 

Our Reception class is modern, light and colourful, providing a welcoming and nurturing environment. We offer continuous provision in all the areas of learning to enable our children to thrive, explore and develop with a good balance of child and adult initiated learning opportunities.  The teaching and learning is carefully planned to stimulate children’s development. Children follow a programme designed to help them achieve the Early Years Foundation Principles. We believe that children learn best from practical experience, both inside and outside the classroom, and we make use of our outdoor provision areas. 


What makes outdoors a good place to learn?  

  • Freedom and space!  
  • Opportunities to explore the natural world!  
  • A place to use your imagination and be creative! 
  • Opportunities to take risks! 
  • Exercise! 

Outdoors allows children space to explore, use their senses, develop larger physical skills, take risks and use the weather as a resource. 


Playing outdoors gives children a sense of freedom. Often children are more co-operative and tolerant of others. 

Being outdoors has a major impact on children’s emotions, behaviour and their ability to learn. 


Some ideas you might like to try together; 

  • Play on bikes and scooters. 
  • Build a den with pegs, boxes and an old sheet. 
  • Going on a mini beast hunt. 
  • Buckets/trays of water and containers for scooping, pouring, floating and sinking etc. 
  • A vegetable or garden patch, digging, planting and looking after the plants. 
  • Role play – a picnic, super heroes, shops etc. 
  • Reading signs together when you go out. 
  • Pond dipping. 
  • Boxes and tubes of all shapes and sizes; children love to model make or get inside them. 
  • Bits of ribbon and string for weaving or swirling. 
  • Share a book or favourite story together in the garden. 

Remember – it’s all about talking with and listening to your child!! 

Why Nursery Rhymes? 


“Research shows that children who have memorised nursery rhymes become better readers because they develop early sensitivity to the sounds of language.” (Mary Clay) 

Nursery Rhymes help children;  

  • To hear rhymes and alliteration 
  • To hear the rhyme of the spoken word 
  • To develop phonic awareness 
  • To interact and take part To enrich vocabulary 

Teach your child nursery rhymes because; 

  • It’s a time for sharing 
  • They are repetitive 
  • You can make actions up 
  • You can sing them 
  • They can help with number skills 
  • They tell a story 
  • They are part of your culture 
  • They are FUN! 

How about; 

  • Making up your own actions / act it out 
  • Making simple puppets using straws 
  • Spot the rhyming words / think of other rhyming words 
  • Make up a new verse together 
  • Talk about the ‘story’ Think of other words which start with……. 

Remember – It’s all about sharing, talking and listening to your child. Have fun! 

Useful Early Years Games & Resources 

Phase 2,3 and 5 phonics mats.

Showing 1-3 of 3 Worksheets for a variety of sounding and blending 

www.firstschoolyears.comA good selection of resources including worksheets and some interactive games.  Under word level section of literacy, a good selection of worksheets and PowerPoint files.  Covers phonics and alphabet work. site) Simple worksheets mostly CVC and initial sounds. mix of good interactive games and worksheets covering most phonic phases. A very good selection of interactive games focusing on phonics and sentence construction. Each is split into medium / hard / very hard and are short and fun. A great selection of games that link well with games in Letters and Sounds. A selection of interactive games for all phonic phases. games for a range of sounds. 


Early Years Foundation booklet

 Summer 1 - 7 Areas Mindmap - adventures at sea.pdfDownload
 Summer 2 Minibeast Adventure.pdfDownload
 FS year overview 2016-17.pdfDownload
 FS Spring Timetable.pdfDownload
 FS End of Year Expectations.pdfDownload
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Early Years Vision Statement 

September 2018 

Sacred Heart has strong and positive relationships with the wider community, including our partner schools within the Bishop Konstant Catholic Academy Trust (BKCAT). Links between home, school and our parish community, are also significant and central to our mission to serve the Church and create the family feeling of ‘belonging’. 


  • At Sacred Heart we pride ourselves on teaching our children the skills and knowledge needed to be an independent, confident, enthusiastic, safe and happy learner.  
  • We believe that every child is unique, and should have the opportunity to develop and learn, in a safe and nurturing environment.  
  • We see play as being the application and consolidation of taught skills that challenge children to reach their individual goals.  
  • We place a high value on the characteristics of effective learning and the importance of the outdoor environment to develop children’s creativity and critical thinking.   
  • We understand the importance of practical learning experiences and strive to equip our children with a love of learning and a natural curiosity.  
  • We are committed to giving our children the best possible start to their school life.  Sacred Heart Early Years allows all children to meet their individual goals, thus becoming school ready. 


We use different ways of rewarding the children which are listed below:

  • Stickers
  • Dojos
  • Good to be Green. 

Useful Information:

  • PE takes place on a Wednesday and Friday so please make sure your child has their PE kit in school on these days. 
  • We need a reading folder every day. Please check this daily.
  • We need a waterproof coat and wellies each day for when we are enjoying our outdoor learning. 
  • A water bottle with fresh water is needed every day.
  • You can choose your child’s dinner using the Live Kitchen app from home. Alternatively, your child can choose on the day when they enter the classroom. 
  • Reading books are sent home on a Friday and please ensure they are returned to school on a Monday morning. This will allow us to read with your child in school and change any books. 


 Partnership with Parents:

  • Dojos- for class updates.
  • Stay and Plays will be held during each half term. This will allow you to come and work alongside your child in their classroom environment.  Please note we ask that siblings do not attend. 


WOW Parent slips

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