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This week is Sports week: Please ensure that children have PE kits and trainers in school everyday. Hopefully the sun will come out for some of the time, so please remember to put sun cream on every morning and bring a hat & water bottle to school as well.
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Foundation Stage

In the Foundation Stage at St Catherine’s School we believe that all children are entitled to the best possible start in their school life, from a holistic approach. We provide the opportunity for every child to reach their full potential through a positive, caring and nurturing environment. At St Catherine’s we embrace Christian values and ensure all children are ready for their next steps in their learning journey.

Thank you for all those that were able to attend our phonics workshop, we were pleased to have 70% of parents able to join us. The children enjoyed taking part in different phonics activities within their classrooms.  

Starting Nursery or Reception Information

Reception Curriculum Map Autumn 2023


Tapestry Parent's User Guide

Reception Baseline: Children in Reception will be taking part in the statutory RBA (Reception Baseline Assessment) please see the document below for further information.

EYFS Curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is followed at St Catherine's School. The wellbeing and education of the children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) follows the statutory requirements and guidance given by the Government. 


Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years curriculum is divided into 7 areas of learning. Each area of learning consists of a set of developmental stages and early learning outcomes which describe what children are expected to be learning at that stage in their development.

The curriculum at St Catherine's is planned carefully according to children's individual needs and stage of development to ensure all children make good progress towards the early learning goals at the end of the Reception year. We provide a range of engaging activities and opportunities to support all children at St Catherine's School to make to make good progress and reach their full potential. 

There are 7 areas of learning:

3 Prime areas of learning

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

4 Specific areas of learning

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Art and Design


More information about the EYFS can be found on:

This guide is for parents/carers of children from birth to five years old. It will support you to find out more about your child's learning and development in EYFS. 

Family Support

Hertfordshire Family Centres

The Hertfordshire family centre service are available to support with all aspects of parenting. The link below will support you to find the nearest service to you and will help to signpost you to services and support that they can offer.


Family Lives

Family Lives is a national support charity providing help and support in all aspects of family life. They have a confidential helpline and provide guidance on all aspects of family life. Please also see the link below.