Create – Equip – Partner

St Michael’s is a school where little people start on a big learning journey adventure! The children who join us in Reception will discover a place where they truly belong in a safe and nurturing ‘home away from home’.

At St Michael’s we take a holistic approach to teaching and learning. We focus on developing children’s social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual and physical abilities.  We encourage inquisitive young minds to blossom through experiences that allow them to question, wonder, inquire, experiment, explore and discover. Experienced teachers ensure challenging and creative learning experiences which place children at the very heart of all they do. We aim to stimulate and encourage children’s development and establish a love of learning within a safe and secure Christian environment.

At St Michael’s we are early adopters of the revised EYFS framework, 2020-21.

Under The Early Years Foundation Stage (Exemption from Learning and Development Requirements) and Childcare (Exemption from Registration) (Amendment) Regulations 2020, the Secretary of State for Education grants exemption from the following sections of the 2017 Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework:

a) The educational programmes under EYFS paragraph 1.5; and

b) The early learning goals set out on pages 10 to 12 of the EYFS; and

c) The requirements set out in paragraph 2.6 to 2.11 of the EYFS relating to Assessments and moderation at the end of the reception year – the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile – which requires settings to complete the Profile and submit the same to the local authority.

St Michael’s will instead follow in full the EYFS reforms early adopter framework (


Early Years education focuses on seven areas of learning.

The prime areas of learning are…
CL         communication and language
PD         physical development
PSED    personal social and emotional development

The specific areas of learning are…
L        literacy
M       mathematics
EAD   expressive arts and design
UW    understanding the world


There are 4 key principles that underpin our practice in the Reception Classes at St Michael’s.


A Unique Child   We recognise that all children are different. We identify and celebrate their strengths and support their areas for development.

Positive Relationships   Our pupils interact well with each other and with the adults in the school. We encourage parents to be involved with their child’s education.

Enabling Environments   Our indoor and outdoor areas encourage exploration, investigation and independent learning. Our displays and resources are well maintained and reflect current learning.

Learning and Development   Pupils achieve well and make good progress from their starting points. Learning is playful, practical and purposeful and builds upon prior attainment. Our children enjoy coming to school.

Children learn through their play with a combination of child-initiated and teacher-led learning opportunities both indoors and outdoors.  We use the EYFS Development Matters document to plan purposeful play opportunities, which create the enabling environment necessary for the children to display the Characteristics of Effective Learning.

Please look at the links below to find out more about our amazing Early Years.

We have lots of fun in Early Years. Please click on some of the links to find out what we get up to!