St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

Walking hand in hand with Jesus

Lawton Avenue, Carterton, Oxfordshire OX18 3JY

01993 841240

Early Years

Welcome to our Early Years

During the previous term, the children expressed a strong interest in animals and the world we live in.  In order to support this interest, this term we will become nature observers and world travellers.  We will begin our term by exploring the northern hemisphere (currently in winter) and the animals that survive the harsh winters in these countries.  We will then explore deserts, forests, mountains and coral reefs as the children’s interests grown and change throughout the term. 

The children will be exploring a variety of non-fiction texts (with some animal fiction stories alongside these) to gain an understanding of the animals and their habitats.  We will also use various clips from BBC animal documentaries (e.g. Blue Planet, Planet Earth, etc.) in order to encourage them to question the areas the animals are from.  The children will also be encouraged to think about wildlife conservation and how to better look after our planet.


We follow the phases of Letters and Sounds, however we adapt this to ensure that we have a systematic, synthetic phonics program in place.  Our pupils use phased phonics readers to support the early development of reading skills.  Due to recent government changes  our experienced staff are preparing the documentation for validation.

Here are a list of prayers we need to know by the end of the first year of school.  Please help us pray...

Our termly class letter for parents.

We have addressed points from Ofsted regarding phonics and children's reading.  Please click on this link for the action plan.

Our termly topic web to keep you up to date on what your children are learning.

In the outdoors is where we learn best - check out how impressive our wild area is on our school grounds!

Check out our seriously impressive maths skills!  Can you identify how many areas of learning are covered here? (PS subitising is an exceptional skill that helps us store number in our long term memory)

Look at how great we are at reading our words.  Sometimes we read them by sight and sometimes we have to decode them.  We play games and practice reading books!

During the January to March lockdown, some children were still learning in school.  Here is what they were up to!

Below is the story of Angela's Airplane by Robert Munsch.  Story time takes place over video or live sessions with Ms MacLennan every day at 1pm.

Online Learning

Under the current government guidelines, many of our children are learning at home.  We have done all we can to incorporate our topic at home.  Please take a peek at some of the learning that the children have been doing at home. See pictures and videos of their learning further down the page.

Reception home learning pack week 3

Reception home learning pack week 4

Reception home learning pack week 5

Maths at home

Lavinia's Perfect Pastries 

Follow her instructions below to make your own at home!

Check out what our reception children were up to at home during our winter lockdown.

Here is information concerning the  Early Years Curriculum (and ways in which parents can be involved and provide support)

 British Values.docxDownload
 Early Years Curriculum over view.docxDownload
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Phonics information

The phonics program at St Joseph’s follows the phases from the Letters and Sounds publication from 2007 however we have adapted the planning to suit the needs of our pupils in order to ensure a Systematic Synthetic Phonics progression program is in place.  The planning was put together based on the principle that Letters and Sounds was used as a handbook and the phases were clear progression for staff, children and parents.

While phonics is essential to the process of reading, at St Joseph’s, we feel that it is as essential to nurture a love of reading in order to ensure early development and understanding of language.  Because of this, teachers read high quality and challenging texts to their classes and children are encouraged to take similar quality texts home.

Recently the Department for Education have requested that all SSP programs go through a validation process to ensure adequate planning and progression within phonics and below we have explained how we have met these requirements.

Please click on the link below to read further about what we have put into place in line with government advice.

Phonics Validation

Department for Education Phonics Validation

Below are the first 45 High Frequency Words a child must know.  Your child must be able to read these words by sight as well as being able to spell them correctly.

Our Phonic Workshop

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 Workshop 261117.pptxDownload
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