St Anne's Catholic Primary School

achieving excellence in all our God given talents

Lowe Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B12 0ER

0121 675 5037

Our Learning

Your child is about to embark upon their own individual learning journey and each day they will be completing a wide range of activities that will help them to develop their skills and work towards achieving the Early Learning Goals:

Each of the seven areas are subdivided into different aspects:

  • Communication and Language: Listening, attention and understanding; and speaking
  • Physical Development: Gross motor skills; and Fine motor skills
  • Personal, social and emotional development: Self-regulation; Managing Self; and Building Relationships
  • Literacy: Word Reading; Comprehension; and Writing
  • Mathematics: Number and numerical patterns; and Shape, Space and Measure
  • Understanding the World: Past and Present; People, culture and communities; and The natural World
  • Expressive Arts and Design: Creating with materials; and Being imaginative and expressive


Progress though Reception is also set out in four stages: expectation at the end of nursery; expectation at the end of the autumn term; expectation at the end of the spring term and finally, the early learning goal at the end of Reception.  The early learning goals are set out below:


Prime Areas Aspects
Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Making Relationships ~ Early Learning Goal: Children play cooperatively, taking turns with others. They take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise
their activity. They show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children.


Self-confidence and self-awarenessEarly Learning Goal: Children are confident to try new activities, and say why they like some activities more than others. They are
confident to speak in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas, and will choose the resources they need for their chosen activities. They say when they do or don’t
need help.


Managing feelings and Behaviour ~ Early Learning Goal: Children talk about how they and others show feelings, talk about their own and others’ behaviour, and its consequences, and know that some behaviour is unacceptable. They work as part of a group or class, and understand and follow the rules. They adjust their behaviour to different situations, and take changes of routine in their stride.


Physical Development

Moving and handling ~ Early Learning Goal: Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.  

Health and self-care ~ Early Learning Goal: Children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. They manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.


Communication and Language

Listening and attention ~ Early Learning Goal: Children listen attentively in a range of situations. They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.


Understanding ~ Early Learning Goal: Children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.


Speaking ~ Early Learning Goal: Children express themselves effectively, showing
awareness of listeners’ needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.



Reading ~ Early Learning Goal: Children read and understand simple sentences. They
use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when
talking with others about what they have read.


Writing ~ Early Learning Goal: Children use their phonic knowledge to write words
in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.



Numbers ~ Early Learning Goal: Children count reliably with numbers from one to 20,
place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.

Shape, Space and Measure ~ Early Learning Goal: Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.


Understanding the World

People and Communities ~ Early Learning Goal: Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. They know that other children don’t always enjoy the same things, and are sensitive to this. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.


The World ~ Early Learning Goal: Children know about similarities and differences in
relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

Technology ~ Early Learning Goal: Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.


Expressive Art and Design

Exploring and using media and materials ~ Early Learning Goal: Children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.


Being imaginative ~ Early Learning Goal: Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music,
dance, role play and stories.


Spring One- Our topic is called 'Rainbows.'