St Bernadette's Catholic Primary

With Jesus in our Hearts, we have:

The passion to learn,

The courage to fail,

The strength to love

Year R - Shakespeare Class

Welcome to Shakespeare Class


Our Class Teachers are Mrs Dickinson and Mrs Matthews


Our Learning Support Assistants are Ms Connett and Mrs Francis. 


We follow different themes and topics throughout each half term but we may also follow learning from other interests we have shown. We read a wide variety of fiction, non-fiction and poetry books which can link to our topic.


A normal day in Shakespeare class would look like this



Early Morning Mat Time Tasks

9.00 am



Wake and Shake




Learning Through Play, Class Liturgical Prayer, Snack Time, Small Group Tasks RE and Reading


Numberblocks / Maths input




Afternoon Register


RE / Topic Input

1.15pm-1.45pm Reading Groups


Learning Through Play, Small Group Tasks 


Tidy Up Time, Learning Review


Story Time


Home Time


Our PE session is every Wednesday (either indoors or outdoors). In Reception our PE kit stays in school so that the children can practise getting changed into and out of their kit.


We follow God Matters in Religious Education (the Portsmouth Diocese scheme of learning). The children learn two hours and 15 minutes of RE per week are involved in Liturgical Prayer.


Things that help us learn

We follow Little Wandle Phonics scheme and use Big Cat books to support our reading home learning. We use Tapestry as our online learning journal in Year R.  Photos are regularly posted onto Tapestry to show the learning we are doing in school. Parents can also use this tool to comment on any observations and to add any of their own observations from learning that has taken place outside of school.


Our Curriculum Map

In EYFS, we learn about Ourselves, Sparkles and Stars, People Who Help Us, Heroes and Happily Ever After, Things that Grow, Animal Magic and more! Take a look at our Curriculum Map to see what we are currently learning about during our EYFS journey.



In EYFS, we go to the Post Office, to the local park and to RHS Wisley over the course of a year. We welcome parents to support us on our trips (parents will need a DBS organised by the school – please see the school office).


If you have any questions or there is anything urgent that you think we need to know, please contact the School Office either by phone at 01252 548123 or by email at




EYFS Progression and Long term plan

Year R Curriculum Meeting Autumn 2023