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Early Years


New Nursery Children 

New Reception Children

St Philip Howard Catholic School

Early Years Vision and Values Statement 

St. Philip Howard Catholic Primary School is a community based on the values of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Catholic Church. We strive to create a distinctly Catholic ethos by developing truly Christian relationships and values. Prayer, worship and spirituality have a central place in our school which promotes the dignity and freedom of every person as created in the image and likeness of God.


Our Mission statement;

“We are part of God’s family.  We follow the way of Jesus by loving, learning and doing our best.”


This will be achieved through:


Constantly striving for excellence – in teaching, learning and the curriculum


Educating the whole person


Developing strong relationships with parents and carers, the Diocese and parishes


A life of prayer and worship


A commitment to charitable outreach and social justice


A commitment to community cohesion, equality and diversity


Working towards achieving outstanding in all areas of the school as supported by Ofsted and the Diocesan Inspections


Our Catholic faith teaches us that parents are the first, and most important, educators of their children. By the time your child comes to us, they will have learnt their values, traditions and culture from you. They will have learnt the foundations for their faith journey and how to treat others. Our job is to join you on this journey and to build on the foundations that you have laid, broadening and deepening their knowledge.


In Early Years

We believe that our faith is at the heart of everything we do.

We believe in the importance of play

We believe in creating a love of reading in children

We believe in the importance of outdoor learning

We believe in the importance of a creative curriculum


Within our Early Years classrooms:

We provide a happy, caring atmosphere where children feel safe and can develop and learn.

We do that by:

welcoming and engaging with every child

ensuring children know and understand the boundaries

playing with the children

listening to the children

talking about their life at home

helping them to follow and explore their interests


We recognise that we are all unique and created in the image and likeness of God


We do that by:

embracing culturally diverse resources which reflect our children’s backgrounds

ensuring that every child is represented in some way in their classroom

being inclusive in our policies

engaging with parents about the child’s home culture

teaching children to treat others with respect


We provide learning opportunities for children to follow their interests

We do that by:

talking to the children about their interests

getting children to tell others about their interests

providing enhanced provision based on children’s interests

encouraging children to bring in items of interest from home

We promote creativity and give children opportunities to be imaginative, critical thinkers and independent, resilient learners

We do that by:

encouraging children to explore and investigate all areas of the environment

providing learning opportunities in every play activity

encouraging children to ‘have a go’

teaching children to learn from their mistakes

knowing the next steps in their learning journey


We ensure all children achieve their best

We do that by:

providing high quality questioning and interactions to move the children’s learning forward

providing learning plans for children with additional needs

engaging with outside agencies such as Speech & Language, for children with special educational needs

using ongoing assessment to plan next steps for the children


We promote high standards of behaviour and help children to understand each others’ feelings

We do that by: 

having a school behaviour policy based on forgiveness and restorative justice

ensuring children understand behavioural expectations

talking the children about what has happened

helping children to think about how they feel and how others feel

encouraging children to apologise and to make amends

teaching children to find ways to avoid the same situation again