Welcome to Early Years at St Luke's!

At Skerton St Luke’s we strive to provide a happy, caring, lively and exciting learning environment. Our aim is to provide a setting where, with careful nurturing, each child will learn to express themselves confidently and develop to their full potential.

The Early Years Team

Mrs Goodwin is our Early Years Reception teacher, supported by an amazing team of teaching assistants, Miss Dunkeld and Miss Grime, who both act as Key Workers.
We are looking forward to creating a partnership with you to ensure together we provide your child with every possible learning opportunity. This has a huge impact on your child and their development.


Mrs K Goodwin Mrs K Goodwin

Teaching Assistants

Miss C Grime Miss C Grime
Mrs J Stanborough Mrs J Stanborough


Stars Of The Week -


Headteacher Award -


Homework will be sent home each week with your child; if you have any questions about homework please contact your class teacher.


The Start of the Day

The Early Years Area opens its gates at 8:45 every morning where your child is greeted by a member of the Early Years Team.  Please make sure that your child arrives by 8:55 so we can register and start our exciting learning! The Early Years gates will be locked at 9am. Access can be gained via the School Office after this time.

Buddy time: Wednesday and lunchtimes (this has been put on hold during Covid)

PE allocated time:  Tuesday & Wednesday

Physical development is planned and delivered daily through Continuous Provision.

PE Kit: All children should be expected to wear: black shorts, house coloured t-shirt and suitable pumps for indoor use. Spare socks is preferable in winter for girls to change into
from wearing tights.


Computing allocated time: Laptops and iPads accessible during Continuous Provision

RE allocated time: Friday


The Reception Learning Journey

The Reception year is called the Foundation Stage. We aim to lay the foundations for lifelong learning across the Early Years curriculum. The children have access to both the inside and outside learning environments. It is proven young children learn most effectively through play.

“Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.” -O. Fred Donaldson

Our Early Years staff work together as a team and plan meaningful learning opportunities for the children. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum which develops children’s learning through three prime areas of learning (Personal, Social and Emotional Development / Physical Development/Communication and Language) and four specific areas (Literacy/Mathematics/ Understanding the World /Expressive Arts and Design). The children’s learning and development is evidenced in their Learning Journeys and Writing books.

Learning at home…

There are a number of ways you can help your child to learn at home:

 Talk to your child about what they have been learning in school.
 Read daily with your child (Just five minutes a day can make a great difference!)
 Play games with your children.
 When you are out and about, notice numbers, street signs and other interests around the environment. Use them to make learning purposeful and real!

Remember to share any learning or exciting activities that you have been doing at home with school by filling in the WOW slips! Please bring in any observations, photographs or work to stick into your child’s Learning Journey! We hold Open Afternoons after school each Wednesday until 4pm for you to view your child’s learning or speak with your child’s key worker or myself as class teacher.

And finally……. We really want you and your child to be happy during your time at Skerton St Luke’s Primary School. Please feel free to come and talk to any member of the Early Years Team should you have any problems, concerns or worries or if you wish to celebrate and share good news.


It’s a lovely community. We all feel like a part of St Luke’s family. My child loves her teachers and knows other members of staff. It’s lovely to walk into school and people know my child’s name and always say hello to her, even teachers from other classes or Mrs Armistead.


I know when I drop my kids off they are happy and safe and they both enjoy their time in school.


Thank you for not only teaching my daughter but also caring for her. She’s really happy at school and is making great progress in all areas of learning.


The staff have been so supportive of my child with Special Educational Needs. They are amazing and it makes me confident that my daughter is well looked after and if she has any problems they will help.

Parent of a child with SEND

The Reception Open Day really showed the school in a good light. The Headteacher showed us round and knew all of the pupil’s names. All of the children we met were friendly and polite but more importantly they were all smiling whilst learning.

Prospective Parent

Teachers are very helpful, friendly and approachable

Pupil, Year 6