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Reception Year

Hello and Welcome

Dear Parents and Visitors,

Welcome to the Reception classes! We would like to tell you a little bit about who we are and what we do. 

We have a fantastic team who really enjoy working with young children. We have the privilege of introducing your child to school life, and are always delighted to be part of their early learning experience. We build on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum which the children begin in pre-school, teaching the children through play and child-initiated experiences.

During the Foundation stage children will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore ideas and interests in depth;
  • Learn through movement and all their senses;
  • Initiate activities that promote independence;
  • Learn in different ways and at different rates;
  • Make links in their learning;
  • Explore creative and imaginative play activities that promote the development and use of listening and language skills.

If you would like to learn more, please look at the Foundation years website. For any further questions about Early Years please email

The Reception team is made up of 2 classes:

Our Lady's Class with Mrs Barry, Mrs Ward and Miss Healy. 
St. Joseph's Class with Miss Squirrell and Mrs Warren.

Our contact details:

Mrs Barry -
Mrs Ward - 
Miss Squirrell -


In autumn our first topic is Super Me! We will be learning about ourselves and all the super things our bodies can do; how we can develop our 'super powers' that help us to run, jump, smell etc; reading stories about our bodies; investigating and finding out answers to questions and thinking about our super families. 
Our second topic this term is Food and Festivals. During this topic we will learn about a variety of religious and cultural festivals from around the world. We will examine names, tastes and describe different food; we make food such as bread and taste it; we learn about our senses; keeping our bodies healthy by eating a balanced diet; how we can grow our own food; about food from different countries; and what happens when we make changes to
food by cooking, freezing, melting and mixing. During this topic we will also be preparing for our Christmas Nativity performance which takes place on Tuesday 12th December.

In the Spring term the topics are Once Upon a Time and Space.
During our Space topic, the children will be learning about our Solar System and also looking at a variety of space themed books such as 'Whatever Next' and 'Aliens Love Underpants'. 
We will also be having an astronaut training day in the Spring term, where the children will be undertaking a variety of challenges to help prepare them for space travel, dressed in astronaut or sporty clothing. We will then hold a 'Graduation' at 2:45pm where the children will be presented with a certificate to show they have completed their astronaut training. 
During the Summer Term, our topic is All God's Creatures. We will be focusing on the different types of animals in our world such as pets, minibeasts, farm animals and creatures under the sea. Over this topic we will have some visits from different pets and also have our trip to Bocketts Farm which will be on Wednesday 11th July. 
Communication Language and Literacy
The children will listen to a range of stories and rhymes during carpet times. They will be involved in a variety of role-play activities to promote their language development and social skills. Activities that encourage your child to mark make, hold their pencil correctly and practice writing their names will be a specific focus. After the first few initial weeks we will begin the Jolly phonics work and your child will then bring home frequency words to help them to practice. Please read with your child regularly and encourage them to talk about the stories including characters and sequence of events.
The children will be involved in lots of number rhymes, songs and puzzles and activities throughout the year. They will be playing counting games and working out addition and subtraction sums, together with sharing and doubling. The children will learn numerals up to 20. They will be looking at shapes in the environment and learn to use the names for common 2D and 3D shapes.
Our Timetable

Each week we have daily maths and phonics 'carpet sessions', 2 RE 'carpet sessions', 3 additional 'carpet sessions' with changeable focuses (i.e art/music/science etc.), a class liturgy and a whole school merit assembly. The children have P.E every Tuesday. Please ensure that they have their full P.E kit in school on this day and that all belongings have names. Also for safety reasons, no earrings are to be worn on this day.

We also hold a weekly parent workshop on Thursday morning at 9-9:15. During the Autumn term this will a phonics session where we will discuss our learning and complete activities together.

We will be going outside throughout the year so please ensure your child has a coat and sensible shoes appropriate for the weather.


Please ensure that you are reading with the children every day and reference this in their contact book. This can include reading to your child, reading library books and home story reading as well as their oxford reading book. Some times we will send home a task for the holiday or weekend.
Both classes have a phonics soft toy to look after at home for the weekend and find initial sounds with and record in their diary. 

This week we are learning to ..... Summer Term, Week 5

This week we are learning to.. Week 4

This week we are learning to... Summer Term, Week 1

Jolly Phonics Songs