Reception 2019 - 2020

Mrs Higginbottom

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are enjoying getting to know the children who are all settling in well. They look so smart in their new uniforms. Please ensure that all your child’s clothing has their name in it including PE kit as if an item goes missing it is more likely to be returned to its owner if their name is in it.

Staff: Mrs Calderbank is our full time teaching assistant and Mrs Elsmore is our part time teaching assistant who works in Reception every morning. Mrs Ingham is our lunch time assistant.

Snacks: We would like to take this opportunity at the start of the new school year to remind everyone that we are a healthy school and fruit is provided in class every day and water is always readily available. Toast can be bought every Wednesday for 10p a slice. If you are sending a snack from home please ensure it is a healthy snack e.g. fruit, bread sticks and either water or milk to drink and it has their name on it

PE: WE will be having PE on Monday and Thursday mornings, please can the children bring their PE kits into school on Monday and take them home after their lesson on Thursday.

Our topics for the autumn term are as follows,

Autumn 1

Topic                              Pirates

R.E                                  God’s World

Autumn 2

Topic                      Toys

R.E                   God’s Family 


RE: This half term, the children will be learning about God’s world. Throughout this topic, they will begin to appreciate the beauty of the world and know that God made it. They will learn that God loves and cares for each one of us and reflect on this. They will hear about and respond to the things God created for us. They will know that God has asked us to care for the world and think of ways in which we can help to do it.

 At Home: You could help your children by looking at pictures of animals and plants and talking about how special creation is and encouraging them to notice different parts of God’s wonderful creation and think of ways to care for the world.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development:

During this term we will be getting to know each other and learning to get along together by taking turns and sharing our resources. We will also be learning how to choose the resources we need and become responsible for carrying out small jobs within the classroom. This will be taught through circle time activities, RE lessons and the children becoming familiar with our Golden rules.

Literacy - Communication and language: In our literacy time we will be reading pirate stories. We will be learning about characters and setting. The children will be doing lots of activities based on the stories we read including role play and retelling the story in our own words. We will also be learning about rhyme and alliteration.

Guided Reading: Reading is taught through group guided reading sessions and class shared reading activities. During this time the children learn reading skills appropriate to their level of ability.  These sessions are designed to be challenging and scaffold the children as they begin to develop reading strategies to support them in their reading.

Home Reading: The books children take home are for practise and are designed to build confidence and enjoyment in reading.  Children are expected to read these books regularly with support from you.  These books provide opportunity to practise skills taught in school. Please write a comment in your child’s reading diary each time they have read at home.

Further Reading: Children will bring home a library book each week, our library day is Monday. Also local libraries have a wide range of books to enjoy!

Phonics: Every day we will have a daily phonics lesson. Initially as we settle in as a whole class group. Then later the children will be split into groups based on their level of understanding of letters and the sounds they make.

Maths: We will be learning about number, counting, counting in groups, counting out a given number from a set, ordering and number recognition. We will also be focusing on 2D and 3D shapes, recognising and making patterns and positional language.

Homework: The children will receive a variety of homework tasks which will be sent home once a week on a Friday.  This will help you see what they are learning in school as well as working with your child to build their confidence.  Please return completed homework by Thursday so that it can be marked.  I would appreciate it if you could stick any completed worksheets into the homework books if possible.



Learning Journeys: Some of the work your child does in school goes into their individual learning journey, along with photographs and observations. Any home learning or significant achievements can be recorded onto a WOW card. Then sent into school and we will add them to their learning journeys.

 We will be sending home a set of WOW cards, these are for you to write down any observations you make of your child at home. When you think WOW! I didn’t know they could do that write it down and send it into school and we will add it to their learning journey.

If you have any worries or concerns you may speak to us before or after school. However more lengthy conversations are best taking place at the end of the day or by appointment. If your child is attending after school club or not being collected by yourself please let us know when you drop them off in the morning.

We look forward to working with you and your children during the coming year.

Mrs Higginbottom and the Reception Team.



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St Paul's Catholic Primary School

Miss M Flynn (Headteacher)
St Paul's Catholic Primary School
Turner Lane
SK14 4AG, United Kingdom

Main Contact: Mrs L Clowrey (Office Manager)

Tel: 01613682934