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Holy Family Catholic Primary School

Reception – The Caterpillars


Welcome to Reception!

The Reception team this year includes Miss Child, Mrs Cross, Mrs Cappa, Miss Arthur and Mrs Miskella.

Miss Child is the class teacher and Mrs Cross is the class HLTA, both will be in every day. Miss Child will be out on PPA every Thursday, therefore ‘Superstars’ will lead the class for P.E. and art. Mrs Cross will be out every Monday afternoon, therefore Mrs Miskella will join us. Mrs Cappa will also be working with us every morning and Miss Arthur every afternoon.

We will have P.E. twice a week this year. Wednesday sessions will be led by Miss Child and Thursday sessions will be led by 'Superstars'. Please bring in your child's P.E. kit (white shorts, red polo top and black daps) as soon as possible and ensure all pieces of uniform are labelled clearly with your child's name - this is also important for all other pieces of uniform too. Kits will be sent home at the end of each term to wash over the holidays and are expected to be back in school during the first week of the following term. 

This year we will be doing Forest Schools discreetly within all areas of the curriculum - therefore kits must be in school every Monday and will be kept until they are used during the week. If for any reason we do not get changed for a session, the children's kits will be kept in school for the session the following week. Forest School kits include waterproofs (coats and trousers) old clothing such as: old jogging bottoms and long sleeve top, socks and wellington boots.

All children are provided with a piece of fruit or a vegetable every day, which they are welcome to eat during break time. They are also entitled to a carton of milk at break time too, up until their 5th birthday. Water bottles are also welcomed in school, particularly in the warmer months. Squash is not allowed.

Homework in Reception consists of:

  • Letter formation worksheets.

  • 1 or 2 reading books, changed weekly.

  • Word pots to develop the children's segmenting and blending skills.

Giving your child regular reading opportunities - whether it be their school books, library books, reading of words around the house, magazines etc. is very important in order to develop their reading skills. The more nights your child reads, the more certificates they will receive and be presented with during Celebration Assemblies.

This page will be updated regularly, but if there is anything you would like to ask or discuss please feel free to come and see us.

Miss Child and the Reception Team :)

Below is the overview of Autumn Term 1:

Communication and Language:
  • Show and Tell: speaking in front of a group, maintaining attention and listening and responding to others
  • Role playing through literacy/free-flow play
  • Letters and Sounds: Listening games; learn and secure the first 12 phase 2 phonemes s / a / t / p / i / n / m / d / g / o / c / k
Physical Development:
  • Forest Schools
  • Multi-skills using beanbags (SuperStars)
  • Gymnastics: travelling and using space
  • Develop correct pencil grip and begin to form letters
PSHE:
  • Building relationships, getting to know each other and their teachers
  • Circle time/Reflections
Literacy:
(Talk for Writing)
  • Rosie’s Walk (Fiction): A tale of quest focussing on oral language
  • Animals in the farmyard (Non-fiction): Non-chronological reports
  • Poetry: Nursery rhymes
Numeracy:
  • Numeracy: Matches numbers and quantities up to 10 and beyond
  • Shape, space and measure: Begin to use mathematical language for ‘solid’ 3D shapes and ‘flat’ 2D shapes and mathematical terms to describe them
R.E:
  • God’s World: Know that God loves and cares for us, the creation story, Know that God asked us to care for the world and how to do so and know that God made each one of us different and special
Understanding the World:
  • Using the Interactive Whiteboard/ Laptops/iPads
  • Learn about similarities and differences between themselves and others e.g. the different languages in the class, different home countries, same school, same ages
Expressive Arts and Design:
  • Charanga Music Autumn 1: Listening and responding to different styles of music; improvising leading to playing classroom instruments; and sharing and performing
  • Art/D+T (SuperStars)