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Holy Family Catholic Primary School

Reception - The Caterpillars

Welcome to Reception!

Our class is also known as The Caterpillars. The Caterpillars' team includes Miss Child, Mrs Cross, Mrs Cappa, Miss Arthur, Mrs Myles and Mrs Miskella.

Miss Child is our class teacher and will be  with us every day. Mrs Cross and Mrs Cappa will be with us every morning and Mrs Myles and Miss Arthur will be with us every afternoon and Mrs Miskella every Monday afternoon. We are also very happy to welcome volunteers into our school. So if you would like to help support the children with their reading , word pots etc. please let us know! 

We will have P.E.  every Wednesday afternoon this year.  Please bring in your child's P.E. kit (white shorts, red polo top and black plimsoles) 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. 

We will be doing Forest Schools on alternative Thursdays this year. Kits can be bought into school by Thursday morning at the latest and will be used every alternative Thursday afternoon. 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 weather appropriate clothing as we will go out whatever the weather! At this time of year waterproofs, (coats and trousers) old clothing such as: old jogging bottoms and long sleeve tops, socks and wellington boots will be needed.

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

Homework in Reception consists of:

  • Weekly spellings

  • 1 or 2 reading books, changed weekly.

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

  • Homework projects (Once every short term).

Reading books will now be changed every Monday morning. Please ensure that all book bags are in school on this day in order for us to change these. We do encourage your child's book bag is bought into school daily as we use every opportunity possible to read with your children.

Giving your child regular reading opportunities at home - 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.

As 'Show and Tell' sessions were so successful in term 1 and 2, we will be continuing  these for the rest of the year. However, they will be run slightly differently from now on. The children will now take it in turns to take home the 'All About Me' box, this can be filled with things that are special to your child e.g. medals, certificates, photographs, favourite books or toys. This box will be sent home on a Friday and is expected back in school on the following Monday,  ready for your child to share the box with their friends. Please do not allow your child to bring in 'Show and Tell' toys from home on a Friday as we will no longer be sharing these. 

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 Spring Term 2:

Our Topic: All About Africa


Talk about themselves positively

Take steps to resolve conflict with othe children without adult intervention 

Physical Development:

Multi-skills e.g. balls, bats, beanbags

Forest Schools

Communication and Language:

All About Me boxes

Role playing

Letters and Sounds


Fiction: Handa's Surprise (Sequencing) 

Non-fiction: Map of Handa's Journey (Labels and Captions)


Numeracy: Finding one less than a given number and using a numberline to add and subtract numbers

Shape, space and measure: Recognising, creating and describing patterns, using every day language related to weight and ordering objects in order of their weight e.g. lightest to heaviest


Sorrow and Joy

Understanding the World:

Healthy Eating

Recognising  changes/decay

Comparing Bristol and Africa




African Necklaces

Mother's Day Cards

Easter Cards

Charanga Music: Spring 2: Our World!