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Holy Family Catholic Primary School

Reception - Saint Mary

Welcome to Reception!

Our class saint is Mary: Mother of God.

The reception team includes Miss Child, Mrs Cappa and Mrs Crofts. Miss Child is the class teacher and will be with us every day. Mrs Cappa and Mrs Crofts are the teaching assistants. Mrs Cappa will be with us every day and Mrs Crofts will be with us every morning.

We will have P.E. twice a week this year on  Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please bring in your child's P.E. kit (white shorts, red polo top and black plimsolls) 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. 

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. Juice/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 be changed weekly. Please ensure that you bring your child's book bag 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.

We hold 'Linger and Learn' sessions every morning from 8:45-8:55. These sessions will run until the end of the academic year. The session allows parents/carers to explore a range of activities with their children that will support them with their learning in class. 

This page will be updated regularly, but if there is anything you would like to ask or discuss please feel free to arrange a meeting with us.

Miss Child and the Reception Team!

Autumn 2 Overview:

Communication and Language

Explore Phase 2/3 Letters and Sounds

Show & Tell

Physical Development

Fundamentals: Throwing, catching, bouncing

Dance: Levels, body shapes, freeze

Personal, Social and Emotional Development Jigsaw: Celebrating differences 

Fiction:  The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

(Defeating a Monster)

Non-Fiction: Biography of a Gruffalo

(Biographical Text)

Poetry: Action Rhymes


Number: One more, one less and adding two groups together

Shape, Space and Measure: Ordering by height, ordering by length and 3D shape names and characteristics

Understanding the World

Autumnal Walk

Laptops and use of IWB

Celebration of Christmas

Expressive Arts and Design

Firework pictures

Hand print poppy wreaths

Gruffalo cakes

Christmas party hats (Parental Engagement)

Christmas crafts

Nativity songs

Religious Education

God's Family