St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Love, learn and live in Christ!

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Welcome to our Reception Class Page!

Our Teacher is Mrs Dennison

and our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Heyhoe and Mrs Connolly.

Mrs Tolan and Mrs Lister also help us at different times through the week too! Aren't we lucky!


Thornton Hall Farm Trip Friday 30th June

We are hoping  for good weather but not too hot! Your child will need the following:

a backpack to carry their lunch in 

Please don't send lunchboxes as this adds to the weight


School cardigan/sweatshirt to be worn over school polo/ PE shirt - for easy identification


mac/waterproof/lightweight coat.

Please ensure your child has had suncream applied before arriving at school as we cannot apply it.

If your child is prone to travel sickness please alert staff and administer tablets before coming to school, (24 hour tablets are available at chemists)



Kershaws Garden Centre

We had a wonderful trip to  the Enchanted Cafe at Kershaws. We paid for our own drink and toast and then found all sorts of exciting things outside! Including reindeers, giant crockery and a dinosaur called Oggie. Can you spot your little  star?



This half term our theme is...

Pirates and Seasides

We will be checking to see what they already know about this topic.

Any resources from home as always are welcomed including pictures/photos/books relating to it.




We looked at plants and flowers and thought about their  needs in order to grow successfully.

 We went on a walk around school looking for signs of Spring - ask your child what they saw.


We have been watching chicks hatch at Bolton Brow School (via the internet),this week and the children have been really excited about it. They were amazed that

chicks were standing when only a few hours old! Children with  baby brothers and sisters confirmed that they were unable to do the same for a long time after birth.




Having fun in our outdoor areas!





We all enjoyed learning how to glide and balance - remember these bikes have no pedals! We wrote about it individually in our literacy work this week too.


This half term we will be looking at

The Church

and how it began.



We re-told the story of Holy week and thought about all the events that led up to Easter Sunday when we did our own Stations of the Cross. 

.Please spend 5 minutes every day listening to your child read, discussing the story and learning their words from their word boxes when they are sent home! Can they predict what might happen next? How would they feel if they were that particular character? How can you tell that they feel that way?


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Please revise the digraphs -double letters making one sound- eg ai, ou, oi, ch, sh, th etc. If your child can say them - then see if they can write that sound down as this will help them when writing their news or stories. We are also going over them in class but a bit of extra praise from Mums and Dads can go a long way too.



We had great fun on Tuesday when Mrs Woods came in to talk to us about the artist Matisse. We looked at the way he used shapes to cover parts of other shapes and then we had a go mixing primary colours to make our own shades. Look at our picture gallery below- can you spot your little artist?

Our Construction Site!

We all enjoy creating outside! Our construction area can be anything we want it to be!

Hard hats at the ready!


 Superhero Day

 We enjoyed dressing up and raising money for  helping another little boy. Isabel's Mum came to see  us that day with one of her colleagues Jane. They  both work for the Police and they brought in some  uniforms and equipment for us to use. Then we got  to go in their police van and try it out for size! After handcuffing Mrs Dennison, P.C.Hall said she'd lost the keys! As you can see a great time was had by all! We learned about Keeping Safe and lots of other information about the life of a police officer.



Please encourage your child to use their phonics when writing at home. We have a cafe in class - get them to write the menu for meals at home or a shopping list so they see a purpose for their writing.



 We had fun re-enacting the Wedding at Cana and  then ordering pictures of the story and making zig zag  books to write about it. Can your child tell you about  the trick Mrs Dennison played with the jugs of water?