St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Love, learn and live in Christ!

Wishing all our children and families a happy and blessed Easter!


Welcome to our Reception Class Page!

Our Teacher is Mrs Dennison

and our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Heyhoe.

Welcome to Reception!


Sorrow and Joy

We will be looking at our feelings - what makes us happy and alternatively what makes us sad.  We need to consider other people's feelings too, so we will be thinking about ways we can be kind to everybody. We have talked about giving something up for Lent and also considered how we might do something extra for somebody else. As Christians we also try and support charitable causes during Lent  and we try to be more prayerful, remembering those with greater needs.  We will be looking at the events of Holy Week starting with Palm Sunday and then at Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

We will be learning the words of this prayer...

Hail Mary 

Hail Mary full of Grace

the Lord is with thee.

Blessed art thou among women

and blessed is the fruit 

of thy womb Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God

pray for us sinners, 

now and at the hour 

of our death.


 World Book Day - Thursday 7th March

Thanks to all who assisted with the wonderful potatoes sent in.




We will be looking at changes in the weather and its impact on our environment.


We will endeavour to encourage your children to be independent when changing for PE - but PLEASE help them to help themselves! Set a timer - can they get ready before it goes? If so shorten the time by a few seconds - can they beat their best time? They are so proud of themselves when they CAN do it without help.

PE Kits : These will be kept in school on their pegs until the next holiday - when they will be sent home to be washed.

Encouraging Independence:

If your child has snack money/letters/reply slips etc. in their bag please tell them - so they can hand them in themselves when asked in class about them. Your support is greatly appreciated.


As promised here are the 2 videos for Jolly Phonics so you can be learning them too and having fun at home! The first video is the explanation of each sound - remember is the pure sound we use.

Remember in the video below we said to emphasise the LOWER CASE letters - not the capitals yet. The b will have capital B and the h will have capital H too, but please just focus on the lower case b and h, as with all the letters.


Diary Dates

 Due to timetable rearrangements our PE will now be on a Thursday morning.

Forthcoming Events

Easter Holidays Friday 12th April to Monday 29th



Our Class Charity for this year will be Macmillan Cancer Care.  We added £132.03 donated at the Nativity to our School Coffee Morning making a total of £675.73 for last term. Thank you to all who contributed. As you are probably aware each class is going to raise funds throughout the year for a specific charity and we have a Penguin Moneybox in class for any spare coins you can send in and your child can add them to it.  Any additional ideas to raise money over the next two terms would be welcomed. Please don't be shy - if you have any ideas let us know.

From Friday 5th April we will be selling raffle tickets to Reception class only for this teddy bear.

Tickets  NOW on sale until Friday 3rd May costimg 50p each. Proceeds to our class charity Macmillan Cancer.  Please support us if you can. It will be drawn in class and someone in Reception has to win it!


The Leader in Me

We have been considering Emotional Bank Accounts - how we can make a deposit( being kind to someone) or a withdrawal ( when we upset someone either intentionally or by accident.) Linking this with Sorrow and Joy in RE. We will consider how well we listen as we learn about the next habit - Seek first to understand and then to be understood.

Snack Money

It's a £1 per week or £4 until Spring Bank. 

It can be paid weekly or any way you choose - but it is paid directly into class- not the Office.

Most parents like to pay in advance as this makes things easier for you.

If you tell your child the day you send in their Snack Money - then they can feel really grown - up and deliver it themselves. Otherwise it could travel back and forth a few times before it is discovered!

We know after the meeting you will be raring to growth fitness and counting! Here is the first one 1-20 so have fun with your child!

The Days of the Week! Have fun with Farmer Jack! Time to get up and move while learning the days of the week!

Have fun!

Reading Stories to your Child

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A bedtime story is a lovely way for you and your child to end a busy day. 

They get a few minutes of Mummy/Daddy time all to themselves. Children who are read to, are more likely to become keen readers when they get older.

Remember the best APP is your Lap!

Ideas for Number Activities. Great fun to do with your child!

  • Activities to increase your child’s understanding of number eg: setting the table for a certain number of people, sorting buttons into sets, matching socks
  • Talking about amounts eg: putting buttons or sweets into 2 piles – count them out – How many are there? Which pile has more? Which pile has less? What number would be one more? What number would be one less?
  • Digit cards 1-5, then 1-10, then 1-15, then 1-20

         -have them in order, set them out in order saying             the  numbers as you do

         -lay them out and point to a number + ask ‘What number is this?’   Let  

          them ask you too! The more they see + say/hear = progress

  • Look for number everywhere! Who can find a number 5? A number 3? A number 4? ... 
  • Games eg: dominoes, snap, turn and match, jigsaws

SKILLS that become life habits

  • How to focus their attention
  • How to be patient and not interrupt when adults are talking
  • How to remember and carry a message
  • How to hold and use a knife and fork
  • How to dress and undress…..and with pace!
  • How to carry out a simple instruction – then 2 step – then multiple step
  • How to be aware of others – spatial awareness
  • How to be increasingly responsible for their things eg: ask them if they have any letters from school and ask them to pass them to you from their bag / hand something into their teacher
  • How to be responsible for their actions and that there are always consequences
  • How to take turns – play games
  • Please and thank you

We want our children to THINK independently and ACT independently as a result of GOOD CHOICES.

Please remember to check your child's book bag daily for: letters/information sheets/phonic books/new sounds etc

Thank you

Writing - some things to do with your child at home. Do it together with them and have fun!

  • Pencil Grip – sitting up
  • Letter formation
  • Number formation
  • Opportunities to write
  • Colouring in/drawing - time spent on this can never be underestimated!
  • Nursery rhymes  and stories are really important too - Make stories up and make your child a central character.