St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Love, learn and live in Christ!

This week is the second of the season of ADVENT. We now light the first two purple candles on our Advent Wreath. The first purple candle represents HOPE. The second represents LOVE. What do you do to show your family and friends that you love them?


Welcome to our Reception Class Page!

Our Teacher is Mrs Dennison

and our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Heyhoe.

Welcome to Reception!

This next few weeks we will be starting to use our phonics with the correct letters to make words and simple sentence endings/ simple sentences /or initial sounds.

We will also be making Poppies to place in the Gathering Circle and remembering the people who died in war.

We will be looking at stories about witches over the next few weeks and making our own spells! We shall be trying to use our phonic knowledge to write simple 3 letter words such as pig, dog, hen, web and more as we develop our writing skills!


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.


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.

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.

Diary Dates

Friday 14th December - Nursery and Reception Nativity at 10am

Friday 14th December - Reception Child and Parent Craft Afternoon

Monday 17th March - Reception/KS1 party day

Thursday 20th December - Christmas Jumper Day

Our Class Charity for this year will be Macmillan Cancer Care. 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. Thanks in advance. Any additional ideas to raise money over the year would be welcomed.


We are reflecting on the virtues of Charity and Faith in simple terms using Bible stories to help us. The focus is on how we can help and care for others using our gifts of love and kindness.

Our class will be presenting the nativity story together with Nursery so we will also be starting the learn the songs for this. We will send information home over the next few weeks so you know what is happening.


Snack Money

A big Thank You to those who have already sent in Snack money. It's a £1 per week or £7 until Christmas. 

It can be paid weekly or any way you choose - but it is paid directly into class- not the Office - as we are the ones who do the shopping, the book keeping etc etc. 

Most parents like to pay in advance - or weekly as this avoids being sent a reminder and a bill later in the term.

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