St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Love, learn and live in Christ!

We are now into our last half term of the school year! How time flies...! Look out on the calendar for all the events coming up over the next 6 1/2 weeks!


Welcome to our Reception Class Page!

Our Teacher is Mrs Dennison

and our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Heyhoe.

Welcome to Reception!


New Life

We have learnt about the Ascension of Jesus into Heaven this week and we will be discussing Pentecost and the Holy Spirit prior to the Pentecost Liturgy.

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

Our Father

Who art in Heaven

Hallowed be thy Name

Thy Kingdom come

Thy will be done

On earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread

and forgive us our trespasses

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation 

but deliver us from evil.


Subitize :

This is the ability to percieve, without counting, the number of objects in a group.

The children love these songs and are trying to look at the arrangements of the items and see how the pattern helps with estimating. Have a look and have a go with them !

Health and Well being

 We  had a visit from Simon on Wednesday with 'Flat Stan'- the children enjoyed taking part, especially the practical elements. Do get your child to tell you about it. Can they remember the number to ring in an emergency? Does your child know their address? The number and name of your street could be really important information to share with them.  They were very proud of their certificates and stickers that went home with their booklets.

We have talked about Stranger Danger and I hope that they can tell you what they would do if they got lost in a big store /supermarket.  We have also being thinking about the importance of sleep, exercise and a healthy diet to maintain good health and keep our levels of fitness up. They had a cut and stick lunchbox activity where they had to choose the foods that were healthy .

 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 also  be investigating how substances change when they are heated or frozen and doing some experiments too. We will be making predictions as to what changes may occur and then checking to see if we were right or not.


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.

Diary Dates

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

Forthcoming Events


 Fri 12th July - Last Celebration Assembly

Reports to Parents sent out

End of year disco 6-7.30


Monday 15th July - School Sports at 9.20

Thurs 18th 9.30 whole school Mass

School closes for the summer.


Mrs Heyhoe is now recovering at home  from her hip operation and Miss Midgley is working in Reception until Summer.



Our Class Charity for this year has been Macmillan Cancer Care.  We had collected £37.17 in loose change in our Penguin moneybox so our 



A huge 'THANK YOU' -

your contributions will make a difference.

As you can see we had a wonderful trip to Thornton Hall Farm. We learned about some of the different farm animals and we fed some too. Collecting eggs was another favoured  activity and the 'Jumping Pillows' were definitely a resounding success!

Alexander Howgate was the lucky winner and we raised £25 - so a big THANK YOU to all who bought tickets.  Our total is now over £700 !


The Leader in Me

We are currently thinking about habit 7

Sharpen the Saw - Balancing all

We are thinking about the importance of having a good balance  in our lives. The need to rest, relax, exercise, sleep and eat healthy foods.

Snack Money

Please send in any overdue snack money as soon as you can - so we can tally our accounts before the summer holidays.

Thank you

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.

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.