St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Love, learn and live in Christ!

Dear Parents and Carers, I hope that you are well and keeping safe. If you, or anyone you know, has a child who will be of RECEPTION class age in September 2021 (born between 1/9/16 and 31/8/17), and you would like to apply for a place, please contact the school office for an application form. NURSERY admissions - If your child will be 3 years old by 31st December (born before 31/12/17) and you would like to apply for a place to start in January 2021 please contact the school office for an application form and any advice you may need if you believe you qualify for 30 hours. We will then contact you about a tour of the setting. 01484 713037. Keep staying safe and smiling everyone! Mrs Hodges


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This week we will be learning:

- Words that rhyme! At home you could: Play rhyming games with me, sing songs, read rhyming books.

- How to write the curly caterpillar letters- c a o s. At home you could: Practise handwriting! Always starting from the top.

- The sounds s a t p i n. At home you could: Play eye spy. So your child can be listening for the initial sounds in words.

- Comparing amounts. At home you could: Play games like who has more and who has less? Use the language of more than and less than.

- About the signs of Autumn. At home you could: Talk about what animals do at Autumn time.

We love music! Our song for the year is the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy!

We had so much fun on our Rainbow Challenge! Thank you for supporting such a great day!


Obstacle Course

Our Topic: How Many Colours in a Rainbow?

We will learn about:

  • Colour in the natural and man- made world
  • Explore and create patterns
  • How colours can be mixed together to create other colours
  • How animals use colour and pattern for camouflage and attraction     Key Vocabulary: Rainbow, Rain, Clouds, Weather, World, Light, Colour, Patterns, Camouflage.

The Reception class learn from focused activities (around 20 minutes) and then they get to play in the learning environment.

Our Areas of Learning:

  • Religious Education
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts nd Design

Reception Phonics

Our focus this half term: Phase 2 phonics (single sounds)

If your child is finding a sound tricky look at books with the sound in or play some games e.g Bingo, Snap.

You can search the sound and Geraldine the Giraffe on YouTube for phonics lessons.

Religious Education

Our Focus this Half Term: God's World

We will learn about the Creation Story and how we love and care for the world.

Key Vocabulary: God, Creation, World, Powerful, Noah, Ark, Flood, Rainbow.


Our Focus this half term: Place value of numbers up to 5! 


Maths Games:

Key Vocabulary: Numbers, Counting, Altogether, More than, Less than, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4,5.




Your child will be sent home with a reading book, we will read weekly with your child and we ask you to try and read daily. We will assess your child's phonics and spellings and choose an appropriate story.

We may not change the book weekly if we feel your child needs longer with the book. Please do not become focused on your child changing books, they will be reading lots at school and progressing at their own pace. We will be assessing them all of the time and will decide if they need more time with it.

Please try read with your child daily. We will ask you to write in the book when you have. We write comments in the book that will help support the next person reading with them E.g, Adam found the s sound tricky or  he did well with the sounds.

We want children to love reading!


Our Focus this half term: Recognising and writing single letters

At home: Practise recognising and writing their name!

Reception Spellings