Variety Show Photographs 13.7.18

Stay and Play for new Reception intake

Thank you for all the parents that came and brought their children to visit us this morning. It was really wonderful to meet you and we are looking forward to working with you over the course of the next academic year.

Our wonderful Class 2017-18

Week Beginning 4/6/18

Welcome back. We hope that you have had a lovely half term holiday.  We are following the theme of Parties this week. A number of the children have had birthdays recently and wanted to turn the role play area into a party zone!  This also fits with our school RE focus, Hinduism, where Early years have the theme of Diwali as an area of learning.

We will be looking at using all the phonics that we have been learning to blend together 3 and more sounds.  We will be using our phonic skills to read books, follow trails and play games in class.

In mathematics we will be looking at shapes, knowing the names of both 2 and 3D shapes and learning about some of the properties of these shapes.

Finally we will be working on supporting the children in forming their letters properly using the schools handwriting scheme.  You can find more details of  this on the home learning tab and the side of this page.

June 2018 Year R parents letter

Week beginning 14/5/18

We are revising all our Phase 3 phonics for the next two weeks.  I have added some more resources to the Home Learning Phonics section if you would like to continue some of this learning at home.  We will be thinking of Special places this week in RE.  We will be continuing our theme of Police, thinking about how they help us and how we help each other.

Week Beginning 7/5/18

We hope you enjoyed the long bank holiday weekend.  This week the children are planning to develop the role play area into a police station.  They are planning to investigate crimes and write up reports.

Week Beginning 30/4/18

We are continuing with the theme of New life and will be exploring life cycles of animals this week.  We are encouraging the children in look for similarities and differences in the natural environment.  In Mathematics we are looking at positional language and being able to give and receive instructions that involve language such as below, above, next to and in front.  We will also be looking at the story of the ascension in RE.


Week beginning 23/4/18

We are exploring the Easter story this week.  We will also be making our own snack of a cress and cheese sandwich, using the cress that we have grown and planting a bean to see if we can grow our own beanstalk like Jack!

Summer Newsletter for Reception

April 2018 Year R parents letter

Outside Learning Zone Opening – Stay and Play 27/3/18

Here are just a few of the thoughts that parents and carers had about the morning:

“Absolutely brilliant morning the kids loved it”

“Enjoyable event. Kids had fun. Great water area and loved the hill too.”

“The water feature is beautiful. We had such a lovely day. The activities were great fun!”

“Thank you to all who’ve made the new play area possible. A fantastic morning with plenty of creative play.”

Week Beginning 26/3/18

As we are entering Holy week we will be continuing our RE focus. We will be looking at the theme of forgiveness and how Jesus forgave hos friend and is ready to forgive us.

We will also be having our special Easter Stay and Play on Wednesday when we will be opening our new outdoor learning area.  We will be making the most of the area what ever the weather so please make sure that your child has their wellies and waterproof clothing in school so that they can fully enjoy our outside learning.

We will be building on the knowledge we have of our diagraphs ch, sh and th, using them to spell phonically regular words and working at our letter formation.

Wishing you a joyful Easter and all the blessings of the season.

Week Beginning 19/3/18

This week we will be exploring the RE unit of Sorrow and Joy.  We will be thinking about how to be kind and not hurt others. We will be reflect on ways to be kind and helpful to others and what to do when things go wrong with our friendships.  We will be hearing a bible story about a man who is forgiven his debts but does not want to forgive someone who owes him.

We will be continuing to find simple ways to measure time and trying to sequence daily events.

In phonics we will be working on learning some tricky words which are hard to sound out and learning the following two phonemes

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Week beginning 12/3/18

The children have been thinking about how they want to change the role play area.  They have decided to make it into a dinosaur cave.  They have been helping to stick together black plastic to make the cave wall and cut out some dinosaur numbered feet to have on the floor.  This week they will be developing the area and using paper mache and mixing colours to make a landscape for dinosaurs to live in.  A number of children are particularly interested in lava and volcanoes, so we are thinking that the dinosaurs may have some sort of adventure trying to escape the lava!

Mathematically we will be sorting and ordering dinosaurs and using them to find one more and one less. We will also be looking at how we can measure time on an ipad.

In phonics we will be learning these sounds

Week Beginning 5/3/18

Welcome back after the snow. We will be picking up the work that we missed last week due to the snow days.


Week Beginning 26/2/18

This week we will be exploring the changes that have happened to the outside area and continuing our hare work linked to the GOGO HARES.  We will be making a hare dance and using words to label up the parts of a hare.

Our Phonics this week are


Feb 2018 Year R Parents Letter

Week Beginning 19/2/18

Hope you have had a fun and restful half term and are looking forward to returning to school.  We have got lots of exciting learning to come this half term.

In phonics we will be practicing our tricky words ( ones that we can not sound out) and learning these new phonemes.

We will be sharing a new book in class “Guess How Much I Love You” this story is linked to some exciting news that will be announced in Monday assembly.  You might want to visit the following site with your child Guess How Much I Love You

In mathematics we will be looking at the language around adding and subtracting. Words we will be using include

add, sum, increase, plus, more, total to talk about addition

take away, decrease, less, minus to talk about subtraction

See how many of these you can build into family conversations so that your child becomes confident using them.

Week Beginning 5/2/18

We are continuing to look at our RE theme.  This week the children will be exploring how Jesus healed people, thinking about people who are unwell and taking part in praying for them.

We are covering the following phonemes this week

We will also be exploring the teen numbers using numicon and 10p and 1p coins to look at ways of making teen numbers with tens and ones.

If you are talking to your child about teen (13-19) numbers it really helps if you can emphasize the pronunciation of the ‘-teen’ part of
the number name, to help avoid later confusion with ‘-ty’ (e.g. confusion of ‘thirteen’ with ‘thirty’).

Week beginning 29/1/18

This week we will be engaged in some RE work as part of a unit called “Getting to know Jesus.”  We will be reading the stories of when Jesus was lost at the temple, when Jesus called the disciples and also the story about how the children came to Jesus and he did not let the disciples turn them away.  Towards the end of the week we will be thinking about how we can show our love for Jesus by what we do.

We will be finishing off the last of the single letter sound this week and starting on the phonemes that are made by two letters making one sound.

In mathematical learning we will be looking at coins and money.  We will be working at recognising coins and being able to work out totals using the correct coins to 10p.  As part of this learning the children have decided to turn our role play area into a cafe.

Week Beginning  22/1/18

In class we have been working really hard on hearing the beginning middle and end sounds in words.   This is helping us to segment ( break up) words into their sounds to help spell them and to blend together the sounds to read the words.  We are becoming confident doing this with the sounds that we have learnt so far so we are going to finish off the last letters of the alphabet over the next couple of weeks and then will start learning about sounds where two letters make one sound.  The letters we are focusing on this week are…

Week beginning 15/1/18

We are continuing our work on Goldilocks and the Three Bears this week.  We will be helping Goldilocks to write some lists using our knowledge of phonics to support us.

Mathematically we will be continuing to look at one more and one less, counting up the spots on dominoes and finding dominoes with less and more spots.

Lat week the children really enjoyed using the charcoal to make pictures of the bears house.  they wanted to use this resource again, so this week we will be using the media to make observational drawings of porridge pots and bowls.

We are using the phonics we have learnt so far to make some words. We are blending sounds together to read some words and segmenting words into their parts to spell them.  We are particularly focusing on listening to the order of the sounds within words. What do we hear first, in the middle and at the end of the word.

Jan 2018 Year R parents letter


Week Beginning 27/11/17

We are starting to think about Advent this week. Advent is a time when we prepare to celebrate the coming of our Lord: immediately at Christmas, and at the end of time for Jesus Christ’s glorious coming.
Advent is also a time when we train ourselves to be ready to meet Jesus who comes to us every day in other people, events and situations and lovingly challenges us. We may not be able to see or understand immediately how he is helping us, but if we keep our hearts open to him he will give us what is best.  The children will be thinking about how they can get ready for Jesus’ Birthday and how they can show love, hope, peace and joy in their lives and with others.

Mathematically we will be exploring shapes and their names

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For phonics we will be using the sounds that we have so far to make some words.  We will also be continuing to work on listening for where sounds come in words and particularly hearing beginning sounds and end sounds (rhyme).

Week Beginning 20/11/17

We are continuing with the theme of people who help us when we are in trouble.  We will be looking at getting help when they is a problem. Practicing asking and responding questions about the problem when pretending to ring the emergency services.  This week we will be looking at linking sets of objects to their numeral and starting to record our maths thinking on paper.  this week we will be recalling all the letter sounds we have learnt so far and learning about tricky words (ones that are difficult to decode phonically).

Phase 2 tricky words

All the sounds that we have learnt with pictures of the actions have been added to the home learning section.  Click on home learning on the left and then scroll down to the Phonics button.  The action cards are at the bottom of the post.

Week Beginning 13/11/17

This week we are learning about the Emergency services and people who help us when we are in trouble.  We will be pretending to be doctors and asking questions to find out what is wrong with our patients, making emergency vehicle models and playing maths games to get the emergency vehicles to the the fire. We will be looking at making sets of emergency vehicles and finding the total amount of vehicles that we have. (If you have any clean bandages or plasters that you no longer require, we would be grateful for them for our role play area)

Our phonics this week are…

Learning about our teeth – 10.11.17

We were lucky to have Henry the horse come and his friend come and talk to us about keeping our teeth healthy.  We learnt about the importance of cleaning our teeth, visiting the dentist and choosing snacks that are good for our teeth.

Phonics Stay and Play Cafe – 7.11.17

We had a wonderful afternoon sharing our phonic learning with our families.  We looked at one of our phonic stories together, showed our visitors the actions to go with the sounds we learnt, played games, read letters and words and enjoyed lots of wonderful stories together.  Thank you to all the parents to made the time to come along.

Here are some of the comments that parents and carers made about the event.

Really enjoyable range of Phonic led activities, Thank you.

It’s a good interactive kind of activity. Thank you.

Thank you we have enjoyed this stay and play.

Thank you for the opportunity to see how they learn phonics.  I enjoyed the session and found it of value.

valuable learning experience for parents as well as children.  I enjoyed the session today.

Thank you for today, my son loves doing reading. Hope one day they could do writing as well.

Week Beginning 6/11/17

This week we will be looking at these graphemes

We will be continuing to think about fireworks reading and performing more firework poems, but will also be reading some other poetry by Michael Rosen

We are looking at matching numerals with amounts and counting out amounts to match the numeral.

Remember that this week we will also be having our “Phonics Cafe” on Tuesday.  Please fill in reply slip or let the office know it you are able to attend.

Week beginning  30.10.17

This week we will be looking at these graphemes

We will be starting a new unit of learning called “Celebrations”. Our initial focus will be Bonefire Night and Fireworks.

  • We will learning and performing some songs with actions about fireworks.
  • We will be looking at the sounds that fireworks make.
  • We will be counting pretend fireworks and finding one less when one explodes and is gone.
  • We will be making firework related pictures and models

Please remember your child is being dropped off at the main playground.

Your child will also need their PE kit on wednesdays as we are starting PE in the Hall (Please also make sure that your child does not have earrings in that day, as we cannot take earrings out for children and your child cannot do PE with any jewellery on)

Week beginning 16.10.17

These are the graphemes that we are learning this week

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Now we are starting to know a few more letters we will be putting them together to make some simple words.

We will also be focusing on RE this week;

  • Know that God cares for each of us
  • Hear about things God has created
  • Know that God asks us to care for the world
  • Know that God created each one of us special and different

This week is also parent evening please sign up online for a slot.  If you are unable to make it, please let one of the reception staff know and we will try to find another time to meet you.

We are starting our Phonics teaching this week


The first sounds that we will be listening and looking at are s, a, t, p; we will be reading the following books alongside each sound

s – My pet snake

a – The big sneeze

t – The tip tap dancing cat

p- Pirate Pete

There is more information about how we teach reading and phonics on the Home links section on the left hand side of this page, if you would like to find out more. Including a particularly useful video on how to pronounce each sound correctly.


Harvest Festival

Thank you to all the families who supported this event by bringing in tins, packets and money.  We had a brilliant response from Reception class.  The tins and packets will go to a local food bank, shich supports families in times of crisis and the money  (£25.61 raised by reception class) will go to CAFOD will give you more information if you are interested.

Transistion questionaire letter 2017

Thank you to all the reception parents who responded to the Transition Questionnaire.  We were very grateful for you feedback and have already taken steps to act on some of it.  Below is the responses we got to each question as a percentage.

I received clear information about the admissions procedures well in advance of my child starting school.

76% strongly agreed

24% agreed

I found the stay and play sessions useful

88% strongly agreed

1% agreed

1% don’t know

I was able to share information about my child and ask any questions that worried me at the home visit

80% strongly agreed

20% agreed

The staff in reception class were approachable and supportive.

88% strongly agreed

6% agreed

6% disagreed

My child has settled well into school.

70% strongly agreed

30% agreed

The class letter and class page of the website have helped me to know what is going on in my child’s class.

53% strongly agreed

47% agreed

The school office staff were helpful and supportive.

88% strongly agreed

6% agreed

6% don’t know

I was able to use the school system for booking lunch easily.

88% strongly agreed

12% agreed

First Day at St Mary and St Peter 7.9.17

Well done to all the children who spent their first morning with us in Reception today.  It was wonderful to have you and everyone commented how well you settled into class.  We are looking forward to having a wonderful term with you.

Sept 2017 Year R parents letter[2] (1)

Welcome to St Mary and St Peter

Stay and Play 6/9/17

Thank you to all who came to the Stay and Play this morning.  The children had a lovely time exploring their new learning area.  It was also great to start to get to know you all.