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Reception Class 

The staff in the reception class are

Miss Birks, Miss Wallace and Miss Kelsall


Hello! Welcome back to Reception Class, I hope you are ready for the summer term and hopefully some nice weather! We are all looking forward to this half term and we are so excited to help the children with their learning again and progress on from what we have already learnt.

Our main focus for this half term is “Pirates” with a look at the season of summer. However, we will also use the children's interests as the starting point for our planning and activities. We would also like to welcome any ideas from you as parents of your child's interests, places they have visited, activities they have done that we can build upon. Please send ideas in your child's reading diaries, homework books or pass any ideas to a member of staff.

Parental Engagement 

We welcome any ideas from you as parents of your child's interests, places they have visited, activities they have enjoyed to build on this within our planning. In the Foundation Stage we use 'Evidence Me' to build up a profile of your child's learning. You as parents can contribute to your child's profile by downloading the 'evidence me' app. You will receive observations and photographs of your child at school and you can also send in photographs and 'wow moments' from home - we love to see them! 

Please see the information below on how to use evidence me.

Online Reading Library

Oak National Academy are working with the National Literacy Trust to launch a new online library for pupils. The Virtual School Library hosts free reading and writing content from children’s authors, providing a free-to-access book every week from the platform’s author of the week.

This week’s author is Jacqueline Wilson. A great way to keep children reading at home!






Class Saint

St Francis of Assisi

This special day of celebration is Sunday 4th October. Reception class will celebrate this day on Friday 2nd October.




Our class Saint is St Francis. Each week a child will be chosen to bring home ‘Francis the bear’ to spend a weekend with you. Please write in the diary what adventures you have been up to, you can even include some photographs if you wish. 

Make sure you routine the diary on Monday.

The diary will then be shared with the rest of the class on Friday





St Francis   

People who help us



Summer crafts


Pirate based artwork

Collaborative work

Colour and colour mixing




Understanding of the World

Season of summer – what changes occur from spring to summer? What does summer look/feel/taste/sound/smell like?

Observation of our school environment

Comparing our country to other countries and environments

Plants and flowers




Class Text

Our class texts for Autumn 1 Dinosaur Roar by Henrietta Stickland


Class texts for Autumn 2 The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

Class Text for SPRING 1 is Ridiculous by Michael Coleman


Class Texts for Summer 1 are Traditional Tales


Class Text for Summer 2 Handra's Surprise by Eileen Browne




Reception Class Focus 

Our class focus for Summer 2 term is ...


‘Use our please’s and thank you’s consistently.’

Please encourage this at home 






Number bonds to 10 (automatic recall)

Doubling numbers to 5

Map skills and directions

Comparing quantities (more/less/equal)

Sharing quantities equally





Story Focus – Handa’s Surprise

 Phase 3/4 Phonics—letter sounds, digraphs and trigraphs, spelling words relevant to their phonics stage and simple sentences.

 Nursery Rhyme of the week – traditional nursery rhymes and some linked to Pirates and summer



Homework/Reading Expectations

Reading Diaries: Please listen to your child read at least 3 times a week (school policy) and ensure that you sign their diaries. Diaries will be checked every Friday.  Please practise any sounds and words that are in your child’s purse.

We will tick them when they recognise them correctly in school.



P.E – day & kit required

Summer 2 2021

The children should come in their P.E kit on the days that we have P.E. (Tuesday & Friday)

We will continue to focus on multi-skills this half term in our normal PE lessons.

Please still make sure all clothes are clearly labelled.




This term we will be following the Ten:Ten ‘Life to the Full’ programme for RSE. Please log into the parent portal to access information about the programme your children will be following, access to resources and suggestions for further activities at home. This half term we will be looking at Unit 3.

You will need the following login credentials for our school

Username:      st-mary-st6

Password:      vision24-st6



We will continue our eurhythmics work, listening and responding to a range of music using gross motor movement all together and taking turns in smaller groups. 


Class Diary- trips, assemblies etc.

Summer 2


Fathers Day (20th June

Nature Reserve Visit (23rd June)

Your Child's Health and Wellbeing 

All children are entitled to free NHS dental treatment. Take your child to the dentist regularly to make sure their teeth are healthy and developing well. 




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