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Reception Class 

The staff in the reception class are

Miss Tabbinor & Mrs Statham

supported by Miss Wallace & Miss Sheeran


Hello! Welcome back to Reception Class,

I hope you have all been safe and well and have had a lovely summer break. Miss Tabbinor, Mrs Statham, Miss Wallace and Miss Sheeran are really looking forward to working with you this year.  Our focus for this ½ term is ‘Dinosaurs’. Our BIG question is ‘Could dinosaurs still be alive today?’

Please see below the activities linked to this topic.  

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.

Please continue to send to school 'Magic Moments' using the evidence me App. This is to share when you feel that your child has learnt something new, this will  enable us to provide the next steps in their learning.


Class Saint

The Holy Family


This special Saint day is 26th December and Reception class will celebrate this day

 in school on Friday 7th January 2022 




Each week a child will be chosen to bring home ‘Eddie’ our class bear to spend a weekend with you.

Please write in the diary what adventures you have been up to together.

You can even include some photos if you wish.
The diary will then be shared with the class each Friday.




This half term we are going to be thinking about the amazing ‘Creation’.

We will be thinking about all of God’s creations and how we are created to love and to be loved.

We will also be learning about our Class saint, the Holy family. 





We are going to be creating dinosaur paintings and pictures and also making a 3D volcano.
We will be learning a range of songs and rhymes and will listen to different types of music.



Understanding of the World


Using our chatter boxes we will finding out about our family and community.

We will be comparing animals of today and animals of the past and how they are different.

We will be looking at what / where volcanoes are and how they are different to hills and mountains. 

We will be focusing on looking closely at the season of Autumn



Class Text

Our class texts for Autumn 1 Dinosaur Roar by Henrietta Stickland




Reception Class Focus 

Our class focus for Autumn 1 term is ...

‘Listen carefully to a story’

Please encourage this at home 






Children will be learning to count and recognise numbers to 10 through daily maths activities, stories, and rhymes. We will be comparing size and length (How long is a diplodocus’ neck?) Children will be learning to subitise – learning to recognise how many objects / pictures there are without counting.  




We will be listening to lots of dinosaur stories. Our Focus Stories will be Dinosaur Roar and Tom and the Island of Dinosaurs.

We will think carefully about how we hold our pencil for drawing and writing and how we write the letters in our name



We will be learning to read through teaching your child the sound that each letter makes so that they can build up to reading words. This ½ term we will be delivering phase 2 sounds. Your child will bring home the phase 2 sounds.

Sharing books at home has great impact on your child’s achievement. Please read with your child every day and listen to them read too

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

Autumn 1 2021



The children will have P.E. on Tuesday with Port Vale and on Friday with the class teacher. P.E. kits need to be in school for the ½ term. Both P.E. sessions will develop children’s balance, agility and confidence in moving in different ways.

Please make sure ALL P.E. kits 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.

Autumn 1 2021


17th September – Creative Day – Come dressed as a Dinosaur, Palaeontologist or explorer!

21/09/21 Target meetings 3:30 – 6pm (in person)

22/09/21 Target meetings 5:30 – 8:30 (virtual)

5/10/21 Phonics Afternoon / Evening 2pm / 6pm

19/10/21 Parent Drop In Sessions 3:20 – 4:20

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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