Welcome to Reception

Welcome to the Foundation Stage, the first steps of your child’s learning journey at St Johns Catholic Primary School.

Every child deserves the best possible start in their education and through parental and teacher support they can fulfill their potential. The Reception year will lay the foundations to enable your child to become an independent and self-motivated learner throughout their whole school career.

The teacher in Reception team are Miss Cable, Miss Huffy, Miss Howard and Mrs McGrail.  The teaching assistants are Mrs Springhall, Mrs Berry, Mrs Lyons and Mrs Shaw. The phase leader is Mrs Lambourne.

In the Foundation Stage there are seven areas of learning:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

These areas of learning are taught through different topics during the school year.

There are lots of great child friendly websites that can help you too, for example;

Useful websites –

Voluntary fund: We kindly ask parents to donate £1 a week to our voluntary art and craft fund. This allows us to buy extra resources to enrich the curriculum.

Show and tell: On a Friday a few children from each class will be asked to bring something in from home which they can then talk about during a show and tell session, this helps to develop their confidence and speaking and listening skills.

Junk Modelling: We have an art studio in class R3 at the moment. Please could you donate the following for the children to make models:

  •  Buttons, cotton reels, thread, yarn and fabric scraps.
  • Plastic bottles, cartons and cardboard tubes.
  • Boxes/ cereal packets (no nuts), jar lids, tissue paper, sweet wrappers, foil and bubble wrap.


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Weekly Update


The children have been doing lots of great learning this week. We have been reading “owl babies” and researching facts about owls.
In maths we have been focusing on continuing and creating our own repeating patterns, using shapes, colours, and natural resource such as leaves.
In phonics we have learnt the phonemes g, o, c and k. We have been segmenting and blending the sounds so we can read words, such as cap, kit, on and got. We have also been reading captions! The children have been using their phonics lots in their reading and independent writing.
Next week we are going to be learning more about nocturnal animals and recapping our numbers 0-10, where we will be recognising, writing and ordering numbers.


The children have had another excellent week and are settling into school life so well. We have been focusing on getting used to the continuous provision within our own classrooms and our shared provision class, the children are now confident enough to free flow between their own classroom, the classroom next door and outside.

All classes have been enjoying PE lessons, and we were very impressed that so many children could get changed into their PE kits by themselves and pleased that most PE kits were labelled with names.

Next week we are looking forward to continuing phase 1 of phonics, where we are using our listening skills carefully to hear different sounds and use vocabulary to describe them. We will also be introducing non word books for the children to take home, this will help children to develop their language and comprehension skills.

A big thank you to all parents who have donated to the art and craft fund so far, it is a huge help to enable us to buy extra resources.

A MASSIVE thank you to everyone who supported our Children in Need fun raising this week! So far we have raised £1433.73!!!!

Congratulations to the Year 5/6 Handball team for winning their recent tournament!!