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 (class R1), Mrs Murtagh, Miss Rees (Class R2), Mrs Jenkinson, Ms Howard (Class R3) and Miss Prentice (class R4). The teaching assistants are Miss Neat (class R2), Mrs Berry (class R3), Mrs Lyons (class R4) and Mrs Shaw (Class R1). 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
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
These areas of learning are taught through different topics during the school year. This term our topic is “What a Wonderful World”
If yourself or a member of your family would like to come into school to share an element of our culture, eg, music, dance, clothes, language then please speak to your child’s class teacher.
Uniform: All children must be in their correct uniform, children are allowed to wear summer uniform until Monday 25th September, after this all children must be in winter uniform. Please ensure that ALL uniform is clearly named, including ties. All children must have a St John’s book bag which can be purchased from the school office.
PE kits and bags must also be named.
Children are allowed to wear a pair of plain stud earrings but no other jewellery must be worn.
Reading/phonics: We follow the letters and sounds phonics scheme, we begin by practising our listening skills and listen to different familiar sounds. (phase 1.)When we move to phase two we begin by learning the letters s, a, t, p, i, n.
We learn the phoneme (sound) and how to write the grapheme (written letter) we also learn the letter name.
When reading words using these graphemes, eg “sat” we encourage children to segment (sound each phoneme out) and blend (blend all the sounds together)
There are lots of great child friendly websites that can help you too, for example; www.mrthorne.com (also has apps and is on youtube)
Homework: All children should read daily with parents at home.
Children will be given reading books on a weekly basis.
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.
Important dates/ notices:
Thursday 14 September: Newspaper photos –“First Class.”
Thursday 21 September: Whole school mass (Junior playground)
Please make your child’s class teacher aware of any dietary requirements before your child eats dinners at school eg only eats vegetables, or cannot eat pork.
Mrs Davies, Miss Cable, Miss Huffey, Miss Prentice