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
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • 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;  (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.


Click here for the latest curriculum overview

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.

Thank you

Mrs Davies, Miss Cable, Miss Huffey, Miss Prentice

Weekly Update

10/11/2017:  Last week, our Reception children visited the Gudwhara in Gravesend as part of “Understanding the World”. Their awareness of the World around them was extended by visiting the Sikh Temple and finding out about different elements of the Sikh culture. Their visit also focused on  helping the children to learn about how other people are different from them, yet share some of the same characteristics and ideas. The children were amazed at the splendour of the Sikh Temple and how generous our hosts were. They had a wonderful time and were great ambassadors for St. John’s School.

This term our topic will be “While we sleep.” We have been looking at the solar system and have been exploring the planets. The children have been making a list of precious things they would take to the moon! Next week we will be exploring nocturnal animals and their habitats.
The children are continuing to learn phase 2 sounds (s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k,ck, e, u, r, h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss. )   Please encourage your child to share their book with you and read stories to them as often as you can.
This week, we would like you to encourage your child to count, add and recognise numbers at home eg counting number of stairs they climb or counting how many plates and cutlery they set out on the table.
Please refer to our website for future dates for your diary and recommended websites for your child/ children.

13/10/2017:  Last week, Reception children were busy having fun finding rhyming words. They learnt the “Gruffalo Song” with actions!! They continued to learn phase 2 sounds (s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k.)

We have added a new water play area in the sensory garden. This will teach the children about maths and science in play. Some of the children were busy decorating recycled materials to make a “sound” area. Your child’s class photograph appeared in the Gravesend Messenger on Thursday. It was exciting for the children to spot themselves in the photograph.

This week, we would like you to encourage your child to use mathematical language to describe and compare quantities or size eg I am taller than you. This book is heavier than the pencil. The pencil is longer than the sharpener etc.

We will be segmenting and blending CVC words and matching them to the correct picture or object. The children will be finding totals by counting two groups together.

This week will be the last week before half term. Enjoy your break together and have lots of rest before term two begins.

Thank you for your support.

29/09/2017:  Last week, Reception were busy learning about themselves and painting their portraits. They were introduced to “Ollie Organisation” and a lucky child received a postcard from Ollie for being prepared to learn at school each day by themselves.

This week, the children are going to continue to learn phase 2 sounds (s, a, t, p, i, n, m and d) and segment and blend letters and sounds in their reading. We would like you to encourage your child to make CVC words with letter magnets, or spell their own name using a pencil, tracing in sand or using play dough to spell the letters.

The children will begin planting flower bulbs in the sensory garden. A lovely sight for the children to see in Spring!

Please continue to read with your child and sign their Reading Records.

Thank you for your support.

18/09/2017:  Last week, Reception was busy enjoying their first full week at school. The children are enjoying settling into routine and learning during child initiated time.  They were made feel special at our special “Welcome Assembly.” They also modelled their best smiles, as their picture was taken for the “Gravesend Messenger.”

This week, the children are going to learn phase 2 sounds and begin their reading. They are very excited. The children will receive two books to bring home. Please read them with your child and sign the reading record. Homework will be given out on Monday. Please return it on Thursday and allow your child to complete their own work, using a pencil to write.

Thank you for supporting your child.

Check out the children the children learning through child initiated activities below.

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