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 –

Phonics information for parents:


Phonics Information for Parents

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.



Weekly Update


The children are all getting very excited about going to Kent Life next week and we have been doing lots of work about the farm and learning about different animals.
A few reminders about the trips:
Class R1 and R2 are going to Kent Life on Tuesday 9th July
Class R3 and R4 are going to Kent Life on Wednesday 10th July
Please ensure your child brings a backpack to school that day with a packed lunch, water bottle, sun hat and rain mac. School uniform must still be worn but children may wear comfortable shoes (including trainers) and no book bag is needed.
We cannot wait for you to see all the picture and hear about all the fun we are going to have!



The children have enjoyed this busy week. We have been reading the story “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and have had a go at rewriting the story. Our own little caterpillars have now turned into chrysalides and we have moved them into the net ready for them to turn into butterflies.

The most exciting part of our week was of course sports day! Thank you to all the parents who came to support and well done to all the children!

We have lots of things happening next week, on Monday the children can wear their own clothes in return for bringing a bottle for the PTA fun day. On Friday the children are also able to wear sports clothes to celebrate the end of sports week.



The children have had a great and very busy week as always! Class R1 have been busy preparing for their first class assembly on Monday, we are all very excited!

All reception children were very surprised when some little visitors arrived in our classrooms, we all have 5 caterpillars staying with us! We are really enjoying watching them grow and next week will be learning all about the life cycle of a butterfly and of course reading ‘the very hungry caterpillar’ one of Miss Cable’s favourite books!

We are all very busy preparing for sports day on Friday 21st, you all should have received a letter in your child’s bag about which colour team they are in, we ask that children wear their PE shorts and plimsolls and their team coloured tshirt on sports day. They do not need to bring in school uniform as will stay in this all day. Sports day will take place from 9.00am and you are all very welcome!



It has been a very busy week even though it has only been 4 days!

Firstly, thank you to all the parents who attended your consultation meeting with your child’s teacher, I hope you found it useful and a positive experience!

In maths this week, we have been learning about halving, halving shapes and objects and also halving numbers. The children have shown great knowledge and are looking forward to learning about doubling next week.

We have been doing lots of writing about things we like and why. It is so wonderful to see the children becoming more independent in their writing and being able to implement their phonics knowledge.

In phonics we are continuing with our phase 3 digraphs, this week learning ur and ow. We have been reading and writing words such as fur, curl, surf, cow, owl, clown. Next week we will be learning the digraph oi and the trigraph ear.

The children had great fun on Friday morning at Gary’s science show, they learnt all about forces! All children in reception have a letter in their bags about joining Gary’s after school science club! ​


The children have settled back into school well.

On Monday we celebrated St George’s day by learning about the story of St George. The children retold the story using puppets, wrote the story and made flags and shields.

The rest of the week we have been learning about Sikhism. We learnt all about Langar and looked at pictures of the kitchen at the Gurdwara. Children created their own favourite meal, and at the end of the week we prepared and enjoyed a meal together of rice and chapattis.

The children have been showing us how well they know their numbers to 20 and how they can order them for 0-20. ​

We have been recapping our phase 3 digraphs and trigraphs in phonics, we revised qu, ch, sh, th, ng, ai, ee, igh, oa and oo (long and short)


This week we have been very busy preparing for mother’s day, making cards and writing lovely things about the special mummies, nannies and aunties in our lives.

In maths we have been revisiting addition and subtraction, we have been using manipulatives to help us, but also becoming more confident to count on and back to find the answer.

In phonics we have learnt the trigraph igh and the digraph oa. We have been reading and writing words such as light, knight, night, coat, toast, soap.

We have a very busy week next week, we will be learning all about the Easter story, learning the long oo sound, in words like moon and the short oo sound in words like book. We also have the PTA disco on Wednesday and we might even be having an Easter egg hunt!


This week we have all enjoyed book week.

On Monday we had a performance from the writer Justin Coe, the children enjoyed joining in with lots of his poems and songs.

On Wednesday we enjoyed wearing our pyjamas and having our special bedtime stories with our mums, dads and teachers, we especially enjoyed the hot chocolate and marshmallows.

The whole school enjoyed the same book this week, which was “Shh we have a plan” The children in reception have all learnt the story by heart with actions, they have all also sequenced the story and even written simple sentences.

In maths we have been learning about doubling, which the children have really enjoyed. Next week we will be revising addition and subtraction, using number lines and manipulatives to help us.

In phonics we have learnt the vowel digraphs ai and ee, in words such as rain, train, chain, feet, sheep and teeth. Next week we will learn igh and oa. ​



After our special visit last week the children have been very busy making missing person posters, will we find the Hulk and Elsa?

In maths we have been looking and halving and sharing, the children have been showing how they can practically share different amounts into groups. Next week we will be learning all about doubling.

In phonics we have learnt the digraphs th and ng, reading and writing words such as thin, thick, moth, king, wing and ring. Next week we will be learning the vowel digraphs ai and ee, in words such as rain, pain, bee, seed, sheep.

We have been very impressed by the homework this week and have decided to show our work next week to the rest of KS1, well done to all the children!

Next week is book week, don’t forget that children can wear their pyjamas to school on Wednesday, you are also invited to come and read with your child from 2pm on this day, we are really looking forward to seeing you!



This week our main focus has been learning about Lent and how we prepare for Easter. The children have been very busy thinking about their Lenten promises and writing these for our classroom displays.

We learnt about Shrove Tuesday and enjoyed making and eating pancakes we also learnt all about Ash Wednesday and had a visit from our parish priest where the children all received ashes.

In phonics we learn the digraphs ch and sh, we read and wrote words containing these digraphs, such as; chip, chop, much, shell, shop and fish. Next week we will be learning th and ng.

In maths, wehave been learning the names and properties of different 3d shapes.

We also had a surprise visit from a superhero on Friday, I’m sure your children will tell you all about it!! ​


The children have settled back into the new term well, and we have all been enjoying this rather unseasonable weather!

Thank you to all the parents and family members who attended our stay and play sessions on Tuesday. I hope you found them enjoyable and a valuable experience, we are looking forward to holding more throughout the year!

This week we have had lots of fun learning about 2d and 3d shapes. Lots of children are very confident to name 2d shapes and their properties, we will continue with 3d shapes next week.

The children loved making and decorating biscuits which has led to great writing opportunities, lots of recipes and ingredients lists have been written.

Next week is Ash Wednesday, so a large focus on our learning next week will of course be about lent and the promises that we will be making during this time. ​


This week was very busy with our phonics talks and lessons. May I just thank all the parents who attended the phonics meetings over the three days, I hope they were insightful and you feel more knowledgeable than before! As always, if you ever have any questions please always do see Miss Cable or your child’s class teacher.

In phonics (as many of you know!) we were learning the letters h, b, f and l. The children are gaining such confidence with their phonics now and so many children are able to implement this into writing. Some of the words we were writing this week included hug, hat, hot, bat, bug, bin, fig, fan, fin, lip, log, leg and lid. We also have been reading and writing the tricky words the, I, no, go, to, he, she and into.

Next week, we will be looking at the digraphs (two letters that make one sound) ss, ff and ll, reading and writing words such as hiss, huff and bell.

In maths, this week we have had a lot of fun learning about capacity, the children have enjoyed using the water and have been encouraged to use words such as full, empty and half full and also ordering different amounts of liquid from full to empty. We will continue with measures next week where we will be learning about length and weight.

In literacy the children enjoyed the story “Oliver’s Milkshake” where we had a go at writing our own ingredients list and even had a go at making them on Friday! I was pleased the banana milkshake went down so well and chocolate milkshake was (temporarily!) forgotten about.

We will be using our maths knowledge in our literacy this week, where the children will be encouraged to write sentences about different fruit and vegetables and even challenged to use a conjunction, eg The watermelon is heavy but the blueberry is light.​


The children have enjoyed the story “Oliver’s vegetables” this week. The children even tasted some vegetables from the story, including beetroot, spinach, peas and celery. The children have been enjoying writing about the different tastes and textures.
In maths, we have enjoyed solving addition and subtraction problems using resources to help us, we have played lots of games to consolidate our addition and subtraction knowledge.
The children have all worked really hard during phonics this week and are looking forward to showing you all we learn during our lessons when you are invited to the phonics talk and session on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.



The children have had a great week and have all been working hard. In maths we have been learning to subtract using resources and pictorial representation. The children have enjoyed doing this and have been able to read number sentences and work out the answer.

In literacy we have been reading Handa’s surprise. The children enjoyed the story and enjoyed using their senses when looking at some of the fruits, they even tried some of the fruits that are featured, the pineapple and mango were very popular, the avocado, however, was not! The looking, smelling, touching and tasting of the fruits led to lots  of brilliant discussion and the children been doing lots of writing and using great adjectives!

We were very lucky as we had a beautiful basket of fruit sent to us by Broadditch farm so many children were able to complete beautiful observational drawings of different fruits and lots of these have been put in frames in our snack cafe for the whole year group to enjoy looking at.
In phonics we recapped the sounds g, o, c and k, the children wrote lots of words containing these graphemes such as get, log, cat, pink.

Another busy but excellent week!


I cannot believe we are nearly at the end of term 2, the weeks seem to be whizzing by! The children have had a very busy week getting into the festive spirit. We have been rehearsing for our nativity play, writing Christmas cards and even had some special video messages from Father Christmas!

We have still managed to squeeze in some phonics, where we have been recapping the sounds s, a, t and p. We have been writing words that include these sounds and some children have even been doing this independently.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend, not long until Christmas Day!


We have had a very busy week. In maths the children have enjoyed learning about one less, using resources to help them.
We have been learning all about advent and the children have enjoyed creating their own advent wreaths and making a class wreath for our displays.
In phonics we have been learning the sounds ff, ll, ss and also the tricky words I, the, go and no.
We have been rehearsing for our nativity and we are very excited for you all to come and watch us!
Thank you to all the parents who attended infant mass and well done to the children who did the offertory, we were very proud of you!


The children have enjoyed learning all about one more in maths, we have used lots of resources to help us and next week we will learn about one less.
In phonics we have learnt the phonemes r, h, b, f and l. We have read words such as rat, hat, bat, fun and leg. The children are becoming more confident to segment and blend words and even simple captions.
The children all really enjoyed taking part in the danceathon, and we were very impressed with their moves!
Next week we will be learning about advent and the way different countries prepare for Christmas.


The children have all been working so hard this week. In phonics we have continued the next set of letters in phase 2, these were ck, e, u and r. For ck the children learnt that this is a digraph, when 2 letters make 1 sound. We read words that contained wthis digraph such as sack, sock and pack, although quite tricky the children picked it up very quickly and were even able to have a go at writing words containing this digraph.
We have been working on our numbers this week, where we have been counting, ordering and recognising, next week we will introduce one more and one less.
The children are still showing great interest in nocturnal animals and have been enjoying learning different facts.
In RE the children have really enjoyed learning about the creation story and drawing pictures of things that God made.
We have also been getting into the Christmas spirit and have started learning Christmas songs for our performance, some children also have lines in their bags to learn, I was very impressed that some children already know them! Well done!




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.