Your teacher is Miss Thomas and your teaching assistants are Mrs Oliwiak and Miss Fenton.


Reading Books

Reading books are changed every Monday. Please make sure your reading files are in school so we can look at the reading record and give you your new book. Please also sign the reading record everytime you read with your child.


In Reception, we learn a sound a day. Each child will be given a sheet to practise the sounds they have learnt in that week. While handing this in is not compulsory, we strongly recommend children having a go at this to practise letter formation and remember the sounds they have learnt. Children who bring back the sheet completed will get an extra 5 dojos!


Learning Logs

Every two weeks the children will be given a Learning Log task. This will be linked to the topic for the half term. They will also be added to Class Dojo as a reminder for when they are due. On the due date, we will have a Learning Log Gallery, where children get a chance to look at everybody's work. Each teacher will pick a winner and then the children will vote for their winner too. The winners will all get a prize from the prize box and will show off their Learning Log in Celebration Assembly.

In reception we use numbots to help support our mathematical knowledge. Each child has their own log in to they can play at home. Numbots allows children to develop their skills in a range of mathematical areas such as subitising, counting, addition and subtraction.

If you need your child's log in please let Miss Thomas know. We ask that your child uses Numbots for 15 mins every week and children who pass levels will get special certificates on a Friday.

Online Learning Journeys

 In Reception, we share a lot of our learning through our Online Learning Journeys. We will share wow moments and key learning that they have achieved. These will be set up during Autumn 1 and information will be released when they are ready.

Outdoor Learning

Outdoor learning is valued in Reception and children will be given opportunities in all weather to develop their learning and skills. Children have access to both the indoor and outdoor provision throughout the day. The provision set up outdoors will be linked to the learning the children carryout indoors. St. Mary's provide protection for the water tray and sand pit (waterproof coat for water area and wellies/sand trousers for sand pit) for all children but we do ask parents to provide their children with wellies, sun cream and a sun hat.


Reading Books

Children are encouraged to explore print within class. Children will begin to learn sounds from the fifth week into the school year. From this the children will be encourage to segment and blend simple words. Once the children have developed their knowledge they will begin to look at books and create their own stories. The children will read in small groups and one to one in class and will take books home to share with their family and friends. 



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You are your child's role model if they see you enjoying reading it is likely that they will enjoy it to, if you want your child to be a good reader it is important that you take the time to read with them daily, no more than 5 to 10 mins is needed each night.




At St Mary's we follow the Mastering Number scheme. Each week your child will do a range of practical activities to support their mathematical development.


This term...

Pupils will build on previous experiences of number from their home and nursery environments, and further develop their subitising and counting skills. They will explore the composition of numbers within 5. They will begin to compare sets of objects and use the language of comparison.

Pupils will:

• identify when a set can be subitised and when counting is needed

• subitise different arrangements, both unstructured and structured, including using the Hungarian number frame

• make different arrangements of numbers within 5 and talk about what they can see, to develop their conceptual subitising skills

• spot smaller numbers ‘hiding’ inside larger numbers

• connect quantities and numbers to finger patterns and explore different ways of representing numbers on their fingers

• hear and join in with the counting sequence, and connect this to the ‘staircase’ pattern of the counting numbers, seeing that each number is made of one more than the previous number

• develop counting skills and knowledge, including: that the last number in the count tells us ‘how many’ (cardinality); to be accurate in counting, each thing must be counted once and once only and in any order; the need for 1:1 correspondence; understanding that anything can be counted, including actions and sounds

• compare sets of objects by matching

• begin to develop the language of ‘whole’ when talking about objects which have parts



In Autumn 2, PE is on a Friday. Your child should come into school in their PE kit for the whole day. This half term we are doing indoor PE, working on movement and listening skills.