Welcome to Reception!

Teacher: Miss Henry

Teaching Assistants: Miss Webber and Mrs Oliwiak


Sound of the day worksheet will be sent home daily with your child to encourage formation, pencil control and phonics knowledge. These will be sent home towards the end of October once your child has settled into school life. These sheets are to stay at home and do not need to be returned.


Reading Books

Reading books are sent home every Monday and Thursday. Please ensure your child's book and yellow reading record and signed and in school on these days ready for changing. Please encourage your child talk about the book, retell the story and to say the sounds and blend them together.

Learning Log

From Spring 1 reception class will begin to complete learning logs. A different activity will be set every other week and may include things such as create an autumn picture. These will be sent home every other Friday and are to be returned the following Thursday.  

Spring 1

Are we there yet?


This half term our topic is are we there yet? We will be looking at the book lost and found and thinking about what materials we can use to build a boat which will float. We will also be going on a bus ride into Rochdale and looking at the bus station. In maths we will be learning to measure using objects such as cubes and using money to pay for our bus tickets. We will also be creating tally charts to show how we get to school and how many different forms of transport pass school in a given time. 



Learning Journals

Every child in Reception has a learning journal which is unique to them. The journals will illustrate the child's learning journey throughout their time in Reception. All your child's achievements will be added to their learning journey. To make the journals more personal to you and your child we ask parents to contribute; this can be done through photographs as well as notes about what your child has said/ been getting up to. Please send into school any examples of your child's achievements that you would like to add to his/her journal.

At St Mary's we use 2simple an online app to record lots of amazing achievements. These can be emailed to parents throughout the school year. If you have not yet provided school with your email address please do this as soon as possible. :)


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 waterproof coats and jackets 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. Children also go to the local library once a week.



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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.





During Spring 1 your child will using the apparatus during PE. Please ensure your child's P.E kit is in school. PE kits are to be taken home every half term to be washed. Please remember that no earrings are to be worn during P.E. to avoid accidents, if your child is unable to take their earrings out please provide them with plasters to cover the studs. 

Please note children are responsible for taking their earrings out, looking after them and putting them back in as well as putting plasters on their ears as staff are not allowed to do this. 


If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions please feel free to speak to either Miss Henry, Miss Webber or Mrs Oliwiak.