Your teacher is Miss Thomas and your teaching assistants are Mrs Oliwiak and Miss Webber (in the morning). For Spring Term, we will also have Miss Stott for some of the afternoon.


Reading Books

Reading books are sent home every Monday and are linked to our phonics scheme - Read, Write, Inc. Please ensure your child's book is in school every Monday ready for changing and that you have signed your child's reading record. Please encourage your child talk about the book, retell the story and to say the sounds and blend them together.



If you would like any extra help with phonics, e.g. word reading, a sound they are finding tricky or help with spellings, I can send you a video to have a look at at home

Spring 2

Big Wide World


In the Big Wide World project, your child will find out about the world in which they live. They will learn about different climates and explore habitats, including their flora and fauna. They will locate the United Kingdom on a world map and compare life in the United Kingdom with life elsewhere. They will also learn about caring for their environment, both locally and beyond.

Supporting your child at home

  • Use Google Earth to explore where you live and look up places you would like to visit.
  • Talk about places around the world you have visited, or places that family members or friends live. Look at the places on a map and talk about ways to travel.
  • If you go on holiday, send a postcard to school to show where you went.
  • Share and discuss the Did you know? resource.

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.

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 EvidenceMe, 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. 



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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 power maths scheme. Each week your child will do a range of practical activities to support their mathematical development.


This half term we will be covering:

  • Number bonds to 10
  • Subtraction
  • Exploring Patterns
  • Counting on and back


In Spring 2, we focus on developing fine and gross motor skills inside and outside. We have PE on a Friday, so on that day can you please come into school in your PE kit (plain white t shirt, black jogging bottoms, black trainers). 


If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions please feel free to speak to Miss Thomas.