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Welcome to Reception Class

Welcome to Reception Class.  Thank you for choosing St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School for your child.  We are excited to meet you all.  We look forward to working with you over the coming year.

In the EYFS setting we believe that all children are entitled to the best possible start in their school life, both intellectually and emotionally, in order to enable them to develop their full potential.

We recognise that young children learn best when they are active. We understand that active learning involves other people, objects, ideas and events that engage and involve children for sustained periods. Therefore, we believe that Early Years education should be as practical as possible and our EYFS setting has an ethos of learning through play.

Our curriculum is divided into half-termly topics.  Careful consideration has been given to which themes, stories and experiences enthuse our children and produce the most powerful learning; while remaining flexible enough to respond to children’s interests. The topics we introduce are starting points for the children’s play and learning and we are keen to develop topics following the children’s interests and ideas. The topics that we cover are very flexible and interest driven by the children we have in the setting. There are lots of topic linked learning opportunities available during the Child Initiated time, but the children are also able to access other resources if their interests and learning take them in other directions.

Our topics are:
Wonderful Me
Once upon a time
Animal Kingdom
If you go down to the woods
Out of this world
All Aboard

Uniform and P.E Kit
Please make sure that everything (including pumps, shoes, coats and bags) are clearly labelled with your child’s name and check this on a regular basis.  We have P.E. on a Tuesday afternoon.  Children should have their P.E. kit in school at all times. 

Home/School Books
Every child brings home a Home/School Book.  We put in a newsletter every week and would encourage you and your child to do the same. We use these as a forum to develop speech and communication.  We feel it is a very important part of building friendships, taking turns and helps to build their vocabulary.

Library and Reading Books
Before children begin to read we send home library books every week for them to share with you.  As their reading progresses we begin to send home reading books.  At this point the children are reading almost every day in school. 

We of course share a variety of books with the children over the course of the year and would encourage you to do the same to develop their love of reading.  Please ensure that books are in their bags every day in order for staff to facilitate changing them.

Children in Reception class do not need to bring a snack to school.  Fruit, milk and water is readily available throughout the day. 

Please follow our school Twitter feed, to share in the wonderful work going on in school @StMarysDuk

Tapestry is our online forum where we upload observations, send messages and set online learning.  You can access your child’s individual learning journey and even upload your own photographs and messages.  Please ensure you follow the link that is emailed you in order to register.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs Robinson, Miss Flynn and Mrs Proffitt