Reception Class

welcome to reccption – St Peter's Catholic First School (Academy)

Welcome to Reception! On this page you will find information about Reception and our learning this half term.

Home Learning

January 2021

As you are aware, we will now be following Online Learning for Reception. The activities for the Reception children will be saved in our OneDrive folder which can be accessed via the Reception class page on the school website. Please look for ‘Spring 1 Home Learning’.

Each day there will be a Phonics and Maths set task and further activities from other areas of the curriculum. Please do not feel that you have to print out any sheets, I will aim to provide things that can be easily completed at home.

We have prepared a small pack for each Reception child which includes a book as well as a phonics sound mat and a few other resources. The book can be used to record any set tasks. Packs can be collected from the school office from tomorrow morning (Wed 6th Jan).

As you know, lots of our work in Reception is very practical and we record observations which accompany photos. I would like to see some of the work the children complete and so if possible, please take a photo and email it to me. I will be available to answer questions via email and will try to get back to you as soon as possible. My email is

Thank you so much for your support from home,

Mrs Carr

Please follow the link below to find Home Learning for your child:

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You can also see our Reception Class Nativity by following the above One Drive link.

Meet Our Staff:

Class Teacher: Mrs Carr

I have taught across all Key Stages with the majority of my teaching career  focused on working in Early Years and Key Stage 1. I am very excited to be teaching Reception this year and it is lovely to welcome the new cohort into school. I am looking forward to supporting all children in their learning. 

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Lock

Mrs Lock has been working in education for many years. She has extensive experience in Early Years, working in Reception classes and Special Schools. She works full time in our Reception class. Mrs Lock is responsible for the class every Wednesday afternoon whilst I am out of class.


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Our theme this half term will be… Wild Animals

This half term we will be learning more about Wild Animals. We will be finding out about different animals and where they live.We will also been learning about some Wild Animals from long ago- Dinosaurs! Our theme will run through many areas of our learning and we will also follow children’s interests to enhance learning in the classroom. This half term we will enjoy reading a range of different books including ‘Dear Polar Bear’, ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ and ‘Never Follow a Dinosaur’.

In Maths we will continue to practise number skills, exploring sequencing teen numbers and counting beyond. We will be exploring addition and subtraction through a range of practical activities. We will also explore time, sorting and money.

Our ‘Jigsaw’ PSHE topic this half term is ‘Dreams and Goals’. We will explore how to set goals and work towards them. We will focus on the importance of developing a Growth Mindset and continue to share the Golden Rules for our classroom.

We will regularly take our learning outside and will be following seasonal change in our school grounds.


We Love Reading!

We begin our reading journey here in Reception and Children will soon be bringing reading books to share with you at home. In school we have a range of reading opportunities. We read together as a class, in small groups and individually.  At home, we ask for your support to help your child practice their reading. You can also help your child by exposing them to a range of different reading experiences. You might share a story, look at a magazine or newspaper together. 

In class, children will read at least once each week with an adult. This may happen at different points in the week so please make sure reading books come into school each day. Books will be changed once and this will be either on a Monday or Thursday. All books collected in will be quarantined for 72 hours before being sent out again to follow current guidelines. The children will also take part in Guided Reading as a group to develop word reading and comprehension skills.


Our Active Day

We are very active in Reception and love using our outdoor area. We will also use our daily mile track to keep fit and active. We have two set P.E. lessons which take place on Tuesday and Friday. Please have a full P.E. kit on school for these sessions. We will send the kits home at the end of each half term to be washed. 

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In Reception all children are offered a fruit snack and drink of milk during the morning session. All children have access to their water bottles throughout the day. Water bottles must contain water- no juice please!

Children are able to bring a snack from home to eat in the afternoon. Please try to make sure this is a healthy snack.


At the end of each week your child will bring home a newsheet giving information about the learning which has been focussed on in class during the week. It will give ideas of how to support your child at home and also any important notices. At times there may be some activities posted on a OneDrive file which families can access at home. Further information on this will be sent via the weekly newsheet as appropriate. You may also choose to access the following websites to support your child’s learning at home.


If your child is unwell and will not be attending school you need to inform school as soon as possible, you can ring or email. If you child has an appointment to attend and needs to be out of school, please let us know in advance.

What should I do if my child shows Covid Symptoms?

Common symptoms of Covid 19 are a high temperature, persistent cough or loss of taste or smell. If your child displays any of these symptoms, please notify school immediately and arrange for your child to be tested. Your child will need to stay at home for at least 10 days starting from the date when symptoms appeared, all other household members must stay at home for 14 days.

Useful Websites/Apps:

oxford-owl – Southfields Primary School – This Website has ebooks which can be accessed freely and may provide other books to read with your child at home. Teach Your Monster to Read | Phonics and Learn to Read:  Appstore for Android – This is also avaliable as an App. Both have a range of reading games which will be helpful to the children as we progress through the Reception year and learn new sounds to support reading.

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Look out for a personal Log-in for Education City and Mini-Mash for your child in their Reading Record.

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ictgames – This site has a range of Maths and Literacy activities which can accessed freely to support your child’s learning.

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Autumn Term:

2nd September 2020 – Back to school

22nd October 2020 – Tempest Family and Individual Photographs

23rd October 2020 – School closes for half term

3rd November 2020 – Back to school

18th December 2020 – School closes for Christmas

Spring Term:

4th January 2021 – Back to school

12th February 2021 – School closes for half term

22nd February – Back to school

26th March – School closes for Easter

Summer Term

12th April – Back to school

3rd May – May Day Bank Holiday

27th May – School closes for half term

7th June – Back to School

16th July – School closes for Summer