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Reception S/P

Mrs Shirley and Mrs Palmen's Class


Hello and welcome to Reception. 

Our Early Years Curriculum is based on learning through exploration and play. We access a variety of different activities in Reception to support us with our learning.  


A typical day in Reception:

Our school day begins with Early Doors at 8.45am. Children are welcome to arrive anytime between 8.45am and 9am. 

After registration and prayers, we are ready to start our Phonics lesson. We start by singing the alphabet song and each day we learn a new letter or sound. Then we practise our reading and writing skills at our tables. After our whole class learning, we have snack time before we go out to play. We have a healthy snack each day except on Friday's when we have a treat. 


After playtime we take part in Maths activities, which can involve counting, singing, shape games, ICT, water play, sand play and measuring. We like to learn through fun, practical games and activities. Lunchtime begins at 11.35am. Most of us have hot dinners and some children bring in a packed lunch.


At 12.35pm we go back into class for our afternoon session. Each day we focus on different areas of the early years curriculum. Our activities can be linked to our Come and See topic, Show and Tell, Music, Knowledge & Understanding of the World or Personal, Social and Emotional Development (Circle Time Games). Our outdoor area is set up so that children can access activities both inside and out. We have a piece of fruit each afternoon as part of the free fruit scheme Healthy Schools Government initiative.


Each day we take part in Collective Worship and we enjoy learning about Jesus through our Come and See topics. We say prayers each morning, before and after lunch and before home time.


Before we go home, we like to finish our day with a story and sing songs..


General Information 


This term our P.E lessons will be on a Thursday morning. Please send your child to school in their full P.E kit. Children can wear wear plain navy leggings, joggers or shorts and black plimsolls or trainers with a white t-shirt.  The children must have their school jumper or cardigan to wear.



Snack money is £1 per week or £6 per half term. 


Parental Involvement

 The early years curriculum is based on learning through play and exploration, There are a number of ways you can help your child to learn and make progress:

* Good attendance

* Home reading

* Point out numbers and letters in the environment

* Count at every opportunity

* Encourage your child to talk about the world around them.



Here at St. Patrick's, reading is at the heart of our curriculum. Reading can be a special time for you and your child. Research has shown that reading for as little as 5 or 10 minutes each day can help support your child's educational development. 


Head Teacher Award 23.09.22

Huge congratulations to our little superstar, Evelyn, who has been recognised this week for her wonderful blending of CVC words. It has been fantastic to see her confidence grow in just a few weeks. Well done, Evelyn!

Head Teacher Award 16.09.22

Congratulations to our first winner of the Head Teacher Award, Iden! Iden has settled into school brilliantly and follows the words of our mission statement impeccably. We are so proud of you, Iden!

Making friends and settling into school!

St Patricks St Maries