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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. 


Phonics Information Meeting

Phonics Bug Demo

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Recommended Reads

Head Teacher Award 22.06.23

Congratulations to Evie for winning this week's Head Teacher award for Science. Evie is full of knowledge about the world around us and she could even tell us the name of our galaxy, The Milky Way. Well done, Evie! We know you're going to wow your teachers when you go to Year 1.


Head Teacher Award 16.06.23

Congratulations to Freddie for winning this week's Head Teacher award for behaviour. Freddie consistently shows excellent behaviour in school. He is kind, caring and always follows the school rules. Well so Freddie, we are so proud of you!

Head Teacher Award 19.05.23

Congratulations to Rowan for winning this week's Head Teacher award for Maths. Rowan has made wonderful progress in Maths recently and thoroughly enjoyed National Numeracy Day on Wednesday.

Making Music

The children have had lots of fun exploring the sounds we can make on the glockespiels. We practised holding the beater correctly and creating sounds of varying pitch. 

PE Medal 17.05.23

Our final winners of the PE medals for this term are Evelyn and Evangeline. Fabulous work, girls! You exhibit exemplary behaviour in our PE lessons and are fantastic role models for the rest of the class. Well done!

People who help us

Two PCSOs stopped to chat to us this morning whilst we were outside playing! We were interested to learn all about their special role in our community. 

PE Medal 10.05.23

Congratulations to Iden and Michelle for winning Neil's PE medals after showing great accuracy when throwing a bean bag into a hoop.

The Coronation of King Charles III

We have had a wonderful day celebrating the King's Coronation with art activities, stories, a crown parade and a lovely Coronation picnic with our buddies. Thankfully, the rain held off and we even glimmered some sunshine! 

Head Teacher Award 11.05.23 

Well done Billy for you amazing work in our Music lessons this week! You have enjoyed singing and creating music and moving along in time. Super! 

Head Teacher Award 05.05.2023

A huge congratulations to Braxton for winning this week's Head Teacher award for "serving". We discussed what "serving" means and how we serve God through our daily lives. We also talked about how King Charles III will serve our country . Braxton is a kind and loving boy who always puts others before himself. Well done, Braxton. You are the perfect example of serving.

PE Medal 03.05.23

Congratulations to Braxton and Lola on winning this week's PE medals from Neil. They both showed brilliant control when rolling a ball.

Music in Reception

The children really enjoy our weekly music lessons and exploring the sounds of different instruments. We also love to have good sing and boogie too!

PE Medal 26.04.23

Congratulations to Billy and Evie for winning this week's PE Award from Neil. Both children showed super listening skills and tried their best in all the activities. 

Beep Beep Day

We had lots of fun exploring road safety as part of Beep Beep Day. We talked about how to keep safe near roads and made a postcard for our families reminding them to hold our hands when walking on pavements and crossing the road.

Head Teacher Award 27.04.23

Well done Ada for winning this week's Head Teacher Award. Ada has been working so hard on her independent writing and has made amazing progress. Super work Ada! 

Head Teacher Award 21.04.23

Congratulations to George for winning this week's Head Teacher Award for Good Choices. George is always so kind and often askes his friends (and teachers) if they need help with anything. Thank you for looking after all of us George!

PE Medal 19.04.23

Congratulations to Arlo and Ada on receiving our first PE medal. Well done!

PE with Neil

We all loved our first PE session with our sport's coach Neil. The children practised lots of skills such as rolling and catching a ball, moving in a variety of ways and balancing. The children had a fantastic time and did a superb job of following Neil's instructions.


We have been working hard on developing our mouse control skills and navigating the 2Simple software on the desktop computers in the ICT suite. We found it quite tricky at first but we're getting better every week.

Head Teacher Award 24.03.23

Congratulations to Rowan for winning this week's Head Teacher Award for resilience. We discussed what this word meant earlier in the week and George brought in his brain book so we could discuss it further. Well done, Rowan, we are so proud of how far you have come since starting school in September.

St. Patrick's Day

We've had a lovely time celebrating St. Patrick's Day! A highlight was seeing our buddies and making a shamrock collage together as well as having a go at some Irish dancing.

Head Teacher Award 17.03.23

Congratulations to Charlotte on winning this week's Head Teacher Award for maths progress. Charlotte has worked really hard in our maths lessons and can now read o'clock times on an analogue clock and double numbers to 10. She listens incredibly well during class inputs and is applying her learning independently during play. Well done, Charlotte!

Head Teacher Award 10.03.23

Congratulations to Lola for winning this week's Head Teacher Award for British Values. We have discussed British Values in class and how important they are for growing up in Britain today. Lola is a wonderful friend to everyone and she is an absolute joy to have in our class. Well done, Lola!

Head Teacher Award 03.03.23

Congratulations to Michelle for winning this week's Head Teacher Award for reading. We have been so impressed with the progress Michelle has made in sounding out and blending words. Congratulations, Michelle! You work so hard and we are very proud of you.

Show and Tell

Wow we have really enjoyed all our Show and Tell so far! We have had some amazing things brought into school: fossils, home made cakes, family pets and special toys. We have been learning how to ask questions and we have had such fun carrying on our learning through various play activities. 


We are loving our Friday ballet lessons with Miss Jennifer. We are learning first and second position as well as practising moving our bodies in lots of different ways, such as leaping and twirling.

Head Teacher Award 24.02.23

Congratulations to this week's Head Teacher Award winner, Elliot. This week the award was given to children who are a living embodiment of our school mission statement. Elliot is a kind, caring and considerate friend who always tries his best and works hard in class. Well done, Elliot, we are all so proud of you.

Head Teacher Award 03.02.23

Congratulations to Evelyn Uttley for winning this week's Head Teacher Award for the Wider Curriculum. Evelyn always participates in our activities with enthusiasm and loves our art, science, history and geography-based lessons. Well done, Evelyn, you have made so much progress in all areas of learning.

Head Teacher Award 10.02.23

Congratulations to this week's Head Teacher Award winners. These children have managed 100% attendance this half term. Well done George, Olivers, Evie, Evangeline, Fleur, Evelyn, William and Nancy.

Head Teacher Award 26.01.23

A huge congratulations to Evangeline on being the winner of this week's Head Teacher award for behaviour. Evangeline, you are so kind and caring towards your friends and always follow our class rules. You're going to be an amazing big sister!

Head Teacher Award 20.01.23

Congratulations to Freddie who won this week's Head Teacher Award for his amazing progress in reading. Well done Freddie, we are so proud of you and all your hard work at school and at home. Well done!

Head Teacher Award 13.01.23

Congratulations to the first winner of the Head Teacher Award for 2023, Keyon! Keyon joined us during last term and has done a magnificent job of settling in and making lots of friends. He is sweet, kind-hearted and always tries his best - the embodiment of our school mission statement.

Head Teacher Award 09.12.22

Congratulations to the winner of this week's, Santa Dash-themed, Head Teacher Award - Olivers! Olivers had such a great time taking part in our Santa Dash and never stopped smiling! Well done, Olivers.

Head Teacher Award 02.12.22

Congratulations to Arlo on winning this week's Head Teacher Award for his fabulous focus and attention during Collective Worship. Well done, Arlo! You listen so well on the carpet and say your prayers beautifully.

Head Teacher Award 25.11.22

Congratulations to this week's Head Teacher Award winner, Nancy, for her excellent progress in Maths. Nancy has worked so hard this term and her progress in all areas of learning has been tremendous. Well done, Nancy! We are very proud of you.

Campfire Fun

Head Teacher Award 18.11.22

This week's Head Teacher Award was linked to Anti-Bullying Week so we chose a child who is an amazing friend to everyone and, in doing so, has become a very popular member of the class. Congratulations, George! Your kindness and caring nature make you an incredibly valuable member of our class.

Head Teacher Award 10.11.22

Congratulations to our class fountain of knowledge, William, on winning this week's Head Teacher award. William has wowed us all with his super description of the Falkland Islands.

Head Teacher Award 04.11.22

This week's Head Teacher Award has been given to someone who shows tolerance and respect for others. Our winner is Billy who has formed some wonderful and positive relationships with his peers and teachers. Billy has made excellent progress in this area since starting Reception. Well done, Billy!


Head Teacher Award 21.10.22

This week the Head Teacher Award was given to a child who has made good progress since September. The winner in RSP is Ada who has settled superbly into school and is making progress is every area of learning. Congratulations, Ada!

Head Teacher Award 14.10.22

This week's Head Teacher Award has gone to Braxton for helping his friends order numbers to 10 during a maths lesson. Well done, Braxton!

Head Teacher Award 07.10.22

Well done Rowan for achieving this week's award! Rowan has been working really hard at home on all his homework tasks. He really enjoyed showing everyone his collection of Autumn objects this week in class. 

Hello Yellow World Mental Health Day

Head Teacher Award 30.09.22

This week the Head Teacher Award went to an individual who has shown resilience since starting school. Our winner is the lovely Emmy who works so hard in class and never gives up even if she may find something tricky at first. Well done, Emmy!

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!

Making friends and settling into school!

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!

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