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Welcome to Miss Holmes' Reception Class Page



It is our aim at St Mary's to ensure each child leaves the EYFS as happy, motivated and resilient learners who are ready to embark on their next exciting journey into Year 1.
We have extremely high expectations of each child in this class and know their progress is directly linked to their overall emotional wellbeing.
Our ethos is to ensure each child is happy and secure in school.
A happy child makes a successful learner. We look forward to welcoming our new students and parents over the next three days! 

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Dear Parents, 

Thank you to all those that attended our initial parent meeting. If you missed your slot, please rearrange another time with your child's class teacher. 


Please find a brief summary of what was discussed below; 


- Ensure all uniform is correct and fully labelled. 

- Your child needs a school book bag and water bottle (for new pupils a school book bag and water bottle will be provided this week). 

- Ensure all coats are navy blue or black

- Parent Pay usernames and passwords will be sent out this week - a portal for you to order PE bags, ties, hats, book bags. 

- Reading books will be sent out after the October Half Term - dates to be confirmed.

- Sight words - 4 spellings to be sent home weekly for home work. Please practice these daily as they will be in preparation for our weekly spelling test on a Friday morning. All sight words to be sent out after the October half term. 

Snacks - please send your child into school with a recognisable piece of fruit in a labelled Tupperware box. On Tuesday and Thursdays you may send your child in with 20p and they can select a piece of fruit from our tuck shop. 

- Birthdays - you may bring in one small sweet for each child to celebrate your child's birthday. Please no nuts or eggs due to allergies. Please ensure any baked goods are fully packaged and contain an ingredients listing for allergies. 

- PE Kits in a red drawstring PE bag which can be purchased through Parent Pay - navy blue shorts, white t-shirt, black plimsolls, 



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In Reception our curriculum is designed to help your child attain the
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Early Learning Goals.

There are 7 areas of learning - the prime areas and specific areas.

The prime areas underpin all that we do in the EYFS. They are important because they lay the foundations for a child's success in all areas of learning. 

The specific areas provide the experiences and opportunities to broaden your child's skills and knowledge. 

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Save the Dates


Monday 30th September - Year of The Word begins. 


Thursday 3rd October - Infant Harvest Liturgy at 10:10am in the main hall - parents, please feel free to attend. 


Tuesday 15th October - Open Afternoon - 2 - 3pm - Parents, you are warmly invited to attend our open afternoon. It will give you the chance to see your child's learning in full action. It will be Reception's Free Flow time and is a lovely opportunity to see your child apply all their developing skills during independent play. 


Thursday 17th October - Last day of the half term! Please send your child to school as normal. Pick up time will be 3:30pm. 


Friday 18th October - No school. School will be closed to all pupils. Staff INSET. 


Monday 28th October - Back to school for the start of the autumn 2 term. 


Wednesday 11th December - Foundation Stage Christmas Nativity - 10am in the school hall. 

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“Children learn the English alphabetic code: first they learn one way to read the 40+ sounds and blend these sounds into words, then learn to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes.

They experience success from the very beginning. Lively phonic books are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ‘tricky’ words and, as children re-read the stories, their fluency increases.

Along with a thought-provoking introduction, prompts for thinking out loud and discussion, children are helped to read with a storyteller’s voice”.
(, 2019)

At St Mary’s we provide your child with an enriching phonics curriculum ensuring they have a detailed knowledge of phonics, before sending home the RWInc reading books. Please familiarise yourself with the sounds and phrases which go along with each sound. It’s these phrases your child will learn to support them with the correct letter formation during handwriting and writing practice.

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In mathematics this term we will be focusing on number activities. We will work on saying the number names in order, recognising numbers and matching them to objects counted. We will also learn how to correctly form numerals one - ten.

We will be working through the following targets from the Development Matters Guideline;


Mathematics - Number - 40 - 60 months 
•Recognise some numerals of personal significance.

•Recognises numerals 1 to 5.

•Counts up to three or four objects by saying one number name for each item.

•Counts actions or objects which cannot be moved.

•Counts objects to 10, and beginning to count beyond 10.

•Counts out up to six objects from a larger group.


As we move through the term we will also have blocks of focusing on Shape, Space and Measure. We will be working through the following targets for SSM; 


Mathematics -SSM - 40 - 60 months

•Beginning to use mathematical names for ‘solid’ 3D shapes and ‘flat’ 2D shapes, and mathematical terms to describe shapes.

•Selects a particular named shape.

•Can describe their relative position such as ‘behind’ or ‘next to’.

•Orders two or three items by length or height.

•Orders two items by weight or capacity.

•Uses familiar objects and common shapes to create and recreate patterns and build models.

•Uses everyday language related to time.

•Beginning to use everyday language related to money.

•Orders and sequences familiar events.

•Measures short periods of time in simple ways.


All work will be differentiated to suit your child's ability, including G&T and Mastery approaches.


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