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Reception - Miss Swan

Wishing you all a relaxing half term break.

We look forward to seeing you back at school on Monday 24th February.
Miss Swan and Mrs Cooling 


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 loved our trip to Pizza Express

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Pizza Express was fantastic! We made our very own pizza margherita! 

We learned all about the ingredients that are used to make a margherita. We got to play with dough and learned lots of interesting facts too! 

Did you know?

Did you know the pizza toppings represent the colours of the Itialian flag? 

Did you know that the margherita was named after Queen Margherita of Savoy? 

Pictures coming soon!!!

Tea with the Teacher

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Dear Parents, 

Thank you to those who were able to attend our Tea with the Teacher presentation. 


Please find attached the slides we used during the presentation. 

I have also attached an additional RWInc support booklet which I would recommend printing off to further support your child from home. 

Thank you for your continued support. 

The EYFS Team 

Dear parents, 

It was discussed during our initial parent meeting that homework would go out from January 2020. We have decided to trial an earlier homework scheme and will be sending homework out from the third week back after the half term. Please note this trial is happening in our Reception class only.
Your feedback will be very welcome over the coming weeks. 

Please also expect spelling books with 4 weekly spellings to read, write and learn in preparation for our Friday morning spelling test, and weekly reading books.

Thank you, 

Miss Holmes. 
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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 16th December - 
Lower Juniors Carols around the Christmas tree - 5pm - in school. 

Wednesday 18th December - 
Upper Juniors - Carols around the Christmas tree - 7pm - St Mary's Church

Thursday 19th December - 
Christmas lunch -  big hall - pupils only. 

Class Christmas Party - pupils only - please send your child to school wearing their own clothes. 

Friday 20th December - 
Last day of term - your child may bring a toy from home - early finish - 2pm. 

Religious Education - Come and See

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At St Mary's we follow the Come and See scheme of work for Religious Education. 

Our upcoming theme will be Welcome.
Our topic will focus on Baptism.

By the end of the topic we will know and understand:

 - some of the religious signs and symbols used in Baptism and use some religious words and phrases. 

- children will be able to talk about their own experiences and feelings of being welcomed. 

- children will be able to say what they wonder about how they can make others feel welcome. 

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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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