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  Welcome to Reception


The Reception Team:
Miss Brunt RB   Mrs Carby RC

Mrs Bate    Mrs Phillips    Mrs Wilding   Mrs Lavelle 

General Reminders

Water Bottles, Wellies, Book Bags and PE kits
Please could you ensure that your child brings a named water bottle to school every day.


We also ask that you bring in a pair of wellies, which will be kept in school, from your child's first week so they can access our outdoor learning environment. 


To help your child carry important letters and in the future shared/guided reading books, they need to bring a St Peter's school book bag to school each day and not a backpack. We have limited space in our cloakrooms but each child has a designated tray for their book bag.


We are yet to start PE lessons but when we do, you will given a letter which will tell you which 'team' your child is in and therefore which colour polo shirt to buy. 

Important Dates:

Please note dates may change so keep a check on this webpage. 




Monday 2nd May - Bank Holiday

Friday 27th May - Jubilee Party

Friday 27th May - Break up for half term 

Monday 6th June - Return to school

Monday 18th June - Lego Workshop 


Religious education 

In Reception at St Peter's we follow the Jack in the Box scheme which has been developed by Early Specialists. Our worship sessions follow a familiar, repeated pattern with fun songs set to well-known tunes and a variety of learning strategies guaranteed to engage our children in the Bible stories.

Children travel with Jack to meet the Big Bible Heroes of the Old Testament and then on to learn all about Jesus and his love for the world, and the adventures of his friends and followers. 

This term we will be learning stories such as God sends the Holy Spirit, Jesus goes back to heave and Peter and John help the man who couldn't walk. 


We also follow the Understanding Christianity scheme where each unit takes a core concept and gives a key question through which to explore the concept. The unit identifies the knowledge ‘building blocks’ and focused outcomes that are expected of pupils by the end of teaching. Our key question is 'Where do we belong?' which is part of our Being Special topic. 


The children have now learnt all of the sounds in Phase 3 of the Letters and Sounds Programme. 

When entering into Phase 4 programme, the children will know a grapheme for each of the 42 phonemes. They Most of the children will be able to blend phonemes to read CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words and segment in order to spell them. Children will also have begun reading straightforward two-syllable words and simple captions, as well as reading and spelling some tricky words.


In Phase 4, no new graphemes are introduced. The main aim of this phase is to consolidate the children's knowledge and to help them learn to read and spell words which have adjacent consonants, such as trap, string and milk.


At St Peter's we use lots of the resources that can be found on the Letters and Sounds website. They are free to download and can be very useful to use at home. Please do not hesitate to ask us about any of your phonics needs!


 In literacy, we will be learning to write a story. We will use Talk for Writing as a strategy to help the children learn the story off by heart. We will start by creating a story map where the children and teachers will draw out the key parts of the story to help them remember what happens. The children will then use the story map to retell the story with actions.


All of the children will have daily opportunities to write inside and outside the classroom. We will be building on all of the strategies they have learnt in phonics lessons to help the children spell and read words confidently.  



At St Peter's we use White Rose Hub to plan and deliver structured lessons which cover the statutory requirements of Development Matters in order to meet the Early Learning Goals.  

Last term we focused on Number and Place Value by teaching the children the key principles of counting.


We will start this term by learning about 1 less. The children will use their counting and comparing skills to find 1 less than numbers to 5. They will continue to use their 5 frame to represent numbers and find 1 less. Children will learn that 1 less is the next number when counting backwards. Next we will move on to developing a sense of time by ordering important times in their day and using language to describe when things happen in their day. E.g  now, before, later soon. They will also learn to use time vocabulary like today, yesterday and tomorrow to describe when relative event will happen. 


We will also be introducing zero where the children will learn that the numeral 0 means 'nothing'. The children will also be comparing numbers to 5. They will continue to understand that when comparing numbers, one quantity, can be more than, the same as or fewer than another quantity. They will also continue to develop the understanding that all numbers are made up of other smaller numbers. Children will explore and notice the different compositions of numbers to 5. 


Later on in the term we will teach the children about weight and capacity. The children will make direct comparisons and will be encouraged to use the correct language to describe both weight and capacity. 


Understanding the World

This term we will be teaching the children how to draw and follow simple maps. We will link it to our Spine Book Rosie's Walk. The children will pretend to be Rosie and the fox and they will learn to use prepositions correctly when in conversations with each other. 

Also this term the Reception children will have a healthy week. We will be making healthy snacks and talking about all of the elements needed to keep us well. As part of this the children will learn all about oral health and they will conduct a science experiment. 


The children will also have weekly opportunities to use the computers in the ICT suite to complete simple programs that support current learning, draw their portraits on 2simple and create bonfire pictures.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The children will be involved within a weekly small group circle time. This term the focus is on rules which is linked to the 'British Values' scheme. This begins with the children thinking about what rules are, why we need them, coming up with rules for the classroom and thinking about rules they follow at home and in different places (in the car). The children will have the opportunities to express their ideas and thoughts and any feeling or worries they may have.


Physical Development

The children have now had the opportunity to develop their catching and throwing skills. We will now move on to aiming. After, the children will be taught how to use a bat to hit a ball as well as learning how to aim when using a bat. Later on in the term we will be teaching the children how to kick a ball accurately. 

Expressive Arts and Design

We have now used our cutting and joining skills to create buildings for our miniature local community based on our topic last term. To decorate our buildings, the children will learn to mix colours as well as creating different textures using paint. As our new topic is 'Are we there yet?' the children have decided they would like to make vehicles. To help the children decide what kind of transport they would like to create we will be going on a walk around our local area to see what vehicles we can find. The children will then be taught about wheels and axels to help them create their transport.  

  We will talk about all the different materials and tools we have available to join different mediums together. This will include glue, sellotape and masking tape, split pins and staplers.


Also this term, the children will be learning about the famous author and illustrator Pat Hutchins. The children will learn to draw different types of lines using a range of tools. They will also learn how different shaped lines produce texture in illustrations. We will also go on to make styrofoam prints using the drawing techniques they have learnt.


Also, every week the children will take part in a music lesson. They start by learning different songs and thinking about their breathing techniques. Within this the children are taught about pitch, tempo, pulse and rhythm. They also have the opportunity to play the glockenspiel.


Wow, what an exciting term ahead it will be!