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Reception Gospel Value:

     Forgiveness and Mercy 

EYFS Class Right: Rest and Play

       Every child has the right to rest, relax and play. 

Welcome to Reception at St John Fisher

In our class we have our Teacher Mrs Gardner, our Teaching Assistant Mrs Dixon, 16 girls, 14 boys and 9 goldfish.


Mrs Gardner


Mrs Dixon


Welcome to our classroom

Welcome to our classroom. In reception we learn through play so have lots of different areas in our classroom to challenge and extend our learning.

Important Information:

Reading Books- Go out on a Wednesday to be returned on a Monday. Please do not return earlier as these need to be kept at home to share with your child each evening.

Phonics and Maths homework- Will be shared via video or portfolio every Friday to be completed throughout the week.

PE- PE will take place every Wednesday morning

Homework- Homework will be sent home or uploaded on to Seesaw each Wednesday. Homework should be returned to school the following Monday

Science and Music- Every Tuesday morning Mr Bates will work with Reception exploring science in lots of fun ways and delivering our Charanga Music programme with the children 

Curriculum Information

Class charter and displays

At St John Fisher we shine

How do we shine in Reception?

  • We are engaged in our learning through: play, exploring outdoors as well as indoor provision, using our focus texts and themes as well as following children’s interests.
  • We are supported, encouraged and challenged through high expectations in our behaviour and learning in carpet sessions and during play in continuous provision. This includes questioning and sustained shared thinking with staff.
  • We show our respect for each other and for our school by sharing toys, taking turns, asking politely, looking after our toys and taking care of our environment.
  • We use our learning powers and our Come and See experiences to help us grow in dignity. We are also encouraged to be more independent through self-registration and lunch choices, investigative play, snack time and changing clothing and footwear.

Learning Powers:

Each half term we will introduce a new learning power to our class. We talk about how we can show that particular learning power, and how it helps us improve our work. For each Learning Power we have a Learning Power buddy. Each week a child is chosen who has been the Learning Power star. We celebrate this in class and with our families at home. Our Learning Powers for the Spring term are:

5 Planning 

 6 Absorption

Read Write Inc:

This half term we will build on our phonics skills reading and securing CVC words and beginning to introduce some CVCC words and Set 2 sounds. We will secure our knowledge of special friends sounds; sh  th  ch   qu  ng  nk. We will secure and learn tricky red words   I  he  she  me  be  we  the  my  go  no.

We will begin to learn our Set 2 sounds this half term learning the special friends sounds:

ay, ee, igh, ou, oo, oo, or, ar, oy.   We will learn the rhymes and begin to read some words with these sounds in.

We will focus on reading ‘alien’ words to ensure we have secure phonic knowledge including words such as; ved, pob, reb, tup and many more.

Power Maths:

This year we will be using the Power Maths scheme of work in line with the rest of our schools mathematics curriculum. Power Maths is a structured sequence of learning outcomes which helps children to achieve their full potential and offers strengthening and deeping tasks throughout. We will offer this alongside NCTEM National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics, and collaborations with North West Maths Hub 3.

In our Spring 2 term we will consolidate our previous learning exploring the composition of number (different ways of seeing numbers) and subitising (seeing amounts in number at speed) whilst building on this through exploring the key areas including:

Number Bonds to 10
Pattern including more complex patterns.

Home Learning:

Children will be sent home a new reading book every Wednesday to be returned on a Monday matched to their current phonics level of development.  We ask that parents read with their child as often as possible at least 4 nights a week for between 5-10 minutes and complete their phonics homework alongside this. Little and often is best to make maximum progress. Children also have a writing book which they can use alongside their reading to write a simple sentence from their book. They will also be given different sentence stems to write based on our learning in class. 

Talking Tuesday:

As a whole school we are developing our teaching of Oracy. Definition … In Reception we have adopted Voice 21’s ‘Talking Tuesday’ idea. Communication and Language is important to us every day in Early Years, but we have even more planned, focused opportunities on Tuesdays for talk. We start the day of with time for a chatter, at snack time we have our Café chat – just like many parents like to do: join with their friends and catch up at Starbucks or Costa Coffee. We also use Picture News to focus our talk on an issue that is happening right now in the news. As well as developing our children as global citizens, Picture News also includes British Values which we explore through our themed talks with the children. Talking Tuesday doesn’t stop at home time, as we encourage our families to also continue at home. This can be through any of the 4 key oracy strands: Words, Body, Feelings and Brain. For example, they could be ‘Word Watchers’ and collect words that mean the same as our Picture News story for the Words strand, or they may be asked to play a listening game to help develop the Body strand.

Home – School Partnership:

In Reception we use our SeeSaw blog to share children’s learning and experiences at school. This can be found on the main school webpage under ‘Reception’. We have also introduced Parent App to share any documents or information regarding trips or materials that may be required for school. This is still a new App to school so is still being developed but should be in fully working order shortly. If you do not have access to ParentApp please see a member of the office who can assist you with this. 

A member of staff is on the door after school should parents/carers wish to ask any questions and on select days of a morning time when not supporting children in class.  Any immediate enquiries should be contacted through the school office. Staff are available for arranged meetings after school should you need to discuss a matter more privately.

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