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St Paul's Catholic Primary School

Alive in Jesus


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Welcome to Reception's Class page


    Miss Concannon      Mrs O'Neill               


   Our values for this half term are...                                                            Our class saint is.....

              Learned & Wise                                                                             St Therese of Lisieux


Key Information

Tuesday- Children come to school in old clothes for outdoor learning

Friday- Children come to school in P.E. Kit

Please ensure that your child brings in a water bottle that is clearly named

Please ensure that all uniform is clearly named


 This half term in RE, we will be learning all about Lent. This is a time where we focus on the key aspects of Lent, such as making the right choices, forgiveness and saying sorry. We will learn that Jesus spent this time in the desert resisting temptation.


This half term, we are reading and writing words containing vowel digraphs (purple, pink and grey lines below). We will then use these skills to read and write sentences


As the Reception year progresses and children become more and more secure with their phonics, they will begin to read books that match their phonic ability. We used a Guided Reading carousel so that every child is heard read every day to practice their phonic and comprehension skills. Each session will start with a short phonic/word game to practice skills in isolation. The structure is as follows...


Monday- children are given a book that is matched to their phonic ability. They will use Monday to decode the text, sounding out and blending any words they may find tricky. The focus is purely on decoding.


Tuesday- once the child is familiar with the text and is starting to read it fluently, they will explore the expression and intonation used in the book. They will have a go at saying parts of the text in an angry voice or happy voice just like the characters!


Wednesday- now that the child is fully fluent with the text, they will begin to answer questions about what they have read. This will not be recorded by the child but recorded by the adult in their reading record. This book then goes home to be read to and celebrated by parents!


 Our text for this half term is 'Errol's Garden' by Gillian Hibbs.




This half term, we are exploring number bonds to 10. We are working hard to rapidly recall all of the pairs of numbers that make 10, as well as their subtraction facts. We will also look at making patterns and begin counting confidently to and from 20.

Understanding the World

This half term, our unit is called 'Growing & Changing'. We will learn about the life cycle of plants and animals, what plants need to grow and things that we can do as babies, children and adults.


In Art, we will be learning all about Vincent Van Gough. We will look at his many art pieces and replicate them using a variety of materials.


 In Music, we will be listening to and joining in with a range of nursery rhymes and even learning some new ones!