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Reception Class

Welcome to Reception Class


A warm welcome to you all.  .My name is Mrs. Price and I am the teacher in Reception Class.  Mrs. Buckley is the Teaching Assistant in Reception Class.

We are both so looking forward to seeing you in September and we have lots of exciting learning activities planned for you all. 




Reading feeds the imagination, it expands horizons and offers new and exciting ways of seeing and making sense of our lives and of the world around us.

Michael Morpurgo



Our class Saint is Mary, Mother of Jesus.

Religious Education


At St. Joseph's we follow the document 'Learning and Growing as the People of God'.  This document is the curriculum strategy for religious education in Catholic schools, devised by the Archdiocese of Birmingham. 



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Summer Term

Let's Grow!


This term the children will be sowing seeds and planting to create some beautiful containers to be displayed in the school.  In the first half of the term the children will investigate the lifecycle of a seed and what they need to grow.  We will look at the different parts of a plant and a flower and create our own flower pictures.  We will read lots of different story books and non-fiction books about plants and growing.  We will also look at the role butterflies, bees and other mini-beasts have in the natural world.  We will discover the different environments that plants need to grow and the different types of plants that grow all over the world.  


Spring Term 2021

Happy Healthy Me!  



This term we are looking at how to look after ourselves and how to keep our minds and bodies happy and healthy. 

During the first half term we will discuss how we can keep ourselves warm and safe in winter and compare ourselves with people from the Arctic and how they look after themselves during the very cold weather.  We will investigate snow and ice and explore how our surroundings change during the winter months.  We will make healthy soup and discuss how eating healthily and exercising regularly contributes to keeping our bodies healthy.  We will discover how we can look after the environment that we live in, and how we can take care of the different types of wildlife that we share our environment with.



  • Christmas
  • Baptism
  • Prayers to learn in Reception
  • Our Class Saint - St. Mary.


Personal and Social Development

  • To recognise our own feelings and the feelings of others through listening to stories and circle time activities.
  • To show resilience and perseverance when trying something new or finding something difficult.
  • To think about the feelings of others and show compassion and empathy towards our friends.


Physical Development

  • To use different sorts of tools safely and effectively.
  • To dress ourselves for the weather quickly and appropriately.
  • To understand the importance of eating healthily and how it make our bodies grow strong.
  • To understand the importance of physical exercise and the impact it has on our bodies.
  • To practise using writing and drawing equipment effectively with correct pencil grip.


Communication and Language

  • To learn new vocabulary when talking about winter, snow and ice.
  • To ask questions about things we would like to know about winter, e.g. What causes it to snow? Why does ice melt?
  • Share, re-tell, mime and act out stories and books.



  • To read books containing the phonic graphemes that have been taught.
  • To write captions and short sentences independently.
  • To listen to and enjoy a range of stories, poems and non-fiction books.



  • Number bonds within 5 – Have a deep understanding of numbers to 5
  • Numbers to 10 - Have a deep understanding of number to 10, including the composition of each number.
  • Comparing numbers within 10 - Compare quantities up to 10 in different contexts, recognising when one quantity is greater than, less than or the same as the other quantity.
  • Addition to 10 - Combining two groups to find the whole












Autumn Term 2020

Our focus for the Autumn term is All About Me! 

We will spend time getting to know each other and making friends.  We will look at what makes us special and unique, and we will celebrate the similarities and differences between ourselves and our friends.  We learn about our own emotions, our senses and our bodies, and how amazing we all are!  As we are all so special we need to make sure we can take care of ourselves, this will involve talking about healthy eating and physical exercise.

There are lots of books to read in our book corner about ourselves and our families, and we will make a special time to share these books with each other.  We will look at our houses and where we live, and we will have lots of opportunities to be creative, making models and drawing pictures of our families and friends. 

I am really excited about all the activities we've got planned for September, hope you are too! 

Please make sure you bring in some pictures of yourself and your families for our classroom display.



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