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St William of York Catholic Primary School


Welcome to Reception!

Class Teachers - Miss Whyte & Miss Barnes
Teaching Assistants- Mrs Ledson, Miss Croughan 

Ms McCall (Wed AM)


Summer Term 2018



Welcome to back to Reception class! We hope you all had a lovely Easter holiday!  

We are delighted with the way our children have settled back into school life and the way in which they are all eager to learn new things. They are enjoying learning these new things and they are all taking this in their stride. We couldn't be more proud.  We would like to thank you for your support in your child's education.  



In Mathematics we are concentrating on numbers 11-20 this term - counting objects, recognising them, and putting them in order. We will also be looking at the numbers we can add together to make a certain number. We will be looking at the numbers that are one more and one less and will begin to solve number problems! We are also looking at 2D and 3D shapes and their properties and exploring shapes in our environment.


In Phonics we are following the Read Write Inc. scheme and are focusing on blending and segmenting the sounds in simple words. We will focus on a sound daily and will learn to form letters properly, read and write words containing that sound. We will also be looking at tricky words such as 'the' and  'said' these are words that can't be sounded out. Children will continue with their reading books and your support with listening to your child read is very important. 


In Religious Education we will be learning all about gathering and reconciliation and will be talking about how this looks amongst our friends, in the church and in the community.  



We are encouraging children to become independent in Reception and so we ask that children begin to come into class on their own to  hang up their coat, change their library book, put away their book bag and belongings and settle on the carpet.  However, we have an open door policy at St. William of York and if you have any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to speak to one of the members of staff, either before school begins or after all the children have been collected.  


Our Reception Uniform is the same as nursery. Our Foundation Stage uniform has been carefully chosen to ensure practicality, safety and to instil independence in our youngest children.

Our Summer uniform:

White polo shirt

Purple school sweatshirt

Purple school jogging bottoms

BLACK velco trainers, plimsole pumps or shoes

Black socks


PE will be taking place on a Monday this term; our children will begin to get changed for PE this half term so will need to have a  school PE kit in school please.  You could begin to support your child in becoming independent by encouraging them to get dressed into their uniform every morning, including shoes!


We ask that children bring their book bag, reading book and reading record (yellow book) into School daily. Children will read to a teacher at least once a week, but there will often be opportunities to read again throughout the week! Please sign the yellow reading record every time you read with your child as this helps us to understand how your child is reading at home.  Please try to read with your children every night.


As always we welcome parents, family members or carers into our Reception class to share with us any information about your child or milestones that they have achieved at home and we have 'Ask me about' slips that you can fill out and hand to a member of staff.   Photographs of significant events or home learning can also be emailed to Miss Whyte or Miss Barnes to be shared on the big screen in class. Our email addresses are: or


Snack Money is £1.50 per week or £10.50 for half-term, or £21 up to Summer. This money goes towards providing your child with a healthy snack daily and for buying resources such as baking materials, craft materials and additional items linked to our topic.  We ask that this is given in a named envelope preferably on a Monday.  Envelopes will be available at school if necessary.




Thank you for your anticipated support and we look forward to an enjoyable and exciting term in Reception!

Miss Whyte, Miss Barnes, Miss Croughan and Mrs Ledson


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Awards Ceremony

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Our fabulous children singing about mini beasts

The Little Red Hen ๐Ÿ”

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This week in literacy we have been reading โ€˜The little red henโ€™
We have enjoyed acting the story out, making a story board and rehearsing the story using actions.

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Fatherโ€™s Day baking

Awe, wonder and butterflies...

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We are motivated learners!

We have all been practicing to ride our new 2 wheeled bikes. We have kept on trying even if we have found it difficult and we are so pleased when we achieve it. 


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Caterpillars ๐Ÿ›

In Reception we are going to be looking after 5 caterpillars. We will watch them grow, make cocoons and then turn into butterflies. 

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Birthday boys! ๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽ

Our Stars of the Week! ๐ŸŒŸ

Happy Motherโ€™s Day

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Learning all about Hinduism

Meet Sandy the Hamster

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Meet our lovely new pet in Reception! The children have loved watching her run around in her ball and are taking it in turns to care for her.

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Happy Birthday! ๐ŸŽ‚

Exploring Church - we enjoyed looking all around church today and listening to Father tell us all about his role. He answered lots of questions and showed us the baptismal font. We were proud that the children remembered lots of information from our previous RE topic about baptism

Child led warm up!

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School Nurse Visit - Dental hygiene

Christmas party day! We had a fantastic time at our Christmas party, everyone looked fantastic in their party outfits and enjoyed the disco.

Pyjama party ๐ŸŒœโœจWe loved coming back to school in our pjs, we watched a film, had some toast and hot chocolate and even played some party games!

๐ŸŽ„Nativity - Whoops a Daisy Angel ๐ŸŽ„

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We were so proud of our little super stars today they all sang beautifully and really enjoyed their Nativity play.

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Part 3

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When I grow up I want to be...

Today in reception we talked about how special we are and how we are all unique and have different qualities and skills. We spoke about things that make us proud.  For example, Jacob said he was proud of himself because he tried to swim without his arm bands and Nathan said he was proud of himself for trying really hard in phonics. This then led to talking about what we would like to do when we grow up. We have high expectations and aspirations for our children and believe they will achieve whatever they set out to do. โœจ


"Children increasingly show high levels of confidence in social situations. They develop a positive sense of themselves and their place in the world." Ofsted 



Outdoor play

"Practitioners provide a stimulating, welcoming environment, both indoors and out, that keeps children motivated and interested in a broad range of activities." Ofsted 

Afternoon Tea! Reception children had their very own afternoon tea for snack. They enjoyed eating scones and had a drink of milk or water.

Reception Long Term Plan

Odd Socks Day- the start of Anti-Bullying Week!

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Reception sang one of Andy and the Odd Sock's songs to mark the start of Anti-Bullying week; as well as wearing their odd socks! To see more about what we did today, as a school, look at the 'Latest News' page.

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