Reception St Francis and St Lucy Page

Welcome to our Reception Class Page

In Reception we have two classes: Our teacher in St Francis is Miss Forty and in St Lucy is Mrs Goodyear. Our teaching assistants are Miss Campbell, Miss Mills, Mrs McLaughlin and Miss Spittle.

Please can book bags be returned daily so we can change the children’s books if necessary, the reading diaries will need to be signed.

We have P.E. on Thursdays so P.E. kits should be in school if they are not already. Please could you ensure that all belongings including drinks bottles are named too.

Our curriculum for this half-term is:

Our trip to Umberslade Farm

On Tuesday, we boarded a coach and travelled all the way to Umberslade Farm. Upon arrival, we were greeted with our guide – we felt like VIPs! We were so excited to get to know the rabbits and guinea pigs.

Next, we had the chance to meet a winning Shire Horse. We couldn’t believe how big he was. Jenny, our guide, told us how he has won ploughing competitions.

After that, we ventured over to the muddy part of the farm where we were greeted by Peppa and Curly Sue; two very friendly pigs. J-Lo was so excited to see us that she even poked her head over the wall (we think she could smell our delicious lunch!).

Finally, we finished our day by spending some time with the lambs. We learnt about how Jenny and people on the farm nurture and take care of the lambs.

World Book Day

On Thursday, we were so excited to dress up as our favourite book characters. We loved looking at each others’ costumes and retelling stories. We read “Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book” and engaged in themed activities.


An afternoon with some special visitors

Today we were excited to receive some special visitors: children from Year 4. We had a lovely afternoon of sharing activities with the older children. They played in our Pizzeria role play area and also helped us to ride bikes outside. The children also shared some favourite stories with us. We can’t wait for them to come back and see us again soon!


Our visit from the Gingerbread Man

On Friday, to our surprise, we entered the classroom to find footprints of flour everywhere. As a team, we searched for evidence and decided it must be the Gingerbread Man. We received a letter from him telling us about his travels and the souvenirs that he had left behind in the classroom. We followed the clues and found a basket full of souvenirs from around the world; we were so excited! We investigated each one and identified where it was from.


Outdoor Learning and Storytelling

Despite the cold weather, this week we have explored the outdoors using our senses. We examined different herbs and made perfumes and potions. We also explored different forms of ginger. We made a pretend ‘campfire’ and ‘roasted’ marshmallows whilst retelling stories and creating our own.

The Gingerbread Man

This week we have been receiving postcards from The Gingerbread Man; he has been travelling around the world. We have looked forward to seeing which continents he has visited and then locating them on our classroom world map. We have also learnt to say ‘Hello’ in the different languages from the places that the Gingerbread Man has visited.

Welcome back. We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year. We are very excited to be starting a brand new term with you. We have loved practising our tricky words this week using the tricky word song. Follow the link and try it at home!

We have been very busy Autumn 2 half term, we learnt about Bonfire Night and how to stay safe. We had great fun splatter painting some firework pictures.  We have also learnt about Advent and how we can get ready for Christmas, while also rehearsing the Christmas production.


During our maths lessons we have been counting lots of objects,learning to add two numbers together and making it using magnetic numbers.


We enjoyed learning about the celebration of Diwali and making our own Diva lamps. We had to use the clay and sculpt it and let it dry before we could paint it.


When it was Children in Need, Year Three created a cafe and we went into the hall to buy some cakes and a drink. The children served and helped us, it was really fun.


Our new role play is a hairdressers, the children love to take on the role of clients, hairdressers and barbers. The children work together to share the equipment and pay for their haircut at the counter.

               Our Mystery Visitor

When we returned back to school after the half term, we discovered some mystery footprints. We were all very surprised to find them all over the classroom and even outside. We all went on a search for clues to find out what it might have been. We went around the school to interview people to see if they had seen anything suspicious.


  The children thought it had been eating some snacks, it was a very messy visitor.

Reading Workshop for Early Years’ Parents and Carers

Thank you to all of the parents and carers who attended our Reading Workshop on Thursday. Please find below the website link to the Read, Write, Inc. parents page. Please continue to bring your child’s book bag in daily so that we can encourage the love of reading. If you would like to order a Read, Write, Inc. Speedy Sounds book for your child  to practise the sounds and letter formation, please see a member of our Reception Team by Friday 19th October.

Our trip to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church

On Wednesday morning, we boarded the coach to visit Mount Carmel Church. We were all very excited as this was Reception’s first trip. We arrived at the church and met Father Tony; he welcomed us in and told us lots about the church.

We explored the church and investigated different artifacts.

We took part in Baptism role play with Father Tony.

We each played a part in the Baptism role play and enjoyed acting out the experience.

We can’t wait for the wonderful year to come!

PE is on a Thursday and takes place in the hall.

We welcome book bags daily as we are gradually encouraging the children to become independent at choosing their own book based on their interests. We will also send home letters in book bags.

We will be starting Welly Wednesday on the 19th September so please ensure your child has their wellies in school. This will be taking place come rain or shine!

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