Reception 2021 - 2022

Miss Birchenough


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Welcome to Reception Class

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Happy New Year! Welcome back to school for the Spring Term. Below you will see an outline of our topics and more information will be sent in the Welcome Letter that you will receive soon. 


aaaaaaaaaaaaaThis half term we are going to be exploring books by Julia Donaldson.

Each week, we will focus on a different story and our activities in class will be based around this. 


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We will also be learning about Chinese New Year and other important dates throughout the term. 


In Religion, our topic is Getting to know Jesus.

This half term, children in Reception will be getting to know Jesus. Throughout the unit, the children will be given opportunities to become aware that Jesus has a great love for each one of us and will think of ways in which we can show our love for Jesus. They will hear that Jesus cured people who were sick and think of ways we can show our love for sick people.

At home, you could help your children by:

• saying or sharing prayers together

• talk about people who help us e.g. nurses, doctors

• talk about how we can help others

• giving them jobs which help at home


Phonics and Reading in Reception

We are now following the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised Phonics Programme. Each week, I will add new sounds and tricky words to the yellow phonics book. Please practice these daily.

The children will each read three times a week in school and their new book will be sent home after the third day, either Thursday or Friday. Please read as often as you can. We are working hard to segment and blend lots of new words containing all of the new sounds we have learnt.

You can see more about how we teach phonics and how you can support your child with phonics and reading on the Little Wandle website: 



Things to send to school every day:

  • A coat
  • A hat and gloves (on cold days)
  • Sun hat (on warm days)
  • Spare underwear/socks 
  • Water bottle
  • Book bag, reading record/reading book


Things you can do at home together:

  • Share a story/read every day
  • Play games/board games which involve taking turns/counting
  • Practice using scissors and cutting out different shapes 
  • Use a range of mark-making materials: chalk, felt tips, paintbrushes with paints/water etc. on different surfaces (table-top, easel, outside on brick walls/drives/patios)
  • Use play-doh (or similar) and practice rolling out with a rolling pin, squeezing, stretching, rolling etc.


Many thanks,

Miss Birchenough



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St Gabriel's Catholic Primary School, Well Lane, Alsager, Stoke-on-Trent ST7 2PG