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St Simon's Catholic Primary School

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Foundation Stage 2 (Reception)




Mrs Hodgson and Mrs McInally are very excited to welcome you to the class page for Reception.




In Reception we continue to love to learn through exploring our environment. We have many learning areas for your child to explore these spaces are indoors and outdoors. In the morning we will have early bird activities for your child to access before 9.10am we the register the children and the day begins. For the majority of the day we can choose when and where we play, inside and outside as the term progresses challenges will be set in areas of the classroom and the children will complete a rainbow challenge by the end of the week. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, full details of 'Development Matters' can be found below.


At the end of reception all children will be assessed against the Early Learning Goals. They are highlighted in bold in the Development Matters Document. (see link above)


There are so many different and wonderful things to do in our class, we firmly believe in having lots of fun, having a go, following our interests and learning through play.


You can find guidance to your child's learning and development in the early years foundation stage by clicking here


Our theme this block is Chimes, Rhymes and Story Times.


We will be learning about Tradition tales and nursery rhymes.



The weekly newsletter and Class Dojo keeps you updated on events.


Thursday 17th May Trip to Stockport Town Hall (Nursery Rhyme singing)

Tuesday 3rd July Foundation Stage Liturgy

Tuesday 10th July Sports Day

Friday 13th July Special Friends Assembly

Saturday 14th July Summer Fun Day



General Information


  • Please ensure your child’s clothing is labelled including shoes.
  • Can we please ask that while you wait children do not use any of the play equipment.
  • Prams and pushchairs can be left under the shelter in the main playground; please do not bring them into Nursery.
  • PE is on a Wednesday, PE kits can stay in school in lockers and will be returned home each half term. Children will be doing outdoor PE so please can they have an outdoor PE kit including trainers from 11th June)
  • Class Dojo is a two way communication tool.





Maths (electronically-via Education City)

This will be set on a Friday, to be completed by the following Wednesday.


Reception Class Bear


Reception have a class bear called George. George will come home with one child each night. We encourage your children to draw or write about what they have done with George. This could be reading a book or going to the park. You are welcome to take photographs and send in via class dojo or stick into the class book.




Please read with your child each night building up to 10mins.


Children’s reading books will be change on a Monday and Thursday. Please make sure you have signed the reading record or books will not be changed. The children will also receive a Library book we encourage you to share this book with your child.


The children will move up colour bands. They will move up to the next colour band when they can fluently and audibly read the words as well as understand the content of what they have read


Children will also have a log in to Reading Eggs. You are able to access this from home, children are encouraged to use this at home.



Religious Education:

New Life

  • The children will Begin to understand that because Jesus rose from the dead we experience Easter joy.
  • Read the story of Jesus appearing to Mary Magdalene when he rose from the dead.
  • Begin to understand the special gift of joy and peace that Jesus gave to the disciples.

What you can do to help:

  • Talk about signs of new life examples include daffodils and lambs.
  • Talk about the story Jesus appearing to Mary.
  • Say simple prayers before bedtime.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development:

Children will be encouraged to follow the class rules and learn to share toys within the classroom. They will begin to show independence by selecting and using activities and resources with help. The children will be encouraged to confidently to speak to others about own needs, interests and opinions.

What you can do to help:

  • Ask your child to help with simple jobs at home
  • Encourage your child to get dressed and undressed independently.
  • Play a game with your child to encourage turn taking.

Communication and Language

Children will be given lots of opportunities to maintain attention, concentrate and sits quietly during appropriate activities both independently and in small groups. They will continue begin to question why things happen and give explanations. Asks e.g. who, what, when, how.

What you can do to help:

  • Read stories to your child and ask them questions.
  • Read tradition Tales to your child.
  • Sing nursery rhymes with your child.
  • Talk to them about what they have done at school. Use the class dojo pictures as a starting point.
  • Encourage them to question why things happen.

Physical Development


Children will begin to form recognisable letters holding a pencil between thumb and two fingers, no longer using whole-hand grasp. The children will take part in funky finger activities this will include using tweezers and play dough. The children will continue to take part in PE sessions on a Wednesday morning and will try outdoor PE in preparation for sports day.

What you can do to help:

  • Encourage your child to write words and captions.
  • Encourage your child to write their own name.
  • To practise climbing, jumping, throwing, skipping and running.



We will continue phonics using letters and sounds the children will continue to consolidate phase2 and 3 sounds. Following the letters and sounds scheme of work. We will also work on Phase 4. The children will give meaning to marks they make as they draw, write and paint. Segment the sounds in simple words and blend them together and know which letters represent some of them. They will write captions, labels and sentences that they can read.


What you can do to help:

  • Read with your child
  • Encourage your child to blend sounds to read words.
  • Encourage your child to write lists and captions.


Children count reliably with numbers from one to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and

objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.

What you can do to help:

  • Recognise the numerals 1-20 and beyond.
  • Double and halve number using objects up to 20.
  • Add and subtract two groups of objects.
  • Oral say 1 more and 1 less than a given number.