Reception 2020 - 2021

Mrs Thomas

 Hello and Welcome to Reception at St. John’s Church of England Primary School!

At St John’s we have a rich and exciting Early Years Curriculum that ensures all of the children at our school develop a JOY of living and learning. We believe that it is vital for young children to learn through play and exploration and we do this through a balance of carefully planned independent learning opportunities and adult directed activities both inside and outside the classroom. Nurture is also a stength that we pride ourselves on and all adults get to know each child in Reception very well. Our key person system, adds another layer of support for each child and your child’s key worker gets to know your child’s individual interests and can plan for their next steps to ensure progress is always made. We also form a key partnership with our school families and enjoy sharing our class achievements regularly.

Autumn Term

The first half term in Reception is all about settling into school life, getting to know adults and other children in the class as well as routines and developing confidence.  This is all done through our first school value, ‘Respect.’ We talk to the children about what this means and how we can demonstrate it. The adults spend most of the time playing with the children, getting to know them and finding out where they are up to, ready to move their learning on.  During this half term we also encourage the children to think about what makes them special and talk about who is special to them in their family.


Key Information

Teacher: Mrs E Thomas

Teaching Assistants: Mrs V Hawthorn and Mrs L Lawson

Volunteers: Mrs A Patterson



We are enjoying playing phonics games in class and sharing lots of stories together. Over the coming weeks we will be starting our phonics programme. The children will take part in structured daily phonics sessions.

In the next few weeks your child will begin to bring home a library book as well as another book which will be matched to your child’s phonics stage. These books are to share with an adult at home. In addition to these 2 books, your child will also bring home a further reading book which they will have read and developed their reading skills with at school during the previous week.  Please encourage your child to read this book independently to an adult at home.


P.E Day

Reception P.E day is on a Thursday. Children can come into school dressed in their P.E kit. Children can wear dark joggers or leggings if the weather is cold as well as pumps or trainers. Children also need to wear either their school jumper or cardigan.



In Reception we enjoy a healthy daily snack. If you would like your child to have a snack during the morning the cost is £6 per half term.

To support your child’s learning at home you may find the following websites useful:



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The Little Red Hen, by Mrs Thomas

Experience Harvest, by Mrs Griffiths

Settling in!, by Mrs Thomas