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 strength 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 we get to know your child and their 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.

Summer Term

The summer term in Reception is all about embedding and furthering the skills that the children have learnt throughout the year to ensure that each child is ready to access the next part of their school journey.  Our school ethos and values continue to underpin everything we do at school and this half term our specific value is, Trust. We will explore what this term means and how we can demonstrate it in our daily lives. The children will continue to learn through a play based curriculum and will take part in a carefully planned mix of adult directed and child initiated tasks with the support of skilled, knowledgeable and caring adults. 

Summer 1 topics:

  1. Stories from other cultures. We will read the story of Handa's Surprise which is set in Kenya. Throughout this topic there will be lots of opportunities for; speaking and listening, learning new vocabulary, artwork, story maps and many more! We will even be writing our own version of the story!
  2. Minibeasts and lifecycles. This topic will be based around the story, The Hungry Caterpillar. We may even have some special guests in class!


Key Information

Teacher: Mrs E Thomas

Teaching Assistants: Mrs V Hawthorn and Mrs L Lawson

Volunteers: Mrs A Patterson



The children will take part in structured daily phonics sessions for half an hour each day. There are also lots of additional opportunities for reading throughout our day for your child to take part in.

This term your child will continue 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.

Thank you for all of your continued support!

Please see below for top tips for supporting your child with reading 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 pounds per half term.



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



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Easter 2021, by E Thomas

Mother's Day 2021, by E Thomas