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The Blessed

Edward Campion Federation

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St Patrick's

Catholic Primary School

Year R

Class Teachers: Mrs L Houlston (Mon-Wed) and Mrs K. Kendrick (Wed-Fri)

Teaching Assistant: Mrs E Churm


Welcome to Reception!


Welcome to our Reception class! We hope you have had a lovely Christmas break and are looking forward to a busy Spring term. The topic for this half term is Dinosaurs. The children will be creating their own dinosaurs using their handprints and making their own dinosaur name. We will also be looking at the life cycle of the dinosaur and using our maths work to measure the size of their footprints!


The Way, The Truth and The Life


We follow The Way, The Truth and The Life for our Catholic Education. Our topic this half term is Getting to know Jesus. Within this topic the children will listen to stories about Jesus and reflect on the ways Jesus shows his love for us. We will be listening to stories about Jesus healing the sick. The children will have opportunities to write their own prayers for people who are poorly.


At home you can help by


  • Encouraging your child to recognise when they have hurt someone. It is particularly difficult for young children to grasp the idea that someone’s feelings can be hurt.
  • Giving gentle reminders to say sorry in times of conflict, taking time to talk things over quietly so that you child thinks about what has happened.
  • Encouraging your child to give some small gift to a charitable cause and explain to them what the charity does to help people.
  • Taking your child to the special children’s liturgies that take place at the church in Holy Week




Homework will be sent out on a Friday and the books need to be handed in by Wednesday the following week.


The Story to Share books can be changed by your child as you have shared them at home. The red phonics books are changed every Monday. Please make sure these books are kept in book bags so they can be changed.


100 High Frequency Word Challenge!


The 100 High frequency word challenge has been given out. Well done to those children who are already on set 4! Please make sure the word wallets are in the book bags daily to allow us to use them in class to practise.  


Purple Mash


Purple Mash is an online learning environment which we subscribe to as a school. On here, you will find games, software and creative projects which support your child's learning as well as ebooks and games to support learning French. Your child can access Purple mash at home using their individual login. This can be found inside your child's reading diary.


Read Write Inc.


We teach reading and spelling in Reception through the phonics scheme Read Write Inc. You can find further information by clicking the image below. There are some very useful videos which you can use at home!