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Message for those parents with children attending school. Reception class bubbles will be doing PE two days a week Monday and Thursday. Please wear your PE kit into school.

Dear Parents and children,


I hope you all enjoyed the summer half term and enjoyed some well deserved rest in the sunshine! I have been super proud and grateful to see so many continue with their learning at home over the past term. 


As you know 'Reception' children are due to return to school as of 1st June 2020. Therefore I will be in school every day from now on supporting those who return. I will do my best to help those who have decided to keep their children at home and provide you with some home learning activities and continue to support those at home aswell. I won't be able to respond as quickly but rest assured your message will be answered.


Please continue to contact me via my email address or upload your things to your Tapestry account where I can give feedback. 


The home learning activities will continue to be added below under the 'weekly planning overviews' link below (we are now in Summer Term Week 6). I would highly recommend you looking at the 'Useful resources for home learning' tab aswell if you would like more.


Please do remember that these children are in Reception and that the environment we learn is very laid back and the best way to complete these activities are in short periods. In school we will be having a high focus on making sure the children settle back positively and that our emphasis will be on wellbeing! For those who are completing home learning may find the planning isn't quite the same as it was before half term and this is because we will have a different core focus each day (one day will be a maths focus and the following day will be Phonics/Literacy)


Have a great first week back whether that is virtual or in school,


Love Miss Kelly smiley

Phonics Support/Advice 


Hello parents, 


I am really pleased to see some brilliant writing taking place at home. The support is greatly appreciated and will really benefit your child's development! I want to give some phonic advice in regards to their writing at this stage in their development.


At school we encourage the children to use their phonics when trying to spell words and this is much more beneficial to them than 'copying' correct spellings. We are happy to see such spellings such as 'orinj' (orange) or 'yeloa' (yellow) or 'bloo' (blue) as it shows they are applying their phonic knowledge. This is what we call 'phonically plausible' writing and this is what I would expect to see in a reception class.


Ofcourse if the child knows the correct spelling then yes they are welcomed to write the correct spelling. What I would expect is the correct spelling of the tricky words and high frequency words from the phases we have learnt so far. You can find the word mats in the weekly planning folders.


I hope that makes sense, but if you want some more advice then feel free to email me.


Thank you,


Miss Kelly :) 


Welcome to Reception!

Our teacher is Miss Kelly and our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Falber (Mon-Thurs) and Miss Brooks (Friday)! PPA cover is Miss Cooper on a Wednesday 10-12.


The Spring term topic is...

'Space Chase'


School days are extremely busy, keep a look out on this page for some exciting highlights of what we get up to here in Reception class. Scroll down for plenty of photographs or click the hyperlinks for the different terms!


Dates for your diary:



Children will be taking home a reading book and reading log each week. Please ensure children have these in their book bags each school day. 

Children also have their own Tapestry Early Learning Journal online and remember you can add observations of your child from home which can count towards appropriate assessment. There is also a small yellow homework book sent home each Friday with a short activity linked to either their maths/literacy learning. This needs to be returned no later than Wednesday AM.



At St Josephs we follow the phonics play planning structure which incorporates the joy of Jolly Phonics! The children love the songs and actions that they use to help them learn the sounds. Songs are on Youtube if you would like to have a look! We are at the stage where children are learning digraphs/trigraphs which means two/three letters that make one sound.







Autumn Term Topic Web

Curriculum Meeting Reception Powerpoint