St Teresa's Catholic Primary School

Growing and learning together, as part of God’s family, to be the best we can be.

Brook Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire WD6 5HL

020 8953 3753

Welcome to Reception

A very warm welcome to Reception.

Reception is a really important and exciting year where the children develop skills that will hopefully stay with them for the rest of their time in school and beyond.  We support them to become independent learners through encouraging their own ideas and curiosity about the world around them. We go on an incredible journey together in learning to read and write and develop the building blocks of mathematics. We plan topics throughout the year that emphasise different areas of the curriculum.

All children in Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework that is divided into the seven areas of learning. They have a mixture of adult led activities and child initiated learning, where the children learn by doing things for themselves.

We work together with parents to ensure all children are, ‘Growing and learning together, as part of God’s family, to be the best that we can be.’

New Reception parents presentation - June 2020

Mrs Ward

PE day Monday - Children to come to school in their PE kit with normal shoes and socks - No tights please 

Class email address for parents to use if you need to contact Mrs Ward directly about your child's learning

All other communication should be directed to the school office

Meet the teacher presentation 2021

 Parents Meeting presentations 14th March 2022

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Helping your child at home

Spring 2  - Term learning 2022

Reception children have been very busy this half term. Very soon after we came back from half term it was the start of Lent.  In RE they learnt that Lent starts with Shrove Tuesday. All the children made pancake mix and had a go tossing the pancakes. They wrote a list of ingredients and we read Mr Wolf’s Pancakes by Jan Fearnley. The pancakes were very delicious! This was followed by Ash Wednesday when the children received the ashes and learnt about their meaning. They wrote Lenten Promises and our RE has been about how to forgive, say sorry and be kind and helpful to others. We have a “Crown of Thorns” made from lolly sticks. Every time someone does something extra kind and helpful they change a “thorn” into a flower. It is nearly full of flowers now.

The week before the Easter Holidays has been Spirituality Week. The children are learning the story and meaning of Easter. Fr Dominic has lead Rejoice sessions and taught them about the Stations of the Cross. We acted out Palm Sunday and Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.

In phonics, we have finished learning all the phase 3 sounds from Letters and Sounds. Many of the children are becoming independent writers and having a go writing sentences using their phonics as well as becoming more confident readers. It is wonderful to see!

In Literacy, our ‘Talk for Writing’ story was The Three Billy Goats Gruff. The children learnt the story with actions and drew story maps. Lots of children had fun acting it out in the playground. They made bridges in lots of different designs. Finally, we changed the story characters and the children invented their own story maps.

In Maths, the children ordered numbers and made number lines. They played games and practised counting on and back from different numbers. We learnt positional language from the book Rosie’s walk by Pat Hutchins. They applied their learning to racing through obstacle courses. They made treasure maps and had to explain them using positional language. We made links to geography and maps. The children talked about and drew maps of their bedrooms, and their street. They made beautiful shape pictures using collage on Maths Day and learnt about the properties of 2 and 3 D shapes from their costumes.

In Science week, Reception children loved the visit from the mobile zoo. They watched an owl flying across the room and stroked a variety of small animals and mini beasts. They learnt about mini beasts and did lots of Spring planting, and a nature walk around school, looking for signs of Spring. The children have been learning about Spring. They painted and did observational drawings of plants and mini beasts using different media. They learnt Spring songs. We have had a supermarket role play shop inside and a vegetable shop outside.

Spring 1  - Term learning 2022

We started our RE this term by learning about and celebrating Epiphany. The children retold the story of the Kings visiting Jesus and how they realised how important Jesus was going to be. They made crowns and were very keen in CHIL time to act out the story outside.

Our RE topic this term is “Getting to know Jesus.” The children learnt how Jesus helped his family as a young boy and got lost aged 12. They have been hearing the story, from the Bible, of how Jesus helped fishermen and how they became his disciples. The children painted imaginary fish and made fish stick puppets.

Since the kings followed the star to Bethlehem, we continued to learn about the constellations and made our own using chalk and sequins. We looked at the painting “A Starry Night” by Van Gogh and painted our own swirly stars and used oil pastels to copy the way Van Gogh used short brush strokes in his paintings to paint the starry sky.

For Understanding the World around us, the children had great fun discovering the ice in the playground after many a frosty night. They found may different shapes of ice and tried to melt it. They did ice experiments for homework. We read the book ‘Frog in Winter’ and discussed hibernating animals.

In phonics, the children are continuing to learn new sounds and use them to blend and segment words. They are starting to use their phonics in their writing and are making good progress with reading and writing sentences.

In Maths, we have covered lots of work on classification. The children were asked to decide what was in a set and what was not. They then had to work out what to do with objects that might be in both sets. They have also been using counting to compare different quantities, deciding if groups of objects are equal or have more or less objects in them. They have been supported to use counting back to find out how many more objects are in the bigger group. We have played maths games to reinforce our skills.

We have also spent time learning about the Chinese New Year. The children made lanterns and dragons. They danced a dragon dance.

Autumn 1 - Term learning 2021

This half term everyone has been settling into school and making new friends. We have spent time learning new routines and developing a sense of Team Reception so that we all work together to be kind and helpful to each other and look after all the resources.

Our topic is Ourselves. We have spent a lot of time discussing how we are all special and also exploring and naming our different feelings. We learnt the Makaton signs for lots of them. We discussed our favourite things and our families. We linked our literacy to our topic and read Owl Babies. We talked about their feelings and how mummies always come back at the end of the day.

In literacy we have been learning the story of The Enormous Turnip. We have been learning it as our Talk for Writing text. They have learnt the story by heart with Makaton signs to help them remember it. The children have drawn story maps. We changed it to “The Enormous Pumpkin” and the children drew themselves and their friends working together to pull it out of the ground. Everyone helped to make pumpkin and vegetable soup which we all ate together. We have also started learning phonics sounds and making simple CVC words.

In Maths we have been concentrating on instantly recognizing many different pictorial representations of small numbers. This is called subitizing. It helps with accuracy, adding and subtracting. The children have learnt the dice and numicon patterns through games and using different resources to copy the patterns and make some of their own. They have also made shape pictures in various ways.

We have been following the children’s interests with outside role play. They decided to mend the bikes and we set up an outside mechanics. Many children brought the bikes to be repaired. To support their interest, a parent in the school visited. He showed them his tool box and how he repairs cars. They all experienced sitting in a real sports car.

Our RE topic is God’s world. The children have learnt about the Creation story and responded to how they can look after God’s world. They also learnt about St Teresa and have started joining in with the Hail Mary when saying the Rosary.

Autumn 2 - Term learning 2021

This half term we continued the topic of Ourselves. The children talked about their bones and muscles and how they work. They drew round each other and drew what they thought was inside. We had a role play doctors and they took turns looking after each other and making each other better.

In literacy we read the story Funnybones by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. The children learnt the beginning of the book as a Talk for Writing text and made story maps. They changed the story to monsters going out at night and painted monster paintings.

Our main topic this half term is Light and Dark. We talked about going out at night. They have been very interested in the moon and have observed that it changes shape. We made dark spaces using blankets and they had a lot of fun reading in the dark by torch light and telling each other stories in dark dens. We made collages using paper to make shadows and the learning was continued at home with some fantastic shadow making at night time. They explored light shining through different colours at the light box.

This half term we have been concentrating on accurate counting in Maths. The children have been playing dice games to 20 using two dice and learning how to count on. We also used dominoes and marbles for counting. They did problem solving making as many different shapes from six cubes as they could. They made number lines. We have also measured their shoes and compared lengths using cubes.

Our RE topic this half term is “God’s family.” We talked about the photos they brought in of their own families. They have been learning about Advent. We made our own Advent wreath and we light it each day to say prayers together. They have learnt the Christmas story. We looked at photos of Reception children as babies and made lists of the things babies need. The children worked really hard leaning the songs and their lines for our Reception Nativity.