Reception - St.͏ Nicholas

Reception - St. Nicholas

                                        Reception 2020-2021

Welcome to St. Mary's School Family

Mrs Bracken works Monday and Tuesday.

Mrs Simpson works Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Mrs Hornby works everyday.


We are ' called to make a difference'.

This year we would like to focus on the following 6 Gospel values- Hopeful, Loving, Truthful, Faith filled, Compassionate and Prophetic.




What does being Hopeful mean to your family? 





Welcome to all the Reception children.

We have been enjoying the sunshine and making new friends this week.



What makes me special?


 Book of the week- 


 We are also sharing lots of other stories about our family.


Reading, along with writing, makes up literacy, one of the four specific areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Reading's Early Learning Goal is:

Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.

Early reading experiences
To be ready to start reading, children need to have a variety of skills in place. These early reading skills include matching, rhyming, awareness of phonics and the skills associated with language development such as listening, attention, alliteration and sound discrimination.
Children enjoy cuddling up, looking at books and listening to stories.
You could use a range of reading materials: picture books, magazines, e-books, the telling of many well-known stories can also be found on Youtube.

Rhyming helps children to break words down and to hear the sounds that make up words in preparation for reading and writing. So why not sing songs and have a rhyme time with your child every day?
Try making up your own songs and rhymes. Use rhymes with actions to support multi-sensory learning and draw children's attention to alliteration and rhyming words.

Stories and story sacks
Read to children and tell stories at least once a session. But don't just read! Think about your voice, gestures and facial expressions. Use silly voices to draw the children into the story.
Creating stories with children, asking them to predict what's going to happen next and helping them to make up their own endings to familiar stories, encourages them to think more critically and become more creative.
Make story sacks with lots of things related to a story that capture children's imaginations and extend their learning. Put in items/props and make simple puppets that will help children retell the story.
Why not help children to make their own books? It could be about absolutely anything! They could include their own drawings, photos or pictures cut from magazines and you could help with the text.


It is so important for children to be able to use their phonics knowledge when learning to read and write. Children need to be able to hear the sounds in isolation and hear them within words. Robot talking is a great, fun way to develop this skill: eg put your h-a-n-d on your kn-ee!
A great website you could use is

High Frequency Words (HFW)
These are equally as important. High frequency words are the building blocks to reading. Children need to be able to recognise and read these by sight so that they can concentrate on sounding out the content words. Reading will be a chore if your child needs to work out every word and the meaning then will be lost.
Keep practising reading the HFWs -play games with them. Write them on post-it notes and hide them around the room, Can you find ‘said’? How quickly can your child find the correct word. You could make and play simple games such as snap or pairs with them. Keep persevering!

Most importantly enjoy books together!

The Early Years Curriculum



The early years curriculum is based on learning through exploration and play. There are a number of ways you can help your child to learn and make progress:

  • always be on time
  • good attendance
  • home reading
  • point out numbers and letters in the environment
  • count at every opportunity
  • talk to your child about the world around them
  • ask your child what he/she has been doing in school


We believe that by working together between home and school we can provide the best opportunities for your child. Reception is all about being creative and making things - don't forget if you create anything at home fetch it into school and share it with us.



This can be a special time for you and your child. Please support us by reading with your child for at least 10 minutes every day. Research has shown that this can help your child's educational development.





Our PE days are on a Monday and Thursday.

Please make sure your child has their PE kit in school on these days. Can we please ask that your child's PE kit (and uniform) is clearly labelled with their name.




If you wish to speak with us please contact the school office to make an appointment or e-mail us on:





The Early Years Team working with our families in a parent teacher workshop for learning.

EYFS Statutory Framework