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St. Mary’s Catholic Academy
part of the Painsley Catholic Academy

Love and Serve

“Every individual will develop knowledge, skills and understanding with confidence and belief to take in life's journey. Together we will excel, love and serve through the Catholic Faith without limitations.”


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Reception Class J


     Mrs Hall

Mrs Reid      


White Rose Glossary

Baking cakes and making sandwiches for the 'Tiger Who Came to Tea' tea party.

We have loved Rock Star Day. We have learnt all about counting in groups of 2.

Reception have loved learning about Chinese New Year!

Dates to remember:- 




Thank you to everyone that attended our Make your mark, get set, go - writing workshop.

Everyone enjoyed themselves and took away some ideas of activities they can do at home with their children.

For those that were unable to attend, a useful handout, the presentation used on the night and some printable activities can be found in the files at the bottom of this page.


Coming soon.

Stay and share sessions.

A weekly opportunity to stay and share a learning activity with your child. Timing 8.45 - 9.00 am. Day to be confirmed. 


Children enthusiastically learnt about the role of a vet today with a visit from our local vet surgery. We learnt about how to look after our pets and what happens when they have a check up. We looked at the x-rays, bandages and clothing that is worn for surgery. We even had a go bandaging up our own teddies! We had such an amazing time. 
Today we visited the Library. Reception had such a wonderful time learning about the Library and hearing stories read by the librarian. We even got our very own library cards so we could take out a book from the Library! The children are so enthusiastic about returning next term.

Library Visit October 7th 2019

This week we are learning about the letters s,a,t,p,i,n and the words I, go, to. We have been on a number hunt and found lots of places where numbers were hiding such as the clock, lift and playgrounds!


This half term we will be focusing on texts with lots of repetition as we will be creating our own story maps, making actions to the story and repeating key phrases from the book. We will start by learning ‘The Little Red Hen’. To link with the text we will be learning all about harvest and may even make our own bread.


On Wednesday we will be visited by Leek Fire fighters. They are bringing their Fire engine onto the playground. This will start Receptions new 'vehicle' learning all about the roles of the different people who help us. 

Thank you so much to Leek Fire Fighters for visiting us today! The children loved watching Mrs Reid getting dressed up and having a go on the fire hose. The children are so enthusiastic about our 'people who help us' vehicle. 

In Maths children are continuing to work on number recognition, counting and organising number. We are also learning about doubling and halving numbers to 10.


We are also starting to think about the way numbers are organised and how to count more and less.


We are now looking at time and our daily routine. We have also been learning about capacity through our water table. We have filled different sized containers to see what we can find out. 



Please remember to bring a sun hat and sun cream as the weather gets warmer.

Please could your child wear a suitable waterproof coat to school

and bring wellies that can be left on their pegs

– we do like to play in the water and sand and we want to avoid soggy feet


Also remember that reading every day is very important for your child and will help them develop skills

in listening and attention as well as reading skills.


Homework is sent out on a Wednesday to be completed and returned on Monday.

Children have PE on a Monday so a full labelled PE kit must be in school at all times.

Please help to encourage your child to dress and undress at home independently

as this will help them during PE sessions.

Children will need to bring in a bottle with water (not juice) clearly marked with their names,

so that they can help themselves to a drink when they need one.

Book change days:




























Resources to support your child at home


We learn our sounds by singing the words and doing the actions to Jolly Phonics

(please click on the link below)


The children also love to hear the sounds on Alphablocks

Play along with the Alphablocks and have fun with the letters of the alphabet (click the link)


Top Marks is a website with lot of interactive games that can be used on a laptop or tablet.

There are maths and literacy games to help support recognition,

counting, sounding out and letter recognition



Many thanks for your continuing support.


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Early Years Curriculum and Expectations

This page provides information on the End of Year Expectations for the Early Years curriculum.