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Welcome to Reception year group at St. Joseph’s. We have a dedicated team of adults working with the children here to provide them with a friendly, nurturing, learning environment, which will enable them to reach their full potential.

You can email the class teachers at:



Our Reception Team

Miss N. Todd (Class Teacher and Head of Early Years)          
Mrs A. Pelliccia and Miss F. Veneri (Teaching Assistants)

Miss G. Johnson (Class Teacher)
Mrs J. James and Miss T. Woodhouse (Teaching Assistants)

Early Years Curriculum Meeting

Our aim for this meeting

  • Our Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
  • What a day in Reception looks like…
  • What a week in Reception looks like…
  • Our Uniform
  • Reading in Reception
  • Library Service
  • Supporting you to support your children further
  • Supporting us to support your children
  • Questions & Sharing

Our Early Years Foundation
Stage Curriculum

  • Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Prime areas of learning
  • Specific areas of learning
  • We aim to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum based on the children’s interests.
  • We build a profile of each child’s learning journey right through from nursery to reception.
  • These will be available for you to look at during parents evening.
Reception Knowledge Organiser


Curriculum Presentation

To view our recent Curriculum presentation, click on the link below to download.

Curriculum Information Presentation


What a day in Reception looks like…

  • We encourage our children to be independent learners.
  • We provide a balance of child initiated learning and adult led activities.
  • These activities are differentiated to suit every child’s needs
  • The children have access to both reception classrooms and a large outside area.

Our Timetable

Time Activity
8.45-9.15am Early morning work
9.15-9.30am Carpet time
9.30–11.30am Independent & Supported Learning time
11.30-12.00am Phonics & Guided Reading time
12.00-12.15pm Getting ready for lunch
12.15-1.15pm Lunch Time
1.15-1.45pm Carpet Time
1.45-2.30pm Independent & Supported Learning time / Gross Motor Skills
2.30-3.00pm Tidy up time/ story time/ home time

What a week in reception looks like…

There are a number of activities and events that we will be involved in throughout the week in reception these include:

  • A focused RE lesson
  • PE taught by a specialist every Wednesday.
  • Big Writing on a Friday

After half term we will take part in:

  • EYFS assemblies on a Tuesday
  • Infant school assemblies on a Friday
  • Forest School in small groups

Other activities will include:

  • Dance for a term
  • On special occasions we meet with our partner class to share our learning.
  • When there are special events in our school we all take part – for example ‘Harvest Assembly’

Our Uniform

  • It is important that all children are dressed in the right school uniform
  • Looking presentable
  • Each item should be clearly labeled
  • If children are not in the correct uniform a letter will be issued

Girls Uniform

Boys Uniform

As part of our home school agreement we would like to remind all parents of


  • Jewelry
  • Hair extensions
  • Beads in hair
  • Coloured hair bands etc.
  • That all children with long hair should have it tied back at all times!


  • PE kits will be kept at school and sent home for freshening up every half term.

Reading in Reception

  • Each child will have a reading record book
  • Reading books will be changed weekly
  • Your day will be clearly highlighted in your reading record book.
  • Please ensure that you comment on your child’s reading to ensure the book is changed.
  • Target bubbles – to support reading at home.
  • All children will start with the same targets. Class teachers will give the children new targets as they feel these targets have been achieved.

Sharing WOW Moments!

We would like you to share with us any ‘WOW’ moments you have with your child.

These can include:

Using and applying learning e.g.

  1. using their sounds to read words in the environment
  2. working out how much money to give at the shops
  • Looking after a pet
  • Visits to zoos, farms, museums

But most importantly these should include learning moments!

We will be celebrating your efforts and the children’s learning that takes place beyond the Reception setting.

These will be displayed on the notice board in the playground next to the Reception Outside Area and continued on the display board outside the Infant office.

Do visit these boards often with your children and discuss what their friends have been up to.

Library Service

  • Children will borrow books from the book corner
  • Library service will take place once a week on a Tuesday starting after half term.
  • To encourage children’s love for reading

– We suggest that you use this book to read to your child, share it and enjoy it together.

– We will record the date and the title in your ‘Reading Diary’ we would then like you to encourage your child to draw and then write something about the book you have shared.

– We will award a stamp for every time you record in your reading diary.

– For every 3 stamps we will be awarding the children team points.

Supporting you to support your Children further

How we can help

  • We will be sending home a ‘Mathematics Booklet
  • After half term the children will have A phonics book, called ‘My Sound book

These items are for you to keep at home. You do not need to bring them back into school.

We will however be asking you to celebrate with us any of your child’s amazing efforts in their phonics book.

We will put these examples on display to celebrate your child’s home learning.

Supporting us to support your children

How you can help

  • We are keen for you to engage in dialogue as often as possible with your children
  • So we are suggesting a Mobile Free Zone!
  • Can you volunteer your time? This could include:

– cooking

– reading

– sharing a book

– or any other suggestions you may have… there’s lots you can do to help.

Catch Up and Share

We would like to warmly welcome all our Reception Parents for Refreshments and an opportunity for you to catch up and share your experiences at our regular coffee mornings. These will be posted on our news items and school calendar.

Questions and Sharing

Please take this time to ask any questions or queries you may have.

We hope this meeting has been helpful and look forward to working with you.

Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage

Setting the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five

Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.