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Upcoming Dates

  • Thursday 21st November - Animal Man in School 
  • Friday 29th November (Times TBC) - Family Festive Fun Night
  • Tuesday 10th December - Reception Eye Tests 09:00-12:00
  • Wednesday 11th December - Key Stage 1 Nativity (14:00 - 15:00) Reception classes to sing a song on stage with actions. KS1 Christmas Movie Night 15:30 - 17:15
  • Friday 13th December -  Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day and Key Stage 1 Nativity (09:30 - 10:30) Reception classes to sing a song on stage with actions. 

World Nursery Rhyme Week 2019

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Nursery Rhyme Week - Monday 18th to Friday 22nd November

Next week reception will be taking part in World Nursery Rhyme Week 2019.  Since its launch in 2013, over 3 million children under the age of 7 have taken part from 70+ countries. We are looking forward to learning new nursery rhymes, practising familiar ones and taking part in activities linked to them.

     The children will also be taking part in a 'Rhyme a Day' challenge. Each day we will focus on a new nursery rhyme and will complete activities related to them. Our ‘Rhyme a Day’ challenge will focus on each rhyme in the following order:  

  • Monday 18th November: ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’.
  • Tuesday 19th November: ‘Down in the Jungle’.
  • Wednesday 20th November: ‘Incy Wincy Spider’.
  • Thursday 21st November: ‘Row Row Row Your Boat’. 
  • Friday 22nd November: ‘Two Little Dickie Birds’. 

Further information and videos can be found through the following link - 


Owl Babies



The children have been listening to the story of Owl Babies in class. They have learnt actions to use as the they retold the story and joined in with repeated refrains. We talked about the characters, setting and the story plot. We also discussed the feelings of each of the owls at the start and end of the book. 

  The children wrote speech bubbles for each of the baby owls using initial sounds and some of the other sounds that they could hear in words. They were also challenged to create their own story maps and label them.

  During understanding the world lessons the children learnt about owls. The children shared what they already knew about owls and also asked questions using ‘who, what, where, when and how’ starters. This led to an inquiry about different types of owls and how they sleep, eat and fly. We enjoyed researching facts about owls using the internet, videos and books. During outdoor day the children enjoyed exploring the forest and creating their own nests. We have enjoyed learning about owls and are hoping the animal man will bring an owl in to visit us soon.

Special Visitors in Reception

Week Beginning 14th October 2019 

This week the children have had a special visit from our community support officer Sarah Savage and also PC Robert Clark. They talked to the children about their role in the community and also explained what to do if there ever was an emergency. The children asked lots of questions and had fun dressing up in a police uniform. A big thank you to Sarah and PC Rob for taking the time out of their busy day to talk to the children. 


This week in phonics the children have been learning the following letters and sounds - e,u,r,h. They have also been reading and writing tricky word 'is.' Next week we will be learning tricky work 'the' and 'b, l, ll, f, ff.' In mathematics we have been focusing on number 4 and have been practising counting objects by lining them up and saying each number name aloud. The children have also been interested in making patterns and have been using different resources to create a ABAB patterns. 


In RE the children have continued to learn about the beautiful world God has created. We went on a walk of our school grounds (to look at God's creations) and also spent some time praying in the school prayer garden. 

Week Beginning 14th October 2019

Blessing Mass Thursday 10th October

Well done to the children for a lovely Blessing Mass on Thursday. They worked very hard to learn the hymns, prayers and also created some beautiful art work. We were all very proud of them!  A big thank you to all of the parents and family members who attended. It was wonderful to see such a big turn out of support and the children were delighted to have you there. 

Reception Blessing Mass October 10th 2019

Week Beginning 7th October 

This week we have been very busy with our preparations for our Blessing Mass which took place on Thursday. In R.E. the children have been listening to the Creation Story in the Bible and have been learning about God's creations. They have also been working hard on learning new hymns and prayers. The prayers your child will be learning this year can be found below. 

   In phonics the children have been taught the following letters/sounds - s, a, t, p, i, n, d, m, g, o, c and k. Next week we will be learning e, u, r, and h. Please don't worry if your child is unsure of some of the letters/sounds as we will be revisiting them daily. The children have also begun learning how to read tricky word I and next week will learn to read is. These words will need to be read by sight as they cannot be sounded out. 

   In mathematics we have continued to secure our understanding of 1, 2, 3. We have been practising counting objects and also forwards/backwards from these numbers. The children have been introduced to Numberblocks to help aid their understanding of number and have enjoyed talking about the different characters. For ways to further support mathematics at home please look at the following link - 


Reception Class Prayers

Week Beginning 30th September 2019 


A big thanks to everyone who attended our phonics workshop on Tuesday. As part of the phonics workshop we outlined what phonics is, how it helps your child with their early reading and writing and provided a range of ideas for activities and resources you can use to support your child at home. If you missed the workshop see the slides below and please ask a member of staff if you have any questions. 



Phonics Reception Workshop 2019

Phonics Workshop - Tuesday 1st October

The children have begun learning the following letters and sounds in phonics - s, a, t, p, i, n, m. We have been finding objects beginning with these initial sounds and have begun practising reading CVC words (e.g. sat, pat, tap, pin).Next week we will be learning d, g, o and c. We will also learn how to read tricky word I. 

  In mathematics we have been concentrating on understanding 1, 2 and 3 through counting objects, comparing amounts and recognising the different numerals. We have begun counting objects by lining them up and touching each one as we say the number name. The children have enjoyed using counting games on the following website to practise their skills

    Within the other areas of the unit the children have been exploring colour mixing in the paint area, making treasure maps in the writing area and exploring magnets in the investigation area. The children have become more confident in their play and are forming lots of positive relationships with their peers, which is wonderful to see. 

Father Denis Blessing the Classrooms

On Wednesday Reception had a special visit from Father Denis. He blessed the classrooms and the children with holy water. The children are looking forward to visiting St Edward's church during our Blessing mass next week (Thursday 10th October) and have been working hard on learning new hymns for it. You may hear your child practising them at home! 

Reception Settling in

A fantastic first two weeks in Reception!

It has been a wonderful first couple of weeks in Reception. The children have settled in well and have blown us away with how grown up they have been. They have been learning all about each other and have begun to make new friendships. We are really forward to the year ahead!

Welcome to our Reception Web page! 


On here you will find lots of information about our weekly routines and details about the exciting learning that will be taking place both indoors and outdoors this term. 


The Reception year is a very exciting time for both parents and children. During this year we will all work together to ensure that your child has a wonderful learning experience and reaches their full potential in all aspects of the curriculum.


At St Edward's we aim to provide a fun, exciting learning environment for the children where they can feel confident to make their own choices, take risks and be independent. Children will have the opportunity to build on their nursery and home experiences and take part in a wide variety of multi-sensory activities in both the classrooms and outdoors. Learning opportunities are planned around different themes as well as the children's interests, with lots of practical experiences. They will be provided with a balance between adult and child led activities. Visits and visitors help enrich the curriculum and parents are encouraged to play an active role in their child's learning. 


We hope your child's first year at school will be both rewarding and enjoyable. If you have any questions or worries please don't hesitate to come and speak to the Reception staff!


Our Reception team are Mr Worthington and Mrs Carr (class teachers), Mrs Naylor, Miss Jones and Mrs Hulme (teaching assistants). We are a big team who all work together to ensure all the Reception children are happy, engaged, supported and challenged.

Reception Curriculum Overview 2019 - 2020

Reception Literature Spine 2019 - 2020

Useful Websites

Fun and games:


Try the CBeebies site for lots of games, stories, rhymes and activities:


The PBS KIDS site has a range of online stories:


Information for adults about quality books and reading activities: