Year Group Information



St Mary's Reception School children enjoy Christmas 2017

The Early Years Foundation Stage is a very important stage of your child’s school experience; as it helps your child prepare for their future learning and successes. Their Reception experiences should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and should support their development, care and learning needs. Children in Reception learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.


St Mary's Reception School children sing at the Christmas 2017 concert

Summer Term 2018

We are looking forward to another term of exciting learning. This term our topics are ‘Growing, Mini-Beasts and Life Cycles’, ‘Fairy Gardens’’ and ‘The Beach/ Seaside and Pirates.’

Things will soon be very exciting in Reception! We will be putting some chicken eggs in to the incubator so fingers crossed we should have some chicks later this term. We will also have some caterpillars in our butterfly garden and we will be watching both very carefully every day to see what will happen next! We have also been observing toad spawn becoming tadpoles-they grew very quickly so they have now been returned to the safety of Mrs Turners pond!

We will be planting some geraniums, beans and sunflowers and creating miniature gardens. Also we will be hunting for mini-beasts in the school grounds and bug hotels and finding out about the jobs they do in the garden.

Alongside RWI we will be focusing on reading and writing in class. The children will be bringing home a class reading book each week with a reading diary for you to sign and comment in.

We will also be writing for different purposes (labelling, making lists, stories) looking at information books and writing and acting out our own stories (Helicopter Stories.) We will be continuing to develop our skills and knowledge in number and shape, space and measure. This term we will be focusing on addition, subtraction, counting to 100, exploring money and problem solving (sharing, doubling and halving) 2D and 3D shape.

In Discovery RE our theme is ‘Storytime’ and we will be thinking about what we can learn from stories such as Aesop’s Fables. Our Jigsaw topics will be ‘Relationships’ and ‘Changing Me’ where we will be exploring friendships and how animals and people change as they grow and get older.

We are looking forward to getting out and about this term. We will be experiencing ‘pond dipping’ with the National Trust at St Ouens- and next half term we will be visiting the beach.

The Reception Team