St Mary's Catholic Primary School

God is at the centre of our lives and as a schoolcommunity we try to grow in love and care byfollowing the example of Jesus.


Welcome to Reception!

Mrs Chinn, Mrs Richards, Miss Shrimpton and Miss Ellie



YR Newsletter          Monday 12th July

Hello everyone!

Wow another year has flown by and year Reception 2020-2021 will soon be moving on to Y1!

I’d like to say what fun we have all had teaching your children and watching them grow. The year has flown by!

We continue our Far, Far Away topic. This week we will be having fun listening to different Traditional Tales and acting them out. We will be talking about the characters and how they are feeling at different stages in the story. We continue with our daily phonics too.

We will be writing adds and subtractions as well as solving them by counting on/back in our heads.

In RE we will be finding out about Saint Peter and Saint Paul. We celebrated a lovely Mass outside last week with Father Peter.

We will be checking our seeds are growing and planting some more for those which haven’t!


PLEASE return ALL reading books so they can be checked and organised ready for YEAR 1.

Mrs Chinn




Mrs Chinn

11/05/2021   Congratulations to RED team who have filled their marble pot today!

21/05/21 Brilliant job yellow team - marble pot winners!

27/05/21 Great news GREEN team! You win!

07/06/21 Blue team winners

29/06/21 Yellow team winners

05/07/21 Red team winners

Our Beautiful Crosses and Easter (Pascal) Candles


Our Easter Tombs

Incey Wincey Spider! We made some wonky spiders and wrote add number sentences on the back!

Bug Hunt

Our Dinosaur Art!

Dino World!

Parachute Fun!



Read, Write Inc (Phonics)  


Read Write Inc., developed by Ruth Miskin, provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching literacy. It is used by more than a quarter of the UK's primary schools and is designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.


Each Read Write Inc. programme meets the higher expectations of the new curriculum and uses effective assessment to accelerate every child's progress.


Read Write Inc - Our Phonics Scheme


The Government strongly recommend the use of synthetic phonics when teaching early literacy skills to children. Synthetic phonics is simply the ability to convert a letter or letter group into sounds that are then blended together into a word.


Here at the St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, we are using the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their English. RWI is a method of learning based upon letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.


Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who can read more challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.


The children are assessed regularly and grouped according to their ability. They will work with a RWI trained teacher or teaching assistant.


Our Read Write Inc 'Reading Leader' is Mrs Evans (Literacy Co-ordinator)




When using RWI to read the children will:


  • Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple prompts

  • Learn to read words using sound blending (Fred talk)

  • Read lively stories featuring words they have learnt to sound out

  • Show that they comprehend the stories by answering 'Find It' and 'Prove It'


    When using RWI to write the children will:

  • Learn to write the letter/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds

  • Learn to write words by saying the sounds and graphemes (Fred fingers)


  • When using RWI the children will also work in pairs:

  • To answer questions

  • To take turns talking and listening to each other

  • To give positive praise to each other


    Help your child learn to read words by sounding-blending (Fred talk) eg. c-a-t = cat, sh-o-p = shop. Children learn to read words by blending the letter-sounds togerther to make a word.


  • Help your child to say the pure sounds ('m' not 'muh', 's' not 'suh' etc.) as quickly as they can, and then blend the sounds together to say the whole word. Click the link to hear the true sounds.


  • Finally, don't worry if your child is struggling at first with their sounds and words, they will get there in their own time. If you have time (we know it is very precious!), we would urge you to try and read stories to your child before they go to bed. This will help develop a wider vocabulary which makes a vast difference to their quality of writing but it will also encourage them to enjoy a good story.


I hope you find this information useful.



Best wishes, Mrs Chinn