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, Mrs Cooke and Mrs May




Reception Newsletter Monday 17th January


Hello everyone!

This week we continue our spring term topic: ROAR!


We need to plan a dinosaur hunt by writing lists of what we need to take, have fun finding out about different dinosaurs, go on a dinosaur hunt as well as moving like dinosaurs.


We hope to continue to improve our scissors skills and create a 3D dinosaur.


Our book of the week is: Tyrannosaurus Rex by Julia Donaldson.

We will be spotting rhyming words in the story.


We will continue with our funky fingers (finger strengthening and hand eye co-ordination activities) as well as our number time activities. We will continue to learn our number bonds for 5 (1+4=5, 2+3=5, 0=5=5 etc) as well as begin subitising to 10.


In RE we will be thinking about our Church and thinking about the people who help us in our church community.


HOMEWORK JOURNALS: Please complete the activities and return the book by Monday 14th February ready for marking and adding next term’s activities. I hope to use the Journal to create a picture of your child’s learning at home and include it in their end of year assessments. 


READING: Please sign each day (in the box for that day) your child has read so that we can change books daily. The children are all trying to win marbles for their team by reading at home. Any child who reads every day and has their book changed daily will also be in the draw for a Special Friday treat!

Happy reading everyone!


Please note the change to our timetable below:






On Friday we made a start with RED team for share and celebrate. It was fabulous to be able to meet some of the parents and have a chat. The children were so excited to show off their skills and managed very well in the large hall. Let’s hope it won’t be too long before we can resume in the classroom with more children.


14th January: RED team

21st January: BLUE team (This week.)

28th January: GREEN team

4th February: YELLOW team


By February 11th we will be able to review the situation to decide how to move forward. Thank-you for your understanding with this present, ever moving situation.


Have a roaringly good week!

Mrs Chinn








This term we are talking about our bodies as part of our 'Ten Ten' Catholic Life curriculum. We will be singing songs and talking about how we can keep our bodies healthy with healthy food choices, enough sleep, exercise and by looking after our teeth.

Here are some website you may wish to explore with information  about NHS dentists, how to clean your teeth and ideas for encouraging your child to clean their teeth.


All the toothpaste manufacturers (e.g. Colgate. Oral B, Aqua fresh) have websites with information and ideas too.


Harry and the Dinosaurs say "Raahh!" by Ian Whybrow is a great story to read about visiting the dentist and what fun it can be.



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

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!