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



YR Weekly Newsletter: Monday 13th September


THANKYOU to all the parents for your help at home time. Sitting/standing in the same area of the playground helps us to identify you all so much more quickly. Standing opposite where the Reception children line up, behind the yellow line is the best place to be! A quick wave ONCE YOUR CHILD is at the FRONT of the line also helps tremendously too. 


In the mornings, please leave your child at the small red gate to avoid traffic jams with the rest of the school outside our classroom door.  


Our topic this half term is ‘Marvellous Me’.  


This week we will learn about our ‘Fabulous Families’. We will meet the family from the Oxford Reading Tree books, the Robinson Family. We will talk about our family name (Surname), who is in our family and where we live. We will discuss if we have any pets and how we take care of them. To encourage a lot of conversation about the wonderful things the children do with their families please send in one photo to share in class. We will be exploring how families can be all different sizes too! This photo will be glued into your child’s Learning Journey.  


This week we will be beginning our phonics sessions and funky fingers.

Your child will bring home a sound book. Please look through the book daily and say the sounds. A reading book without words will be arriving this week. Please follow the instructions (inside the book cover) that come with the book to encourage conversation about the story. Remember, we do not expect detailed notes about what your child has said. Please record in the homework diary that they completed the book with you and which part they enjoyed. We will endeavour to change books daily when the homework book has been signed at home. 


We will be visiting the school library on MONDAY to choose a book. Library books should be returned ON MONDAYS so a new one can be chosen. Sorry - no return means no new library book that week. 


The number and handwriting sheets your child may bring home from time to time are to keep you informed of what we are learning. Please complete them with your child and keep them at home for revision (not in book bags they can become rather full and heavy otherwise). These are a guide only, please continue to encourage them to write letters/numbers with paint, in shaving foam, with water and paintbrushes etc. 


Keep talking about food choices please – it does speed up our dinner register time! 


REMINDERS: PE uniform to be worn TUESDAYS and FRIDAYS only please. 


Mrs Chinn

What are we learning this half term in YR?



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!