St Stephen's Church of EnglandPrimary School

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In our school, whatever the challenge,

we aim high with God in our hearts


Welcome to Reception!

The Reception Unit has two classes, Oak and Elm,
with the children accessing learning across the whole unit. 

This page will provide information on this terms topic,
links to websites, useful resources and important information. 


       Oak Class                                   Elm Class 

Miss Mathieson                                 Mrs Carr


Our topic for our first summer half term is 

'Beautiful bugs and beanstalks'.


We will be learning all about growth and changes in our environments. This is an exciting topic which will help the children to look at the world around them and find out lots of interesting facts about the many different mini beasts we can find in our garden's both at school and at home. We will be learning all about life cycles of plants and animals during this topic and how changes can happen in front of our eyes. During this topic we will be growing lots of our own vegetables and plants in the classroom to help our understanding in this area.


This is an exciting half term in Reception where the children will be learning about Jack and the Beanstalk story during Literacy and continuing to learn our sounds during phonics. We will be using this story to extend our writing skills to now begin to write two or more sentences and beginning to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We will be using our phonic knowledge and skills to decode and write words for our sentences and continuing to learn the skills to write the sentences. We will also be learning how we can innovate stories to create our own tales in a similar style to the book we are concentrating on.


In Numeracy we will be exploring numbers, accurate counting and ordering to 20 and beyond. We will be beginning to use objects of different quantities to start to add the groups together. We will then be using to single digits to begin to add numbers together using the skills of counting on to find the answer.  We will be beginning to look at subtraction during this half term and learning the skills of counting back to find the answer. We will also be continuing to learn about shapes and will be concentrating on 3D shapes. We will be looking at the 3D shapes properties and using mathematical language to describe them. We will also be looking at measuring and will be using our plants that we have grown to help us understand measurements.


Our PE sessions are as follows:

Elm- Monday and Thursday 

Oak-Wednesday and Thursday.






Our newsletters are sent out at the beginning of each half term. Please look out for them as they contain information about upcoming events as well as topic information. You can read our latest newsletter here.

Parent Reading days.

We are pleased to invite you to come and read with your child each morning. We will be running daily sessions in your child's key worker groups and these sessions will run from 8:45am-8:55am.


Please find below a table which will tell you which key worker group is running a reading session on which day:


Monday  Mrs Carr
Tuesday  Mrs Deshmukh 
Wednesday  Miss Mathieson 
Thursday  Mrs Patel
Friday  Miss Heywood 


We hope to see you all there!

For further information and support to help your child pronounce their phonetic letter sounds please visit the below website:


Read Write Inc Phonics support

Our gallery for December and January!

Our Gallery for October and November!

Our EYFS Gallery September and October 2018-2019

Highlights from the academic year 2017-2018.

Home learning fun!


Please use the websites below for some home learning fun. Encourage your child to continue to read, write and count as they enjoy their weekend adventures.




Star of the Week and Oscar Winners!

Please see our parents board (in the cloakroom for this week's winners!  


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