St Stephen's Church of EnglandPrimary School

Respect, Aspire, Achieve

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 and dates. 


       Oak Class                                   Elm Class 

Miss Mathieson                                 Mrs Carr


Our topic for our first spring term is 

'Are all bears the same?'


During this half term we will be learning about different types of bears from around the world. We will be exploring habitats of these bears and making comparisons between our own habitats and that of the bears. We will explore what bears need to survive and will be exploring lots of big questions that we ask around this. During this half term we will also be celebrating Chinese New Year and there are lots of exciting activities included in this such as-looking at similarities and differences between cultures, exploring Chinese traditions and tasting some food from the celebrations.


This is an exciting half term in Reception where the children will be learning about, 'We're going on a bear hunt' story during Literacy and continuing to learn sounds during phonics to help with our reading and writing. We will be using this story to develop our writing skills and our phonological awareness through using our new skill of Fred fingers to help us segment and blend the words we need. We will be exploring how we can change the story in order to write our own version of this story.  We will also explore other stories that are written in a similar way. Throughout this topic we will be exploring Non-Fiction books and we will be incorporating these into our very own stories.


In Numeracy we will be exploring numbers, accurate counting and ordering from 0-20. We will be also looking at different ways to represent numbers and how we can count more than just objects. We will be finding out that to make a bigger number then we need the smaller numbers and will be exploring what numbers fit into these. We will be counting real life objects in order to show the children that any items can be counted. We will then be matching the correct numerals to the representations. We will also be exploring number bonds to ten this half term and understanding that a pair of numbers can go together to create a whole number. This half term the children will also be securing 2D shapes including the names of these shapes and their properties.


Throughout the half term in our RE sessions we will be exploring stories that Jesus heard. During this half term we will be introducing the children to the old testament in the bible and will be exploring the stories that Jesus was told as he grew up. We will also be exploring our new value of the half term-Perseverance!





Our PE sessions are as follows:

Elm- Tuesday and Wednesday 

Oak-Tuesday and Wednesday 



Please ensure that your child's PE kit is in school on the first day of term. Thank you.





Please ensure that the uniform policy is followed at all times. Please make sure that no boots are worn and that the children are wearing sensible black school shoes. Please also ensure that earrings are plain gold studs. 


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.

Home Reading!


While at school we will send home a home reader with your child for you to help with their reading. It is very important and a vital part of your child's education to practise reading at home. This will help to improve your child's identification of their sounds, blending and segmenting words and improve their fluency of reading. 


The first set of books we send home with your child are usually picture books fro your child to talk through with you. Throughout the book it is important to ask your child simple questions in order to check their understanding.


We now offer daily reading sessions each morning with your child according to their key worker group. Please see the parents notice board for your day and come into class to enjoy some 1:1 reading with your child.


Should you need any help at all please do not hesitate in speaking to a member of staff who will be more than happy to help.

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


Read Write Inc Phonics support

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.




Highlights from the academic year 2017-2018.

Star of the Week and Oscar Winners!

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


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