St Peter's Catholic Primary School

Loving and Learning together, with Jesus.


Welcome to Reception!


Dear Parents and Children,


Thank you so much for the generous voucher and gifts that we received yesterday. It is very much appreciated.  We hope that you all have a very happy and safe Christmas and we pray for a healthy New Year.


Much love,

Mrs Mc, Miss Joseph, Mrs De Freitas & Mrs H xxx


Wishing all of you a very Happy New Year! The Reception Team are excited to welcome all of you back to school this week and to begin our new topic Lost and Found.












A polite reminder that children are not permitted to wear scarves in Reception. This is simply for health and safety reasons in the playground. Children are welcome to wear navy or red hats and gloves (please remember to label them).

Thank you for your co-operation.



Now that the weather has begun to turn colder and wetter, it is essential that children bring a coat to school every day. Lots of the children have similar or the same coats so please ensure that they are labelled, and children know where their name label is.


Reading Packets

Games This week some children have brought games home with them to support them in recognising the initial sounds in words, and to practise blending words containing the sounds that they have learned. Please spend time with your child playing these games and record this in their red reading record. They will be exchanged for a different game the following week.

Flashcards These will support your child in consolidating the sounds, blending skills and tricky words that they have learned in school and will help them maintain the pace at which we are learning them. Please practise these with your child regularly and record this in your child's red reading record.

Reading books Lilac reading books do not contain words but offer the opportunity to develop and tell a story through pictures. Phase books contain simple, phonetically decodable words containing sounds that your child knows, as well as 'tricky words' that your child is familiar with. Encourage your child to read these books as independently as possible. You can support them in sounding out and blending as needed and offer them questions about the book to further their comprehension skills:

Please record their reading experiences in your child's red reading record. We would love to hear how much support they were given to read and understand the texts, and if there were any elements they found challenging or excelled at.

Name writing cards We would like all children to feel confident writing their name using the correct letter formation by Christmas. Please encourage your child to practise writing their name on a regular basis, using the card provided. You can support them with this by ensuring they are forming the letters correctly. Correct letter formation can be found here.


Children will have have their reading books changed and they will read with an adult on a one to one basis, once per week as well as practising their flashcards with an adult once per week. The day that they read and practise their flashcards can vary, so it is essential that children bring their reading packet to school every day.


Drop Off and Collection

Children can be dropped off at the Reception gate between 8.45am and 9am in the morning.

Collection will be under the canopy between 3.00pm and 3.05pm.



The school will provide both a 'dry snack' (rice cake/bread stick etc.), and a piece of fruit for your child each day, as well as water or milk. Children may bring their own water bottles in to school if they would like to (no squash or juice, only water). If you have already made arrangements to send in your own snack for medical reasons, we kindly ask that you follow our Healthy School Policy


PE Day

PE day will be on a Tuesday. Children should come to school wearing their PE Kit (please label all items of clothing). Children may wear plimsolls or trainers (no laces).


If you have any questions then please feel free to speak to any of the Reception staff on the gate, at drop off or collection time, or to contact the school office to make an appointment.


Many thanks for your support and cooperation,

The Reception Team