St Peter's Catholic Primary School

Loving and Learning together, with Jesus.


Welcome to Reception



This week we've been on an exciting adventure with Paolo, the Emperor of Rome! πŸΎπŸ›οΈπŸ•πŸŒ

πŸ“˜πŸŽ¨ Paolo took us on a journey through the beautiful city of Rome, and we've had a blast while learning along the way. Here are some of the fantastic learning opportunities we explored:

🎨 Using pastels to create a beautiful overview of the city: Our little explorers unleashed their creativity using pastels to capture the vibrant essence of Rome. This activity helps them develop their fine motor skills while also achieving the early learning goal of expressing their creativity through art. πŸ–οΈβœ¨

πŸ• Making our own pizza playdough: What's an adventure in Rome without some delicious pizza? Our imaginative minds went wild as we kneaded, shaped, and created our own pizza playdough. This hands-on activity satisfied our hunger for tactile experiences and encouraged social interaction, supporting the early learning goal of developing communication and collaboration skills. πŸ•πŸ‘©‍🍳✨

🎭 Making opera stick puppets and listening to Italian opera: We've dived into the enchanting world of Italian opera! By creating stick puppets and immersing ourselves in the beautiful melodies of Italian opera, we explored emotions, storytelling, and cultural appreciation. This activity enhances children's language development, fosters creativity, and promotes cultural understanding, aligning with the early learning goals. 🎭🎢🌟

🍽️ Cooking and savoring delicious pizza: With our aprons on and chef hats at the ready, we became master pizza makers! As we followed recipes, measured ingredients, and enjoyed our homemade pizza, we practiced essential skills such as counting, sequencing, and understanding the importance of a balanced meal. Plus, it was a good excuse to indulge in a tasty treat! πŸ½οΈπŸ…πŸ§€πŸ•πŸ‘¨‍🍳

πŸ—ΊοΈ Identifying Italy on a world map: Geography has never been so exciting! Through maps and discussions, we located Italy on the world map, expanding our knowledge of different cultures and developing a sense of spatial awareness. This activity supports the early learning goal of understanding the world around us and broadening our cultural horizons. πŸŒπŸ—ΊοΈβœˆοΈ

🏒 Making a mini city of Rome using cardboard boxes: We put on our engineering hats and transformed simple cardboard boxes into a bustling mini city of Rome! Building structures, designing landmarks, and working together, we honed our problem-solving skills, encouraged creativity, and developed spatial awareness – all vital components of achieving the early learning goals. πŸ’πŸ›οΈπŸŒ†βœ¨

Let your child's imagination soar with Paolo Emperor of Rome! Together, we're creating memorable experiences that nourish their development and ignite a lifelong love for learning.βœ¨πŸ’‘πŸ“š





Phonics Live Lesson and Workshop


We want to extend a huge THANK YOU to all the amazing parents who took the time out of their busy schedules to attend our live phonics lesson and workshop on Monday! 😊 Your presence meant the world to our children and showed them just how much you support their learning journey. Together, we are making a difference! πŸŒŸπŸ‘¨‍πŸ‘©‍πŸ‘§‍πŸ‘¦


Parent involvement is absolutely crucial when it comes to children's phonics and reading development, and we saw it firsthand during our session. Research shows that children who receive consistent support and encouragement from their parents at home perform better academically and have a stronger reading foundation. πŸ“šπŸ” πŸ†


By attending our live lesson and workshop, you've not only shown your commitment to your child's education but also equipped yourself with valuable tools to support their phonics and reading journey at home. The information we shared was specially designed to help you guide your child through their reading adventures, and we truly hope it proved useful to each and every one of you! πŸ€—βœ¨

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Remember, reading doesn't stop at school. Together, we can create a nurturing environment at home, filled with books, stories, and engaging activities that spark their love for reading. Let's continue to work hand in hand to empower our children on their path to literacy and beyond! πŸ“šπŸ’ͺπŸš€

You can access the workshop information here.


With the help and support of The Friends, our EYFS team has created an Amazon Wish List. This list comprises items that we use on a daily basis, which often run low or become worn over time and need replacing. By taking a look at what we use to support the children's play, we believe you will gain an interesting insight into their learning!

We would be incredibly grateful if you feel able to contribute something towards your child's learning. Not only will your contribution enhance your child's educational experience, but it will also benefit the other 59 children who share the same setting.

For those who are unfamiliar with how Amazon Wish Lists work, it's a straightforward process. You can access our Wish List by following the link provided below. This will take you directly to the list, where you can browse through the items we have selected. If you decide to purchase an item from the list, it will be delivered directly to us, saving you the hassle of having to bring it in yourself.

EYFS Amazon Wish List

Please be assured that any contribution, no matter how big or small, will be greatly appreciated. We value your support and understand that it may not always be possible to contribute to the Wish List. Participation is entirely voluntary, and we respect any decision you make.

If you have any questions or require further information about how the Wish List works, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are more than happy to assist you.

Thank you for considering supporting your child's learning through our Amazon Wish List. Your generosity will make a substantial difference to the educational resources available to all children at our setting.



Did you know that outdoor learning can greatly benefit your child's development? 🌿 Not only does it stimulate their senses and provide fresh air, but it also encourages a sense of exploration and builds resilience. However, to fully enjoy the great outdoors, your child needs to be dressed appropriately, which means wearing a coat every day! 🌦️

To help your child easily identify their coat among a sea of jackets at school, we recommend adding a soft, waterproof keyring to their zip. πŸ—οΈ This small addition can make a big difference in preventing mix-ups and ensuring your child stays warm and dry all day long.

Learning to put on and do up their own coats is an essential life skill that builds independence in your child. By allowing them to handle their own outerwear, they gain a sense of accomplishment and self-reliance. Plus, it saves time during busy mornings when every second counts! πŸ˜…

So, don't forget to encourage your child to put on their coats and do them up independently before heading out. It's a small step towards fostering their independence and readiness for the day ahead! πŸ™Œ

Remember, learning doesn't have to be confined to the classroom. Embrace the great British weather and let your child thrive outdoors! πŸŒˆπŸ’¦πŸŒΏ


"Stop, I don't like it!"

As children begin to socialise with each other, they may come across behaviour that they do not like. We have taught the children that if they find themselves in a situation like this, they should clearly say, "Stop, I don't like it". The children know that if someone says this to them, they must stop the behaviour. If the behaviour continues then children know that they must tell an adult.

Please spend time reinforcing this with your children at home, and practise saying, "Stop, I don't like it!"


Tips for a Tear Free Drop Off!

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Drop Off and Collection

Children can be dropped off at the Reception gate between 8.40am and 8.50am in the morning.

Collection will be under the canopy between 3.05pm and 3.10pm.



The school will provide both a 'dry snack' (rice cake/cracker etc.), and a piece of fruit for your child each day, as well as water or milk. Children should bring their own water bottles in to school (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,

Miss Joseph, Miss Ponting, Mrs De Freitas and Mrs H