St Peter's Catholic Primary School

Loving and Learning together, with Jesus.




Welcome to Reception




Dear Parents and Children


As the children only bought reading books home on Wednesday due to the Bank Holiday, we made the decision not to collect them in on Friday. This allows enough opportunity for re-reading to gain fluency. We will exchange them for a library book on Tuesday and the next Reading Scheme books will come home on Friday.


Another busy, fun filled week in Reception. Our topic of 'Go Wild' has 'gone large' this week with a move to focusing on God's larger creatures. Our story Dear Zoo has introduced us to some of these animals and, through talk for writing, we have orally rehearsed and written our own versions of the story. Alongside our daily practise of reading our decodable and tricky words, we are also beginning to focus on accurate spelling when writing them. This is something that you can support with at home too!

In Maths we have been working on 2D shape - naming and describing their properties and capacity; using the language full, empty, half full etc. When exploring these concepts we are encouraging the children to give reasons for their responses. E.g. I know that this is a triangle because it has 3 corners and 3 sides. 


At this stage of the year it is absolutely vital for the children to practise their reading books and flash cards every evening in order to ensure sustained progress.  We are trying to encourage the children to recognise and read the decodable words on the yellow cards instead of segmenting and blending them.  The more they can do this the more fluency they will have in their reading, and this will aid comprehension.  Please make every effort to read regularly and record these experiences in your child's red reading records.  Thank you!


Next week we will continue our work on 'Safari animals' and would like any clean 'junk' materials (boxes, plastic containers and cardboard tubes etc) that you may have, for the children to produce their own 3D animals. Any contributions gratefully received.


If you have any questions we are available on the gate most days/afternoons, feel free to reach out if you need further clarification, we are happy to help and support both classes.





We see that lots of the children are now bringing in a book bag which will make carrying their belongings easier for them to manage. Upon arriving at school, the children are asked to remove their reading packet and place it in the reading box, so please ensure that you continue to keep their reading record book, flashcards and reading books in the packet rather than loose in their bag.


Can we also please ask that your child's bag is clearly recognisable to them without having to look under the velcro tab. I am sure that you will appreciate the logistical difficulties of encouraging the children to collect their own belongings when all the bags look the same!

A name label attached directly to the front of the bag, a piece of coloured ribbon  or one keyring attached to the handle will help your child to recognise which one is theirs.




Many of our children are now 5 and do not qualify for free milk.  If your child would still like milk please arrange this through the Cool Milk Scheme.  Further details are available from the School Office, if you have missed the recent parentmail.


Many thanks for your continued support


Have a lovely weekend!



Mrs Tilley and Mrs Mc

Home Learning Monday 4th January 2021

Playdough Recipe

1 cup of plain flour

1 cup of water

1 tablespoon cooking oil

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

half a cup of salt

food colouring (optional)



Place all the ingredients in a saucepan on a low heat. Stir continuously

until the mixture thickens to a firm dough mixture.

Once cooled, store in an airtight container.


Rainbow Tracer Sheets