Welcome to Reception Classes

The teachers in Year R are Miss Crossley and Miss Lawlor.

Our teaching assistants are Mrs Moore, Mrs. Roylance, Miss Skinner and Mrs. Thompson.

We are looking forward to welcoming our new Reception children to St.Vincent’s.


(Click on above to view photographs)

Please find below the useful information from the Reception Curriculum meeting;

End of Reception expectations

The seven areas of learning outlined in the Early Years Curriculum lead into 17 ‘Early Learning Goals’ (ELG). These ELG’s state the government expectation for Reception children at the end of their first year of school. Whilst these end goals are relevant to bear in mind, it is important that children do not miss out on the many developmental steps along the way. The characteristics of learning running through and underpining all seven areas of learning and development focus on processes rather than outcomes. The three characteristics to which all learning is measured are identified as playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically. Your child will be learning many new skills and we will be working with you on how best to support and help your child to achieve or exceed the goals by the end of the year.

At the end of the reception year, a ‘good level of development is defined by the government as achieving all the goals numbered 1 – 12. For this we would expect children to be independently demonstrating these skills (i.e. without support). The final goals (numbered 13-17) are also significant and count towards an overall score of developmental progress for each child. We realise that all children are individual and may require different levels of support in moving forward towards or beyond these goals during the year.

End of year expectations (click here)

Cursive Letter formation (click here)

At St. Vincent’s we follow ‘Letters and Sounds’. Children in Reception will recap phase 1 (encouraging them to tune into sounds around them), before moving through phase 2, 3 and 4. Throughout these phases, phonemes (sounds) will be learnt along with high frequency words and ‘tricky words’. Children will also learn to link sounds to letters and begin to form these as graphemes (written form).
Phonics glossary document (click here)
Link to pure sounds link
Jolly phonics songs


Please can you not send your child into school with an umbrella. We unfortunately do not have the space to accommodate them and they are health and safety hazard. Thank you.


Starting next week (7th October), the Reception pupils will explore a 4-week R.E. topic about ‘Welcoming’ with a focus on ‘Baptism’. If your child has been baptised, we would appreciate it if you could send your child to school with a photograph from their special day. We will share the photos throughout our topic and photos will then be returned at the end of the topic (WC 11/11/19).

Thank you for your ongoing support,
Reception team

Autumn Newsletter

Click here view what the children will be learning in Reception this Autumn Term.

Reception Children

In your child’s book bags today (17th September), you will find a reading book, reading record and a list of words to learn.

Please can you ensure you return your child’s book bag every day.

Reading books will be changed on a Monday and Thursday.

The list of words will be assessed, and once the teacher feels your child has learnt these, new ones will be sent home.

Thank you for your support.

Reading Bags

Please bring your reading bag in every day containing your reading book, reading record and high frequency words.

PE Kit

This current term our Reception Children require their Indoor PE Kit.  P.E. bags are to be left in school.

Water bottles – Reception Children

Your child will be issued a water bottle from school when they arrive in September.


Birthday Treats

If you are sending your child into school with any birthday treats please can you exclude lollipops or nuts due to health and safety concerns.  Thank you.



Internet Safety

The following links provide key information and useful tips for keeping your child safe online. Please familiarise yourself with the content.




As promised please click on link below to view the morning and evening prayers for our Reception Children.

prayers for Reception




Purple Mash

Purple Mash is an award-winning website for primary school children. It enables the children to explore and enhance their knowledge in a fun and creative way. The children will be provided with an individual login to support topics that have been covered in class. Click on link below to access the site:-