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Welcome to RBD


A big welcome to all our children who have started Reception at St Christopher's after the summer break. We are delighted with how well the children have settled into RBD.

Class Teacher - Miss Harrald 

Support staff   - Miss Lamb

                   - Mrs Riding

                   - Miss Bacon 


Like all other Early Years Settings we use the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2021 and Development Matters 2021. This can be found at: 


The children had a lovely first week settling in and getting to know the class routines. They have impressed us with their curiosity and confidence!

Autumn 1


This term we have been reading the story 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea'. The children have enjoyed getting to know the characters, creating and acting out their own stories and organising and preparing for their own tea party. 


In Phonics we have been following our RWI scheme of work. The children have been introduced to the sounds m,a,s,d,t,i,n,p,g,o,c,k. We have started to build words using magnetic letters and have a go at writing. We have also focused on the children's fine motor control through threading, playdough and cutting activities. 


In Maths this term we have been looking at number and counting. The children enjoyed correcting the class teddy as he tried to count accurately, making silly mistakes. 


In RE we have looked at the topic 'Myself' and discussed how we are all precious to God and how we are all his children. We looked at our other faith topic 'Judaism'. Our newest topic is 'Welcome', where the children will be introduced to the meaning of Baptism and being welcomed into God's family. 

Tea Party Crime Scene! - The children discovered their tea party had been ruined. A police officer asked for their help solving the crime. We became detectives and discovered a tiger trying to escape!

We have been exploring and comparing number using our Cuisenaire rods.

Autumn 2


This term our topic has been Stars and Space. The children enjoyed the story 'How to catch a star' by Oliver Jeffers. A star appeared in their classroom and we explored and imagined ways we could catch it! We looked at using illustrations to help us to read the text. 


In phonics we have continued following our RWI scheme of work. The children are now in groups for phonics and have been introduced to single letter sounds based on their prior knowledge and understanding. The children are becoming more confident blending sounds to read words and some children have begun writing words using their Fred Fingers. 


In Maths we have been looking at how numbers are made. We have focused on the numbers 1, 2 and 3. The numberblocks have helped us to recognise how numbers can be arranged in different ways. We have used a variety of resources to help us with this including numicon, cubes, small toys, our fingers etc. 


In RE our topic was birthdays, leading to learning about the most important birthday in the Christian calendar - the birth of Jesus. We have been learning the nativity story alongside practicing for our Early years nativity. We enjoyed celebrating this special festival with our school family. 

In Phonics we have had a go at building words using our magnetic letters.

Christmas Celebrations

Spring 1


This term our topic has been Superheroes. We looked at fictional stories such as Superbat, Origami girl and a poetry book called 'Here come the Superheroes!' The children used their phonic knowledge to draw and label their own Superheroes. They thought about who they could help and how. One of their favourite poems was 'Micro Girl'. We enjoyed hunting for 'Microgirl' around the classroom and using the recordable pegs to leave her messages. 


In phonics we have continued following our RWI scheme of work. The children have been introduced to all of their single letter sounds. Some children have started to look at Special friends - 2 letters that make 1 sound. We are using our phonic knowledge to build and write words and simple sentences. 


In Maths this term we have continued exploring numbers to 5. We have looked at 1 more and 1 less and comparing numbers and amounts. 


In RE our topic has been celebrating. We shared photographs of ourselves and our families celebrating. We then looked at how the church family celebrates together and different aspects of the church. 


Superhero Role Play

Using and composing numbers to 5.

Spring 2


This term our topic has been ‘Traditional Tales’. We have enjoyed reading 'Little Red Riding Hood' and 'The Three Little Pigs'. The children have had so much fun dressing up as the characters and acting out the stories 🐷🐷🐷🐺. After reading ‘The True Story of the Three Little Pigs!’, we enjoyed the trial of the three little pigs. As a class the children decided that the wolf was innocent and that he just wanted to make a cake for his Grandma.🎂🐺


In Maths we have continued to use number blocks to help us explore numbers up to 8. The children have also enjoyed learning about weight and identifying which objects are heavier/lighter. ⚖️


In Phonics, we have continued following our Read Write Inc scheme of work. The children have been able to use their phonics knowledge to read words and write simple sentences. All of the children have continued to make excellent progress in our RWI sessions and have made all of their teachers very proud.


In RE our topic was Growing, we have learnt all about what plants need to grow and planted our own cress seeds in class. We also went on a nature walk around our school to look for signs of spring. The children have especially enjoyed learning all about the Easter story and creating their own Easter garden. 🐰🐣 





Summer 1 


We have had so much fun this term exploring the topic of ‘Growing’. The children enjoyed reading the story Oliver’s Vegetables 🥕🥦 and wrote a letter to Oliver telling him why it is so important to keep healthy and eat our vegetables.😀 We also had lots of fun using a range of different vegetables to create our own masterpiece paintings. The children wrote lists of vegetables and used adjectives to describe what they taste like. They have all worked so hard and have made all of their teachers very proud. 🌟


In Maths this term, we have been focusing on addition and subtraction. The children have been working hard to write number sentences using dominos and other objects. We have also loved learning our ‘Count to 20’ song to help us with our counting skills. 


In RE our topic was Good News, we learnt all about Pentecost and talked about the Holy Spirit. The children created their own windmills and streamers and took them outside. We talked about how we can’t see the Holy Spirit but we can feel it, just like the wind! 


In music, we enjoyed learning the song ‘Big Bear Funk’, the children loved playing a range of different instruments and taking part in our final performance at the end of the unit. 


Finally, we had so much fun preparing for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. 🇬🇧 The children were so excited to learn all about the history of our Queen and planned their very own Jubilee party. We made flags, crowns and decorations for our classroom and wrote invitations to different members of staff to join us. We also prepared the party food and made our own cakes and sandwiches. During the party, we had a visit from a very special guest, which the children loved! 👑


  Have a lovely half term and see you back at school on Wednesday 8th June.


Independent Learners

In Reception we encourage our children to be independent learners. We encourage them to choose activities, tidy up after themselves, access snack and dress and undress independently - this is something we support initially. We ask that you support us by encouraging your child to become more independent at home e.g. dressing and undressing, helping with jobs around the house. 


Autumn Term

Once the children have settled into Reception our first topic this term will be 'Myself and Animals and Friendship'.



In Reception, we teach phonics daily.  We follow Read Write Inc. Phonics is the learning and application of the letters and sounds children need in order to read and write. Phonics is split into groups based on children's development. Information can be found in the link below. 


Outdoor Learning

Outdoor learning is an important part of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum so the children spend a lot of time outside. On sunny days please ensure your child has sun cream, a cap and a water bottle. As the weather gets colder please ensure your child has a suitable coat, hat, scarf, gloves etc. Thank you.



PE takes place on a (day still to be confirmed).  Children will require  a school PE kit, which should be labelled.


Book Bags

Children will read in class and we would encourage you to read with them daily at home.  Children will be given a school reading book to share at home each Friday and once they have practiced a Read Write Inc text in school this will also be sent home for consolidation. Oxford Owl have put an online library on their website if you need extra reading materials.


Water bottle

Your child can bring water into school in a water bottle with a sports cap. The bottles need to be labelled with your child's name.


Class Dojo

This year as a way of communicating with families we have sent you an email invitation to join our class Dojo page.  This platform allows you to see when we reward your child with a monster point and set homework challenges to complete.  If you have not received your invitation please inform a member of staff of your up to date email address so we can resend it.


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