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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 Teachers-Mrs Domagala

                         Mrs Baxter

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.

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

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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