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Welcome to RBH


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 RBH.

Class Teacher - Miss Harrald - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (am)

                          Mrs Baxter- Wednesday (pm), Thursday, Friday

Support staff   - Miss Lamb 


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 will be reading the story 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea'. The children will 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  following the RWI scheme of work. The children will be introduced to the sounds m,a,s,d,t,i,n,p,g,o,c,k. and start to build words using magnetic letters and have a go at writing. We will 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. following the mastering number programme The children will have opportunities to  correct the class teddy as he tries to count accurately, making silly mistakes, subitize, count and found out about the composition of numbers


In RE we will be focusing  on  the topic 'Myself' and discussed how we are all precious to God and how we are all his children. 

Autumn 2

This term our topic has been Stars and Space. The children were so excited when a star magically appeared in our classroom, we explored and imagined all the different ways that we could catch it and talked about how we would keep it safe! We also loved listening to the story ‘Tiny Little Rocket’ by David Fickling. We looked at the different parts of a rocket and created our own using a range of resources.


In Maths we have been exploring numbers 1,2 and 3. The number blocks have helped us to recognise how numbers can be arranged in different ways. We have used a variety of resources such as counting bears, cubes, numicon and our fingers. The children have also started to use mathematical language to describe 2D and 3D shapes.


We have continued to follow our RWI scheme of work. The children have been introduced to all single letter sounds and are becoming more confident blending sounds to read words using Fred fingers and magnet boards. Please continue to use your Oxford Owl login details found in the front of the children's reading record book for practice videos and materials.


In RE our topic was birthdays, leading to learning about the birth of Jesus. We have enjoyed learning the nativity story as well as practicing songs for our own Early years nativity. The children have had so much fun creating cards and gifts to take home to their families. All of the children have worked so hard this term and we are very proud of each and every one of them.


We hope you all have a lovely Christmas πŸŽ…πŸΌπŸŽ„

Spring 1


This term our topic has been Superheroes. We looked at fictional stories such as Superbat and Origami girl. The children loved making their own superhero masks and costumes out of junk model resources. We also had so much fun on our superhero afternoon using magnets to make our superheroes fly across the sky!! 


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 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. We have also been practising our counting skills using the Number song to 20. 


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. 


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 Friday.  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.

Initially the book they will bring home will be a book to share to read for pleasure, once they have some basic reading skills read write ink books will also be sent out and homework linked to this will also be accessible via Oxford owl-login details are in the front of your child's reading record.


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.



  Initially homework will be sent home in your child's keyworker book and will involve school readiness activities. as the children develop their reading, writing and maths skills other forms of homework with books, worksheets and online learning will also be available.

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