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Here are some of the amazing things we have done in reception during the summer term.

We enjoyed baking bread around the camp fire, with our Chinese visitors.

June 24th 2019

We welcome Miss McLoughlin to RD for the last few weeks of term. Miss McLoughlin will teach RD on a full time basis until the end of the year, now Mrs Domagala has left school in preparation for her new baby.

Summer term 2019.

The summer term is always a busy term in reception. We will continue to develop our phonic knowledge. The children are learning to read and write words which contain diagraphs, two letters which make one sound e.g. ai, oo,ee,oa and trigraphs e.g.igh,are,ure. You can help your child by regularly reading with them at home.

In maths we are developing our problem solving skills. We will be learning to double, halve and share working with numbers to 20.

The books which we are focusing our work on this term are:

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson.

On My Way Home by Jill Murphy.

Welcome to RD


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 RD.

Class Teacher - Mrs Domagala

TA's - Miss McCormack

          Miss Gargan 


This terms important dates - Delamere Forest - 29.4.19


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 with this by encouraging your child to become more independent at home e.g. dressing and undressing, helping with jobs around the house. 


Our Topics

Current RE topic - Pentecost - Serving


Autumn Term

Once the children have settled into Reception our first topic this term will be 'Amazing me and our world'. The topic is based initially on the text 'Owl Babies', where children will use talk for writing to learn the text and story language and creating their own versions. During the first term the children will also visit a farm to explore the world around them. More information will follow. 

Spring Term

After the holidays our topic is 'Journeys'. The topic is based on two books 'Whatever Next' and 'Mr Gumpy's Outing.' During these topics the children begin to apply their phonics to their writing and enjoy writing letters and instructions as well as creating their own stories. They learn about different transport and enjoy using different materials to create rocket ships and boats. 

Summer Term

Our final topic is 'Imagination.' The topic is based on the books 'The Gruffalo' and 'On the way home.' During this topic we will visit Delamere forest to go on a hunt for 'The Gruffalo' as well as looking at animal habitats. The children enjoy coming up with their own imaginative stories which we will put in to a class book. 




In reception we teach phonics daily. Phonics is the learning and application of the letters and sounds children need in order to read and write. Phonics is split into phases based on children's development. Information and activities can be found at the following websites. Please use these at home to play games with your children and support their learning.


Outdoor Learning

Outdoor learning is an important part of the early years curriculum so the children spend a lot of time outside. On sunny days please ensure your child has suncream, a cap and a water bottle. As the weather gets colder please ensure your child has a suitable coat, hats, scarves, gloves etc. Thank you.



PE is on a Monday. Please can you ensure that your child's school uniform, coat, PE kit and PE bag is clearly labelled with their name.


Book Bags

Please can your child bring their book bag to school everyday as we don't have a set day for reading. Your child will bring home a reading book. Please feel free to write any comments about how they got on in the reading diary. Your child will also bring home a library book for you to share. Remember, you can record any book, magazine or comic you have read with your child. Children will be give a sticker each time they read at home and when they reach 20 stickers can choose a small prize.


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.


External Links


Thank you Mrs Domagala, Miss McCormack and Miss Gargan

Church - We visited church as part of our RE topic. We had a look at the features inside a church and asked Father Ed some questions.

Church - We visited church as part of our RE topic. We had a look at the features inside a church and asked Father Ed some questions. 1
Church - We visited church as part of our RE topic. We had a look at the features inside a church and asked Father Ed some questions. 2

Mr Gumpy's Tea Party - We planned a tea party for Mr Gumpy to thank him for letting us on his boat. Mr Gumpy came to join us for some cake!

Chinese New Year Celebrations - The children took part in lots of activities including role playing the story, building bridges for the animals, Chinese writing and making Chinese lanterns.

Testing Waterproof Materials - We put on our lab coats and tested different materials to check which were waterproof. We used this information to help us design a new helmet for Baby Bear on his mission to space.

Road Safety - As part of safety week in school, Reception were taught how to cross the road safely. The children already had a good knowledge of this and were keen to share what they do with their families.

We have been retelling our own stories for our friends to act out.

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We loved using the Apparatus for the first time in PE today!

Bill the Owl came to visit the Superhelpers asking for our help to find his mum. We made posters and maps to help him!

After learning the story 'Owl Babies' we decided to make a nest for the owls. We hunted for leaves and twigs and worked together to build it.

We enjoyed digging for bones today and ordering them by size. Some of us even had a go at measuring them using cubes!

RD practicing their counting skills by feeding the numbered owls the correct amount of 'worms'!

Enjoying our Early Years Garden - Team work, mark making and playing games.

RD Enjoyed retelling and acting out stories they had come up with themselves.

We have had lots of fun settling into our new classroom and making new friends.

Reception homework, autumn 1