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Welcome to RDH


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 RDH.

Class Teacher - Mrs Domagala - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 

                         Miss Harrald- 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: 



Spring Term


Our first topic this term was Superheroes. We looked at fictional stories such as Superbat and Origami girl. The children had so much fun during our superhero afternoon creating their superhero costumes and used magnets to do a superhero experiment. Our second topic this term was 'Traditional Tales'. We enjoyed reading 'Little Red Riding Hood' and had lots of fun dressing up as different characters from the story. 


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. 


During our Maths sessions this term we have been looking at numbers to 8. The children have enjoyed learning about weight and identifying which objects are heavier/lighter ⚖️. We also looked at 1 more and 1 less and compared different numbers and amounts. 


We also started our new RE scheme this term ' To Know you more clearly'. Our first branch focused on the presentation story. 



Autumn Term


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


In Phonics we are 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,u,b,f,e and start to build words using magnetic letters and have a go at writing. We will also focus on the children's fine motor control through threading, playdough and cutting activities. 


In Maths this term we are looking at number and counting. We are following the mastering number programme and White Rose Hub. The children will have opportunities to  correct the class teddy as he tries to count accurately, making silly mistakes, subitize and find out about the composition of numbers


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

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. 



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.

The school PE kit is available from Lazer School Wear, St Mary's Road in Garston. This is a red t shirt with the school badge and school shorts. However your child can also wear a plain red t-shirt and dark blue shorts that are available from most supermarkets. The children can wear any training shoes for PE. 

This is part of our school uniform and must be worn for PE lessons.

Football kits and other sportswear will not be allowed. 


Book Bags

Children will read in class and we would encourage you to read with them daily at home. Children will be given a reading for pleasure 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 inc 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

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.

External Links


BBC Schools EYFS

Early Years Foundation Stage

Nrich Maths

Phonics play