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class-blogReception Blog

You can now find out what we have been learning and all the fun activities we have been doing by checking out our Reception Blog.

St. Columba’s Reception Blog

Come and take a look and share in your child’s day at school

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Reading is a very important part of our Reception curriculum and we encourage the children to read at home and in school.  The power of reading and exposure to a wide range of books has a dramatic effect on the children’s reading development even if it is only 5 or 10 minutes a day.

The children will initially bring their reading books home each day so they can practise. Initially picture books will be sent home and as they progress they will start to bring books home to develop their phonics skills and sight word reading. New books will be sent out each Friday. Children receive a ‘star’ for their reading chart and the 2 children with the most reading stars receive a special treat at the end of each term.


The children have their own ‘Learning Log homework book which is given out every Friday and needs to be returned on Wednesday the following week. The children receive a Maths sheet, a Literacy sheet and sometimes a sheet asking for information about themselves usually from our R.E work. If you require any support or additional work, please ask Mrs Whittaker.


Children need their P.E. Kits on a Tuesday and Wednesday. Throughout the Autumn term we encourage the children to become more independent at getting undressed and dressed so any help you give is much appreciated! Kits can remain in school and will be sent home at half-term for washing, please ensure everything is clearly labelled with your child’s name.

Reception Curriculum 

Reception is part of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). We have lots of fun as we are learning!  Here is some information on what we do in Reception!

Our curriculum is made up of seven areas of Learning and Development.

There are three prime areas:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development,
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development.

and four specific areas.

  • Literacy,
  • Mathematics,
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

We plan and organise the curriculum so that it progresses and is differentiated according to the child’s stage of development. Learning is active, play based, creative and includes first-hand experience.

Look at some of the things we enjoy doing:


Tapestry: You will be provided with login details to access Tapestry. The app enables parents to see observations of their child’s learning that the staff have recorded in class. Parents can also add their own comments and observations from home.

Class Dojo: This is used in Reception to encourage important skills, like working hard and participating. It is also used to communicate between home and school. The class teacher will share important messages and parents can get in touch with the teacher too. You will be given details of how to register to be part of Class Dojo.

Useful Information

Snack Time: The children have free fruit, milk or water every day and a healthy snack is provided. Children can bring in their own, clearly labelled, water bottles, (no juice or fizzy drinks are allowed in them). Water bottles can be purchased from the school office if homework

On a Friday we go out onto the main playground and children are allowed to buy a yoghurt, which costs 20p

Outdoor Clothing: A lot of the children’s learning takes place outdoors, please provide wellington boots and a waterproof coat during wet weather.

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