Mrs Whittaker
Class Teacher
Paediatric First Aider


Mrs Cameron
Teaching Assistant
Miss Connor
Teaching Assistant


“Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9

Hello and welcome to Reception’s Class Page. This page will let you know all the important information you will need for the year.

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


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 and overall attainment, even if it is only 5 or 10 minutes a day.

The children will bring their reading books home each week. 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. As part of our ‘Never Ending Story’ reading initiative, the 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 of the following week. The children will regularly receive Maths tasks, Literacy tasks and sometimes additional tasks relating to R.E work or topic work. At times, we will also set homework tasks on Class dojo and you can also send work into school through Class dojo. If you require any support or additional work, please ask Mrs Whittaker.


P.E. lessons are on a Tuesday and Thursday, on these days children come into school wearing their P.E. kits. On colder days, children can wear the school jogging bottoms and school jacket or hoodie, P.E. kit.

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:

Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA) Information for Parents

Children in Reception will be participating in the Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA), within the first 6 weeks of starting Reception. The purpose of the assessment is to provide the starting point that will help parents understand how well schools support their pupils progress between Reception and Year 6.

What is the RBA? The RBA is a short interactive and practical assessment of children’s early literacy, communication, language and mathematical skills, when they begin school, using materials that most children of this age will be familiar with.

The RBA is carried out by your child’s Reception teacher or teaching assistant on a one-to-one basis, and is highly interactive. There is no pressure put on the children and it is a lovely opportunity for one on one time with their teacher.

It became statutory for all schools from September 2021. Further information can be found in the information booklet or please ask a member of staff.


Tapestry: All parents are 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 have their own login and can add their own comments and observations from home.

Class Dojo: This is used in Reception to encourage important skills, like working hard and participating. The children earn points and at the end of the week our ‘Dojo Winner’ receives a certificate and a prize. It is also used to communicate between home and school. The class teacher will share important messages and photographs about what the children are learning in class. Parents can get in touch with the teacher too and all parents have their own login details.

Useful Information

Snack Time: The children have 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 needed.

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

Useful links

Here are some apps to help with reading and maths work:

  • Reading eggs
  • Fast Phonics
  • Numbots

Outdoors EYFS

Reception Gallery

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