St Patrick's Catholic Primary & Nursery School

"Christ be with me and Christ be within me"

Reception - St Joseph

Welcome to Reception!
St Joseph



In our Reception Class we all work together to provide a positive, caring, safe and stimulating environment for the children. We choose topics based on the children’s interests and provide a wide range of learning opportunities for the children as they explore the world around them. Through explorative play, children will learn fundamental mathematical and literacy skills, as well as developing their confidence, communication and language and ability to work well with others. Our creative approach inspires children to learn, developing a positive approach to learning which will help ensure success as they embark on their educational journey throughout school. We encourage our children to be active learners, exploring the world through a range of indoor and outdoor experiences, developing their independence.


Space Explorers



On the Farm

Julia Donaldson

Eco Warriors


To this:

Who is a Superhero?

Who is afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

Is there anything above the clouds?

What happens on a working farm?

Who made these footprints?

How can I help the planet?


Alongside the main themes, we have impact days that give children a full experience of different cultures and concepts, such as Diwali, Chinese New Year and World Book Day.

All children in Reception have their learning experiences recorded on 'Tapestry,' an online learning journal. When staff complete an observation on a child, it is then uploaded to their journal, often with photos or videos for parents and children to enjoy. Parents receive a notification by email and they can then comment on their child's achievement. We also encourage parents to add photos and descriptions of exciting events that have happened at home which help us to work together to create an amazing diary of the child's time in Reception.


Reception Class Team

Mrs Waller is the Reception Class teacher and is supported by Mrs Dempsey and Mrs Reid. Mrs Dempsey delivers our R.E programme, 'Come and See', on a Wednesday.



P.E takes place every Friday morning. We ask that you ensure you child has the correct P.E with them in school on this day. All earrings also need to be removed by the parent/carer prior to coming to school, as unfortunately staff are unable to remove them.


Your child’s P.E kit should contain the following:

Red School logo t-shirt

Black short/shorts with logo

Black plimsolls

In colder weather plain black leggings or jogging bottoms may be worn