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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, through play, 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.


Our learning themes this year are:

Under the Sea

Arctic Explorers

The Old Testament

Growth: Plants, animals and me!

The Wonderful World of Julia Donaldson

Africa Alive!


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 '2simple,' 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 Dade is the Reception Class teacher and is supported by the wonderful Mrs Dempsey and Mrs Russell. Mrs Dade teaches the class on Mondays through to Thursdays and on a Friday Reception class is led by Mrs Dempsey who delivers our R.E program, Come and See.



P.E takes place every Monday afternoon. 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:

White Polo shirt

Black short

Black plimsolls

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



We send a weekly homework task home through your child’s Learning Log. The tasks given are always linked to the learning in class that week. The homework is sent home on a Friday and is due back in class by the following Wednesday to allow enough time for marking. The child that tries their best to complete the homework is awarded a certificate in our Celebration assemblies on a Friday.




Picture 1 Mrs Dade - Class Teacher
Picture 2 Mrs Dempsey - Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Picture 3 Miss Donnelly - Teaching Assistant