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Welcome to Reception!

Elm Class - Miss Houghton

Oak Class - Miss Parker

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW: For the latest Curriculum Termly Topic for Reception please see links at the bottom of this page.

For Subject Overviews, Year Group Overviews and Learning Organisers please visit our >> Curriculum page

2021/2022 Events


DISCO EVENT on 19th May 3.00-4.30pm: For more information on the Reception Disco Event, please see copy of letter at the bottom of this page (details also sent out via SchoolPing on 6th April).


Reception Educational Visit to Berkeley Castle on 4th May 2022:

Reception enjoyed visiting Berkeley Castle as part of their topic "Who lives in a Castle?" They had a guided tour of the Castle and found out lots of interesting facts!


Reception represented St Martin's fantastically and members of the public complimented them for how sensible they were. Well done Reception!




3E Guided Reading with Reception children who showed amazing listening skills and asked lots of questions about the story.  3E loved reading to Reception and hope to do it again soon!


Movie Night on 22nd March 3.00-5.00pm: For more information on the Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 Movie Night event, please see copy of letter at the bottom of this page (details also sent out via SchoolPing on 11th March).


World Book Day 25th Anniversary - 3rd March: 
Reception children enjoyed book activities throughout the day and all looked fantastic dressed up as their favourite book characters.


The Reception classes enjoyed a visit from the police, a firefighter and a nurse during Term 3, as part of their learning about 'people who help us'.

The children found out how the police keep people in the community safe and had the opportunity to try on some of the uniform. They were very excited to sit in the police car and hear the sirens! The police officers said the Reception children listened extremely well and asked some very good questions.




The children also made bumble bees and hedgehogs with the Nurse for her to display at Great Ormond Street Hospital on their Bumble Bee and Hedgehog Wards.


The Reception classes also received a visit from Vicar Jon, sharing about his role within the community at St Martin’s Church.  To celebrate our learning, the children dressed up in the uniform for the job they would like to do when they are older. 


Reception Christmas Performances:

At the start of December, Reception Classes performed their Nativity ‘The Very First Christmas’. They all worked extremely hard rehearsing their songs and they all sang beautifully.

Well done Oak and Elm class children and the Reception Team – you were all amazing!



Diwali - Festival of Light:  The Reception children had a special visitor on 12th November, Mrs Mistry, who taught them all about ‘Diwali’ the festival of light. The children helped tell the story using puppets and musical instruments and they completed lots of Diwali art activities.
The dancing and dressing up was the best part and everyone joined in with lots of enthusiasm. It was an amazing day!





Welly Walk to St Martin's Church:  On Remembrance Day the Reception children went on a welly walk to St Martin’s Church carrying the lanterns they had made. They learnt about what a Church is and saw the stained glass window of St Martin. The children sang a song beautifully and had a fantastic time.





Weston Playhouse Pantomime Visit on 14th December 2021:
The Reception and Key Stage 1 will be visiting the Weston Playhouse to enjoy a performance of 'Jack and the Beanstalk' on 14th December (details sent out via SchoolPing - see copy of letter below).


Reception Welly Walk - Term 1: The Reception children went on a welly walk around the school to spot the signs of Autumn. They collected nature's treasures to bring back to the classroom to use as part of their learning. The children enjoyed using the autumn checklist and magnifying glasses to help them on their hunt.







During Term 1 Reception have been learning about what makes them special.

The children all worked very hard and have persevered to paint some beautiful self portraits. They showed lots of resilience skills as they kept checking their features in the mirror before painting.




2020/2021 Events

Reception had lots of fun finishing their first year at St Martin’s with a water fight. They all enjoyed playing different games like “drip, drip, drench” and loved getting the teachers very wet! A huge well done for a fantastic year Reception from all of the Reception Team.



Elm Class children had lots of fun investigating and showing determination with the Marble Mazes which Y6’s made during Term 5.
They persevered to travel the marble around the board and helped their friends by finding ways to do it together! 

“We think they are excellent, thank you for letting us play with them Y6”! 

(Reception Classes Easter Bonnet Parade - Term 4)


This week Reception have been learning all about habitats!
The children have all been incredibly creative and focused. Here are some of the fantastic shoebox displays that they have made.  Well done Reception!

(Reception Team 5th March 2021)

(Anti-Bullying Week and Odd Socks Day)

Well done to all our Reception children who worked extremely hard during their home learning; listening to stories from their Teachers, learning new sounds, taking on new Maths challenges every day and also practising their phonics and reading skills on Reading Eggs - we have lots of golden eggs already!  Well done for adapting so well to home learning Reception - we're so proud of you!    (18th November 2020)

Phonics Workshop:  For any parents/carers who were unable to attend any phonics workshops, you can have a look at the following Youtube videos which will explain the phonics sounds, actions and blending.


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In time, your child will get an opportunity to take their class friend 'Zack the Zebra' or 'Harry the Hippo' home and share your experiences. We ask you to record the visit in a simple diary which we will read when the Class Friend is returned to school. If you are visiting somewhere exciting let us know and you can take the class friend along too! 



The children will settle into various routines, please be patient with them (and us) if they come out without some of their belongings. We do our best to ensure they have all of their belongings before leaving the class. If they need to collect anything from the classroom we ask that you wait until all the children have been handed to their parents and carers. We want to ensure ALL children are safely handed over to the correct adult. Your child’s safety is of paramount importance to us. Thank you for your co-operation.

School equipment is only for use in school hours whilst supervised by staff, please ensure your children do not use the equipment before and after the school day. 



Children can bring in a piece of Fresh Fruit in a named container to eat during afternoon snack. Water is available in school throughout the day in a named individual water bottle which school provided. 



If you are providing a packed lunch for your child we ask that it is sympathetic to our Healthy Schools policy. For delicious, healthy and nutritious lunch box ideas please check out the NHS website,    Thank you again for your co-operation. 



We have a number of children who are allergic to nuts, therefore we are a nut free zone in school and ask that lunch-boxes do not contain them. This includes peanut butter, chocolate and hazelnut spread and any cereal bars containing nuts. Your cooperation in this matter is most appreciated.



We will begin home learning in a few weeks time, please comment and sign the home learning sheet. Home learning will be given out on a Friday and due in on Wednesday. 



We will be completing electronic learning diaries. All of our observations of your child’s learning will be captured using an Ipad and sent to a secure website where we are able to look carefully at their progress and plan specifically for their next steps. We would like to share your child’s learning with you, if you would like to receive online updates please ensure you have completed the consent form and have provided your current email address.  Feel free to make comments on the observations and send back to us, we are  in partnership with you as your child learns.