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St Martin's Church of England Primary School


Welcome to Reception!

Ash - Mrs Cottis

Elm - Miss Houghton


CURRICULUM OVERVIEW: For the latest Curriculum Termly Topic for Reception Classes please see link below.


Reception and Year 1 Movie Night, on 30th January 2020 3pm - 5.00pm at St Martin's School. Fundraising Letter sent home, please see copy below. Cost is £3 per child which will include a drink and snacks to enjoy with their movie, payable via ParentPay by 10am on Thursday 30th January.


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.


There are a lot of fun websites and resources you can use at home, which have phonics (and some Maths) games for children available. – free resources LOG IN: student3749 PASSWORD: stmartins – Free Resources

Youtube – search Jolly Phonics

Other learning sites:

Edshed (log in details in pupil book bags) Spelling Shed Maths Shed


Logging on to Reading eggs

Reception pupils have an account with reading eggs. Please see their login and password at the front of their reading record. 

1. Go to

2. Log in with your child’s user name and password.

3. You can either go to the library or ‘reading eggs’. Reading express is for older children. Click on reading eggs.

4.  It will come up and ask the children to do a ‘placement test’. Please click on the blue button – start at lesson 1, my child has no reading skills yet.

5.  They will then be able to work though the activities.

They will be able to collect reading eggs and awards in the programme. 




Reception Performances the ‘Noisy Nativity’: Well done to both of our Reception classes, Ash and Elm, who put on fantastic performances to their parents, carers and families on 4th and 5th December.


We received some lovely comments from our parents, carers and families:

“Brilliant Nativity, well done all Reception class. Well worth the 50 mile journey!!” “Wow! I can’t believe they are only Reception children. What a terrific performance!” “Best ever Nativity we’ve seen, well done to all the staff. Excellent!”


Wednesday 13th November Welly Walk to St Martin's Church (details to follow).


Harvest Assembly:  The Reception class parents and carers were invited to a Harvest Celebration on 24th October.  This was their first performance to an audience and we were very proud of them, well done! Thank you to all our parents, carers and family who were able to come along and support their event.  


Term 2 Phonics Workshops for Parents and Carers of Reception and Year 1 classes:

Wednesday 6th November 9-10am and 2-3pm

Thursday 7th November 3.15-4.15pm


17th October Reception Parents/Carers Coffee Morning: 9.00am in Dining Hall


Puxton Park Topic Visit 11th October: The Reception Children enjoyed a visit from Barbara the calf last Friday. The children have been learning about ‘where milk comes from’ as part of this Terms Topic.  Thank you to the Puxton Park staff who came along to St Martin’s to tell the children all about it! 


Monday 14th October 2019 3.00-4.45pm Reception and Year 1 School Discos (letter sent home, see below). 


New Reception Starters: Well done to the Reception children who have settled in smoothly and confidently into their classes. The reception team has really enjoyed getting to know the children and are pleased with how well they are doing.

Our caretakers have built a special welly stand for the reception classes. The children will be using their wellies on the Welly Walk to St Martin’s Church and for outdoor play.


Grant Koper Author Visit: Key Stage 1 and Reception children were treated to a visit from author Grant Koper during Term 1. Grant gave a ‘live reading’ to the children, reading his book ‘The Day Granny’s Knickers Blew Away’. He then answered children’s questions about being an author. His answers were inspiring to the children and he gave them the opportunity to write a story and send it to his website

Grant Koper will publish the very best stories he reads on his website for others to share. Each child received an official certificate to say they had attended a live reading and met the author.



Most of you will meet our class friends on your home visit, whether it's Zack the Zebra or Harry the Hippo. In time, your child will get an opportunity to take their class friend 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 lunchboxes 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. 


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2018/2019 EVENTS


(Reception classes - Beach Art and class displays)


RSPB Visit:  We received a visit from the RSPB during Term 6.  Reception classes began with a short talk about different types of wildlife we may find in our gardens and how we can help them.  Later, they held a workshop where they carried out a hunt around the outdoor area to identify different items available to help local wildlife.  The children noticed they had lots of items from the checklist such as trees, bushes, bird houses, flowers etc.  The children were pleased with how much we have on offer in our outdoor area and identified ways to improve it further such as a hedgehog house.


Reception Classes Drama Workshop June 2019: Reception classes had a very special surprise when they were all invited to take part in a ‘Drama4All’ workshop led by Perform for Schools.

Peter Pan came to visit the children to take them on an adventure all the way to 'Neverland' where they tricked Captain Hook and stole his treasure. The children explored drama through different techniques. They acted out being characters such as 'Tinkerbell', 'Wendy', 'Tick Tock Crocodile' and they even got turned into Peter Pan's shadow. The children had a wonderful experience. Everyone fully participated and the children were full of smiles and laughter. 


‘Who Lives in the Garden?’ 

The Reception classes have been closely observing real caterpillars. They have observed the changes and discussed the processes they noticed. After the caterpillars made their chrysalides, the children saw them emerge and turn into butterflies.


At the start of Term 6 the children released the butterflies cheering them on as they flew off.





Reception Shared Learning Event:  A thank you to all the parents and carers who came to the Reception classes event on 13th February and participated in our Valentine’s Day shared learning afternoon. 



Wednesday 14th November Welly Walk to St Martin's Church:

The Reception children walked to St Martins Church where Mr Elliott, Church Warden, told them all about St Martin's. Afterwards they went down to the War Memorial on the High Street to see the poppies. The children behaved beautifully during their first trip. Well done Reception!




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Picture 1 One of our Reception classrooms
Picture 2 Each classroom have their own computers for ICT.
Picture 3 Reading and writing through letter sound skills