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Welcome to Reception!

Elm - Miss Houghton

Ash - Miss Pullman (covering Mrs Cottis maternity)

(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)

It has been another fantastic week of home learning for Reception!
Each week, we enjoy seeing all of our friends through Google Meet. Last week, we listened very carefully to the instructions to create a monster. We hope you like our finished creations!  (24th January)



Nativity Dressing Up Day Tuesday 15th December: Reception children all enjoyed their Nativity Day. They dressed up and practised retelling the Christmas Story. The children also sang their nativity songs, made their own crowns and built stables for baby Jesus!


They worked really hard on their Nativity which they recorded to share with parents and carers. Please click this link which will take you to the uploaded YouTube video recording:

We hope you enjoy watching!



A huge well done to our Reception children for completing their first week full-time with us at St Martin’s. They have all settled in really well and the Reception Team are very proud of them!        

(25th September 2020)





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.

Here are some examples ... If you are in Reception, can you see yours?😊🎨



Reception New Intake - Meet the Teacher sessions:

9.15am – 10.15am ELM Class

9.30am – 10.30am ASH Class

For further information on our 2020 New Reception Intake and details of start dates and timings, please refer to the St Martin's 2020 Reception Booklet at the end of this page.

Virtual Home Visits - Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th September 2020.


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


2019/2020 DATES & EVENTS:


'Under the Sea' Topic Activity: Reception pupils have settled in back to school and the Reception Team are very proud.  School is a little different but fantastic listening has meant we are all safe and still have lots of fun together with our friends. 

We have been very busy with a Reception ‘Under the Sea’ themed display to link with our Book for the Term. 🐠



Reception Shared Learning: On Friday 14th February Reception classes celebrated Valentine's Day. They enjoyed discovery time with a parent or grandparent and had lots of fun making cards, marble paintings, threaded hearts and we showed them their writing! Thank you to the parents who came along and joined us for shared learning.


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.


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 2019.


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!”


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! 

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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. 



(Reception classes - Beach Art and class displays)