St John's CE (VC) Primary School

Life in all its fullness

Opal Class - Reception


A warm welcome to Reception Class


The Reception children are taught by Mrs. Bayley.

Our full-time teaching assistant is Mrs. Welsh.

Mrs Shaw also supports our learning.

Dear Opal class! 


A very big welcome from us to all our families from nursery and our new families joining us!

We hope that you enjoy the learning journey that your child is continuing through the foundation stage of their education and we are sure that you will be amazed by the progress that they make.

We will do a lot of learning through play, by exploring and investigating and we will be led by the children's current interests.

Things are back to normal this year and we will be making sure that your child learns, thrives and has a great time this year.

With your support the sky's the limit!



Our topic this term is Marvellous Me!

 Click below to see an overview of the some of things we will be covering. 

Important Class Information


Reading books are changed on a Monday.        


We wear our PE kit to school for PE on a Monday. 


No jewellery to be worn in school, including stud earings.


At morning break, the children may have milk and toast. Toast costs 35p per day. Please fill in the snack form and give it in at the office.


Milk is free for Reception children until their 5th birthday and then it is 30p per day.


Free fruit is offered in the afternoons.


Please ensure your child has a filled water bottle in school juice please! We are a healthy school!

Additional Websites to Support Home Learning

There are some fantastic websites that you can use at home to support your child's learning. 


  • BBC Bitesize have a range of Home Learning sessions available on the website. These are really interactive with lots of videos, games and quizzes. You can access these resources at www. 
  • Twinkl is normally a subscription website, however, there are  free resources available to support home learning. You will need to sign up using your email address.
  • Oxford Owl currently have a range of free eBooks and also provide support for reading and phonics. Take a look here: Oxford Owl for Home: help your child learn at home | Oxford Owl
  • Phonics Play is a fantastic resource that we use in school to support children in reading real and nonsense words. It is also lots of fun! Follow this link: PhonicsPlay and sign in to use some free resources.
  • Crickweb have a range of free resources across the curriculum which can be accessed at 

Useful websites and information for phonics and maths development (useful for phonics)  (useful for + - 10, odd/even numbers)

Twinkl phonics app (useful for phonics)

Bee Bot app - (useful for directional maths)

Heat pad app (useful for writing)  (this is a very good website)


Autumn Term - Home and School Support


Proud clouds

Please make a note on the proud cloud of any of your child's achievements at home. Date and send them into school to be displayed on our board. They are lovely to read and help to contribute to your child's assessment throughout the year.

We also use the Tapestry on-line journal to record your child's learning in school. You are encouraged to upload photos from home that show your child enjoying family activities throughout the year. Again this shows what your child is achieving at home with your support.


  • The focus in mathematics is to gain  a good grasp of number recognition to 10, ordering numbers and counting objects reliably. They  will be learning to recognise more and less and to match numeral and quantity correctly.
  • In writing, we are encouraging the children to mark make and build up their fine motor skills with lots of different activities. They will also be encouraged to hold their pencils/crayons  correctly using a tri-pod grip. We will be learning to write our letters correctly using the correct formation.
  • Reading progression will be developed by the children using their daily phonics lessons to 'sound out' words as they learn to read simple words. They will consolidate blending and segmenting sounds in words. Your continued support with their reading at home is very important. 


If you have any queries about what your child is learning or about how you can help at home please don't hesitate to ask.