St John's CE (VC) Primary School

Life in all its fullness

Opal Class - Reception

smiley A warm welcome to Reception Class smiley


The Reception children are taught by Mrs. Bayley.

Our full-time teaching assistant is Mrs. Welsh.

 Mrs Bowler and Mrs Barber also help to support 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 will hopefully be a bit more 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!



What a super first few weeks the children have had in school!

They have settled in very well, coped really well with the new routines and making new friends.

Thank you for your support and patience as we continue to make adjustments for school life this term!


Just a few reminders:-

Everyone is in school on Monday in their PE kit/tracksuit!


Drop off time is 8.45am – doors open then

Pick up time is 3.10pm prompt.


Please return your snack form and money in a named envelope to the school office if your child would like to have toast/milk.

We are Reception Class! 

Watch us learn!

Well done to these children who recieved a certifcate this week!


Alice, Gabriella, Henry, Parker, Felicity, Jesse and Erin!


Happy Birthday to these children who celebrate their 5th birthday this half term:-


Tomos and Emily!

Our story book hunt in Keele woods.

Class Treat! Lollies, Outdoor gym and The Farmer's in his dell circle game! Lots of Fun!!

Our topic this term is Marvellous Me!

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

Super Family memory boxes!

We have had fun looking and talking about them.

Thank you for taking the time to do them... they look great in the classroom!


Our walk to Keele Green... a lovely walk in the autumn sunshine...rolling on the grass was great fun!

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, to support school closures there are currently free resources available to support home learning. You will need to sign up using your email address and then use the offer code UKTWINKLHELPS
  • 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 

Important Class Information


Reading books are changed on a Monday.        


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


At morning break, the children may have milk and toast. Toast costs 20p per day. Please send any monies for the  half term into school in a named envelope.


Milk is free for Reception children until their 5th birthday and then it is 20p per day.


Free fruit is offered in the afternoons.


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

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 to the class 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 and helps with our end of year judgements.


  • The focus in mathematics is to gain  a good grasp of number recognition to 10 and beyond, 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' letters/phonemes as they learn to read simple words. They will consolidate blending and segmenting sounds in words. Reading is a whole school priority and your daily support with their reading at home is very important. This does not need to be the whole book in one session and 10mins everyday is recommended. They will be entered into a weekly raffle and could win a reading prize if their diary is signed four/five times a week!


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


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