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St John XXIII Catholic Primary School Inspiring Faith in our Future

Reception C


Reception have been learning about God’s world. Throughout this topic, the children have begun to appreciate the beauty of the world and know that God made it.

They have learnt that God loves and cares for each one of us and have reflected on this in various ways.

They have explored and responded to all the wonderful things God created for us.

They have come to know through Godly Play the story of Creation and that God has put US in charge of looking after the world (Genesis 1:28) and the children have come up with ways in which we can help to do that, especially in response to Pope Francis' Laudato Si Letter!






We have been developing our understanding of Number including recognising numbers, number formation, number sense (knowing the value of numbers) and order numbers to 10.


We have looked at 2D shapes and their properties using them to create our own 'Shape of Art' pictures and recognising them in our environments.


Topic: Do you want to be friends?


Friends are the family you choose! Do you want to be friends? Would you like to play with me? It’s time to find out more about friendship, being kind and working together.

This half term, we’ll take a walk around our school to find out about the adults who work there and their workspaces, taking photos as we go. Back in the classroom, we’ll upload and print our photos to compile a ‘Who’s who?’ display of school staff. We’ll talk about friendship, being kind and helpful, loneliness, enemies, and the things we like. What is our most cherished possession? In our literacy lessons we’ll discover new words to describe ourselves, and write sentences to compare and contrast each other. In our mathematics lessons, we’ll share objects out fairly, and compare hand and foot sizes with our friends. Getting creative, we’ll use a gathering drum to tap out rhythms together, and paint our palms to make beautiful patterns to cut out and hang on a class friendship tree.



Reception have already been hard at work in their first term at St John XXIII learning 20 sounds! Learning through Jolly Phonics, the children are beginning their Phonics journey to hear, read and write these sounds as initial sounds. We are also challenging the children by just beginning to introduce them to tricky words (words not pronounced as they would be sounded out phonetically).


Autumn 1 Jolly Phonics Sounds: s, a, t, i, p, n, c, k, e, h, r, m, d, g, o, u, l, f, b, ai and j

Autumn 1 tricky words: a, the, I.