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St Martin's Primary School


Welcome to the Reception home page! 


 Happy New Year!

It is great to see the children excited to be back at school and hear all their Christmas news. A huge thank you to all who attended our Nativity performances. The children loved sharing their ‘show’ with family members.

As always, if you have any concerns or worries please do not hesitate to speak to a member of staff.

Early Years Staff


RW-Mrs Whitesman

RS-Mrs Smith

PPA -Mrs Vedmore

Teaching support:

Mrs Woodwood

Mrs Arnold

Mrs Lawrence

Dates for your diary

Phonic Workshop for parents:

Wednesday 11th January-2.15pm

Bedtime Stories

Wednesday 15th February -5.15pm

Half term holiday-Monday 20th February-Friday 24th February

Monday 27th February

School closed for all pupils-Staff training

Tuesday 28th February

School closed for all pupils -Staff training

Family Easter Craft

Friday 31st March 2.30pm

End of Spring term-Friday 31st March 3.15pm

Don’t forget...

  • Don’t forget children need to bring their book bag every day.
  • Don’t forget to log in to your child’s Bug Club account to complete the phonic games and practise reading the books.
  • Don’t forget to use the Learning at Home sheets that are sent home in your child’s book bags every Friday
  • Don’t forget to make sure every item of clothing (including coats), drink bottles and lunch boxes are named.

·         Don’t forget your child needs a named PE kit that stays in school. Children have a weekly PE lesson.

Communication and Language Development

The children will continue to take part in lots of small group activities such as board and dice games in order to further develop their attention and concentration. We will also be teaching the children to wait their turn to speak in a conversation. Your child will have their turn with the ‘Show and Tell’ bag. They will bring the bag home and are invited to bring in one item of interest that they can show and tell their friends about. This will help develop their speaking and listening skills.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will continue to teach the children about behavior expectations at school. The children will continue to be rewarded for their wonderful behavior by collecting ’smileys’ and we will celebrate their achievements.  We will continue to promote good manners and encourage each child to say please and thank you. We would be grateful if you could continue to encourage this at home. The children will be learning to ‘keep on trying and don’t give up’. They will also continue to learn about how to be a good friend.

Physical Development

The children will continue to develop fine motor skills through play such as dough disco and wood work. They will have daily handwriting to practice the formation of individual letters. The children will practice throwing and catching using a range of equipment e.g. bean bags, quoits, balls. They will continue to become more independent when dressing/undressing for PE lessons.


We will continue our daily Bug Club phonic sessions. The focus will be listening skills, introducing new phonemes, learning new tricky words and segmenting and blending. We will be teaching the children a ‘rhyme a week’. As part of our focus on stories we will be writing letters, making lists, writing captions and invitations. The children will be encouraged to use their phonic knowledge to segment and blend when reading and continue to build their tricky word knowledge. They will enjoy a huge range of fairy tales through role play, books eBooks and music.


The children will be learning about addition and subtraction and number bonds within 0-5. They will work on place value of numbers 0-10. They will learn to describe the properties of shapes. They will have lots of opportunities to measure and order by size, colour and shape. They will also learn simple data handling.

Understanding the World

This term the children will develop observational skills while carrying out investigations and will talk about their findings. We will plant a variety of flowers and vegetables and learn how to look after them.  We will also learn about life cycles. The children will find out about people who help us and how people celebrate ‘Chinese New Year.

Expressive Art and Design

The children will have the opportunity to use collage to create simple models. They will be encouraged to talk about their ideas first and construct with a purpose in mind. They have the opportunity for a variety of role play using open ended resources e.g. doctors, hairdressers, teachers