St Marie's Catholic Primary School

‘Walking hand in hand with Jesus’

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A very warm welcome to the Reception class page where you can find out all the information you need to support your child’s learning at home.This is the year that children work towards achieving their early learning goals and children are expected to make great leaps in their learning. Reception is also the time that the children are entering  ‘big school’ and there is an expectation for them to show positive behaviour at all times. Reception is such an important year for your child and all of the children have made a wonderful start to the term and I am sure this will continue throughout the year. The transition into reception has gone really smoothly and children are all very excited to be in their new class.  They all look wonderful in their new uniforms and are eager to learn. We hope you visit this page often to see the progress your children are making and see how much fun they are having. We are looking forward to working with you and your children. We welcome you to contact us for any information or to answer any questions you may have that are not addressed in our welcome page.


Class Teacher - Miss Whitby - Miss Pinnington returns from maternity leave in Summer 2021.

Teaching Assistant -  Mrs Lacey 

Class Information



Children are provided with a snack everyday. Snack costs £1 per week per child and is payable at the beginning of every week. Please ensure that you keep up to date with your snack money.


Lunch Time

 All reception children are entitled to a FREE school meal. If your child is having a school dinner please look at the menu and discuss the choices with them so that they can decide what they would like. Children will choose their lunch during morning register and picture prompts will be provided to support children in their choice.


Attendance and Punctuality

It is important that your child has good attendance as the government sets a requirement of 98% attendance throughout the school year. It is also important that your child arrives on time as this minimises disruption to both their learning and to the classroom. Please make sure that your child arrives to school on time. If your child is going to be absent, please ring school to let us know. 



Please ensure your child has the correct uniform and that each item is clearly labelled, including their coat and P.E. Kit. Their school uniform is a reflection on the class, especially when we are out of school or when we have visitors into the classroom. For P.E we ask that children have a white t-shirt, black or navy shorts and black pumps. We request that the children leave their P.E. kit on their pegs in school and then take them home at half term to ensure they have their P.E. kit as and when needed.


Reading Books
Reading is a vital part of your child's education and reading with your child at home is a lovely way to spend quality time with them. Children can also read with their older siblings. We suggest that children read each night and practice their sounds to support their learning in school. Please encourage them to sound out unfamiliar words and read with fluency and expression. Children who have signed up to the reading scheme will have reading books changed weekly, please make a comment in your child’s reading record and return this with the reading book. If the reading record is not signed we will assume that your child has not read their book at home yet and therefore it will not not be changed that week. Also please be aware that there is a £3 charge for any lost or damaged reading books. If you would like to sign up to the reading scheme please do not hesitate to ask for a form.



Children are encouraged to drink water throughout the day in the classroom. They each have their own water bottle which will be filled daily. 


Inhalers/Prescribed Medicine

If your child needs an inhaler, could you please send it in with a name label and instructions on when to take it. All parents must sign a medical consent form in the main reception to authorise any medicines to be administered by staff.



We provide a range of optional home learning challenges that the children can choose to complete at home - please see above. The children can choose an activity and complete the homework task as and when they can. The children can then bring in and show what they have completed, sharing their hard work with their friends in class. We also ask that children read at home each night.


Stay and Play - (Currently on hold, we hope to resume our sessions soon)

At St Maries Primary School, our aim is to create a happy and secure environment, where children will develop confidence and an eagerness to learn. We recognise that as parents/guardians, you are an important educator in your child’s life and it is our wish to begin to create positive partnerships with families from the outset. We have introduced Stay & Play sessions and we welcome all family members, including; Mums, Dads, Partners, Grandparents and Carers etc. You are invited to stay and play with your children as we value your support and recognise the importance of partnership with parents. 


Benefits of Stay and Play Sessions

Stay & Play sessions give you the opportunity to see your child interact with other children and learn through play in a relaxed environment. Staff will set up activities following the children’s interests and parents/carers can come along and take part in the activities, learn new skills and ideas for learning at home through play. You will also have the opportunity to find out about school life and ask any questions 


To keep you informed about all of the wonderful things that happen in Reception, we will be uploading a newsletter to our class page every month. We are so looking forward to working with you and your child this year. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us. - Reception Team