Reception is part of our Early Years (EY) Key stage at St Cuthbert’s, a distinct stage of education that children experience from the ages of 3 to 5 years.

Within our school, it comprises of two sections; Lower EY (Nursery) and Upper EY (Reception).  The

EY follows a curriculum that places learning and achievement firmly within the context of play, practical and experiential learning.

Within this curriculum there are three Prime Areas of Learning:-

  • Personal, Social, Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language

Early Learning Goals

There are also four Specific Areas of Learning:-

  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

At St Cuthbert’s we strive to create a responsive and purposeful environment within which children have the freedom to take ownership over their learning, are given the time to develop their independence and are supported to have the confidence to make their own decisions and challenge themselves. We support children as they develop at their own pace, following Cornerstones curriculum, their interests and fascinations. Through positive and secure relationships, children have the opportunities to develop confidence, resilience and the enthusiasm to become life-long learners.

Along with work in books and floor books, in order to capture your child’s ‘learning journey’, we use a system called Evidence Me.

The ‘Parent Share’ feature in Evidence Me enables you to view reports (complete with photos) via the app or web suite, showing you what your child has been learning and the new skills they are developing.

You can send us your comments and feedback by simply adding them to the reports. This will help our staff to support your child even more effectively in the classroom.

You can also take an active role in contributing to your child’s observation portfolio by uploading your own observations, simply add these to the app or web suite. All we need is your email address.

Please visit for further information and guidance.

Teaching your child to read early and well has multiple benefits. When children learn to read at an early age, they have greater general knowledge, expand their vocabulary and become more fluent readers. They also have improved attention spans and better concentration.

In Reception, we use Read, Write Inc (RWI) to teach your child the sounds they need to make them fluent readers. Please visit for further information about RWI.

We encourage you to read every day with your child, talk about the characters in the book and the events that are happening. When your child is ready, they will bring a RWI Phonic Book Bag Book home. These are engaging texts to support your child with additional reading practice outside the classroom. They have been specifically matched to your child’s phonic ability so that they can share their reading journey and celebrate their achievements with you at home.

Services include:

  • Midwife and Health Visitor sessions.
  • Activity sessions including volunteer led stay and play.
  • A programme of workshops on a number of themes right across the 0 – 19 age range.
  • Our friendly cafe where all are welcome, with some offering extended opening hours and providing tasty meals and snacks at great prices.  Look out for special offers.
  • Advice and information on services and activities happening in your area.
  • Access to extra support when you need it.
  • Opportunity to become a volunteer, sharing your skills and experience to help other families.

Hungry Little Minds

Reception (21-22) Today’s Work

Please share your child’s work with us at the above website or on Evidence

Friday 28th January



Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the Temple.  He was their baby boy and they wanted to thank God for him.  At the Temple they met Simeon and Anna who were both old and had been going to the Temple to pray for many years.  They were very happy to see Jesus and thank God for him.

  • What do you see in the picture?
  • Why did Mary and Joseph take Jesus to the Temple?
  • Who were the people that they met?
  • Why did Simeon and Anna go to the Temple?


Share the story Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood – Animated Fairy Tales for Children – YouTube

Listen to the story and think about what events happened in the beginning of the story.  Why was the girl called Little Red Riding Hood?  What did she take on her journey?  What did her mother tell her to do?

Draw a picture to show the beginning of the story and write a sentence about it.  An adult will help with the initial sounds.

Phonics and Reading

Encourage your child to share the ditty below.

Start with the speed sounds- encourage your child to read the sounds, then the green words, followed by the red words. Then encourage your child to read the ditty.


Share the Set 1 sounds booklet-CLICK THE LINK BELOW




Composition of 8

Look at the ladybird below can you arrange 8 spots in different ways. (3+5, 4+4, 6+2, 7+1)

How many different ways can you make 8?  Can you write them down with support from an adult.

Share Numberblocks activities


Once Upon a Time…..

Draw a map to show how Little Red Riding Hood might get to Grandma’s cottage.  Could you include some animals, trees, plants, rivers, bridges and gates?  Can you say the directions to an adult?


This week practise strengthening your fingers by doing lots of fiddly activities! Do up your buttons or pull a zip up and down. Try fastening shoe laces or putting on a pair of gloves. Follow some of the activities from the cards – for extra fun set a timer for one minute and count how many times you manage. Try your best and good luck.




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