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St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Growing with Jesus

Welcome to Reception Class!


At St Josephs’ Early Years (Pre-school and Reception Class) we recognise the importance of giving our children the best possible start to their education by planning and implementing teaching and learning opportunities that support them in reaching their full potential! We provide a fun and engaging curriculum, working with parents and families to prepare children well for Year One and beyond.


Please read our EYFS Curriculum Policy, refer to the EYFS Development Matters and see Subject Overviews in the Curriculum section of our website to find out all about children's learning in Reception class.

PE Days

In Reception Class we have outdoor PE on Wednesdays and indoor PE on Thursdays. 


Book Changing Days

Guided reading and Grappler books are changed on Thursdays. Library books are changed on Fridays


Recommended Reading Lists

Please see this Reception class recommended reading list which includes quality texts for children in Reception Class.

Monster Phonics

In Reception class to Year 2 children engage in Monster Phonics sessions on a daily basis where they are taught letter sounds, tricky words and high frequency words. Monster Phonics is a highly advanced multisensory scheme. It uses 10 monsters to categorise all sounds into 10 simple areas. This accelerates learning, providing an easy and fun memory cue for children. The colour-coded grapheme system is unique to Monster Phonics; each coloured grapheme is paired with a monster character that makes the same sound to give audio-visual prompts that help children ‘see’ each sound within a word and pronounce it correctly. The Monster Phonics program is in line with letters and sounds and our guided reading system.


Here are the phonics sounds that we learn in Reception Class: 

Phase 2 sounds

Phase 3 sounds

Phase 4 sounds


Here are the 'tricky words' and 'decodable words' that we learn each term in Reception Class:

Term 1 Decodable Words

Term 1 Tricky Words

Term 2 Decodable Words

Term 2 Tricky Words

Term 3 Decodable Words

Term 3 Tricky Words

 Show and Tell Themes

As detailed in our EYFS Curriculum Policy, in Reception Class children join in with Show and Tell each week. Here are the exciting themes for each half term...
Autumn A: My favourite toy!
Autumn B: Experiences with my family and friends (e.g. birthdays, holidays, outings to the library, weddings...).
Spring A: My favourite books and stories.
Spring B: My achievements, gifts or talents. 
Summer A: Things that work (e.g. objects or toys with buttons, lift the flap...)
Summer B: To be confirmed...

 Useful websites for children at home:

Monster Phonics. St Joseph's follows the fantastic, multi-sensory Monster Phonics program to deliver phonics in school! Once your child starts school with us we send you login details to access these fantastic resources and support your child's learning at home. 

Tentown. You can subscribe to this website. It includes a range of characters to support children with recognising numerals; each character has their own song and story. This subscription includes access to a wide range of activities, resources and online maths games.

Jack Harmann songs on YouTube. An enormous range of maths songs from counting to 20, to learning doubles and 3D shapes!

Topmarks. A super selection of online maths games.