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St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Growing with Jesus

Reception Class Homework


To find out details about your child's homework, please access Google Classroom. Instruction regarding how to access Google Classroom are detailed in the letter below....

Welcome to Reception Class!


At St Josephs’ Early Years 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 to find out all about children's learning at St Joseph's Early Years (Pre-school and Reception Class).

 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...


We set homework to help develop children’s schools in all areas of learning and completing homework helps children to practice and reinforce new learning and skills. Homework is available to access and upload onto Google Classroom. Practicing reading and writing at home for ten minutes each day is also strongly recommended. We provide phonics and writing workshops for parents to attend which show how we are teaching your child at school and give fun and useful ideas and tips for home. We have also shared a Monster Phonics parent webinar describing how this exciting phonics system works.

School dinners

Please ensure that you order your child’s free school meal online  in advance using Parentpay. Further information about Parentpay is in your welcome packs and is also available on the school website. In the first few days in Reception class, parents will be able to choose their child’s dinner in class on the day while Parentpay is being set up. Please could children bring a labelled drinks bottle to school each day to keep in class (water only, no juice please).

Home and school links

We have Parents evening in the Autumn and Spring terms and an Open Evening in the Summer term which are fantastic opportunities to discuss your child’s progress and how they are getting on in school. In Reception class we also will email a date when we have informal termly ‘drop in’ sessions offering the opportunity for you to come in to chat about your child’s reading, writing, maths and general progress. 

Downloading our school app, checking the school website, signing up for and reading the school newsletter, reading our half termly EYFS newsletter and reading tweets on our twitter site are all great ways to keep up to date throughout the year.

Please see our Twitter feed to see the exciting activities that Reception Class have been involved in!

Voluntary contributions

In reception class we love to provide lots of exciting and fun learning experiences for your children, for example baking bread and making vegetable soup, lots of messy play activities such as writing in foam and modelling sparkly firework play dough, a range of extra arts and crafts, food tasting, and much much more.  These extra activities make a huge difference to the children's learning. We wondered if you might be able to support us with a voluntary contribution? An option to contribute £5 per term will become available in your Parentpay account. If you are able to contribute, it will be hugely appreciated.


 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 will 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.


Useful Links

Statutory Framework for the Early Years

Statutory Framework for the Early Years