St. John Fisher

St. John Fisher
Catholic Primary School





Welcome to Reception, where your child begins their learning journey at St John Fisher.

During the Reception year all the children have the opportunity to explore and learn through a combination of adult guided sessions and child led activities, in our indoor and outdoor provision. Your child will learn the key foundational skills of early reading, writing and numeracy while developing their confidence, communication, creativity and understanding of the world around them.

The Reception Team

Ms Hitchcock - Class Teacher

Ms King - Class Teacher

Mrs Butler - Learning Support Assistant

Ms Damania - Learning Support Assistant

What Are Reception Learning?

Amazing Animals:

Through English we have introduced our new topic ‘Amazing Animals’. We began by discussing what we know about animals already, then talked about what we want to find out next. We visited the school library to borrow information books on animals and have discovered some amazing animal facts! We have read books about farm animals, such as The Little Red Hen and we will look at other habitats, such as the Jungle, animal life cycles and the names of animals and their young.

The children have been recalling and recounting and acting out familiar stories. They have been using their phonics to spell simple words in activities, such as writing speech bubbles.



In Phonics the children are continuing to learn to read and spell with new sounds every week, from Floppy Phonics Level 2. Take a look at our focus sounds below:

We will also be learning to read some common and high frequency words by sight. Here is this terms list of words so you can practise with your child at home:

High Frequency Words: I, to, a, the, no, the, go, into, some, he, we, she, me, be, you, are, her, was, all, they  

Common Words: mum, dad, big, it, at, and, not, in on, an got, his, him, back, if, but, of, as, had, can, off, not.  

Guided Reading:

This term the children have begun reading in guided groups twice a week. They practise and apply the sounds and words they have learned in phonics using books that are appropriately decodable.


Our topics in Maths this term are as follows:

  • Counting and exploring numbers to 10
  • Counting and exploring numbers to 20
  • Addition within 10
  • Measuring Weight and Volume
  • Comparing Length and Height
  • 2D and 3D Shapes



 Reminder: School PE Kit should to be worn for all PE lessons; this includes black plimsolls/black or white trainers, black or navy shorts and a white t-shirt. Jewellery/watches are not to be worn on P.E days and long hair must be tied back. Please note, any children who are unable to take their earrings out will not be physically involved in these sessions. They will ‘take part’ by observing the lesson and assisting the class teacher.

Reception Learning Overview

Reception Class Timetable

Please note timetables to sometimes change across a term.