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St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School & Pre School, Droitwich

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WELCOME to Reception


Welcome to Reception Class at St Joseph’s. Our Reception Class Teacher is Mrs Heydon and the Teaching Assistants are Miss Paxton and Mrs Morton.


Our Class Saint is St Joseph. We learn that St Joseph was hard-working, patient, protective, faithful and loving.





Reception Class have PE on Wednesday mornings and their Forest School session on Friday mornings.


Reading with your child as often as you possibly can is the best way to support your child’s learning.


During the Spring and Summer terms, the teacher will send home weekly news about what we have been learning in class and ideas of how you can support this at home. This may be via a note home or Tapestry. These will not be activities that you need to ‘prove’ that you have done at home, although if you would like to send in anything that your child is proud of, we are always very happy to share it with the class. Likewise, we love to see photos and videos that you have uploaded onto Class Dojo, our online learning journal.


Reception at St Joseph’s takes each unique child and nurtures every aspect of their learning and development through the provision of an enabling environment and positive relationships. We work closely as a team, using each of our strengths to get the best outcomes for each child and ensure they are given every opportunity to reach their potential. We use our knowledge of the Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning to foster positive attitudes to learning and school life which will carry the children throughout their school journey. Our aim is always to work closely with parents to benefit each child and ensure that all adults are working as a team with the children’s best interests at the heart of everything they do.




Reception Class run a two year topic cycle but we also weave the children’s interests into the planning along with important events and celebrations nationally and internationally.



Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 1


Nursery Rhymes


Rhymes about food such as Five Currant Buns and Jelly on a Plate.

Celebrations/ Food & Festivals


World-wide festivals such as Diwali, Bonfire Night and of course Christmas.

How can we be kind?


Using the beautiful story of The Smartest Giant in Town, we explore kindness in its many forms.

Animals in  Tales


We explore different versions of the story of Little Red Riding Hood as well as information books about wolves and their habitat.




Our story of The Three Little Aliens and the Bid Bad Robot helps us to explore the planets and space travel.




Our final topic of the summer looks at all things creepy crawly, finding out facts about lifecycles.

Year 2


All about Me



We find out all about our new children and their families.

Hot and Cold

‘Our senses’


As the seasons change, we explore the weather, clothing, freezing and melting.

Traditional Tales


We compare and contrast a variety of traditional tales, including characters, settings and story structure.




Information books and the internet are used to explore all things dino.


New Life



We look at the life cycles of humans and plants using the story ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ as our key text. This is read alongside information books on plants which help us to grow and look after our own seeds.

Holidays and travel


Mr Gumpy’s Outing takes us on a journey on a boat but if you could go anywhere, where would you go and how would you get there?




Summer Term Class Information