Welcome to Reception AT St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School.


This term we have been finding out about winter and cold places.


We have been learning about winter and ice. We enjoyed searching for it outside, then trying to save out own little bit of winter just like rabbit in our story.

Our role play as Percy’s hut  meant we could practice our story telling, counting and writing, as well as learning to share with one another.


The children have been finding out about the penguins that live in the Antarctic through lots of different stories.

We have measured, weighted and counted penguins. Painted them, made them from clay and drew them.


   We have even tried being penguins and passing an egg between us like the Emperor penguins do to stop the egg from freezing.

In phonics we now know 44 phonemes and are busy trying to use them in our writing.


Hello and welcome to the Fabulous Foundation Stage!


At St Joseph’s Primary School learning is fun and it all starts in the Foundation Stage classes. At school our motto is ‘Together we love, live and learn’ and we do a lot!
We are all very excited about starting another new school year. We have adventures, visitors and much more planned for our new children.
This half term we will be helping the children to settle into their new class and their new school. We will be helping the children to make new friends and to develop their social skills. We want the children to enjoy school and for them to have a positive start to school life.

We will be working on developing the characteristics of effective learning which are essential skills for the children to make progress.


 Characteristics of Effective Learning are:


Playing and exploring-engagement

Finding out and exploring

Playing with what they know

Being willing to ‘have a go’


Active Learning-motivation

Being involved and concentrating

Keeping trying

Enjoying achieving what they set out to do


Creating and thinking critically-thinking

Having their own ideas

Making links

Choosing ways to do things.


Our current  topics are ‘Getting to know you’ and’ Dinosaurs.

We will also be beginning our  daily phonic sessions.


Your child has chosen a book for you to share with them at home. You are welcome to change this book in the morning when you bring your child in. Please make sure your child has their book bag in school every day. 


If you have any questions or concerns you are always welcome to speak to a member our  Foundation stage Team.


Just look at some of our photographs.

We wanted to see how big a actual dinosaur was.

We wanted to see how big an actual dinosaur was.

Cutting skills

Saving the dinosaurs from our volcanic eruption

Saving the dinosaurs from our volcanic eruption