St Mary's Catholic Primary School

Live, Love, Believe

Welcome to Year R

The Reception Team!

Click on the link below to watch the Reception Class Nativity!

Panto Time!

Year R would like to send a massive thank you to Gordy’s Wood Co who kindly donated some of his legendary snowmen to be totally made-over and glittered. The children were overjoyed to get the chance to decorate their snowmen and have taken them home this week.





                                                                The festival of St. Lucia


Yesterday (13th December)  was the Swedish festival of St. Lucia. We started off the day eating our bagels and watching the sleigh ride to set the scene.


We found out some facts about Sweden and all made a Swedish flag.


In worship Mrs Cory told us the story of St. Lucia and then explained how the Swedish people celebrate the festival. We could choose whether we wanted to make a star crown or a candle crown.


Outside we made a sleigh and played a snowball maths game.

When everyone had made a crown we then had a procession around the class before sitting on the carpet and eating some Swedish biscuits and sweets.


Reception celebrated St. Andrew;s day on Monday 30th November.


We found out about St. Andrew and how Jesus had told him to be a 'fisher of men.' We then found out about Scotland, the flag, capital city and its castles. We made shortbread and did the Highland Fling before learning a song, 'You cannae shove yer grannie aff the bus.'

Did you Know Scotland and Greece celebrate St. Andrew's Day?


The scarecrow's Wedding


Reception have had a really busy week. We have been reading the Scarecrow's Wedding by Julia Donaldson and have explored the theme of weddings and linked it to the story of the wedding at Cana. We have written guest lists, invitations, bought presents, made sandwiches and learned how to waltz. On Thursday we held a wedding ceremony from beginning to end. Don't tell Boris! 

Reception class maths Calendar


Diwali and Remembrance


As part of our Diwali learning this week, Reception class have learnt the Story of Prince Rama and Sita, learnt Bollywood style moves that would be used to celebrate Diwali, created Rangoli patterns using marbles and paint.


We also created Poppy inspired candle holders for ‘Remembrance.’


In Reception, as part of Harvest learning, we learnt about how food is harvested, how produce gets into the shops and we listened to a story about a field mouse called Frederick who harvested words to make poems.
We used salt dough to make a Harvest Loaf. The children used their fine motor skills to roll the dough into sausages, used tools to create patterns, plaited the dough and made a lovely harvest mouse. It looks good enough to eat but we don’t recommend it......




 Now Press Play is an immersive educational resource that brings the curriculum to life. Wearing wireless headphones, children are plunged into a  world of  adventure. Once a month the children act out an educational adventure. In October we became archaeologists and went on a dinosaur adventure.



We have been learning about autumn, the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. We made some apple crumbles to take home and share with our families.


This week, Havenstreet Falconry visited us to tell us all about birds of prey. We saw a barn owl, an African eagle owl, a vulture and a kestrel. It was really exciting!

Our new Gravel area

Over the summer, the Reception Staff have been busy creating an engaging and fun outside learning environment and breathing new life into underused areas. With the support and kind donation of gravel from Branch Manager Rob Lyon and Travis Perkins, Ryde, a muddy patch has been turned into a fantastic construction site that will allow the children to explore, actively learn, create and critically think through play. The children on their return to school were so excited to use the  building tools, hats, high vis jackets and plan their construction ideas on a chalk board bench before building them using a range of construction materials.


Archive photographs Year R 2019-2020





Archive photographs Year R 2018-2019

Archive photographs 2017-2018