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St Gregory's Catholic Primary School Part of The Stella Maris Catholic Federation


Welcome to Reception


Our Reception Staff:

Mrs Straughton (Class Teacher and Early Years Lead)


Miss Stanbury (Teaching Assistant)



In Reception, children spend a full day learning, discovering and exploring both indoors and outdoors. 

Please take some time to explore our page and find out what our Reception children have been up to.

In Reception your child will begin learning to read using the FFT, Success for all Phonics scheme. They will be taught phonics daily and will be introduced to new sounds rapidly from their first week in Reception.


You can find information about our phonics scheme here:

Home reading

Your child will bring home 2 books in their book bag:

1. A shared reader book- 


From week 1 in Reception your child will bring home a reading book in their book bag. The expectation is that you read this daily with your child and record it in their reading record.


Your child will firstly bring home books with no words in and will tell you a story based on the pictures they can see. When they begin to retain sounds they will bring home books that contain the sounds that they know. Then your child will be able to say the sounds they can see and blend them together to make words


2. A library book-


Your child will have the opportunity to visit our school library once a week. Whilst in the library the children listen to a story and then get to choose a book that they will take home.


This book is for reading for pleasure. You should read this story aloud to your child. A good time to do this would be each night before bed.




In Autumn term our topic was Starry Night. We learnt about nocturnal animals, animals that hibernate, people who work at night and space!

During Spring term our topic will be "Are carrots orange?" 


We will try new food, visit a supermarket and think about how to keep ourselves healthy.

Have a look at some of the exciting things we get up to in Reception...