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Autumn 1- Reception.

Hello everyone!  A very warm welcome back after the summer holidays. I hope that you have all had a lovely rest and everyone is excited to be back to school.

My name is Miss Little and it is a pleasure to be your child’s reception teacher this year and I am very much looking forward to getting to know you all in my first year at Catchgate Primary School. 







This term our topic is; “Who Would You Invite”. We will be sharing the books; “Superworm” and “The Enormous Turnip”. These texts will be the focus of our literacy discussion, carpet dialogue and exploring different characters and authors, thinking about which characters are our favourite and who we would choose to invite to school. We will also be looking closely at making our own choices, being independent and thinking about who is important to us and why. I would also love to see the children celebrating their own achievements and understanding their own talents and skills.

We have lots of exciting things happening this half term- all of which will be displayed on our notice board- don’t forget to check it weekly for key dates and finding out all about what we have been up to during the week. I am sure we will have a fantastic year!


12th individual photographs

24th initial concerns night

26th Forest school day


16th Harvest festival- The Enormous Turnip 9:10am

17th Nursery workshop 11am and 2:15pm

18th Diwali day      

21st Illumination week starts

23rd break up













You can also find out more information in our newsletter- click on the link to view.

Autumn 2

Welcome back to reception after a lovely well deserved half term break. I hope that you all had a lovely time and enjoyed spending time with your family and friends. 

We have a busy and exciting half term ahead of us in the build up to Christmas and I am sure we will have another fantastic half term. Thank you for your continued support! 



This half term we are looking at the theme, 'What is the Greatest Gift', as we prepare for Christmas and the upcoming celebrations. 

Our texts this half term are Handa's Surprise and Stinky Sprouts. We will be creating and learning our own story maps based on these texts, exploring language and thinking about answering higher level questions and creating our own questions. The children are becoming fantastic at learning these story maps as many of us seen in our wonderful Harvest Festival. The children are retaining the stories so well and are beginning to build a knowledge of characters, settings and the structures of stories. 

This half term we are also going to be encouraging children's creativity as we create and think about the imaginative choices that we have to make the best pieces of art and craft that we have. In addition to this we will be beginning to have many many practises for our musical Nativity!! This is a great opportunity for the children to develop their confidence and really show their performance and musical skills. It will definitely not be one to miss! 


Dates for your diary! 

As you will all know, Christmas is a hectic time of year, so here is a list of important dates for your diary in this half term, so that you don't miss anything. I have also attached a newsletter below that has different information on for you. 


5.11.19- Fire Safety Day 

8.11.10- Flu nasal spray (only for those children who have consent) 

11.11.19- Remembrance theme day

25.11.19- Children In Need- non uniform 

29.11.19- Forest school- winter theme day 



9.12.19- Santa visit at Beamish Museum- more information to follow 

10.12.19- Reception Christmas Workshop 2:15

16.12.19- Party day- children to come dressed in their party clothes 

19.12.19- Reception Christmas performance- more information to follow 

20.12.19- Christmas dress up day.



Newsletter- Autumn 2

Here is a copy of our topic web and medium term plan. Here you can see all of the things we will be learning about this half term.

Reception Contacts

Miss Little

Links for learning at home - please click to open

Phase 3 Tricky Words

Phase 3 Tricky Words song to help us learn our Tricky Words!!

Tricky Words and Sight Words Song

Tricky Word song to help us love our tricky words, I, go , no, the, to and into!