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Reception Class – 2020/2021

Welcome to St. Catharine’s!

My name is Miss Brown, and I will be your Reception teacher.

Our Reception Teaching Assistants will be Mrs Halliwell and Mrs Leyland.



We wish you a warm welcome and we are really excited about you joining our St. Catharine’s family! I hope you find this page useful as I will be updating this regularly with all of the information to equip you for a smooth transition into our Reception class.

If you require any further information, please contact our school office via email enquiries@admin.saintcatharines.wigan.sch.uk or call 01952 733081.


What our learning looks like in Reception

In Reception we are so lucky that we can take our learning both indoors and outdoors. We take pride in our provision and believe it is the right of all children to be immersed in rich and broad learning experiences. We include areas such as: phonics, maths, creative and physical in both indoors and outdoors, and we promote independence to support children in their application of newly taught skills.

Please click the link below which is an overview of our curriculum and how we put this into practice on a daily basis, it also includes ideas of how you can have a go at home!

Powerpoint – What our learning looks like in Reception

Information Booklet – New to Reception Class

Please look below in our Summer Home Learning section to find fun and engaging activities – I will add useful links, websites and documents that will provide you with all of the information that will prepare your child for starting school in September.



After receiving your emails, I have added each one of you to our Dojo app. This is a positive reward system and messenger. Throughout the year you will receive pictures of your child’s learning and experiences, video and message updates from me, and an alert to house points that are given to your child for fantastic behaviour, which you can then praise at home! If you have not sent over your email to school, or completed your data collection form please to do as soon as possible.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Our Research Program ...Frequently Asked Questions

You will find a lot of information and answers to the following in our: Information Booklet – New to Reception Class

What date will my child start school?
Tuesday 1st of September.
For the first week children will be attending a morning or an afternoon session. This information will follow.

What will happen during dinner time?
Children will have the choice of a school dinner – this will be ordered at home using the Dolce app. Alternatively, you can provide your child with a healthy packed lunch.
Lunchtime is 11:45am-12:45pm and in that time your child will have their lunch and play outside.
Children also have an independent snack area, where fruit and water is provided throughout the school day.

What does a Reception school day look like?
Link: Our School Day

What if my child needs to go to the toilet?
We have 4 accessible toilets in our Reception classroom, we encourage and expect our children to be fully toilet trained and independent in their self-care such as, wiping and hand washing. We always help and encourage our children with these skills.
We ask that you bring some spare underwear and clothing in case of accidents.

I will add to the FAQ’s weekly if any more arise – please do not hesitate to contact us on Dojo or at the school office.


Home Learning – How do I prepare my child for September?

Keep your eyes peeled for weekly home learning activities and important websites and documents for you to read and have a go with at home – to begin with please see Link: Powerpoint – What our learning looks like in Reception

Below is a link to a document created by Wigan Local Authority, it is an interactive guide on how to prepare your child for starting school! This is a great document to read over the next few weeks, as it will give you lots of ideas on what you can do at home, and it will give you insight as to what ‘Reception Ready’ looks like! Link: I’m Starting School!

I find the CBeebies webiste great for parents and carers, when preparing your child for Primary School. https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/how-to-prepare-your-child-for-primary-school

Below is a very useful document that explains the milestones in your children’s lives and at what ages they should be achieving them. From pages 20-31, it will discuss the milestones children will reach in Reception class, it also gives fun and interactive activities on how you can work towards achieving those milestones. At each Parent’s Afternoon meeting, I will give you a copy of this important document as I think it is a great tool when understanding your child’s development at home and in school. Link: What to expect when Parent’s Guide

Home Learning Activities 

In this section of our Reception Class 2020/2021 page, I will be updating activities for your child to have a go at at home. These activities will help to prepare your child for starting school. If your child finds some activities tricky, then really focus on practicing these activities over Summer – I  would love to see any activities completed on our Dojo page!

Home Learning Activities – please click link to find 9 activities!

Read Write Inc Handwriting Rhymes and Characters – this will help with the writing and formation of letters and sounds.


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Useful Websites

Below you will find websites that we use daily in Reception, they are fantastic at home learning tools! In Reception we are in the Early Years, so please search for Early Years sections on each site to access interactive at home learning. 

Cbeebies Alphablocks episodes https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/alphablocks

Phonics Play https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/

Letters and Sounds http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/

White Rose Maths https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/

Top Marks https://www.topmarks.co.uk/

BBC iplayer Numberblocks episodes https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b08bzfnh/numberblocks

Other Websites

Twinkl https://www.twinkl.co.uk/home-learning-hub

Cbeebies https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies