St. Sebastian's R. C. Primary School



Welcome to Reception!


Your teacher will very soon be filling this page with exciting class news, pictures of things we’ve done and more.

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Class Teacher - Mrs G O'Neill

Teaching Assistants - Ms J Dickinson, Miss G Ince and Miss L Shepherd.


Click here for our 2017 Early Years Information Booklet

Click here to view 'What to expect when' - a parent guide about the Early Years



Observations play an important part of what we do in Reception. This year, we are very excited to be using an Online Learning Journal.Click on the link above to log into your personal account:


Information for parents


At St Sebastian’s RC Primary School we believe that a caring and stimulating environment is essential to the development of our children. Every child should be happy, secure and confident. We value every child as a unique individual. We provide a supportive and secure environment in which every child can flourish and learn at their own pace to achieve their potential.


The education of your child is something we aim to do in partnership with you and as such parents are always welcome to discuss their child with staff.




Children in our Reception class follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. This lays a secure foundation for future learning that is planned around the individual needs and interests of the child. They learn by playing, exploring, being active, and through creative thinking which takes place both indoors and outdoors. There is a mixture of child initiated and teacher led learning opportunities.


Children are taught the social skills of sharing and caring, following instructions and are encouraged to develop their speaking and listening skills.


There are three Prime Areas of learning and development:


  • Communications and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development


These help to develop skills in four specific areas:


  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design



EYFS outdoor learning environment 

The children enjoy exploring and learning in our newly developed outdoor area.

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How you can help your child

Please encourage your child in these ways.


Physical Development

To hold a pencil correctly     

To do jigsaws

To use scissors

To use a knife and fork


Social Development

To go to the toilet independently

To dress/undress him or herself

To fasten and unfasten their shoes and coat

To look after their own belongings

To mix with other children


Mathematical Development

To recognise and name colours, shapes, numbers.

To sort everyday objects into groups

To count sets of objects

To help in cooking activities


Language Development

To share books in a relaxed atmosphere

To be given time to talk


Post Office Trip

At the beginning  of December, the children in Reception wrote some very lengthy letter to Father Christmas asking for just a few, reasonably priced toys! As part of our Knowledge and Understanding of the World work, we decided to take a trip to our local post office to post our very important letters. We loved exploring our local environment and discussing what we could see around us as we walked. Below is a short video about our trip.

Letters to Father Christmas

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The Sleepy Shepherd

Last week, pupils and parents alike were treated to an excellent re-telling of The Christmas Story through our nativity play, The Sleepy Shepherd.  Children from our Nursery and Reception classes led superb performances which included many wonderful songs, clear confident speaking and of course lots of sleeping and snoring!  The first performance was so good that a lot of the parents came back to watch it again. The children were delighted to see so many happy, familiar faces in the audience, thank you for your support.  The Early Years staff would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

Below are photos from the performance and a short video. See if you can watch the highlights below without feeling sleepy!

The Sleepy Shepherd

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Christmas craft Afternoon

On Wednesday afternoon, we had some very excited mums and dads who couldn't wait to come into our Reception class and participate in Christmas craft activities. The children loved having their mums and dads in class and produced some wonderful Christmas craft pieces.  Surprisingly, we still have some sequins and glitter left for next year.

Thank you so much for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you at our next parent session.

Christmas craft Afternoon

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Reading is a big part of your child's curriculum in school. Please ensure your child brings their reading folder to school everyday so they can be changed when needed.

During the Autumn term, the children's love for books has been developing.  Below are just a few of the observational videos we have taken of the children enjoying books.


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Library Video

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Prayer Partners

Today, as part of our St Sebastian's day celebration, Reception meet their prayer partners.  The children in Reception had the opportunity to go upstairs and venture into unknown territory, Year 6.  They had a lovely time chatting, reading and drawing.  I know they can't wait to see them again soon. Below are the highlights from our trip to Year 6.

Prayer Partners

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Diversity Week

This week, we've had lots of fun celebrating diversity.  We've discussed what makes us special and how we all different and special.  As part of diversity week, we looked at the country France.  We learnt a lot about France by completing research, building landmarks and tasting some delicious French cheese and bread. The short film below, highlights the fun we had and the learning that took place

Diversity Week

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Stay and Play

A big thank you to all the parents who attended our Stay and Play sessions.  The children really enjoyed having their mums and dads in class playing and learning with them.  It was also a great opportunity for parents to talk to other parents, speak with the class teacher and to seek advice form Sandra, the speech and language therapist.  If you need any more advice form Sandra or have any questions please don't hesitate to come in on a Friday to speak with her.  Thank you again for coming and enjoy the half term holidays.

Stay and Play

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World Book Day

World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNSECO  as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.  Below, is a short video showing our Reception children all dressed up and joining in with the celebrations.