Welcome to Oak Class Page

Autumn 2023


The Reception staff would like to welcome all the children and their families who have started Reception this academic year. It has been wonderful to see all the pupils wearing their uniform with pride and greeting friends and staff with happy smiles, kind words and good manners. We have had an excellent start to the year already. The glorious weather has allowed us to enjoy the beautiful outdoor spaces of our school and keep active, while getting to know the daily routines of Reception.



If you need any support or would like to discuss how we can best work in partnership to support your child in school, we are always here to help. Your class teacher is always the first point of contact, followed by Mr. Gilroy as EYFS Lead. For any advice on special educational needs, it may be appropriate, after speaking with the class teacher, to also contact Mrs. Whitehead, who is our school Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENDCO).

Smaller queries can often be answered at drop off times, however, for more private conversations, or those that may take a little longer, please make an appointment by discussing this with the teacher or calling the school office instead.

Please be advised that collection time is a very busy time, and not a time when we can give you our full attention.

Mr. Gilroy: Reception Teacher (Elm), Acting Assistant Headteacher, EYFS Lead, English Subject Lead,

Miss. Unsworth: Reception Teacher (Oak)

Mrs. Lamb: LSA (learning support assistant)

Mrs Condliff: LSA

Miss. Jones: LSA

Miss. Jenkins: LSA

Mrs. Latimer: HLTA

Mrs. Seddon: PPA cover (covers classes in reception while teachers plan and prepare for teaching)

Mrs Gillin: PPA cover


Good attendance and punctuality are vital, not only for learning, but also to help pupils settle into their new school routine, make friends and grow in confidence.

Each week, every class with 100% attendance is rewarded with a voucher, which can be spent to celebrate the achievement in whatever way the class decides. In Reception we are fiercely competitive- help us to be the best by being in school every day and on time!

Our classroom door opens at 8.45am for the start of the day and collection time is at 3.10 pm.

Autumn Curriculum Coverage

English Book 1: The Everywhere Bear

Writing Outcomes: Retell a story and construct sentences.

Book 2: The Star in the Jar

Writing Outcomes: Retell a story and construct information sentences.


Maths Match, sort, and compare, Measure and Patterns, Subitising to 5, Circles and Triangles, Shapes with 4 sides.
Phonics Read individual letters by saying the sounds for them.

Blend sounds into short words

Read some letter groups that each represent one sound and say sounds for them.

Read some common exception words.

RE Myself, Welcome, Celebrating Difference, Birthdays, Hanukkah, Diwali
Understanding the World Past and Present, Changing seasons, Bonfire Night – Guy Fawkes, Remembrance Day, Earth and Space, Features of Earth, Augmented Reality.
Communication and Language Listening and talking, new vocabulary, asking questions, sentence structure, listening, talking about and understanding stories.
Expressive Arts and Design Mixed Material Artwork, Andy Goldsworthy – Natural art, Kandinsky.
Personal, Social, Emotional Development Being Me in My World, Celebrating difference.
Physical Development Fundamentals – Movement.



Learning to read is one of the most important things that children will learn during their time at St Teresa of Lisieux, we will begin teaching your child to read straight away by teaching them letter sounds.

Each week, your child will bring home a set of sound cards to practise and some ‘green words’ that contain these sounds.

Please practise these as often as possible at home, in order to give your child the best possible start. Your child will receive a blue home-school reading record. Please help us by writing in this when they have practiced their letter sounds at home. This record should be kept in your child’s bag each day so that staff can also keep a record of hearing your child read.


Books we will be exploring as part of the English curriculum this term

The Everywhere Bear – By Rebecca Cobb

Star in the Jar – By Sam Hay



Developing strong readers is our priority. Soon, your child will bring home a weekly Read Write Inc Storybook in line with their reading stage. Reading each day, with your child at home, will help to accelerate learning and help your child to grow in confidence. Please help us by writing in the blue home-school reading record when you read with your child, keeping the home school partnership strong.

Here are some Reception book recommendations, which you can enjoy reading at home with your child in addition to the ones we send home weekly.

More information on reading, and the rest of the curriculum, can be

found on our school website. https://www.stteresaoflisieux.co.uk/

Remember to also follow our Twitter page and keep up with what

we are doing on our class pages on the school website.

Twitter: @reception_STOL


Class messages…

Reception PE is on a Monday. Children should come to school wearing their PE kit.

Book bags are the only bags allowed in school as we have no space to fit other bags such as rucksacks. Books bags should be brought to school every day.

Children should bring a water bottle to drink throughout the day, this should not contain fizzy or juice drinks.

Your child’s clothing, bags and bottles should all be labelled with their names.

We kindly ask for a £1 donation per week to help to cover the cost of snacks.


Dates of interest

Tuesday 26th September European day of languages Non-Uniform- including colours of a country’s flag
Friday 29th September Liverpool Maths Party Day Fun Maths activities in school
October Black History Month



The theme this year: The Importance of Black Resistance
Sunday 1st October


Feast of St Teresa Feast of St Teresa will be marked in school with pupils.
Monday 2-8th October Dyslexia awareness week


Raising awareness
Wednesday 4th October Walk to school day


Promoting being ACTIVE
Friday 6th October National Cerebral palsy day Raising awareness
Friday 6th October


CAFOD Harvest day

National Poetry day

Year 2 Boys Football (LSSP)-

more information to follow

Last day for all food donations to be brought in

Poetry theme this year is the experience of being a refugee


Tuesday 10th October World Mental Health day


Raising awareness and promoting wellbeing
Monday 16th October Children’s Nasal Spray Nursery – Year 6


Permission forms went out via a link to complete
Wednesday 18th October Parents’ meeting More information will follow
Thursday 26th October


School photograph day


Big smiles and full uniform needed
Friday 27th October


Finish for half term


Disco in school- more information will follow

Curriculum Overview

Recommended Reading Books for Reception


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