This week’s Learning at a glance

This week’s learning in Early Years at a glance!



Learning Link: People who help us

Welcome to Reception!

We are so excited about getting to know our new St Salvatore and St William classes and we know that we have a fantastic year ahead of us.

The first thing that we will be doing is making lots of new friends, learning everyone’s names, and finding out about each other and our school.

We are also going to be learning about the people who help us in our community. Not only those we turn to in emergencies, like doctors, nurses and firefighters, but also those who help to keep everything running in our daily lives. We are looking forward to hearing which jobs you would like to find out about and are hoping that we will have some visitors to come in and tell us about their roles.

Just before the Christmas holidays we will have a special S=P+A+C+E Day to celebrate and reflect on all the learning that we have done during our first term together at St Thomas’.

Mrs Sumsion –

Mrs Wichmann –

Mrs Morgan – 

Latest Curriculum Information Booklet: 2023-24 Autumn

Curriculum Evening Presentation 2022-23: CE EYFS 

Early Literacy Evening Presentation 2022-23: Reception Early Literacy presentation

Year Group reminders

Week commencing 2nd October – Week A

Friday 6th October – Inset Day

The school will be closed due to a staff training day.

Parent Consultation Evenings

Monday 16th October is the first parent consultation evening for St. Salvatore’s Class. This one will be virtual.

St. William’s Class’ virtual parent consultation evening has been rescheduled for Wednesday 18th October. Wednesday 1st November is the second evening for both classes and this one will take place face to face. These will be available to book via SCOPAY and you only need to attend one of the appointments. Please keep an eye on your emails.

EYFS Prayer Service

Looking ahead, Friday 20th October is our Reception Prayer Service at 9am in the Infant Hall, which all parents are warmly invited to. This will last a maximum of 30 minutes.

Religious Education

Please could the children bring in a picture of their Baptism, naming ceremony or a picture of them being welcomed into your family. If you don’t have a Baptism or Christening photograph, any special photograph of them with their family as a baby is fine.


Topic: Creation and Covenant

 “I know we are all invited to be part of God’s Family.”

We will be learning how we enter God’s Family through the special celebration of Baptism.

We will be talking about our Baptism photographs (see above).

Personal, social, emotional development

We will be talking about our class rules and routines.

Literacy and Phonics

We will be learning the following new sounds: g, o, c, and k.

Communication and language

We will be talking about our families, particularly our Grandparents as it is Grandparents week this week.


Week 3 – Composition

This week, the children will explore how numbers can be composed of 1s and, from this, begin to investigate the composition of 3 and 4. Composing and de-composing numbers involves children investigating part–whole relations, e.g. seeing that 3 can be composed of 1 and 2. The children will learn from practical experience that a ‘whole’ is made up of smaller parts and is, therefore, bigger than its parts.

Understanding the World

We will be talking about the signs of Autumn we can see around our school grounds and on our journey to school.

Expressive arts and design

We will be using the season of Autumn to inspire our creativity.


MONDAY MUSIC SESSION – Feeling the beat – Whole intake

Introduction to First Thing Music – first three action songs to help us feel the beat individually, in pairs and as a class: Swing Me over the Water, Tiptoe and Here is the sea/Sea shells.

WEDNESDAY MUSIC LESSON – Feeling the Beat – whole intake

Listen and respond to sung instructions. Perform on singing chair. Work on Seesaw in pairs

Learn Cobbler Cobbler and listen to rhyme Soft Kitten. Perform actions in time with the pulse.

Physical Development (in PE)

Coordination Footwork – Developing footwork & knowledge moving with good control by keeping my head up. I can move with good balance, bending my knees to help balance. Work smoothly, work off the balls of my feet.

Home learning

The handwriting sheets this week are the letters are i, m, n and d.

Your child will need to follow the shape of the first two letters with their finger and then, using a sharp pencil, trace the four letters below, starting on the dot each time. Please return the completed named sheet every Friday.

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