St John the Baptist
Church of England Primary School

Foundation Stage

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Meet the Foundation Stage Team

The Teachers in Reception are Mrs Duffill and Mrs Gibbons

Mrs Rangeley, Mrs Lyon and Mrs Beardwell are the Teaching Assistants, additional support is also given by Mrs Bejnarowicz and Mrs Banks.


Welcome to Term 6 at St John's.


Our current topics are 'Down on the Farm', 'Minibeasts' and 'Pirates'

During our Down on the Farm topic we will be:

  • Going on a trip to Sacrewell Farm.
  • Using photos from our trip to support writing a recount of our visit.
  • Sharing the story of Farmer Duck, sequencing pictures, and reading sentences to match to the correct pictures.
  • Problem solving with animals. Using a number line to help with addition and subtraction, and sharing them equally between fields.
  • Learning in our garden centre role-play area.

During our Minibeast topic we will be:

  • Reading fiction and non-fiction books about different creatures.
  • Leaerning about the life cycle of a butterfly.
  • Problem solving with doubling and halving.
  • Looking for bugs in our nature area and bug hotels.
  • Learning songs about minibeasts.
  • Identifying the different parts of insects.

During our Pirates topic we will be:

  • Playing in our pirate themed cafe role play.
  • Making our own summer fruit salad in the curriculum kitchen.
  • Building our own boats in the outdoor area.
  • Solving mathematical problems with treasure.
  • Writing our own pirate themed stories.
  • Making models of pirate ships and treasure chests using recycled products.


At the beginning of each new topic check your child's book bag for a curriculum information 'flyer' that explains the focus for the different curriculum areas.

It is also available on the Parents Notice Board in our outdoor learning area.



 How the Reception Unit works at St John's

Children are not put into traditional classes until much later in the year. We put the children into 4 different colour groups (also their tray and peg colours) so that the children rotate around the two teachers and teaching assistants. This way the children make lots of new friends and get to know all the adults really well. The unit is 'free flow', allowing children to learn both inside and outside, as well as being free to go between both the classrooms and into the creative area. If you have any questions about the way we work as a unit, please feel free to come and see any of the Reception staff.Check the parents notice board located on the outside wall near to the classroom door for new topics or information. All the information will also be put here on our website page.  


If you have any questions, queries or worries please see one of the Reception Team - staff are available at the beginning and end of every day. 

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We made stir fry for Chinese New Year


Our nativity show is almost ready for an audience! If you have any tickets that you do not think you will use, please hand them to Mrs Rangeley on the gate so that they can be reissued.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Staying healthy in Recpetion

Reception children have been learning about how we can look after our bodies by eating healthy foods and exercising regularly. Here we are running on our all weather track.

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