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 3 at St John's.


Our current topics are 'Winter' and 'Chinese New Year'

During our Winter topic we will be:

  • · Learning in our table top shop and using 1p and 2p coins to accurately pay for items
  • · Sharing the story of ‘The Snowman’ and ‘The Snowman and the Snowdog’ and using our skills of inference and deduction
  • · Calculating using snowmen - subtraction
  • · Investigating ice and doing some freezing and melting experiments
  • · Finding out about cold countries and where they are in the world

During our Chinese New Year topic we will be:

  • Find out about Chinese New Year and discuss other celebrations we already know about
  • Read and re-tell the story of Chinese New Year – 2019 Year of the pig
  • Write and paint Chinese characters & numbers
  • Write the animal names and simple sentences about Chinese New Year
  • Use the story of the Chinese New Year Animal Race to learn about ordinal numbers, order numbers and solve sorting problems
  • Explore Chinese artefacts and locate China on the globe
  • Learn how to prepare and chop vegetables safely in our cookery suite to make a vegetable stir fry – and then eat it!
  • Make Chinese Lanterns and Dancing Dragons


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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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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