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Catholic Voluntary Academy

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Please see the documents at the bottom of this page for our curriculum letters/ Foundation updates/important and useful documents.


Star of the week

Each week Mrs Knight, Miss Marshall and I will choose a child to be 'star of the week.' This is a very important job for the whole week as they do lots of important jobs like taking the register to the office and doing helpful tasks in the classroom. On Monday the chosen child will talk to the class about themselves, show their favourite toys and important photographs which are special to them. This time is very special to the children as they build confidence in talking in front of their friends.
Letters are sent out on Friday's for the following week.

The 'Star of the week' this week is...TBC

Come and See

Our topic is Myself.

During the first few weeks, we are learning to...

talk about the importance of our name, family name and God's name.

We will find out about one another; talk about and recognise why it is important to have a name. 


Our topic is numbers.

This week, we are learning to...


recognise and count out objects to 10.



We will be learning all about Nursery Rhymes.

We will start the year looking at familiar nursery that the children have learnt at nursery.




To support our teaching of phonics, a website you may wish to visit with your child is
On this website you will find a parent section as well as lots of games your children will love to play.

Once the children have settled into the daily routine of school life, we will begin our daily phonics sessions.

We will begin at phase 2 where we will teach the children phonemes (the sound the letter makes) and graphemes (what the letter looks like in the written form).





We will be reading with the children once a week. Please check your child's orange reading diary to see when they will be reading. Please ensure you keep your child's reading book and reading diary in your child's book bag at all times.

Every time your child reads, please write in their reading diary along with a comment. We will be reading twice in school; individual reading and guided group reading.
If you read a total of five times a week, this includes reading sessions in school, your child will receive a stamp on the grid in the front of their diary.
For every 25 stamps, your child will be presented with a reading certificate.

It is very important your child reads their school reading book at least 4 times to build up their skills and confidence.

Please ensure that reading books and your child's orange reading diary is kept in their book bags at all times.

Thank you.

Please see the link below to see videos of everything we have been learning by clicking onto the 'Class Reception' tab.

You will also see lots of videos of the class of 2017 under this tab as well as our own.


Once the children have settled into a routine, we will begin our P.E sessions.

Please ensure that your child has a PE kit in school with their name clearly labelled on each item of clothing. 

Thank you.



If you are able to spare a few hours of your time to help in Reception, it would be grately appreciated; reading, baking and general support within the classroom.

Please let me know if you are able to help.
Thank you for your support in advance.

A big thank you to those parent helpers who have been in class to help.



Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th September 2017 - INSET DAYS -

All children to start school on Thursday 7th September 2017. The school gates open at 8:35am and school begins at 8:45am


Roald Dahl Day - Wednesday 13th September 2017 – We will based our play around Roald Dahl and look at some of the books he wrote

New Parents Coffee Afternoon – Wednesday 20th September 2017 at 2:30pm

Macmillan coffee afternoon – Wednesday 27th September 2017 at 2:30pm

Holy Cross is 50 – 50th Birthday Celebrations week begins Monday 2nd October 2017 and ends on Friday 6th October 2017 with a 60s fashion show

Bishop Patrick to visit for our 50th – Thursday 5th October at 2pm

60s fashion show to end our 50th Birthday Celebrations in the hall on Friday 6th October 2017 at 9am

School Photographer – Tuesday 10th October 2017

School closed – Thursday 12th October 2017 due to local elections

Harvest Mass – Friday 13th October 2017

Parents Evening – Tuesday 17th October 2017 and Wednesday 18th October 2017 – 4pm to 7pm

Inset Day – Friday 20th October 2017

October half-term – Monday 23rd October 2017 – Friday 27th October 2017

Back to school – Monday 30th October 2017

All Saints Day – Wednesday 1st November 2017

Remembrance Day Activities – Friday 10th November 2017

Anti-Bullying Week – Monday 13th November 2017 – Anti-Bullying Day Activities – Wednesday 15th November 2017

Opening Morning for potential parents - Wednesday 15th November 2017

Nativity performance – Tuesday 19th December 2017 at 1:45pm and 6pm

Christmas Fair – Wednesday 20th December 2017

Christmas party – Thursday 21st December 2017

Inset day – Monday 26th February 2018

World Book Day – Thursday 1st March 2018 – Dress as your favourite book character

Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations and activities – Friday 16th March 2018 - come to school dressed in green

Parents Evening – Tuesday 20th March 2018 and Wednesday 21st March 2018 – 4pm to 7pm

Saint George’s Day celebrations and activities – Monday 23rd April 2018 - come to school dressed in red and white

Inset day – Monday 18th June 2018

Congratulations Assembly – Friday 20th July 2018 at 9am


Foundation Graduation - July 2018 at 2pm - all parents/carers are invited to the ceremony in The Forest Kingdom.

Monday 23rd July 2018 at 2pm