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Holy Cross Primary

Catholic Voluntary Academy

Loved, Valued, Challenged


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 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 making important decisions, going 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...Willow

Come and See

Our topic is Birthday.

We are learning to... talk about and recognise what birthday is, how we celebrate a birthday but most important of all, think bout Jesus' Birthday and and how we celebrate His Birthday. We will think about waiting and counting down to His Birthday during Advent and what Advent means.  



Our topic counting out objects to at least 5, then 10 from a group


This week, we are learning to...


recognise numbers to 10

count out objects up to 10 from a larger group

challenge - can we separate a group of 10 objects in a

different number of ways?




Our topic is make marks and give meanings to marks we make.

hears and says initial sounds.

attempts to write labels, captions and short sentences in a meaningful context  



We will be learning how to...

recognise and write our full names

draw people without stick arms and legs

begin to write initial sounds and CVC words


super challenge - write a simple sentence and read it back to an adult 


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.

We have completed our revision on Phase 1 phonics whilst playing lots of listening and sound games, as well as singing lots of nursery rhymes we know too! 


We have been working on our letters and sounds for the past few weeks and have become more confident recognising them too. We have learnt phonemes (the sound the letter makes) and graphemes (what the letter looks like in the written form). So far, we have learnt the following phonemes:

s a t p i n m d g o c k e u r ck h l b f/ff ss ll

We have also learnt the following tricky words:

(words that cannot be sounded out and are sight words)

I no go to the into

To go alongside their phonics, I have now provided each child with a phonics game to support to recognition and application of their letters and sounds in a fun and playful way.





We will be reading with the children once a week. We will begin using picture books to encourage the children's speaking and listening skills. We will ask them who, where, why and what questions about the reading books they have been given. 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 (guided reading will begin once the children are settled.)
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.

Our school is registered with Active Learn Primary, apps where the children can access maths games (Abacus), online books (Bug Club) and an app to help with recognition of sounds and spelling (Spelling Shed) too.

I have now set up user accounts for the children and have assigned the children games and books. These will be added to your child's account each Friday to be completed for the following Friday. Thank you.

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

or scan the QR code above.

You will also see lots of videos of the Class of 2017 and Class of 2018 under this tab as well as our own.


We will begin PE sessions when the children are ready. Please ensure that when these sessions begin, your child has a PE kit in school with their name clearly labelled on each item of clothing. 

Thank you.



Half-Term – Monday 29th October to Friday 2nd November 2018 – back to school Monday 5th November

Remembrance Week – Monday 5th to Friday 9th November 2018 – lots of activities as a school to mark the centenary of the end of WWI

Class Reception collect a Christmas Tree – Friday 30th November 2018. Letters to be sent nearer the time.

Christmas Jumper Day – Friday 14th December 2018.

Nativity – Monday 17th December 2018 at 2pm and 6pm. Information will be sent nearer the time.

Christmas Party – Wednesday 19th December 2018



Thursday 4th April 2019 - Visit to Pizza Express AM only. Letters will be sent out nearer the time.


Class Reception Graduation – Monday 22nd July 2019 at 2pm.