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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...Sophia

Come and See

Our topic is Myself.

We are learning to... talk about and recognise who we are, our names, our family names and God's name. We think about why our names are important and what the meaning of having a name is. We will also find out about one another, our families and God's family. 



Our topic is shape


This week, we are learning to...


find out what shape names we know and if we can use

the shapes to make a shape picture!




Our topic is make marks and give meanings to marks.



We will be learning how to...

make marks

draw pictures and give meanings to them

recognise and write our first names

recognise and write our full names 


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 will revise Phase 1 phonics in our first few weeks to ensure a smooth transition from your child's previous setting.

We will be exploring sounds and finding out what the children already know.


Once the children are settled in the daily routine and when they are ready, we will begin Phase 2 phonics 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 begin with the following phonemes:

s a t p i n m d g o c k

We will also learn 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 will provide each child with a phonics game to support to recognition and application of their letters and sounds.





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)  and online books (Bug Club). Once I have set up user accounts for the children I will send out a letter with all the information and login details you need to access these apps.

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.