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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...Finlay

Come and See

Our topic is Birthday.

We are learning to... talk about and recognise how we prepare and celebrate a birthday. We will learn about the Nativity story and why we celebrate Christmas. We will find out about how to prepare for Jesus' birthday and, talk about and recognise why the season of Advent is so important.


Our topic is Addition.

This week, we are learning to...


recognise how to count out the correct number of objects and to the number they already have.



Percy and the Park Keeper


We will be learning all about talk about and name the characters in the story, retell and order the story. 


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 started our phonics session just before the half-term holidays and started at phase 2 where we have been teaching the children 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 b l/ll ss z/zz f/ff j v

The next few phonemes will be: w x qu





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.

Your child has also been given a reading challenge which they chose;

Rainbow Magic or Beast Quest. Their aim is to complete the game by 1st December to receive a special certificate.


and K e y w o r d s

All of the children have been given a game which we will check these every 2 weeks and change them when necessary.

Some children are learning to recognise their sounds by sight

(there are 4 sound games) and some children are learning to recognise their tricky and high frequency keywords by sight (there are 10 word games which are made up of tricky words - words that cannot be sounded out - and high frequency keywords - words that can be sounded out.)

The children need to be able to recognise the sounds and words by sight, without having to think about what the sound or word is. When the children can do this, we will then change their game accordingly.

Please ensure you keep your child's Bingo game is kept in your child's book bag at all times.

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 under this tab as well as our own.


Craft Club QR code

Please scan the QR code below to see our photos of all of the things that we have made.

As the children have now settled into the daily routine, we have started 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.



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 Mass – Thursday 5th October at 2pm

60s fashion show to end our 50th Birthday Celebrations in the hall on Friday 6th October 2017 at 9am - come to school dressed in 60s style clothing

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

Monday 6th November 2017 at 3:45pm in Class 4 - Assessment Workshop - All welcome

Remembrance Day Activities – Friday 10th November 2017

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

Monday 13th November 2017 at 3:45pm in Class 4 - Phonics Workshop - All welcome

Opening Morning for potential parents - Wednesday 15th November 2017

Monday 20th November 2017 at 3:45pm in Class 4 - Mathematics Workshop - All welcome

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 – come to school dressed 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