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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.

Congratulations on the birth of Coco (17:28 Wednesday 21st March 2018) and on Thursday 22nd March 2018 the hatching of Lola (05:30) Rainbow (14:30) and Alex (15:45).

We also had another two chicks hatch in the early evening, Thursday 22nd March 2018, yet to be named by the children.

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...Kudiwa

Come and See

Our topic is Growing.

We are learning to... talk about and recognise how we grow to love one another, our friends and family and Jesus. Also, how we grow to love one another more so during Lent. 



Our topic is weight and height.


This week, we are learning to...


measure and order height,

using words; short, shorter, shortest, tall, taller, tallest



Fiction books



We will be learning all about traditional tales, focusing on how they begin and end. We are also learning to tell stories using actions.  

We will also be focusing on our writing linked to our topic; writing and applying our phonic knowledge, writing captions and short sentences, story writing and what makes a traditional tale a traditional 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 w x qu sh ch th ng

ai ee igh oa oo (short as in 'u') ar or ow oi ear

The next few digraphs will be phase 3:

air er

We have learnt the following tricky words: (words that cannot be sounded out and are sight words)

I no go to the into he she we me be was my you are

all like have said they there





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.

Thank you for logging onto Active Learn Primary to access maths games and online books. As outlined in our January newsletter, I will assign at least one new maths game on Abacus and a online book on Bug Club. 


 and K e y w o r d s

All of the children are doing well with their games. 

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.)

Keywords are made up of words tricky words and high frequency words.

The children need to be able to recognise the sounds/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.


K e y w o r d s

 Once the children can write their full names independently without looking at their name cards, I will give them a set of keywords to learn to spell in a yellow keyword book. Our keywords are linked to Bingo word sets. Bingo games focus on the reading of word and the yellow keyword book focuses on the spelling.

The children may be able to read more keywords than they can spell, for example, they may be on Bingo word 3 and learning to spell set 2 keywords.


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.

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.


Inset day – Monday 26th February 2018

World Book Day – Thursday 1st March 2018 – come to school dressed as your favourite book character

Hucknall Library for Book Week - Friday 2nd March 1 pm - parent helpers needed

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

Our Class Mass - Friday 16th March 2018 at 2:30pm

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