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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...Ford

Come and See

Our topic is Friends.

We are learning to... talk about and recognise what a friend is; how friends treat one another, how Jesus is our friend and who His friends are. We will also learn about why Jesus' friends are so special and

why they are called disciples..  




Our topic is adding by counting on 


This week, we are learning to...


recognise numbers to at least 10, 20 and then beyond

Add by counting on and putting the biggest number in head

writing number sentences

challenge - can we show different ways to make 10

using objects in our environment?




Our topic is books linked to continents

This week, we look at...tbc




We will be learning how to...

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

attempt to write short sentences using capital letters,

finger spaces and full stops


super challenge - write a story 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 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

j v w x qu sh ch th ng ai ee igh oa oo(as in u) and oo (long sound as in moon) ar or oi ur ow ear air ure er

We have also learnt the following tricky words:

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

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

what when all they like about 

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.


Monday 3rd June 2019 - inset day

Celebrations Assembly – Wednesday 24th July 2019 at 9am.

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