St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Thame

Inspired to be our best.....

New to Reception 2020

New! Welcome video September 2020

Welcome to our school!  Please find a range of documents and information to support your child's transition to our school.  If you need any support please do give us a call - 01844 214278 and we will be happy to help. 

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September 2020

Here We Are Topic Web - Reception

12 -16 October

Last Friday the children put out some dog food for the hedgehogs. On Monday morning the children checked on the plate to see that the dog food was gone. The hedgehog had a feast and we had some very excited children. After reading a story about hedgehogs the children decided that they needed to make houses for them so they would have somewhere to hibernate. The next morning the children got a letter from the hedgehog to tell them that he really enjoyed his house, although he was feeling a bit lonely and thought he needed some friends to keep him company for when he hibernates.

 The children made leaf hedgehogs and some wonderful hedgehogs out of clay.

We have been learning about the number 4 in so many different ways. How can you make a number 4? Can you spot any around your house? What is one more than 4? What is one less than 4?   We have been guessing how many pieces of treasure are hidden under the cups, sorting the number of wheels on vehicles and playing number bingo. We have had some very proud moments when we realised how we could write and use the number in different ways.  We even found number 4 and our sounds all over our bikes and we needed to wash them away. 

We have been learning the ‘s’ sound this week and new words ‘of’ and ‘my’ and also some fantastic blending to read words with the help of Fred the frog. He has been amazed with the children in their phonics work and can’t wait to visit them again next week. 

 Some fantastic achievements this week from home learning from learning to ride their own bikes to climbing mountains. It’s lovely to hear what the children are getting up to outside of school too. 

 The children have worked so hard this week and Mrs Dale and Mrs Horner are feeling extremely proud of each and every one of them.

5- 9 October

Some wonderful learning has been going on this week from reading, writing, learning new sounds and fun with the number 3! Can you spot any number threes around your house, or on any doors you might pass?

We have been learning all about how important it is to brush your teeth. The children have been brushing bacteria (wipeable pen) from teeth to prevent any cavities.  We've been painting with toothbrushes, using dice games to fill the mouths with teeth, and making playdough teeth to match the numbers. The Dentist's surgery was fully booked with appointments this week!

We have also been looking after our wild life and making bird feeders. We were delighted to have a picture of one of our bird feeders being thoroughly enjoyed in your garden, thank you! We are also working with Year 1 to look after hedgehogs and both classes have put out some dog food for the hedgehogs to enjoy this weekend.

28 Sept -2 October 

Well done to everyone in Reception this week. We've had confident, smiling children coming in in the mornings, they have taken on our Rainbow of challenges, managed to survive a very rainy Friday and are getting so much better at learning each other's names.

Our Rainbow of Challenges sets the children six challenges and they put the correct coloured stick in their pot when they complete it. I wonder how many will get six sticks in their pot next week?


The mud kitchen moved under the shelter today and the children found out how much sand and how much mud would make the perfect mud pie!

We've been busy programming beebots to park on the right number in the car park. What a bunch of pros they were!

Things were looking serious for our skeleton puzzle, until our merry band  of doctors and nurses came to the rescue!

Not only have the children been making us proud, but we know they are making their families proud too. We were delighted to put up this magnificent work of art on our proud wall, that was completed at home. Do let us know if your child does something special to make you proud, send us a note or a picture and we would love to celebrate it in class with the children.

21 -25 September

This week we have been exploring our emotions through the book, The Colour Monster . The children loved listening to 'The Angry Song' and they thought of so many brilliant ways to help cheer ourselves up when we are angry, I'm sure we could all use some of these ideas!

  • Being tickled
  • Having a hug
  • Listening to a story
  • Going for a walk
  • Playing with your favourite toy
  • Having your back stroked
  • Having a rest on your bed

We have also been appreciating our world and all the wonders of creation. The children have made a lovely video to show the things they love and are thankful for...


14 -18 September

What a special week we have had - busy, fun and exciting! It has been great to have all the children together, and they have been amazing in their capacity to take on new routines, make new friends, try new activities and food and do their very best to share and listen and smile!

The children have been exploring magnets, shells, the sandpit for treasure...and cheerios!


We have loved exploring space as part of our Here We Are work. The children have painted planets, made space glitter numbers, created aliens and even made rockets that flew!

Week 1

We are delighted to have finally met each and everyone of our fabulous new class in person and we are already getting to know them after their short visits. This week we have been super impressed with how grown up and brave they were and how they came into school on their on. 

 We can't wait to get to know them even more next week as we all join together as a class. Already we are seeing some amazing qualities such as sharing, caring, laughing and playing together. We can't wait to see this develop more and see where their learning will take us. 

But if you are walking near Cuttlebrook, watch out because there may be pirates about!

Links and Support Information for Transition 

Am I ready for Reception - Top Tips for Parents and Carers - Click here

You may be interested in the following link to a BBC bitesize page with guidance and videos to support starting primary school: