Adel St John The Baptist

Reception Class

Morning Drop-off

Thank you for your support and patience in dropping your children off at school. We understand that the children entering the cloakroom independently may be quite different to what they were used to at nursery, however all children are ready to be independent in their morning routine of hanging up their things, changing in to their pumps, putting their water bottle away and entering the classroom.

3.15pm Pick-up

At 3.15pm, the children have been leaving the classroom via the ‘Garden’ door in to the Reception play area, one at a time. They are asked to sit patiently until we call their name when we can see their adult. We are getting quicker as we go! If someone new to us is picking up your child, or there is a change to the usual routine, please let us know at morning drop-off, via the office or by email.

At home-time and after school, please do not allow your children to play on the climbing frame or other equipment in the ‘Garden’ area or on the school field. This is for health and safety and insurance reasons. Thank you.

Reading Mornings

As of January 2024, Reading Mornings will be held on a Tuesday. Reading morning is an opportunity to come in to the classroom with your child and share a book together. Reading Morning will start 8.50am and finish at 9.10am.

Outdoor Learning

In Reception we love to be outside in our garden, exploring on the field or visiting our Conservation Area. We try to go outside in all weathers (and particularly enjoy the rain!) so, if you haven’t already, please provide your child with an all-in-one waterproof suit or a waterproof coat and trousers, along with wellies to avoid lovely new uniforms from becoming not-so-lovely. These would be best left in school if possible please. Please provide a named coat hanger on which we can hang the wet waterproofs! Thank you. For indoors, we ask that each child keeps their pair of pumps in school, we will send these home at the end of a term for you to check their fit. Please name everything that comes in to school. 


Reception’s PE days will be on a Tuesday & Wednesday. Please can all children come to school in their PE kit on their designated PE days. 

 Milk and Water Bottles

The children have a snack (fruit or vegetable) each day and are always encouraged to try all new foods. They will also receive cow’s milk each day until they turn 5. This will begin at the start of the children’s first full week of school, Monday 18th September. If you would prefer your child not to have milk, please let the school know. Once children are 5, their milk will need to be paid for as outlined in previous information received. Please be aware that there is a delay between your payment happening and your child being added to our school milk order. Children have access to their water bottles throughout the day and are encouraged to drink regularly. Please ensure children have their names on their water bottle and bring fresh water to school each day. The children are able to re-fill their bottle throughout the school day as needed.


After receiving a menu in your child’s book bag, please select a food choice for each day with your child and return to school the following Monday in order for us to process their lunches. Please ensure your child’s menu is named before returning them to school.

Book Bags

It is helpful if children can bring a book bag to school each day so they can bring home drawings and books etc. We would also appreciate a spare set of underwear and socks being kept in your child’s bag. This could be in a spare bag, left on your child’s peg, or inside their book bag.


Monday – Miss Griffin & Miss Smith

Tuesday- Miss Griffin & Miss Smith

Wednesday- Miss Griffin, Mrs Milne & Miss Smith

Thursday- Mrs Milne & Miss Smith

Friday- Mrs Milne & Miss Smith


As of Wednesday 13th September, you should have received your invitation to log on to ‘Tapestry’. This will be where you can see your child’s individual learning and progress recorded. Further information will be on our class page on the school website as well as weekly blog updates about our whole class learning and experiences.

Our email addresses are given below. Please be aware that we may not be able to check these when we are teaching the children but we will aim to get back to you as soon as we can.




Reception Class Blog 17th January 2024

Posted: Jan 17, 2024 by: Anna Griffin (agriffin) on: Reception Class Blog

Conservation Area

We are going to be taking part in the RSPB bird watch so this morning we got wrapped up to explore our conservation area and look for natural and human placed features which help birds to thrive. It was delightful to get out on such a crisp, bright morning. We spotted nests, log piles, insect homes, trees and bird houses.

We also spotted some signs of early spring. The daffodils are coming up and we’re going to check on the again soon.


We have been enjoying expressing ourselves through dance together. We practised skipping in time to the music and explored Handa's Surprise and Handa's Hen though dance.

Phonics - we started unit 6 this week

We have been focussing on letter formation in phonics this week.

See the j, w and z on the photographs.

We wrote the sentence ‘Get the dog to the vet.’ with a focus on leaving finger spaces between words.

Superhero Plate

We have been designing plates fit for superheroes filled with healthy foods. We used a program on Mini Mash to create them and then used our handwriting to label them.


We have been concentrating on one more and one less and started capacity.


As always, we have made use of the natural environment and have left things to freeze overnight and play with them the next day.

Thanks for coming to the Characteristics of Effective Learning meeting on Wednesday morning. Apologies again for my lateness, I had a two hour journey from Harrogate.

Reception Class Blog

Week Commencing 8th January 2024

Welcome back

This term, our topic is called Calling All Superheroes.

The children seem naturally very inquisitive and fascinated by all things superheroes. This maybe due to Spidey on CBeebies.

The learning will start with all things superheroes but will continue onto people and animals who are real life superheroes. Please see the Long Term Plan on the class page for more information.

PE – YMCA and Dance

Our PE days are Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

On Wednesdays, we will be having our expert teacher from the YMCA in Lawnswood teaching us ball skills.

As a slight change to the Long Term Plan, we will be doing Dance as our other PE session. I will hopefully share some videos of our choreography with you via Tapestry. Our first session will be based on Handa’s Surprise and the delicious fruit she encounters as part of our healthy eating learning.

Reading Books

Please write in the reading record each week if you can.

School Trip

Very excitingly, our first school trip is also coming up as part of this topic. We are off to Stockeld Park on Tuesday 5th March.

I have these adults down to help with this school trip. If any of you can no longer help, please let me know.

  1. Henry Musto’s mum
  2. Daniel’s mum
  3. Amelie’s mum
  4. Esme’s mum
  5. Kamran’s mum
  6. Jake’s mum


Just as a reminder, we have allergies in the classroom so please do not send chocolate in for birthdays (sweets are fine – preferably gelatine free).

We welcome Emma Milne to the class. She's enjoying getting to know all of the children.


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