Welcome to Reception! 

Your teachers are Miss Hodgson, Mrs Donly, Mrs Butters and Mrs Doherty.



Reading books are changed on a Monday 

PE is on Monday and Friday 

Homework is sent home on Fridays to be returned on Mondays

Please leave a named water bottle, wellies and waterproof coat in school at all times.


Important dates:

School reopens- Monday 8th January @ 8.50am

Finish for half term- Friday 16th Feb 



Our new topic for weeks 3-5 of Spring term 1 is "Animals"



We will be exploring the weird and wonderful arctic, sea and desert animals and learning about how they are well suited to their habitat.

 Please help me find out more about our topic by helping me to complete homework, searching for information on the internet at home or by visiting the library.

In Maths we will begin subtracting two single digits together using numbers up to 10, then 20 and become more secure at ordering/sequencing numbers to 20 and finding 1 more and 1 less than a given number.

In literacy, we will work on our understaning of how non-fiction and information texts are structured; using the contents page, glossary and index page to find out the information we would like to know. We will use these new facts and information as a catalyst for our writing. 


Class events:






Here is a sneaky peek at our topics...

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1



-people who are special to me

-people who help us (visitors?)

-learning about what I am good at

-introduction to the curriculum

-our friends and the disciples





-exploring changes around us



Witches and Wizards






Nativity story and Christmas





Polar animals-Lost and found/non fiction books

Wild animals-The bear hunt story and non fiction

Chinese New Year-animal calendar

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2


The Hungry Caterpillar

A frog's lifecycle-Non fiction

Look out for the big bad fish story

(World Book Day, Mother's Day, St Patrick's Day)




What the ladybird heard story

Food on the farm

Lifecycle of a tomato plant


Eddie's sunflower story

lifecycle of a flowering plant

 (St George's Day)


 Sports and culture from around the world


Handa's surprise

FIFA World Cup countries

Spanish Day

Father's Day



Our curriculum is unique. The 'Early Years Foundation Stage' Curriculum enables children to develop the skills needed to become happy, successful and life long learners. Click the link to find out more about the Early Years Curriculum- Early Years Development Matters Document

The children access the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum through a mixture of adult directed and child initiated activites. Our activites are completed in both our inside and outside classroom so please ensure your child is is equipped for the weather each day!

We plan in line with the chidlren's observed interests and wecome you to let us know if there is something at home that your child has expressed a particular interest in.

Please feel free to approach us with any ideas, expertise and/or resources you would like to share!


How can you help at home?

Reading books are changed once weekly. Your child will be given a reading book to take home for the week. These books are designed to develop different reading skills and will be given to your child with regards to the next steps in their reading development. You can read it together, talk about what is happening/what might happen next and you can take it out again to see if your child can remember what happens and sequence the events.


  • Practise letter sounds and key words as often as possible. 

  • Read a range of books - go to the library and let your child choose books that interest them.

  • Talk about the stories that you/ your child read/s.

  • Look out for the sounds and words that your child has been learning in books or in the environment.


  • Let your child observe you writing for a range of purposes e,g shopping lists, postcards, letters, cards etc

  • Give your child opportunities to write - let them write the shopping list!

  • Encourage your child to form the letters correctly.


  • Talk about time - what time they get up, go to school etc.

  • Give them the experience of money when out shopping.

  • Look for numbers and shapes in the environment.


Important Information

We are currently advertising for a Caretaker post. More details can be found here: http://www.st-cuthberts.manchester.sch.uk/news/post/230/caretaker-post.aspx


Message from the Headteacher

Dear Friends

The prayer of which Bishop John has always asked us to say is

“Stay with us, Lord, On our Journey”

This is so appropriate for all of us here in St. Cuthbert’s School Community as we embark on our special journey of making the school Outstanding. The prayer is written throughout the school and is a constant reminder and prompt that all that we do in serving this community is done with the help of the Lord.

May we be generous in embracing change and always be sensitive to one another as we take the next step on our Journey together with the Lord.

God Bless,