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St Mary's R.C. Primary School


Hemming Drive, Manchester, Lancashire M30 0FJ


01617 894532




                                                       "We Respect, We Value, We Share" 


Autumn Term

Over the past few weeks we have been reading The Gruffalo story. We loved finding out about all the different characters. We found out that the gruffalo lives in a deep dark wood with lots of trees so we went on an adventure to see what trees we could find. We were able to find lots of different shapes and colours on our hunt.

 We had great fun making our gruffalo footprint cakes and they tasted so delicious.



Welcome to Reception and the start of an exciting new school year! We hope you all had a wonderful summer holiday. We have had a great start so far this term welcoming six new friends to our class. The children have been busy exploring their new classroom and have also helped the nursery children to find their way around the foundation stage outside areas.

We thought it would be useful to tell you about some of the things that we do in Reception Class and how you can best support your child. We will be offering parents information sessions on Wednesday 25th September. These are designed to help inform you a little more about what will be happening this year. Further information regarding these sessions will follow shortly. Your involvement and interest in your child’s education is most welcome and encouraged.

Thank you for all the effort which has gone into preparing your child for the start of the new term. Please ensure that you label all clothing with your child’s name, including shoes and PE kits.

Water Bottles
The children so far have been very good at remembering to bring a water bottle into school each day. We encourage them to have a drink of water on a regular basis throughout the morning and afternoon.

Collecting and dropping off
Please can you ask your child to stay with you in the morning and not play with the foundation stage equipment. The playground area is small and very busy especially in the mornings and accidents can easily happen.

Reception Fund
Can I thank the Parents who have kindly donated towards the Reception fund. The generosity of your voluntary donations is much appreciated and helps to enrich the Reception curriculum. This can be paid online using parent pay £40 for the year. If you wish to pay in smaller instalments please speak to Mrs Knox in the office.

 Home Time Safe Guarding Procedures

If you are unable to collect your child at the end of the day, it is essential that you have introduced us to the other friends and family that will be coming to school, or alternately provide us with a password that can be used by anyone collecting your child.

Pray stay and play Sessions
During this term we will be inviting you into our classroom to join in with our prayer session and then stay for a play after. These sessions will take place on Thursday 17th October 9.00am -10.00am and Thursday 14th November 9.00am – 10.00am.

Christmas Nativity Play
Tuesday 17th December at 2.30pm and Wednesday 18th December at 9.15am – Parents, grandparents, carers are all welcome to come to the Foundation Stage Christmas production in the school hall. I am aware of how important this event is and ask you to put it on your calendars now! I will send out more details about costumes nearer the time.

If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to ask.

Yours faithfully

 Mrs. K. Potts                      Mrs. K.Corbett

Reception Teacher            Teaching Assistant