St Saviour C of E Primary School, Fold Rd, Radcliffe, Manchester M26 1EU


St Saviour C of E Primary School

Striving for excellence whilst caring for all

Reception Parents Welcome Message

Reception -  Spring Term 2023

Welcome to our Reception website page. We will be adding photographs on to the webpage so that you can share in what we are doing. There will also be class letters added. If you have any other ideas of things you would like to see on this page then please let myself or Mrs Hulton know.


This Reception homepage gives details about the class.

Select 'Reception Photographs' sub page from the class pages menu bar if you would like to see slideshows of photographs from class.

There is also a sub page containing all the 'Pre September' documents that were provided on the website previously as part of the pre September induction.

If you have any photographs or news from home that your child wants to share with class and put in their 'Learning Journey' file please e mail them to

Letters Home Last Term:

Click on the links below to access copies of letters that were sent home to Reception during the autumn term:

End Of Our First Week - 9.9.22

End of Week Two Note - 16.9.22

School Photo Orders + Help with PSHE Session Note! - 28.9.22

Disco and Harvest Festival Info - 4.10.22

Reception Parent Induction Questionnaire Analysis - Posted online 12.10.22

Poppy Collection Letter - 2.11.22

Odd Sock Day Monday 14th November - 10.11.22

Info on Upcoming Events - Parent's Evening, Odd Sock Day, PTA Class Hamper - 10.11.22

Nativity Arrangements Letter - 6.12.22

Nativity Stage Places - Reception - 12.12.22

Letters Home This Term:

Click on the links below to access copies of letters that have been sent home to Reception this term:

 Car Box Letter - 26.1.23

Internet Help / Activity Links / Useful Documents

Click on the links below to access internet link / documents.

Literacy, Phonics, Maths Internet Link Ideas.

Maths Internet Activity Links.

Mini Mash/Purple Mash Introduction Letter

Purple Mash Parent Introduction Guide/Letter

Mini Mash Parent Guide

Phase 2 ELS Sounds (phonemes) - How to Pronounce Each Grapheme. Click on the following link:

Phase 3 ELS Sounds (phonemes/digraphs/trigraphs) - How to Pronounce Each Grapheme. Click on the following link:

ELS Letter Formation Rhymes.

Early Learning Goals - An A4 sheet which outlines all the Early Learning Goals.

Development Matters Objectives For Each Area of Learning - Birth - Reception - Produced by Twinkl

Welcome From Percy.


Hi it is Percy here again!

Can you believe it is already the second term in Reception? This is one of my favourite terms because I get to eats lots of food. We taste some Chinese food when the class learn all about Chinese New Year and I am not sure if the children know, but one type of Chinese food we try is green seaweed!

Our key topics are toys and Africa. I love both of these because we will be playing with old and new toys and then I get to see some of my animal friends from different areas of Africa.

The week when the children make African drums always seems to give Mrs Bowman and Mrs Hulton a headache. I cannot think why! The magic carpet trips in PE always seem to make up for the headaches though. I think they secretly enjoying travelling to Africa on the magic carpet, more than the children.

Anyway I had better go now and hunt out my favourite toy to show reception. Keep checking the photographs on this website and Twitter. Mrs Bowman puts as many on as she can so you can keep up to date with what we have all been doing.

Speak to you again next term.


Percy xxx

Meet The Staff

Mrs Bowman - Class teacher.        Mrs Spencer-Peck - Teaching Thursday Afternoons.      Mrs Hulton (full time) + Mrs Meachem (Wed' afternoons) Teaching Assistants


Early Years Policy, Curriculum Intent Statement + EYFS Yearly Curriculum Map

Below, there is a link to the 'Early Years Policy', the EYFS Curriculum Intent Statement and the yearly curriculum map for Reception.

We now follow the White Rose maths planning as a school. We use the long term overview that they provide, as an outline and then use a combination of their lesson plans and our own resources. The fourth link below will take you to the Reception part of the White Rose website.

Early Years Policy - January 2023

St Saviour EYFS Curriculum Intent Statement - 2022 2023

Reception Yearly Curriculum Map - 2022 2023

EYFS White Rose Maths Overview.

Termly Coverage Overviews 

There is a copy of our Spring Term coverage sheet below. This outlines some of the objectives we will be covering in class this term.

The second document below, gives more of an outline of the types of activities that will be undertaken across the term.


Below are downloadable copies of the termly coverage overviews and activity overviews for the previous Autumn and Summer Term:


 Autumn Activity Coverage Sheet 22.docxDownload
 Autumn Coverage Sheet 22.docxDownload
 Summer Activities Coverage Sheet 23.docxDownload
 Summer Coverage Sheet 23.docxDownload
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Phonics and Reading Books in Reception.

Phonics - We deliver 'Essential Letters and Sounds' (from the start of the Summer Term 2022). 

Essential Letters and Sounds is a Systematic Synthetic Phonics (SSP) programme which has been validated by the Department of Education

There are two links below which lead you to videos which help demonstrate how to pronounce each sound (phoneme) correctly. This is then followed by a PowerPoint which introduces the 'Essential letters and Sounds' scheme and gives parents an overview to the scheme.

Phase 2 ELS Sounds (phonemes) - How to Pronounce Each Grapheme. Click on the following link:

Phase 3 ELS Sounds (phonemes/digraphs/trigraphs) - How to Pronounce Each Grapheme. Click on the following link:

Demonstration Video - The video below demonstrates myself and last years Reception class sounding out a word using the ELS spelling sequence. This is a strategy that the scheme uses to encourage the children to listen to all the sounds (phonemes) they can hear in words before they write them. Children will not have to do this with every word they write. However, if there is a word they are struggling with or in the early stages of writing, this is a strategy we will now be using throughout EYFS and KS1. I apologise for it being quite quiet. We could not get it any louder. I am sure your child will be able to help though as they are becoming more familiar with this strategy already.

Reading - The reading scheme/books that we use are produced by Oxford University Press and are linked to the programme mentioned above.

Children are assigned physical books and eBooks from Oxford Owl weekly. 

Children have their own individual logins to enable them to access books that have been specifically assigned to them in correspondence with their phonics learning in school. The decodable books provide opportunities to practice the letters and sounds taught that week and/or revise previously taught sounds. 

Below are some examples of the range of books available:

Little Blending Books     Words Sparks    Project X Phonics     Hero Academy     Hero Academy Non-fiction     Alien Adventures              Traditional Tales             Story Sparks and inFact 

September Welcome Meeting - 20.9.22

There is a copy of the PowerPoint that was used during the parent welcome meeting. Below the PowerPoint there are a couple of links to documents that were referred to in the meeting.

 1. Reception promises.pdfDownload
 2. ELS Letter Formation Rhymes.pdfDownload
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