St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Reddish


Welcome to RJS


Early Years Team

Mrs Harrison, Miss Noble, Miss Shaw, Miss Hencher, Mrs Waldron, Miss Bridge


If you have any queries or concerns, please speak to me. I am always around for a quick word first thing in the morning or will be happy to meet you at some other time if you need more time.

Important Reminders

  1. Please label all clothing.  That way if anything gets lost, we can return it to you. 
  2. If you know someone new will be picking up your child from school, please let me know or ring our school office. 
  3. We will be outside most days at some point. Please ensure your child has appropriate outdoor clothing (waterproof coat with a hood, waterproof shoes, or sunhat depending on the weather).
  4. Please read with your child every night and write in their reading record. 

Current Learning

We aim to make learning fun. Topics are based on quality texts, and we try to follow the children’s interest. We understand and value the support you provide for your child at home. Early years staff would love to hear about what you and your child have been doing at home. We encourage you to share your child’s learning, achievements and experiences with staff, as this helps us to build a more complete picture of your child.


 Religious Education

The Catholic ethos of our school is at the centre of all our learning. In RE we follow the ‘Come and See' Scheme.


This half term our topics include ‘Myself’ and ‘Welcome’. We will be learning about God’s love and how God knows everyone’s name and loves unconditionally. We will also be answering the question what is special about me? We will then discuss how you are welcomed into God’s family, and what a baptism is.



Just Like Jasper! by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen

We will begin the academic year by reading Just Like Jasper! by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen.


This is a bright, colourful picture book in which the reader helps Jasper choose how to spend his birthday money. Jasper plays with just about everything in the toyshop. But what will he eventually buy?


This book will help us to discuss how we would choose to spend our birthday money in a toy shop, what our favourite toys are and will help us to understand the value of coins.   

Lost in the Toy Museum by David Lucas

We will then look at Lost in the Toy Museum by David Lucas. One night, when the lights go out at the toy museum, everyone runs off and hides. Left all on his own, Bunting, the sensible old toy cat, sets out to look for them. As he follows the trail of clues through the museum, the normally reserved Bunting learns how to have fun in this affectionate picture book.


This book will help us to focus on counting and one more/one less, and we will focus on hearing initial sounds in words and giving meanings to marks we make as we draw, write and paint.


There will also be independent rainbow challenges for the children to complete in the different areas of the classroom. We will be doing lots of varied learning based on the stories and we can’t wait to see what the children produce!


This half term, we will be exploring numbers up to 10.  We will be counting forwards and backwards, focusing on matching quantities and numerals, talking about the significance of numbers, and exploring one more and one less. We will be touching on using every day language related to money and concentrating on 2D shapes.

At the beginning of the year, most Reception children are learning to recognise and blend the 'Set 1 ' sounds. Below is a link to a video to support the correct pronunciation of these sounds.

We also teach the children to blend sounds together - both with and without the letters, using a character called 'Fred' who can only talk in sounds, as seen in the link below:

In Reception, there is a big focus on using correct letter formation. Below are the RWI phrases we use to support correct formation. Please encourage your child to say these phrases as they write which will help them to form letters correctly. Thank you.

Further information for parents from Ruth Miskin (the founder of RWI) can be found on: