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Class Teacher: Miss Tomlinson

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Haires, Miss Aspinal



A massive welcome to all FS2 children, parents and visitors. We hope you have all had a fabulous summer and are as excited as we are about starting this new autumn term. We are thrilled to see so many familiar faces returning to the team and we extend a very warm welcome to those parents and children joining us for the first time this September.

Please do not hesitate to ask me questions regarding your child and their education or if you require a general update on how your child is progressing. I will ensure I make time to meet or speak with you. 

I love working out, HIIT and lifting weights are my favourite activity followed by hiking and cold water swimming. I spend lots of time climbing mountains and exploring new places. I am so excited to learn all about your children's hobbies and interests and generally getting to know them!

Miss Tomlinson



Key Information


- School starts at 9.00am with the school gates opening at 8.35am (allowing extra time).

- School ends at 3.25pm

- Please ensure the office staff have your up to date contact details.

- Please ring the office if your child will be absent. 

-If someone else is collecting your child, please inform the office, we will not allow your child to leave the premises if we have not been notified.


Reading - Reading is at the heart of all our learning at Holy Family. To support this at home, please could all children ensure that they read their school reading book every night and that the planner is signed by an adult. Alongside this, it is also key that all children select their own reading for pleasure book which they will also have opportunities to read and share with others in school. 


Phonics- Phonics is a way of teaching reading where children are taught to read letters or groups of letters by saying the sound(s) they represent. The phonics programme we follow is called Read Write Inc. (RWI). In reception we are beginning to blend sounds together to create words. Your child will bring home sounds that they are learning to consolidate at home. It is really important that the children practise blending sounds together to create words so please blend, blend, blend with your children at home. Playing simple listening games can help your children understand phonics a lot more. Asking your child 'Can you get your c-oa-t?' 'Sit on the ch-air.' etc. will help them understand 'fred talk' or 'sounding out'.



Homework - All children will be given weekly English/Phonics or Maths homework. This is to be completed and returned to school as required. 



Here at Holy Family we pride ourselves on our smart appearances. Please ensure children come to school dressed appropriately wearing full school uniform in line with school policy, including black shoes and no jewellery.


Back to School Prayer

RSE - Feeling Poorly

Children were introduced to medicines and learnt how to be safe around them. Children drew on their own experiences of feeling poorly and taking medicines. Children were taught that our bodies are a gift from God in which we should take care of.

French Day

Children in reception began their day by answering the register with Bonjour. They learnt to count to 10 in French and made a variety of flags for our French Day displays using a range of different materials. Every time they heard the word 'French' they had to reply with, 'ooh la lar'. 

World Book Day 2024

What a fantastic day Reception have had. It's been all about books, books, books! Children have enjoyed listening to stories in the reading room, they have read stories themselves, written wanted posters for villains, written words to describe why we love reading and written quotes from their favourite characters. All the children made an exceptional effort with their costumes too!

Lenten Promises

The children in Reception wrote Lenten Promises and attached them to our whole school Lenten Promise tree. They reflected on what Lent means to them.

Other Faiths - Islam

Reception children have been discovering what special objects are for Muslims. They worked hard to create their very own prayer mat.

The children in Reception got to meet rare and exotic animals from around the world. Some of these animals were invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals. The children really enjoyed touching and describing the animals and having this opportunity to meet such beautiful creatures.

Chinese New Year

Reception children had a great time in our 'Chinese Restaurant' sampling the delights of Chinese foods.

PE in Reception

Reception children enjoyed exploring actions in response to a theme.

Snow Days are Fun Days

Reception took advantage of the snow and enjoyed some time making snowballs, catching snow on tongues and writing letters in the snow. 

Understanding the World - The Natural World

Reception children have been busy exploring the natural world around them, learning all about plants. They have named and described some plants, their favourite being the sunflower. Lots of discussions were made to find out how plants grow. New vocabulary was introduced and children began to use this when labelling parts of a plant. They used their creative skills too to make a sunflower, using different media and colour for a purpose.



Valentines Day

Reception children enjoyed learning about Valentines day. They learnt when it was, some pictures that represent love and that on this special day, people show their love for each other. They made cards, decorated love hearts using different media and used their fine motor skills to twist, bend and manipulate resources into their own objects of love.

Past and Present

Children learnt about the history of a bookmark from Victorian times versus modern-day styles. They used threading to design and make their very own bookmark.

Addition and Subtraction within 10.

Children in Reception used concrete representations using animals or counters. They are beginning to understand adding and subtraction.

Writing Captions for the Ginger Bread Man.

Reception were curious as to why the table was covered in paper! They got really excited when they were asked to work together to sequence the Ginger Bread Man story in pictures. They had so much fun they asked to label the pictures they had drawn. They used newly introduced vocabulary and joined in with repeated refrains.

Prayer Bear

Prayer Bear will be coming home with children to help them learn their prayers.


I’m just a little Prayer Bear,
I’ll sit upon your bed
It’s my job to remind you
When your prayers should be said.

When you put me on your pillow
As you make your bed each day
Remember as you hold me,
To take the time to pray.

Then when you go to bed at night
And put me on the floor,
Remember to take the time to kneel
And say your prayers once more.

FS2 really enjoyed creating simple dance patterns and adapting and performing them.

Understanding the World

Reception children joined the 'Nature Girls' as they packed their bags and started a journey, exploring natural habitats around the world. They swam in the sea, explored the desert and discovered the harsh arctic tundra. Children understood that there is so much to discover about the natural world.


FS2 - PE - Exploring Body Parts

This week in PE, Reception children have been exploring different body parts and how they move. They have also had to remember and repeat actions.

This second maths session was all about matching Numicon shapes to numerals, combining, equivalence, pattern and generalising and using Numicon to add. All the children worked extremely hard and completed some really tuff challenges.  

FS2 Book Club

Reception children really enjoy visiting the reading room and taking part in book club. Today we discussed our favourite characters and setting.

During the first session of the Parent Maths Meeting, we covered the objects listed below.

Daily maths activities:

An introduction of a broad range of learning opportunities to develop fluency in counting and calculating across other areas of school life.

Introducing Numicon Shapes:

Introduction of Numicon shapes.

Naming the shapes by colour.

Matching Numicon shapes to a Numicon number line.

Using Numicon shapes and picture overlays.

Children joined our meeting and enjoyed learning alongside their parents and grandparents. Everyone fully engaged in singing, games and problem solving.

Session 2 to be held on 23rd January.

Parent Phonics Meeting (2) - Listening to your child Read

During the second session of our parent meetings, adults were introduced to how their children are learning to read words by blending sounds together. They were also made aware of Fred Talk and how he can help children with their reading. Parents were also informed of how they can help their children read at home.



Keeping Safe on the Internet in FS2

Reception children have learnt how to keep safe on-line.

PE in Reception

Reception have been getting better at identifying body parts and learning all about how they move.

Children in Reception chose their design to make a special Parish Christmas card.

Making Algorithms

Reception children learnt that nursery rhymes need involve a sequence and they made their own flow chart.

Year 1 and Year 2 Supporting Reception with Reading

Children from Years 1 & 2 came and spent some time with Reception children to support them with their reading. Great reading buddies, thank you Year 1 and Year 2.

Making and Tasting Pumpkin Soup

Children explored the differences between fruits and vegetables using their senses (taste, texture, smell etc.). They listened to the story ‘The best pumpkin soup’ and discussed the key ingredients the characters used before developing a class-based vegetable soup recipe.

It tasted delicious!

Our RSE Journey in Autumn Term

In module 1, Created and loved by God,  Reception children have learnt all about their bodies and being healthy, emotional well-being and life cycles.

Children listened to lots of stories about the everyday lives of children in countries around the world. They learnt that even though they live in different countries and speak different languages, they still have the same things and enjoy the same activities.

Singing Nursery Rhymes

Children in FS2 love singing, especially nursery rhymes. They learn new words, develop non-verbal communication skills, 

early maths skills along with learning different beats and rhythms.



Technology in FS2

Children in Reception learnt that there is lots of different technology all around us. They looked at pictures and commentated if they had seen the objects before. They also made their own contributions of other types of technology they see at home.


Scientists in Reception

Children in FS2 explored magnetism to attract and move some objects.

RE -Belonging

Den Building In our Outdoor Area

Reception children have really enjoyed den building. They used waterproof material and pegs to attach and sat inside and told stories.


Children have explored what makes an anti-bullying superhero. We discussed what it looks like when someone is in a unkind way and how we can help those affected.

We read the story, 'Be the Kind Kid' and and learnt about a kind hearted girl called Ellie who set up a kindness club after finding out one of her friends were being bullied.

Remembrance Day

Reception children gathered at our whole school display to reflect on the lives of the soldiers that fought for us to allow us to live in peace. After they said a prayer, they left their poppy as a mark of respect.  

Reading Room

FS2 children really enjoyed reading for pleasure in the reading room. They chose their own books, read independently and shared books with their friends.

PE in Reception - Ball skills

Children in Reception enjoyed rolling tennis balls with control.

Black History

Reception have explored Black History focusing on Mo Farah. The children learnt who Mo Farah is, his early life when he was growing up and all about when he won Olympic Gold and all of his other medals. 

Art - Marvellous Marks

Children made marks with wax crayons and explored textures in the classroom environment using wax rubbings. They also used felt tips to develop fine motor skills whilst making patterns. Children then made marks in our outdoor provision using chalk.

People, Culture and Communities

Children looked at the pictures of our school and discussed the name of the road and town that our school is located in.



Reception children have used iPads to access a range of different software.

Past and Present

Reception children shared images of their family to develop an understanding of the past and present. We all listened to what children had to say about the pictures.

A big thank you to parents for taking the time to bring in the pictures. 

Fire Fighters came to the rescue of a stranded cat on top of a neighboring roof and stayed to share their experience and expertise with the children in EYFS.

What a treat is was! All the children enjoyed their stories and especially enjoyed sitting in the fire engine, watching the water gush out of their hose and listening to the sirens.

Thank you so much South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, what an incredible team!

RE - Myself

Phonics - Parent Meeting 1

What a fantastic amount of parents attending our very first phonics session. Thank you so much to each and everyone of you, your support is very much appreciated.

The first session introduced parents to phonics, what it is and how we teach it in EYFS.

Keep an eye out on parent mail for the next one in the next half term.


Reception enjoying PE

Reception children really enjoy being outdoors and taking part in PE. This week children were developing accuracy when throwing to a target.

Scientists In Reception

Children have learnt to share and look at non-fiction texts and have explored their senses.

Mathematicians in Reception

As part of the transition into Reception, provision has been planned to enable children to develop early mathematical concepts in classifying, matching, comparing and ordering.  Children's experiences in these concepts have been explored through child-initiated learning, and developed through incidental opportunities.


Prayer Liturgy

The children visited our chapel. They reflected on the word 'respectful'. Together they said a personal pray to God.

                                                                  'Thank you God for everyone'

The information and evidence below is for Academic Year 2022-2023

Sam's Safari

Reception children really enjoyed their visitors today. What a fantastic experience for them. Being able to explore the awe and wonder about these brilliant creatures.

Sports Day and Inflatable

Reception children had a great day competing in Sports day and having fun on the inflatable.

Sky Arts Week - Identity - 2D and 3D Mark Making

Children in EYFS explored 2D and 3D mark making. They took inspiration from videos and pictures to complete their 'Identity' challenge.

FS2 DT Coronation Challenge

EYFS have enjoyed preparing and celebrating King Charles' Coronation. They have familiarisied themselves with our new King. Children found out what a coronation is, what happens during the coronation ceremony and some of the special items involved, such as the crowns, sceptres and orbs. Children were also encouraged to use newly learnt vocabulary associated with the event. 

Dental Nurse

The dental nurse visited FS2 today to discuss how to look after our teeth and how we can keep them healthy.

Once Upon a Time Environment Summer 1

Easter Cards

FS2 children enjoyed handling and manipulating chalk. They made marks and rubbed the chalk to make repeating patterns when making their Easter Cards.

Science Day in EYFS

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We enjoyed exploring different science experiments in Early Years. Our favourite two experiments were 'Magic Milk' and we created a 'Bubble Machine!' Isn't Science fascinating!

Farm animals visitied EYFS today, lambs and chickens. The children spoke to Charley, the farmer, and her daughter Maisey. They looked at eggs and discussed how to look after various farm animals. After close observation, children commented and understood similarities and differences between the animals and ourselves. 

All children thoroughly enjoyed the experience and it really did create a buzz for the animals in the natural world around them.

RE - Eucharist - Relating

Changing States of Matter

Reception children took advantage of the snow and joined in with an experiment. They gathered pots of snow from outside and discussed what they thought would happen. They estimated how long it would take to melt and discussed the changes they observed over time.