Reception Class Page

Welcome to our class page for Reception.

A very warm welcome to the Reception class page. We hope you and your child visit our page regularly so that you can keep updated with what’s going on in our classroom.

Your Teacher is: Francesca Cole

Your Teaching Assistants are: Francesca Dugdale and Nicole Smith

At St Barnabas, we follow the Development Matters document to assess the progress and attainment of our pupils. Alongside Literacy (Read, Write Inc) and Mathematics (Power Maths), we deliver the International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC).

This year we will be studying the following units:

Autumn: Healthy Habits, Weather Wonders

Spring: Dinosaur Detectives, Ocean Treasures

Summer: To the Rescue, The Brilliant Bug Ball

Please refer to the Curriculum Map and Newsletters for more information.

Getting ready for School?

Click on the link below for strategies to support your child in this exciting transition!

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Shine at St Barnabas – Parent Partnership

Here at St Barnabas, we are fully aware that children learn and develop from birth to 5 years more than at any other time in their life. Therefore, we are invested in providing the best possible start for our littlest children, to support them in their education and success in the future.

We know that Early Years is a journey and recognise the important role that parents and carers play in helping our children thrive and the significant impact that they can have on their learning.

At St Barnabas, we aim to encourage all of our parents to talk, play and read with their children. We are so grateful for the Shine Trust in supporting us to  provide meaningful opportunities for our Early Years staff to share the EYFS framework with families and provide ideas and resources to support and continue their learning journey at home.

We understand that parents can face barriers, such as time and understanding what more they can do to help their child. Therefore, our parent hub sessions are going to be a fantastic opportunity where we can all learn together, and build strong connections with our families.’

Click below for a direct link to our Shine at Vantage page, Dates of parent involvement events for 2023-2024 and powerpoint of previous sessions. We hope to see you there!

Supporting your child’s Literacy

At St Barnabas, we aim for all our children to become fluent, confident readers who are passionate about reading.

Children who read regularly or are read to regularly have the opportunity to open the doors to so many different worlds! More importantly, reading will give your child the tools to become independent life-long learners.

We use the Read Write Inc (RWI) Programme to get children off to a flying start with their literacy skills.  RWI is a method of teaching reading and writing that is centred around learning through phonics.

Login to your child’s Class Dojo page to get regular links of the sounds and books your child is learning in school.

Click on the link below for further information about Phonics at St Barnabas.


Supporting your child’s Mathematics

At St Barnabas our intent is to develop confident mathematicians, who can reason, problem-solve and apply their knowledge and skills across a range of contexts in the real world.

We use Power Maths across school.

For further information and support check out our Mathematics page under Learning.

Ways you can support your child at home

It is important to ensure pupils’ education is minimally impacted by any absence from school. Therefore we have invested in a number of online learning platforms across the curriculum to help keep our pupils engaged in learning. All pupils have been given their log in details for sites which require them. Should you have any difficulties, please either speak to the class teacher, the school office on 0161 223 3593 or the school office on