Reception 2023 - 2024


September 2023

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back to Holy Name, we hope you have had a lovely summer holiday and are looking forward to a successful new year.

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself, I am Mrs Nolan, Reception teacher and Foundation Stage leader; I work alongside Miss Hartley and Miss Henry. We work closely with the Nursery team to ensure children have access to a wide range of activities to support them throughout their Foundation Stage journey.
I look forward to working closely with you all to ensure your children have the best start to their time in Holy Name.

We, as the Reception team, are looking forward to an exciting and productive year, the children will be split into 3 key groups each one with named adult. Upon arriving in Reception children are encouraged to sit and practise writing their name, whatever stage they may be at, from mark making, using identifiable letters, to being able to write their name independently, in their signing in book, this peaceful and calm start to the morning, with a familiar routine helps children to settle and be ready to begin a day’s exploring and learning!

We begin our day with our class prayers and we follow the “Come and See” RE curriculum which teaches about the life and messages of Jesus.

In the Foundation Stage we use the Development Matters guidance, underpinned by 4 themes, Unique Child, Positive Relationships, Enabling Environments, Learning and Development, this guidance allows us ensure we are facilitating opportunities to optimise children’s development and ensure we are matching our provision to children’s needs.

This year our main topics, through which we will support children’s development are:


Me and the World Around Me


Weather and Seasons/Growth


Animals and their Environments


We will use these topics as a basis through which we support your child through their learning journey ensuring opportunities for learning are ever present. 

We will be using Read Write Inc to support your child’s phonic development, which is key to their learning to read and write. Reception children will receive their reading pack, which will include, sound flash cards, tricky words and a reading books as appropriate, please take care of these resources as they will support your child’s reading throughout the Reception year. There will also be some information regarding supporting your child with reading.
We will have daily English and Maths lessons followed by an adult led focused activity to give children an opportunity to apply their newly learnt skills. Our continuous provision will offer your children opportunities to explore and develop through a combination of play and focused activities. Lessons for all children will begin at 9:05 am so it is important that your child is in school on time.

PE will be on Friday for reception children. We will also be working with City in the Community to provide specialist sports teaching for Reception age children this will be on Tuesday, children should arrive in PE kit on these days. PE kit consists of navy blue shorts, white t-shirt and black pumps, navy blue jogging bottoms are allowed where necessary. Please ensure your child has suitable footwear for outdoor PE on Tuesdays.

We will be sharing your child’s progress with you via Tapestry and you will have access to observations made of your child. You will receive you log in details via a direct email from Tapestry once you have returned the completed consent form.

Snack will be provided each day, milk and fruit is available for children who wish to have it. There is a charge for milk for children aged 5+ which can be paid for via ParentPay.

It may be necessary for children to have a change of clothes in school in case of accidents. 

We will be happy to discuss any issues with you as needed, we do ask however that if you wish to speak to us after school that you wait until all the other children are handed over to their parents/carers to ensure their safety.

Alternatively, we can be contacted via email. (Please do not email with urgent messages – call the school: 0161 226 6303)

We look forward to a very happy and successful year working together. 

Many thanks for your continued support,

Mrs Nolan & The Reception Team.

Mrs Nolan (reception)

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Holy Name RC Primary School

Denmark Road, Moss Side, Manchester, M15 6JS

T: 01612266303


Head of School: Damian Regan
Executive Headteacher: Catherine Gordon

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