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On this page you will find lots of information and plenty of activities to keep you busy

Miss Belcher (RA class teacher)

& Miss Miles (RB class teacher)

This term teachers can now be contacted via email:


for all enquiries to do with your child’s learning.

First Day In

Reception 2020!


Today we joined the family

of English Martyrs’ School,

where we grow closer to God

each day through learning

and walking hand in hand with

him on our journey of faith.

Healthy Eating in Reception!


In Reception we drink water and milk. We enjoy a healthy fruit snack and of course we love our school dinners!

Welcome to Reception!

The Reception team are so excited to welcome you to your new school!

We cannot wait to meet you and your families as we start our journey together at English Martyrs' school. 


Our theme this term is 'Marvellous Me!' We will be learning all about ourselves and the lives of people important to us. We will also be learning about people who help us in the wider community. See below for the work plans for each term.


Please visit our webpage regularly for pictures and updates of what we have been getting up to in Reception!



Our EYFS Intent


At English Martyrs’ school we are committed to providing all children with the best possible start in life. We believe that children should have a safe and stimulating environment in which they gain confidence and acquire the skills they need to become happy, independent learners.


We follow a Thematic Curriculum where children are introduced to a variety of language rich texts and inspirational teaching that brings learning to life. We plan our themes around the children and enable children to make progress across the seven areas of learning through our play-based approach.


Speaking and listening is at the heart of everything we do. We believe that giving children opportunities to express themselves effectively and listening to others will allow children to become effective learners and provides them with a solid foundation for later life.


Welcome back Reception! We hope you have had a relaxing Easter break. Thank you to those children who have made and brought in castles, they are brilliant! If you still have not made a castle and would like to then you can do so this term and we can add it to our beautiful display!


This term our theme is 'Traditional Tales'. We will be reading lots of classic fiction stories and nonfiction texts based around our theme. See our work plan and knowledge organiser below for detailed overview of our learning across the curriculum.


We are continuing to read books online using the Collins Big Cat Bookshelf. Books will be changed every Friday. A big thank you to parents who are reading daily with their child. Ensure you are signing your child's reading record at least once a week so that the class teacher can see who is reading at home. All of the login details can be found inside your child's reading record. 



Sufyan has been busy picking litter up this week!

Hatton Park Farm


Children visited Hatton Park Farm where they got to see and feed all of the wonderful farm animals. During a quiet reflection time children expressed their feelings about their day at the farm. Children were Grateful and Generous by expressing their love for all of the animals given to us by God children thanked God for these wonderful gifts.

Elisabeta is a litter picking Champion!

Dara is a litter picking Champion!

Rehma is a Litter Picking Champion!

Wishing Reception and their families a relaxing half term break!

Tuba and her brother Kashif have been litter picking this week!

Rayaan and Zayyan have been litter picking this weekend!

Reception have been gardening this week and learning about parts of a flower!

Miguel and Rumaysa have been litter picking at the weekend!

Reception took part in the May Procession for Mary our Mother

We had a visit from Dan the Skipping Man!

We love to explore our English Martyrs' Garden!

We love to explore our English Martyrs' Garden!

Online Reading- Collins Big Cat​​​​​​​

Wishing you all a relaxing Easter break! We look forward to seeing you all again in Summer term! 


Spring Term 2

Welcome back to school Reception. Well done for all of your hard work learning from home! We are very proud of you! You have settled back into the school routines quickly. A big thank you to all of our parents and careers for your continued support. For the rest of this term Reception will be working very hard to catch up with any lost learning! Try and make sure your child attends each day! 


Reception have P.E on Wednesday and Friday. Please send your child in their P.E. kits on these days.  


Parents and careers need to be reading with children everyday and signing their reading records each week. Their reading books are now assigned online and are checked by teachers. You will find all login details inside your child's book bag. Once you login to the Big Cat e-Library. you will see the book your teacher has assigned to you. If you need help please contact us or the follow the user guide.


Thanks, Reception Team 

Reception have been having fun in the sun!

We love our class stick insects!

Home Learning

This is a suggested timetable for you to follow while learning at home.

Parents and carers guide to our Reception lessons

A quick guide for parents and carers about our Reception lessons. New Reception lessons are uploaded every week day at 9am.

Purple Mash in Reception

At English Martyrs' we all have logins to purple mash! Please look in your child's reading record for their username and password. Purple mash is a fantastic resource to help your child develop their ICT skills whilst playing lots of educational games!

              Autumn Term



In Reception this week we have been learning all about DIWALI! The Hindu celebration of light.


We have been busy making Divas and Rangoli patterns and taking part in Diwali dancing! We were Curious and Active when learning about this Hindu Celebration.

Road Safety Awareness Week!


This week in Reception we have been learning about the importance of staying safe when we are walking near roads.


We made posters to encourage others to be mindful when crossing the roads in Sparkhill.   

Remembrance Day


This week in Reception we have been commemorating Remembrance Day by reflecting on the soldiers who fought for us during WW1.



We have talked about how the Poppy is a symbol of peace. We have been thinking of ways in which we can show love and peace to one another.  

Police  Visit


This week we have been learning all about People who help us! We had a special visit from two police officers. 

Litter Picking

This week in Reception this week we have been talking about the importance of keeping the world a clean and happy place. We have been curious by exploring different ways in which we can reuse and recycle our rubbish and how we can keep God’s world clean. Also we have been active by going on a litter pick in our playground. We have been recycling rubbish to give it a new use. This reminds us why we should keep God’s world a happy and clean place for everyone.

Healthy Eating in Reception!


In Reception we drink water and milk. We enjoy a healthy fruit snack and of course we love our school dinners!


 08/09/20 'While We Can't Hug' is a great story to help us all understand how we can show love to each other while we can't hug.


There are 7 areas of learning and development in the EYFS. Below are the 7 areas along with some useful websites/ links to use when teaching these different areas at home!

The link below is from the Goverment website from the DFE, providing a list of resources:



Read all of the exciting things your children will learn about each term in the detailed work plans below: