St Joseph's Rotherhithe

Bernadette Class



Hello, my name is Miss Ridley and I am the Reception class teacher. Our class name is Bernadette. In Reception we work as a team, this team is made up of myself, Danuta, Amy and Wahida. We are looking forward to getting to know your child and working with them during our very exciting and productive year ahead!

In Bernadette class we learn lots of exciting things and our day to day activities are planned around the 7 areas of Learning and Development.

We provide activities that will support your child to learn and develop through following the 3 prime areas. These are deemed most essential for healthy development and future learning:

  •  Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

 As children grow, these 3 prime areas will help them to develop skills in the following 4 specific areas:

  1. Literacy
  2. Mathematics
  3. Understanding the world
  4. Expressive arts & design

In Reception, children have the opportunity to experience and investigate a range of materials and equipment both indoors and outside. Each child is encouraged to be independent and self-motivated in a safe and caring environment, which encourages each pupil to explore and be able to have confidence in their own judgements and ideas. We aim to promote learning as an enjoyable and challenging experience which children will continue to pursue for the rest of their lives.

In Literacy we concentrate on learning our phonicsreading and writing. In phonics we will learn set 1 and 2 of our Read Write Inc programme.

 In Numeracy, by the end of the year, we would like the children to be able to count, do simple addition and subtraction and know the most common 2D and 3D shapes.

Homework is given out every Friday and needs to be returned every Wednesday.

Friday mornings are when we have PE so please make sure you have the appropriate PE kit please.

On top of all this we do lots of creative investigations and topic work for the other curriculum areas! Our topic this term is ‘Do you want to be friends?’

During this topic, we will be learning that friends are the family that you choose! We will be learning all about friendship through our wonderful class story, The Rainbow Fish. Through this story we will be exploring ways in which we can be kind, helpful and a good friend to everyone. We’ll learn to create beautiful collages of the rainbow fish, bake delicious healthy biscuits and sequence and write different parts of the story. We will also use this story to explore our individualities and learn how we are all special in our own unique ways. The children will be invited to bring something special to them into school to share with the children and we will talk about people that are special in our lives too. Towards the end of the half term, we will be learning all about people who help us. We will be learning about people who help us at home, in our school and in our local communities. Working together, we’ll create a ‘class jobs board’, allocating responsibilities amongst ourselves.

Help your child prepare for their project
Friends are fabulous! Why not create a ‘friends and family tree’ together out of photos? Use different coloured lines to draw links that represent family, friends or acquaintances. You could also create a ‘treasure chest’ out of the things that make you ‘you’.


Our Learning -Autumn 1


Our Learning - Autumn 2


This half term our topic is: 'Why do squirrels hide their nuts?'

This half term, we’ll visit a local woodland to observe and experience the enchanting autumnal environment, collecting autumn treasures as we crunch through piles of fallen leaves. Back in the classroom, we’ll dry and flatten leaves to decorate. We’ll learn about woodland animals and migration through movement and discuss the features that allow animals to survive through winter. In our literacy lessons, we’ll snuggle up and listen to autumnal stories. In mathematics, we’ll thread and count conkers and dried fruit and collect and order sticks of different lengths. We’ll roll up our sleeves to make a clay owl or hedgehog, autumn-scented play dough and a delicious harvest soup. 


 Our Learning - Spring 1

 This half term our topic is:  'Are Carrots Orange?'

 We will visit a supermarket to explore the foods sold there. We’ll talk to people about their jobs, take photographs and collect a rainbow of healthy foods. Back at school, we’ll use our senses to investigate the foods, and bravely taste things we’ve never tried before! Using our research skills, we’ll read all about fruits and vegetables in non-fiction books. We’ll plant seeds and look after them carefully and compare and sort different fruits and vegetables. Setting up a class supermarket will be lots of fun; we’ll make signs and sell things to our friends. Following instructions and working together will help us to create healthy snacks. We’ll also find out what happens to our bodies when we exercise. Using our mathematics skills, we’ll weigh ingredients to make delicious biscuits or cakes, and count yummy currants to decorate them. Things could get messy, but it’ll be lots of fun!

Our Talk for Writing book this half term is: 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'


Our Learning - Spring 2 

 Our topic this half term is called: Are we there yet? So…

Are you ready for an adventure? Where in the world could we go? How could we travel there? It’s time to discover transport, travel and places near and far! This half term, we’ll go on a fantastic journey and see how many forms of transport we can use, taking photographs as we go.

Thinking about the transport we’ve taken to go on holiday, we’ll use maps to consider where we’d like to visit next. What should we pack?

We’ll draw and write about imaginary journeys and make predictions about how many vehicles we will find around school.

Our science lessons, we’ll learn about floating and sinking by building miniature boats, and find out about friction by rolling cars down ramps. We’ll also talk about road safety, learn about high-visibility clothing and design an incredible imaginary vehicle.