St Joseph's Rotherhithe

Bernadette Class


Hello, my name is Miss Fisher 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, Jean, Kim and Fatima are we are looking forward to getting to know your child and working with them so that we have a very exciting and productive year!

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.

Children are encouraged to develop the following 3 prime areas, first deemed most essential for healthy development and future learning: 1. Communication and language 2. Physical development 3. 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 cover phases 2 and 3 from the Letters and Sounds scheme and we use Jolly Phonics to support the learning.

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. 

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?’

Homework is given out every Friday and needs to be returned every Wednesday. The children will also be sent a book home every evening to read at home.

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

I look forward to meeting you and working with you and your child this year.


Our Learning


 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'