St Joseph's Rotherhithe

Bernadette Class


Hello, my name is Miss Knight 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, Phoebe, Michelle 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.


For help in supporting your child in maths please click on the EYFS Curriculum Page There are lots of tips and activities to help you support your child.


For help in supporting your child in reading and writing please click on the Phonics page. Ruth Miskin also has lots of support on the Oxford Owl Read Write Inc website. 

Read Write Inc Phonics Website

Our Learning - Summer 2


Welcome to our last half term in Reception, the children have learnt, developed and grown so much!

This half term our topic will be On the beach.

During this topic we will learn about what you can see, touch, feel and smell on the beach, along the seashore and under the sea. This will include learning about creatures and plants that live on the beach, seashore and in the ocean.

They will learn about the different features of the seaside, both now and the seaside in the past.

We will also discover why the oceans are important, how pollution is changing the ocean and celebrate World Ocean Day. Children will learn how to look after our beaches and the oceans.

We will look at different images and paintings by a variety of artists and create our own beach artwork. This will include making art out of found objects and reusing household objects.

We will compare different oceans and beaches around the world, using maps to help us.

We will learn about how to stay safe in the sun, on the beach, and out at sea. Also who helps us to stay safe when we are at the seaside.

Our Talk for Writing text this half term is The Rainbow Fish, which is linked to our topic. Our text and the topic will give us lots of opportunities to write, including stories, lists and instructions.

In Maths we will be focussing on; numbers to 20 and over, number bonds to 5 and some to 10, including double facts. For numerical patterns we learn to recognise the pattern of the counting system. We will compare quantities up to 1o. We will also explore and represent  patterns within numbers to 10, including odds and evens, double facts and how quantities can be distributed equally.

In RE we will be starting our topic of Our World, where we will learn about our wonderful world, who made it, and how we can look after it.

In PE we will be using and applying all the PE skills we have learnt over the year, with a focus on athletics. 


Our Learning - Summer 1


Welcome to the Summer Term!

Our new topic this half term is Ready Steady Grow.

As the weather starts to change and hopefully warm up we will be learning about food and farming. We will explore the themes of; where food comes from, what plants and animals need to grow and survive, and what constitutes a healthy lifestyle.


Our focus story this half term will be the traditional tale of The Little Red Hen.

This will link with our topic of Ready Steady Grow, giving us lots of writing opportunities, through reading information books and using online sources. We will learn to retell the story and then write our own story.


In Maths we will be focussing on numbers to 20 and beyond. We will also be learning about addition and subtraction through a variety of number sentences and problems. This will include doubling, halving and sharing amounts. We will continue to build our knowledge of shape, space and measure throughout the curriculum.


Our RE topics will be Good News and Friends.


In PE on Mondays we will be learning skills involved in kicking a ball in Games.

Our Learning - Spring 2


Our new topic this half term is Long Ago.

This project will teach the children about how they have grown and changed since they babies and how life in the past was different from today.

Our Talk for Writing Story this half term is Sleeping Beauty.

 In Maths we will continue to reinforce numbers to 10, learning the pairs of numbers make make amounts upto 5 and start to learn doubles.

In RE this half term we will be learning about Lent and preparing for Easter.

PE on Mondays will focus on sending and receiving balls and other small apparatus.


Our Learning - Spring 1


Happy New Year!

Our new topic this half term is Starry Night

In this project we will explore the differences in the world at night compared to the day. The children will learn about the importance of a good night's sleep, and we will discover what is happening in the world while they are sleeping. This will include finding out about nocturnal animals.


Our main text for this half term is Owl Babies by Martin Waddell.  This will provide lots of opportunities for cross curricular links, including learning about Owls and their habitats. We will learn to retell the story and invent our own simple story to create our own book.

We will be continuing with our daily Read Write Inc phonics groups.


In Maths this half term we will be continuing to develop our understanding of numbers to 10, including;  introducing zero, comparing numbers over 5, composition of numbers, combining 2 amounts, making pairs. We will also be developing our shape, measure and space, particularly through comparing mass and capacity.


In RE this half term we will be covering the topics of Celebrating; people celebrate in Church and Gathering; the parish family gather to celebrate Eucharist.


PE on Mondays will be gymnastics and we will be learning to balance on different parts of the body, travel and combine movements.


Our Learning - Autumn 2


The children have settled really well and we have some really exciting learning to move onto this half term.

This half term our topic will be Marvellous Machines.

We will be exploring lots of different man-made devices.

We will learn that machines need power to work, how sound is created, explore how robots work and how a range of materials are used.

We will learn about different forms of transport and investigate making things move.

To help us learn about different types of machines all around us, we will be going on a school and local area walk and we will see how many we can spot.

Finally we will design and make our own Marvellous Machine!


This will feed into our main story for this half term of Mrs Armitage's Wheels by Quentin Blake.

We will learn a version of the story and then write our own story, linked to our topic of Marvellous Machines.

Additionally this term in our Read Write Inc Phonics lessons we will continue Set 1 sounds focusing on learning to blend and segment.


In Maths we are continuing our learning all about numbers to 10 and patterns. We are learning to recognise and make sets, and matching it to the correct numeral. We will make links with different shapes and learn what makes shapes different. 

To support this learning we will being using visual and physical resources, including beads, counters, natural objects, household objects, Numberblocks, 10 frames, numeral cards, number lines - anything and everything as Maths is everywhere!

Please see above for the Maths Information Sheets for Parents on ways to help your child in maths and the Cbeebies article for parents on supporting your child in maths.


PE is now on Mondays and our focus this half term is target games. We will be learning the skill of how to throw and aim at a target.


In RE we are learning how Baptism is a welcome into God's Family and we will start to prepare ourselves for Christmas, learning about Advent.

We will also learn about the Jewish festival of Hanukkah.

Our Learning - Autumn 1


In our Read Write Inc Phonics lessons this term we will be learning to use our Set 1 sounds to read and write simple words. Set 1 sounds; m, a, s, d, t, i, n, p, g, o, c, k, u, b, f, e, l, h, sh, r, j, v, y, w, th, z, ch, qu, x, ng, nk

In Maths we will be learning all about numbers and patterns. We will focus on numbers upto 10, learning to make sets and match them to their written numeral. To develop our learning in maths we will be using lots of lovely resources to help us manipulate numbers, patterns, measure, and shape and space.

In RE we will learn how God knows and loves each one of us and how Baptism is a welcome into God's Family.

Our PE lesson is on Thursday, the children will be exploring different ways of moving and using a variety of small and large apparatus.

Additionally this half term we will be exploring the topic of Myself and My Community. This project will support the class with settling into the new rules and routines of school and will encourage them to make new friends and feel confident in their class. We will learn about being helpful, kind and thoughtful at home and at school. We will learn how we are unique and special, the importance of friendship and how people in their family, school and local community are important and can help them.