Calderbrook Avenue, Burnley, Lancashire, BB11 4RB
01282 429108

reception class 2023





Hello Parents/Carers and Children! 

Now your child is starting their school journey we would like to give you a little information about life in the Reception Class. The class teacher is Mrs Crosbie and I am supported by Mrs Rowan and Mrs Sudall.  We are looking forward to teaching your child and working in partnership with you to support your child’s learning.


Throughout the year we will plan activities based on themes. For example, some of last year’s themes were; Pirates, Knights, Castles and Vets and Pets. In addition to this, we will plan activities based on the children’s interests to optimise their learning across all areas of the curriculum.

Religious Education

This term we will be studying the three themes of Domestic Church (Family), Baptism and Confirmation (Belonging) and Advent and Christmas (Loving). Each class will approach the themes through different topics. The children will also spend a week studying Judaism.

Please click here for further information.


Your child will have lots of opportunities for physical play in our outdoor area. We also have timetabled PE sessions and Receptions PE day will be Friday  Children will need a full PE kit in school at all times please see attached letter


Please remember to label ALL your child’s school uniform, shoes, water bottles and PE kit. I am sure you can appreciate the problems we face when the children take off their jumpers/cardigans at the same time!

Milk and Fruit Time

We are fortunate to belong to the National Fruit Scheme which provides free fruit and vegetables for our infant children. The children enjoy this snack and a drink of milk in the morning. If your child does not like the fruit provided by the school they are encouraged to bring in their own fruit from home.  If you have not signed up for your child to have milk you can do so here. Milk is free until they turn 5. When they turn 5 milk is chargeable.  The cost is approximately £7 per half term.  If you are eligible for Pupil Premium/FSM school will pay for your child’s milk.


We do have a number of children in school with severe nut allergies. People who suffer from nut allergies can develop a severe, potentially life-threatening reaction. If someone has a nut allergy it is not just eating nuts that can cause a severe reaction, just being touched on the skin or smelling the breath of someone who has had nuts or a product containing nuts can trigger anaphylactic shock (which can cause breathing and swallowing difficulties). Therefore, we cannot have nuts in school in any form – we are a nut-free school.  Please could we ask all parents/carers to check that there are no nuts or food with traces of nuts in school lunch boxes.

For example, Peanut butter sandwiches, Granola bars, Cereal bars, Cakes and biscuits containing nuts 

This list is not exhaustive, so please check the packaging of products closely. If you would like to check products with the school, please do not hesitate to contact the school to make an appointment. We appreciate your support in keeping all of our children safe.


Water bottles (with sports caps), labelled with your child’s name are encouraged in school. These can be brought to school each day and the children have access to them throughout the day.

Home Time Routine

The Reception Class children will leave school via the door in the Reception Classroom. We ask that parents stand in the Reception Class outside area at home time. To ensure the safety of the children we will send them out to their parents/guardians one at a time when we have seen that their parent/guardian is in the yard ready to collect them. This can take a little bit of time, so please be patient with us.


Learning Letters

Please find links below to all our learning letters for the academic year 2023 - 2024These contain important information on topics we are covering in class and PE days. 

Autumn 1 Learning Letter

Autumn 2 Learning Letter

Spring 1 Learning Letter

Spring 2 Learning Letter

Summer 2 Learning Letter

Summer 2 Learning Letter



KIRF’s are designed to support the development of the mental skills that underpin much of the maths work we complete in school. They are particularly useful when calculating, be it adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing.

Autumn 1 KIRF

Autumn 2 KIRF

Spring 1 KIRF

Spring 2 KIRF

Summer 1 KIRF

Summer 2 KIRF

Friday 8th September

Friday 8th September

This week in Reception........ 

........we have met our new teachers and our classmates, explored our classroom and playground, said our prayers, had our lunch in the hall, played games, chatted, laughed, sung nursery rhymes, listenend to stories, played with play-doh, crafted, used the construction toys, looked at books in the book nook, played in the water, built dens, picked apples, washed apples, planted herbs, found a very interesting caterpillar, dressed dolls, pushed prams, used our mud kitchens, painted pictures, drunk plenty of water and sweated....a lot!

It's fair to say it's been a busy and successful first week. Let's do it all again next week!

What pleasure it has been to welcome our new children to school this week. It has been remarkably warm but it hasn't dimmed the children's enthusiasm and they have soldiered on. The new Reception Cl;ass at Christ the King are looking smart and ready to go. I try to update our webpage often to keep up to date with what we have been up to so please keep checking.

Here are  some photos of our first week.

Friday 22nd September

Another busy week! We have made worry dolls, celebrated Jaxon and Olivia's birthdays, made model houses and furnished them, started learning our sounds (phonemes) enjoyed our school dinners, had fun singing singing counting songs, built a den outdoors and so much more.

School Communication

Communication with our parents

We use a variety of different ways to keep parents up to date with events and information about the school:

  • School website You can find lots of information on our school website; please check it out.  You can visit your child’s class page and find out what’s coming up in school via our School Calendar.
  • Our School App (School Jotter 3) can be downloaded to your phone Apple or Android. A registration code is necessary to access any content within our new app. Those with parental responsibility receive this. If you require additional family members, please email the school office ( with their name, email address, and relationship to the child. The app is our preferred method of communication, and it is essential that you register so you don’t miss any information.  You will receive notices and newsletters via the app. You can easily access the school calendar, view previous newsletters, and find quick links to the school website.
  • Studybugs – This is our platform for class registration and absences. You can register without a code or password, but you must wait until your child is added to our SIMS system. We will notify you once this has been completed. If your child cannot attend school due to illness, you can record the absence on Studybugs. This will directly record to the class register. Please provide as much information as possible about your absence. For example, ‘Billy has a headache and feels nauseous’ rather than ‘Billy is ill’. Studybugs is linked to NHS Child Health information and will provide you with real-time health information on any symptoms your child is experiencing. We ask that you report the absence before 8.45 am.
  • School Newsletters Our newsletters are distributed at the end of every month. They usually contain information about what has happened in school over the last month as well as information about what is coming up in the next month. We ask that you read this carefully because it contains a lot of information.
  • We also communicate via email and text messages.  Please can you ensure that your contact details are all up to date.      

 Download Links & information

School Jotter App – Download now – Registration codes will be sent to parents during the first week.

SCOPAY (Online Order/Payment) – Log-in details will be sent over Summer – once received, please register, and select School Meals up to the October Half Term.

Pupil Premium Form (in starter pack)

Studybugs – We will notify you when you can register over Summer.

Register with Cool Milk – Milk is given to children at morning break times.

SIMS Parent Lite App – This app allows you to check if the details we hold on our records are up to date. You can amend any changes via the app. You will receive an invitation email in September. (Apple store) (PlayStore)