Welcome to Milne Reception’s homepage. Our teacher is Mrs Ghoul, our Early Years Educator is Ms Johnson. This page will be updated every Friday where you can see what the children have been learning.



‘Sing him a new song

Play skillfully and shout for joy’


Class Updates

Friday 24th September 2021

It’s been a busy week here in Reception. The children are continuing to settle in and are becoming confident with their daily routines. The children have enjoyed getting messy by mixing colours in the garden and exploring flour and making dough in the classrooms!

This week we have been working with the children to begin assessing their Literacy and Communication and Languages skills.

In Maths this week we have introduced the numbers 1 and 2 and the different ways to represent them. The children have learnt rhymes to aid them in the formation of these numerals. Next week we will introduce the numbers 3, 4 and 5. The children will once again look at ways to represent these numbers and learn rhymes to form them.

The children enjoyed listening to the traditional story, ‘The Little Red Hen’ this week. The children have been recalling the characters, setting and what happens at the beginning, middle and end of the story. The children then had a go at sequencing a small number of pictures from the story in the correct order. We then all enjoyed some warm, fresh bread baked in our bread maker on Friday as an end of the week treat. This has been a timely story as next week we will be celebrating Harvest Festival by visiting the church on Thursday. We will continue to focus on traditional stories by reading and retelling the story, The Enormous Turnip’ next week.

In our Relationships and health lesson this week we have been talking about our special people. The children drew family portraits using different mark making tools. Next week in Reception the children will have the opportunity to talk in more detail about their special people with small groups and a Reception adult. They will also begin to explore who in their communities they can go to for help.

During R.E this week the children have been reflecting on how wonderful our natural world is. The children have enjoyed drawing and painting pictures of natural things that ‘wow’ them such as beautiful beaches and snow covered mountains! Next week in RE we will be learning about the Harvest Festival and experiencing our first whole school trip to the church.

In Phonics this week we learnt the sounds t, i, n and p. We have put the sounds chart in the homework box on this page. The rhymes for each sound are below.

t – Down the tower, across the tower

i – Down the body and dot for the head

n – Down Nicky and over their net

p – Down the pirates plait and around its face

An important message

In the mornings our priority is to settle the children quickly and this in turn makes it easier for the children as the period of separation is not prolonged. To assist us with this please do only pass on key information or ask urgent questions so that a queue does not form outside the class door. If it can wait until pick up time this is often easier as the class pick up is slightly more staggered. Thank you in advance for your support with this.

Lost property

Lost property often finds its way back to us in Reception via the lovely Ms Annora, if it is named. Lost property that does not make its way back to the classroom might be in the lost property box by the school office.

Exciting library news!

Our wonderful, new digital Library system is allowing us to extend our loaning potential to younger years, starting with Reception. From Monday next week the children in Reception will be able to borrow a book of their choice from our library to take home in their book bag. It is important to return this book each week on Friday. The library system we use will not allow us to issue a new book unless the previous one has been returned.

Weekly library topics and read aloud choices are up on the school website each week for parents to see:

St Stephen’s Library Corner

Harvest Festival – a message from Mr Perry

It is wonderful that we are getting back to some semblance of normality at St Stephen’s and that we can all meet together to celebrate our church festivals. On that note, you are all invited next Thursday morning at 9pm (September the 30th) to our Harvest Festival where we come together to thank God for our harvest. This will be held in St Stephen’s Church.

Every year we collect non-perishable goods to go towards feeding those in need at a local charity. Like last year, proceeds will go to the ‘Upper Room’. You have all received a parentmail with the list of appropriate goods. We look forward to seeing you there.

We hope everyone has a lovely restful weekend.

Mrs Ghoul and Ms Johnson

Friday 17th September 2021

It’s been a lovely week here in St Stephen’s Early Years. The children are settling well, they are beginning to work as a team and are becoming familiar with their daily routines.

This week we have been working with the children to begin assessing their fine motor skills, name recognition, number recognition and confidence counting. Next week, we will be working with the children to assess their Literacy and Communication and Languages skills.

In our Relationships and health lesson this week we have been discussing all the things which make us special. We have been looking at the many ways we are similar and also celebrating the ways we are unique. The children really enjoyed their first circle time and were keen to share their thoughts.

During R.E this week we have been learning about how Christian’s believe the world began and have been thinking about different beginnings, such as a new day or the beginning of a story. Next week, we will thinking about how wonderful the natural world is. We will be encouraging the children to identify aspects of nature as in the creation story from the bible. The children will have the opportunity in class to draw and paint pictures of natural things that ‘wow’ them such as a beautiful beach or tall mountain.

In Maths, we have been learning how to count efficiently. The children have learnt that it is always best to put objects in a line first, to touch and count each object only once, to stop when they have counted the last object, to count slowly and to always ‘check it’ by counting the group of objects twice. Ask your child to teach you how ‘to do good counting’ at home. We have also introduced the concept of ‘Zero’ this week and the children have been learning that ‘zero’ means ‘nothing’ and not to use it when counting objects. We have also introduced ‘Zero Zero Superhero’ a number song you can find on YouTube. Next week, we will be introducing the numbers 1, 2 and the different ways to represent them. They will also learn rhymes to aid them in the formation of these numerals.

Next week we will begin some Literacy carpet sessions and a related activity. We will be reading the traditional story, The Little Red Hen, and the children will be recalling the characters, setting and what happens at the beginning, middle and end of the story. The children will have a go at sequencing pictures from the story in the correct order.

In Phonics this week we learnt the sounds m, a, s and d. We have put the sounds chart in the homework box on this page. The rhymes for each sound are below.

m – Maisie, mountain, mountain

a – Round the apple, down the leaf

s – Slither down the snake

d – Round his bottom, up his tall neck, down to his feet.

Please check your child’s Homework Folder in their book bag today. You will find a tree to complete with your child and these trees will be displayed in class. Please fill in the tree yourself after a discussion with your child. Your child can then decorate the tree with some pencils or crayons. Please cut the tree out before sending back to school on Monday in the Homework Folder. The children will spend time next week sharing the trees during carpet sessions.

Each Year group at St Stephen’s has a bible verse and word to reflect our vision statement. In Reception our word is, JOY. We would like to explore this with the children and to do this we would like you to discuss with your child what brings them joy in their life and then send in a photo to reflect this. We will then discuss and display these photos in class. Examples of photos to bring in could be: spending time with a special person such as a grandparent, spending time at a familiar place of worship, a special family celebration or an activity that you do as a family such as puzzles on a Sunday. Please bring these photos in as soon as possible, ideally on Monday or at some point next week.

We hope everyone has a lovely restful weekend.

Mrs Ghoul and Ms Johnson

Friday 10th September 2021

Well done to all of the children for completing their first full week in their Reception classes. You may notice that they are more tired than usual and will require a little more rest this weekend.

This week the children have done a fabulous job getting to know us, finding their way around the Early Years and beginning to learn their new routines. They have had an introduction to their first Kick London session (P.E) with Mr Alastair and their first Gymnastics session with Fiona and Sharon. They also had a library session and Spanish session with Mrs Pereira. We are so impressed with how well they are adjusting to life at St Stephen’s.

This week we have been busy painting self-portraits to display in class. The children have enjoyed looking in a mirror and describing themselves. We also agreed some simple class rules to make our classrooms safe and enjoyable places to be. The children have enjoyed played some games and singing some songs to learn and remember each other’s names. We have been discussing our feelings and what the children can do if they are feeling sad or angry including, telling an adult, taking deep breaths, having a drink of water, looking at a book in the reading corner or having a snuggle with a class soft toy.

Over the next few weeks we will be focusing on developing relationships and each child’s confidence. We have been learning how to ask others to play with us and how to say a firm ‘Stop, I don’t like it’.

In our Religious Education lesson (RE) this week we began our first unit, ‘Who made the wonderful world?’ We listened to the story ‘Dogger’ by Shirley Hughes and the children shared with the class things that are precious to them and why.

In our Relationship and Health Education lesson this week we began our first unit, ‘All about me.’ The children thought about some of their favourite things and shared them with the class. We considered how there are things that are the same about us and things that are different. The children were introduced to Harold our giraffe that helps us learn during these lessons.

Next week we will begin our phonics lessons focusing to begin with on the sounds: m, a, s, d.

On Thursday 16th September at 6:30pm there will be a phonics meeting for Reception parents and carers to attend. You will receive information regarding this on ParentMail.

We will also begin our Math carpet sessions. We will be teaching the children how to count a small group of objects by lining them up and also introduce them to the numbers zero, one and two.

Please continue to send in at least a change of pants and socks in your child’s book bag for them to use if they have a toileting accident.

We sometimes notice that during the 2nd and 3rd week of school some of the children will get a little more tired, possibly teary and definitely more aware that Reception is a full time thing now. Please try not to worry. We will let you know if any of the children are upset when in school and find that this stage is short lived. Please do let us know if you have any big concerns though as we are more than happy to chat.

We hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Ghoul and Ms Johnson

Friday 3rd September 2021

Welcome to St Stephen’s. It has been lovely to meet children, parents and carers over the past two days. We have enjoyed getting to know the children and we are working on remembering all of the new names! Please continue to support us with this when you collect your child at pick up.

Next week the children will attend school all day from 9am until 3.25pm. The school gates open at 8.45am. Please remain with your child until we open the doors at 9am.

Next week we will continue to get to know the children and the children will be playing lots of games to get to know each other.


The children will have Kick London on Tuesdays and gymnastics on Fridays.

On these days they need to come to school wearing their PE kit. They do not need to bring their school uniform with them even if they have a club afterschool.

For Kick London the children need to wear the school PE shorts, PE T-shirt and black plimsolls. On cooler days the children can also wear the school PE tracksuit or the school cardigan or jumper.

For gymnastics the children MUST wear shorts and T-shirts, so if you choose to send them in the school tracksuit please ensure they have the school PE shorts and T-shirt on underneath. Long hair must be tied up and earrings removed. If your child’s earrings are recently pierced we can cover the earrings with tape.

Water bottles

Please send your child to school each morning with a water bottle filled with fresh water.

Change of clothes

It’s important your child has a change of clothes in their book bag each day. We recommend at least a change of pants/knickers and a pair of socks. A change of shorts/trousers or a skirt is also useful.

Medical and allergy needs

If your child had a medical condition or allergy that requires medication then please drop this off to the school office as soon as possible. You will be required to fill in and submit a medical form.

Scooters and bikes

Scooters and bikes can be left in school down the Early Years alley. This is locked during the day.

FOSS class WhatsApp group

Each class has a WhatsApp group run by FOSS. Please speak to your class representative if you would like to be added. It is a really useful way for you to have up to date information from the school.

We hope you all have a lovely weekend and will see you on Monday.

Mrs Ghoul and Ms Johnson

Reception Timetable

Reception Timetable

Rec Timetable 21

RWI Sound Chart



Homework 17/09/21 – Please check your child’s school bag.