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Bishop Ellis Catholic

Voluntary Academy

I have come that you may have life - life in all its fullness (John 10:10)

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Welcome to Reception


There is one class in reception:


  • Mrs Barber (Teacher)

  • Mrs Smethurst (Teaching Assistant)


Miss Turnell is the Foundation Stage leader. 


New starter for 2022-23? Please follow the link below to find out all about our Foundation Stage!

Please come and see us if you have any questions or would like to speak to us about your child. We do ask that if you would like to speak to us for a longer period of time, that it is best to make an appointment with the school office (0116 269 5510) or find us after school. The start of the day can be a tricky time to discuss issues or answer questions in depth as the classrooms are being set up for the new school day. Alternatively, please feel free to send a message to us on Class Dojo and we will respond to you as soon as we can.



Each class does PE twice a week and will need to come to school wearing their PE kit on those days.

PE days:

Children with earrings need to be able to take them out on their own or should remove them in the morning before school and not wear them on their PE day. Teachers and support staff are unable to be able to take the children's earrings out.


If you are thinking of letting your child have earrings, please can you arrange for this to be done in the summer holiday. As earrings need to be kept in for a length of time after they have first been pierced, any children who have their ears pierced during the other holidays find it a challenge to join in with P.E. 


Reading at Home

 We love reading in Reception and wish for the children to develop a love of reading too! We have sent all of the children home with a reading book for them to enjoy with you. We promote daily reading in Reception, as over the past few years every child who has read at home on a daily basis has struggled less during their day-to-day learning, making them happier in school because they are able to access more of the curriculum independently. Please use your child's reading diary to write a short comment about their reading at home. Please ensure your child brings their reading book and reading diary into school every day. We will change reading books twice a week, usually on a Monday and Thursday. 

In addition, every Tuesday the children will visit our school library where they will be able to choose a book to take home for the week. Please return the book weekly to be changed. 

Adults working in Reception