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Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are so excited to be welcoming a new class of children to St. Richard’s and beginning their learning journey through school with them. We will follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum during the school year. 

Please could you ensure that children bring in a water bottle from home. Please do not put water bottles from home inside book bags as they tend to leak water over any contents. Book bags are stored in trays inside the classroom. Please do check your child’s book bag daily as there may be important letters inside.

Children in Reception Class all have their own pegs for storing coats and PE kits and we have a box inside the classroom for lunch boxes. We will be using the outside area in all weathers so please provide a pair of wellies with your child’s name in which will be stored in our Welly Shelter.

Please ensure all uniform is named including ties, book-bags, P.E kits, hats and jumpers etc.  It helps us to encourage the children to be independent and know what items belong to them. It can be very difficult to keep track of uniform that isn’t named when children misplace it. Any uniform that is left behind in the class is kept for a few days and then sent to lost property.

If there is anything in particular you wish to discuss with me, please feel free to catch me at the beginning or end of the day, write a note and put it in the book bag or make an appointment through the office.


Kind regards,


Miss Wood

Watch our video: A Day in Reception

St. Richard’s Foundation Stage is featured in a case study in the national magazine Nursery World! The article focuses on the work of our Early Years Leader, Katy Wood as part of the ‘Transformation Project’ and the importance of early intervention in children’s development.


Guided by the school’s strategic partnership with Early Excellence, the internationally renowned specialist early years training company, and based on substantive impact across our academy early years settings, Nursery World approached the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership to review developments and the progress made at St. Richard’s. Read the full article here.

Nursery World Case Study

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