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St Antony's

Catholic Primary School

God is at the heart of our school


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Classroom teachers: Miss Garnett & Mrs O'Connor

Nursery Nurses: Mrs Coppola & Mrs Senk



Week ending 7th December


What a week! The children have amazed us with their enthusiasm for singing in not one but three performances of "Shine star shine." They looked and sounded amazing!

Our first visit to church went well and the children sat and listened to the Advent service beautifully.

Everyone looked very festive in their Christmas jumpers. Thankyou for the donations sent in. We will be using them to purchase some new playground equipment for lunchtimes. The children thoroughly enjoyed their disco and danced themselves dizzy! Thanks to FOSA for organising such a great event.

Next week, a theatre company will be coming to put on a pantomime for the Reception children on Friday afternoon.

Have a great weekend!



Ready to perform and christmas jumper day!

Week ending 30th November


What a busy week we have had hunting for Bears and preparing for advent!

Our stay and play session was full of Christmas wonderment with children accompanying Christmas songs with bells and triangles, recording our Christmas wishes on sound buttons, making stars and decorating bauble biscuits. We listened to the story of the Nativity and understand the reason we celebrate is for Christ's birthday.

 Next week we have so much on with our school advent service on Tuesday at 2pm and performance of our Nativity on Friday at 10am and 2pm.

 To top it all off we have our Christmas jumper day and Christmas disco on Friday 7th December. The Reception children will attend the first session from 3.30 to 4.30 pm.

 Please send in your child's costume on Monday. It needs to be clearly labelled and in a carrier bag with their name on it. We ask that your child wears plain black clothing.

Have a restful weekend!


Week ending 23rd November

The children have loved our story of the Owl babies and have made lots of beautiful sensory collage owls this week.

They have also enjoyed using real coins in our role-play toyshop and are beginning to use everyday language related to money. Please continue to support your children with this if you are spending change at the Parish Christmas Fayre tomorrow.

 We have sent home PACT homework today for return on Friday 7th December.

During our curiosity Friday session we explored our senses looking for pattern and feeling textures. The children had great fun getting messy in the corn flour goo and compost farm. We also made colour mixing sums to find out what colours are made when we mix them together.

Thankyou to the parents who attended our stay and play session today. We hope you had funny too!

 Have a great weekend.


Week ending 16th November

The children have continued to work hard on their phonics and reading this week. Thankyou for the support you have given your children at home. It really does make a difference!

We are continuing to focus on owl babies in our literacy tasks and have enjoyed making nests and describing how the owl babies felt when their mummy left them alone in their nest.

We are focussing on recognising coins in our maths next week so please have a look at the different coins you use for shopping over the weekend.

Today we had great fun getting curious about bodies with the help of Bony Tony the school skeleton. We taught him to sing "Heads shoulders knees and toes" and he showed us the story   "Funnybones" and taught us the skeleton bones song  "Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones."  Photos of all the fun activities we took part in will follow shortly.

Have a great weekend!


skeleton fun!

Phonics Meeting Powerpoint Presentation

Week ending 9th November

Thankyou to all parents who attended our phonics meeting. We hope it helped to make how we teach phonics clearer. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to see Miss Garnett or Mrs O'Connor.

The children are really enjoying their stay and play sessions with a member of their family. Please check the rota for your date. All dates for the year are available to allow for any organisation around work or childcare you may have to make. 

Dates for your diary:


Thursday 8th November: Phonics Meeting. 3.30pm (Creche available) and 5.30pm in class RG.


Friday 7th December: Reception and Year One Christmas Performance 2pm. Please note, parents attending stay and play on that date will attend the performance. The children will need to wear all black clothing for their costumes.

Week ending 2nd November

The children have had a busy first week back at school after the autumn break. They embraced changing for P.E with enthusiasm and although we lost shoes, trousers and various other items everyone went home clothed! Please ensure your child has their P.E. kit in school for next weeks lesson on Wednesday. Please label all items of clothing clearly.


Our first stay and play session was held on Friday and we hope the children and parents enjoyed spending time sharing activities in their classrooms. Spaghetti painting and using sparklers safely were just some of the exciting experiences on offer.

We  have talked to the children about safety around fireworks and we hope you all have a happy and safe November 5th.

Week ending 20th October

We have reached the end of our first half term and are very proud of how the children have settled into school life and classroom routines. They have developed friendships and are embracing the learning opportunities presented to them with great enthusiasm.

The Reception team wish you all a lovely, restful break and look forward to seeing you all on Monday 29th October.

Week ending 12th October

This week we have enjoyed the story  "I will not ever never eat a tomato" by Lauren Child.  The children loved talking about their favourite foods and their not so favourite foods! We made up lots of silly names for foods we did not like and took part in some lovely role play as Charlie and Lola.

 We are continuing to think about food next week as our Big Talk topic is  to talk about a special meal you have shared with your family.

Next week we are thinking about welcoming people into God's family and would really appreciate it if you could send in a photo of your child's Baptism. The children get so much from talking about their own precious memories. Thankyou to the parents that have already sent in their photos.

The stay and play timetable is now on the website, please check for your allocated date.

Have a lovely weekend!


Reception Stay and Play

Our Early Years Aims

At St Antony’s Catholic Primary School, our aim is to create a happy and secure environment, where children will develop confidence, key skills and an eagerness to learn. We recognise that as parents, you are the first educator in your child’s life and it is our wish to create positive partnerships with families from the outset.

We have introduced Stay & Play Sessions and we welcome all family members to attend, including; Mums, Dads, Grandparents and Carers etc. You are invited to stay and play with your children as we value your support and recognise the importance of partnership with parents.

Benefits of Stay and Play sessions

Stay & Play sessions allow you the chance to see your child interact with other children and learn through play in a relaxed environment. Staff will set up activities following the children’s interests and parents/carers can come along and take part in the activities, learn new skills and ideas for learning at home through play. You will also have the opportunity to find out about school life and daily activities that take place in the early years.


Session structure

We offer one Stay and Play session per child per term. We ask that only one adult per child attends the session and this can be a different adult each time to allow all family members to enjoy a Stay and Play session throughout the year. The purpose of the session will be to stay and play with your child only and not to look through books or consult with teachers, as opportunities for this will be provided on parent’s consultation evenings. It is important to remember that confidentiality is vital within the school, after your visit if there is anything you feel it is important to share please speak directly with the class teacher. Sessions will last from 2:15pm to 3:15pm on Friday afternoons and children can leave directly from the classroom with their adult at 3:15pm. Please see Stay and Play timetables on our webpage for your child’s session date.

Stay and Play Timetable

Week ending 5th October

 This week we have been learning about 2d and 3d shapes. We all had great fun making shapes using rope and chalks and talking about shapes we could find in our classrooms and around the school. Have a look and see if you can find any cylinders, cubes, cuboids, cones  and spheres when you are out and about at the weekend.


Thankyou to all the parents who attended our welcome meeting. We hope the information you received was useful and don't forget to come and see us if you have any further questions. The power point is on our class page if you missed the meeting.


Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Dates for your diary:


We have arranged some meetings to share our expectations and explain ways to support your children at home with Phonics, Writing and Mathematics.


Welcome Meeting: 4th October 2018 at 3.30pm and 5.30pm.

Phonics Meeting: 8th November 2018 at 3.30pm and 5.30pm.

Writing Meeting: 24th January 2019 at 3.30pm and 5.30pm.

Mathematics Meeting: 31st January 2019 at 3.30pm and 5.30pm.


A creche will be available for children of parents attending the 3.30pm meetings.




Our Autumn curriculum newsletter.

Parents Welcome Meeting Powerpoint

Week ending 28th September

We have had a great week settling into our new classes, building relationships with our teachers and making new friends. The children have been very happy to share their likes and dislikes and to talk about their families.



Week ending 21st September.


You should have all received a letter detailing your child's class teacher and their house colour  today. The best way to purchase your P.E t-shirt is by ordering online. The link is available on the school website. The office do have a limited stock but these are the old style t-shirts. We apologise for any confusion this may have caused.


Please remember we are lining up in the playground with the whole school on Monday at 8.45 am. Please be prompt as we would like the children to participate in morning prayers. We also expect the children to carry their own bags and lunchboxes as we want to encourage independence. 


The children seem very happy and settled after their first two weeks at school and we are looking forward to seeing them in their new classes.


Have a lovely weekend!

Welcome to St Antony's.


Welcome to our Reception classes at St Antony's. We are looking forward to meeting you all at our drop in sessions on Friday 7th September from 9.30 am  to 12 pm and 1.30 pm to 3 pm.  This will be an opportunity for you to meet your child's teachers and to familiarise the children with their new environment.


Our Topics this academic year are:

All about me





Under the Sea


Big Talk posters will be given out fortnightly on a Monday. Please complete this with your child for that week's Friday.

Impact goes out fortnightly on a Friday.  Please complete for following Friday. 

Phonics goes out on a Monday. Please return by Friday.

Weekly reading please ensure you read with your child every night (as much as possible) and update the reading journal with comments based on the focus. This helps us to choose and set books tailored for your child's progress. This is alongside the group words which are to be returned on your child's reading day. 


If your child's books are not returned on time then they will miss out on the tasks/spellings and/or given back out again. 

There is more information about what is expected on the 'Reception Homework Timetable' at the bottom of this page.



 Please make sure that all school uniform and PE kit is clearly labelled as it helps the children to identify and encourages responsibility for their own belongings.

Lost property boxes are located by the year 2 classrooms- please make sure if you need to access the lost property that you gain entry via the office so they are aware of who is on site at all times.

Parent Workshops - February

Phonics Workshop