St Stephen's

CE Primary School

0161 764 1132

Colville Drive, Bury, Lancashire, BL8 2DX

0161 764 1132

Colville Drive, Bury, Lancashire, BL8 2DX

Learning, loving and growing; together as God's children

Welcome Message

Class Teachers: Miss T Ramzan & Miss N Jones
Supported by: Mrs A. Riley & Mrs L Williams

A very warm welcome to all our children and families who will be joining us in September.


We are all looking forward to seeing you on your first day and we hope you are feeling as excited as we are. We have lots of fun activities ready for you and we can not wait for you to start your learning journey here with us.


If you have any questions please contact us through Tapestry or through the school office and we 'll get back to you asap.


Stay safe, take care and see you soon,


The Reception Team x 

For families who are starting Reception in September; Please download the forms below, complete them and send them to the school office via e-mail or post.  Thank you.

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For information on our topics this term and for information on Home Learning, please scroll down. For all up to date news and information please follow us on Twitter...

EYFS Learning from home

Monday 13th July 2020


We hope you have been keeping well. This week's home learning is all about dinosaurs! 


Stay safe, have an amazing Summer break and we will see you in September!


The Reception Team x

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Monday 6th July 2020

Hello July :)

Its been great weather for the duck and plants this week and we hope you have managed to stay dry! We can not believe that July is here already and that our year in Reception is nearly finished. We are missing you all so much and can not wait to see you back in school in September when you will be in Year 1.


Please continue sending in photos of your amazing Home Learning, we love seeing what you are getting up to. Don't forget to watch our Virtual Assemblies where YOU could be our 'Star Home Learner'.


Here is the Home Learning for this week. It is based on the book 'Oliver's Vegetables', we hope you enjoy it. 


Take care, stay safe and be amazing!


The Reception Team x



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Monday 29th June 2020


What a fabulous week we've had with all that glorious sunshine! We hope you've been remembering to keep hydrated and staying 'sun safe.'


Here is the Home Learning for this week. We love seeing all the fantastic work you are doing at home and will be picking a 'Star Home Learner' every week. You can send us your photos / videos via Tapestry and Twitter.


Don't forget we are using the White Rose Maths and some of our activities can be found at White Rose Maths and this week is Week 9 Zog

Take care

The Reception Team xx

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Monday 22nd June 2020


We hope you are all doing well and keeping safe. Let's hope all those thunderstorms are gone and the sunshine is back! 


Here is this weeks Home Learning grid. We are loving seeing all your fantastic work you are doing at home. Please keep on sending it us and keeping in contact with us via Tapestry.

Don't forget we are using the White Rose Maths and some of our activities can be found at 

White Rose Maths and this week is Week 8 Princess Mirror-Belle


Take care

The Reception Team xx

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Monday 15th June 2020


Hi, we hope you are all keeping well. We have had a few parents asking for reading books to be sent out. Unfortunately we are not able to send reading books home as they cannot be cleaned thoroughly. There is a website that is offering free books at every reading band (I know that some parents are already using this site!). The site is Oxford Owl and it is the same scheme as our school reading books. You can find the Chip, Biff and Kipper books there, along with other stories. You can also choose which band of book you want to access too. It only takes a few minutes to register and you then have access to loads of books that can be viewed on your phone, tablet or computer. The link is  

Don’t forgot to use Robot Arms to encourage sounding out and blending of words!

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Monday 8th June 2020

We hope you are all doing well and enjoying the Home Learning we have been setting? Don't forget to upload your work onto Tapestry so we can see what you have been up to.

On the Home learning menu you will see that we are following the WhiteRose maths scheme. If you are finding it hard to see the slides we have been putting on our plans, you can see them all on their website White Rose Maths Early Years/Reception We are currently on their Week 6. 

If you need any help please do not hesitate to get in touch with us via Tapestry or leave a phone message on the school's system and we will get back to you ASAP. 

Take care and continue being AMAZING!!!


Love from the the Reception Team xx

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Monday 1st June 2020


What glorious weather we've been having. We hope you've managed to make the most of it! Here is the home learning for this week. 




Love from the Reception Team xx

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Monday 25th May 2020

Happy Half Term! 

We can’t quite believe it’s May Half Term already. Thank you for all your hard work this term with your Home Learning, we have loved seeing your work and the lovely things you have been up to. 

We have set you some different activities for over Half Term, we hope you enjoy them! Carry on sending in your photos via Tapestry. 

Take care and stay safe

The Reception Team x


Monday 18th May 2020

Another week has passed! We hope you have been keeping busy but safe. Here is this week's Home Learning. Please carry on sending in your pictures / videos via Tapestry.

Love, The Reception Team x

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Monday 11th May 2020

What a busy week last week was with VE celebrations and some fantastic Home Learning, so a huge Thank You and Well Done! Keep sending us your wonderful work on Tapestry. Take care, be kind and stay safe.

Love The Reception Team x

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Monday 5th May 2020

May already! We hope you are all keeping safe and well. Attached below is the Home Learning for this week. Please continue to upload any work / pictures / videos onto Tapestry. We have loved watching your Vowel Song videos! Please keep them coming :) Thank you again to all those families that are going that extra mile with their Home Learning challenges. We appreciate all the hard work that you are putting in and have loved seeing what the children have been up to. 

Love The Reception Team xx

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Monday 27th April 2020

What a lovely sunny week we have had, we hope you are all well and have enjoyed spending time in the sunshine. Attached below is your Home Learning tasks for this week. Don't forget to take photos of all your amazing work and upload them onto Tapestry. Each week we will celebrate all the wonderful work you have been doing, so keep an eye out on here and Twitter as it could be you! Take care of yourselves and your family,

Love The Reception Team xx

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Welcome to Summer Term 1

Monday 20th April 2020

We hope you have had a lovely Easter with your family. We are all missing you, but look forward to seeing your amazing home learning. 

Each week we will be posting a weekly Timetable with fun filled activities and learning, we hope you enjoy them. We will be displaying your home learning each week on our website, so please make sure you are uploading your child's work onto their Tapestry account. Thank you to those parents that have already posted the work you have been doing, it looks like you've had lots of fun in the beautiful spring sunshine. 

Please find below this weeks Home Learning called Reception week 1. 

Details for Phonics Play which will allow you to access the free online games

Username: march20

Password: home 

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Don't forget to use your child's Tapestry account for any Home Learning. We are so excited to see what you have been up to!

Please don't forget to use your child's Tapestry account and upload any Home Learning that you have been doing, it will be great to see you!

We may also use Tapestry to keep you updated with any Home Learning tasks and activities, so please keep in touch!


Please continue to read with your child every day to encourage fluency and confidence with sounds, words and sentences. 

Recognising words, shapes and numbers in the environment is important and you can expand on this by questioning your child on what they know about these letters and numerals. 

You could also access the following websites:

Topmarks ~ Early Years 3-5yr olds

Phonics Play ~ Phase 2 & 3 phonics

Phonics Bloom ~ Phase 2 & 3 phonics

Read with phonics ~ Phase 2 & 3 phonics

Oxford Owl ~ Access to books from our school reading scheme

Twinkl ~ For lots of printable resources aimed at all year groups including High School (Reception is FS2)

Activeforlife ~ 49 fun physical activities for EYFS

Letter join ~ Handwriting practise ~ Username & password ~ See your Tapestry Account

Numberblocks on CBeebies is an amazing mathematical resource that focuses on the value of numbers.

You can search for the episodes on Youtube.

Start on Series 1, Episode 1 and work your way through them.

 A few more ideas...

Wildlife Trust Looking after yourself and nature

For more fun ideas on how to look after nature,  from making a butterfly or a bird feeder to building a bottle basking shark click on the Wildlife Trust link above. 

We would just like to say a huge thank you for all the support we have received since September from our Reception families. We will continue to update our class page on a regular basis so check back for more ideas. Please also keep posting on your child's Tapestry so we can keep in touch. Take care and keep safe. 

Love Miss Jones, Miss Ramzan, Mrs Riley, Mrs Fitton, Mrs Williams, Miss Shaylor & Mrs Bostock xxx

Summer Term 2020

The Cornerstones topic for the first half of the half term is Why do ladybirds have spots?

The children will learn about minibeasts and there habitats.  They will ask questions such as Why do ladybirds have spots? Why do spiders spin webs? 
Possible lines of enquiry include:
• minibeasts in the local environment
• similarities and differences
• growth and change
• patterns and colours
• plants and flowers

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Spring Term 2020

Our next topic for Spring term 2 is ‘Will you read me a story?’ 

This topic is based on Traditional Tales and we will be exploring fairy tale characters, goodies and baddies, homes and castles, magic and fantasy. We will be asking questions such as “Was the Big Bad Wolf really so bad.” And “How many bowls of porridge did Goldilocks eat?”

Friday 13th March 2020

“Run run as fast as you can, you can’t catch me, I’m

the Gingerbread man!”

The children have been busy reading the story of the Gingerbread Man this week. They have enjoyed retelling the story, using gingerbread play dough and making their own Gingerbread people on Friday. The children also loved finding that the Gingerbread man had paid them a visit over night too, dancing his way around the classroom! 

Friday 6th March 2020

What a busy week this week in Reception for our Love to Read Week! The children have been enjoying lots of activities to do with reading, from making bookmarks to role playing their favourite traditional tale. 

On Thursday we had a Stay and Read session where parents, carers and grandparents came into read with their children. A huge thank you to all that came, it was lovely to see you reading with children and the smiles on their faces.


On Friday we had our wonderful Vocabulary Parade to end the Love to Read week. The children came dressed as a word and they all looked amazing, what creative parents, carers and grandparents we have!

The children confidently showed off their costumes and outfits in assembly, going up on the stage to thunderous applause off the rest of the school. Well done

Friday 28th February 2020

What a busy first week back!

The children have been learning all about Lent this week tasting pancakes on Tuesday, talking about Ash Wednesday and our whole school Live Lent 40 day challenge. As a class we have decided to give up single use plastics for Lent to help the environment. The children and adults are keen to reuse and recycle. 

 Mystery Reader

The children had a surprise visit on Thursday from our EYFS governor Mrs Val Eustice. She came to read a story to the children in preparation for our Love to read Week that is happening in school all next week. The children enjoyed the story and the puppets that were kindly donated by Mrs Eustice. 




 Friday 24th January 2020


Happy Australia Day!

Reception have enjoyed taking part in their Australia Day today, raising funds for the wildlife on Kangaroo Island that have been affected by the terrible bush fires. The children have learnt all about the different animals that live in Australia, designed their own boomerangs and made Australian flags. Thank you for the kind donations.




EYFS held a Sausage Sizzler after school tonight  as part of their Australia Day celebrations to raise extra funds for the Wildlife Recovery Fund on Kangaroo Island. Thank you to the children and their families who bought our delicious sausages. 

Wednesday 22nd January 2020

The children have enjoyed learning all about Chinese New Year this week, listening to the story about the different animals of the zodiac. They then acted out and ordered the animals using the props and the number cards. 



The children have also been learning about penguins as part of our Winter/Water topic. They carefully constructed the penguins out of a range of different materials and proudly displayed them in our Winter Wonderland 



Friday 17th January 2020

 The children turned into super scientists today as they investigated what happens when water freezes. They discussed in small groups why and how the water had frozen and how it would melt back into water if they left it in the sunshine and the warmth. 

We have left some more outside our classroom over the weekend and we can not wait to find out what has happened to them on Monday.


Friday 10th January 2020

The children braved the cold and the mud this afternoon and had an amazing time in our Forest School. They read books, made potions, played with the musical instruments and explored the trees. How lucky we are to have our own wonderful Forest School.

Welcome back to Spring Term!

Our next topic is "Why is water wet?" We will be looking at water and its properties and exploring questions such as "How can we keep dry on a rainy day?" We will be investigating the properties of water, floating and sinking, staying safe near water and things that are waterproof.





Wishing all our families a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2020.

See you on Monday 6th January 2020. 


Thursday 19th December 2019


The children had a very special visitor this morning in Reception to celebrate their final day in school before the Christmas holidays. They asked him lots of questions about his elves and reindeers. 





EYFS Nativity 2019

What an amazing performance this week from EYFS in our Nativity. They all showed great courage and confidence as they told the true meaning of Christmas. 

Friday 13th December 2019

Today the children enjoyed taking part in Save The Children Christmas jumper day, they  all looked amazing. We talked to the children about how their kind contributions would help other children.



Friday 6th December 2019

Christmas has arrived in Reception this week. First, we have had a delivery of our real christmas, which the children enjoyed decorating.

Secondly, a little friend has come to stay with us for the season. The children are enjoying seeing what he gets up to every night whilst we are at home! 

Next Miss Ramzan showed off her creative skills with her snowman painting.

And lastly the children help create their own small world tuff tray with a winter theme, fabulous work children! 


Friday 29th November 2019 

On Wednesday the children enjoyed a PJ day for their topic “What happens when I fall asleep”. 

The children brought in their favourite soft toys and story books to share with the class. They also enjoyed hot chocolate and biscuits.

Friday 22nd November 2019

This week Reception have had a special visitor who has come to spend some time in class. He has terrible tusks, and terrible claws, and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws. Knobbly knees and turned-out toes, and a poisonous wart at the end of his nose. His eyes are orange, his tongue is black; he has purple prickles all over his back... Oh help! Oh no! It’s a gruffalo! 


The children have enjoyed listening to the story and using the puppets and toys to act it out. They have also made their own gruffalo using play dough and paper plates, played gruffalo games and solved some gruffalo maths. 
He will be back with us next week for more fun!




Friday 15th November 2019

Children in Need 2019


The children in Reception had a great day joining in with BBC's Children In Need today. They enjoyed making their own Pudsey bear masks, as well as listening to stories about the famous yellow bear. We loved seeing them dressed up in their own clothes, Pudsey outfits and accessorises. 


Thank you for all your kind donations.

Funky Fingers 


The children have been busy practising their fine motor skills with their Funky Finger activities this week. They have been threading pipe cleaners and beads, using peg boards, cutting patterns with scissors and pegging socks onto the washing line (no excuses at home now children! ) to build the strength in their fingers. Fantastic work!





To Infinity and Beyond...


A huge thank you to the very talented Mrs Riley who has recreated the Solar System in our class with the help of the children.  They used balloons and paper mache to make the planets and lots of lovely coloured paints and glitter.


The children are busy learning facts about the different planets and love their amazing working environment. 


I'm sure you'll agree they look out of this world!







A warm welcome back to Autumn 2 to all our children and families.


Our next topic this term is called 'What happens when I fall asleep'.  The children will be learning about the planets and stars, nocturnal animals, people who work at night, the importance of sleep and rest as well as discussing bedtime routines.

We will also be looking at Diwali, Bonfire night, Remebrance Day and Christmas.


Thursday 7th November 2019 

 The children have been busy making edible sparklers this week with Mrs Fitton. They enjoyed dipping the breadsticks in the chocolate, then used sprinkles to add colours for the fireworks.

Friday 1st November 2019 

 The children have enjoyed a busy first week back this week. They have been looking at the festival of Diwali at the beginning of the week, practising writing their names in the shape of firework rockets, a visit to our wonderful Forest School and finally their first gymnastics session on Friday. 




Tuesday 29th October 2019

The children arrived back to school this morning to find an amazing space station had arrived in class! They were all very excited to see what had landed in their role play area and have already started to enjoy discovering the secrets of the universe and pretending to be astronauts.

Friday 27th September 2019


Autumn has arrived in Reception this week. The children enjoyed looking at the changes happening in their environment, collecting leaves, acorns and other autumn treasures. 



Zumba and Squiggle has been a huge hit this week with the children, allowing them to build up strength in their arms and shoulders for fine motor skills.





Friday 20th September 2019

Dough Disco 

Another first this week for Reception, as they started their daily Dough Disco sessions by Shonette  and of course the wonderful Mrs Riley!


The children have thoroughly enjoyed moulding the play dough in time to music and performing different actions such as;  rolling it into a ball, flattening it, putting each individual finger into the dough, rolling it into a sausage and squeezing it. 


This activity helps to strengthen children's fine motor muscle, s to enable them to develop their pencil grip which in turn will help to develop their writing skills. But most of all it's fun. Ask your child to show you the moves and join in! 



Apple Cake

One activity that was a huge hit this week in Reception was baking with the apples harvested from the school grounds. The children enjoyed mixing and stirring the different ingredients, as well as talking about what they thought was going to happen when we baked it. As the cake was cooking, the children enjoyed the delicious smell and couldn't wait to try it for snack time.

A BIG thank you to those parents who have kindly contributed so far to the Reception fund, this enabled us to buy the ingredients. 





Friday 13th September 2019

Busy First Week!

Wow! What a busy and exciting first full week the children have had in Reception. They have all shown great confidence and enthusiasm whilst settling into the class and school routines, a huge well done!

The children have been experiencing lots of new and exciting things in class this week and have had their first PE lesson. All the children loved taking part in the  badminton lesson and tried really hard to get changed themselves.

We are also very lucky to have our own apple tree growing in Nursery and the children have been busy collecting them and using them for counting. We can't wait to use them for baking next week.

A very warm welcome to  our new Reception children who have joined this week. 

Miss Ramzan, Miss Jones, Mrs Riley and Mrs Fitton have had a busy start to the week visiting the children in their homes and getting to know a little bit about them.

On Thursday and Friday we welcomed the children into their new class and they all settled in well.  The children enjoyed staying for lunch and exploring their new learning environment, both outside and in. We are all very proud of how well the children have lined up, sat on the carpet and followed instructions for their first exciting week here at St Stephens.

We can not wait to welcome all the children together on Monday for the start of their amazing learning journey with us.

For up to date news follow Reception on twitter 



Our first topic in EYFS will be Why do you love me so much ?

During this first topic we shall be looking at and answering questions like  'What is special about me?'  and  'How do we show we care?' 

We will be exploring this topic about love, families, home, friends and how people are the same and different.

Look out on twitter, Tapestry and this class webpage for more information and what we have been up to during this lovely topic.

New baseline assessment pilot 2019/2020

During the first few weeks of Reception, children are assessed to provide a baseline assessment to enable staff to provide a personalised curriculum for each child.  This September, our Reception children will be taking part in the NFER baseline assessment pilot scheme.  This will provide a snapshot of where pupils are when they arrive at school, enabling us to have a starting point to measure the progress that the children make by the end of year 6.