Welcome to the Reception Class at Mersey Vale Primary School!

This fantastic page will allow us to share our

  • class news
  • pictures of things we have done
  • examples of work we are proud of
  • class display work
  • homework information
  • weekly spellings/key words
  • class and school events…………………………………………………..and lots more!

Mrs S. Edwards – Reception Class Teacher (Monday – Thursday)

Mrs C. Whiteley – Reception Class Teacher (Friday)

Mrs E. Harrison – Teaching Assistant (Monday – Friday)

Miss J. Hoey – Teaching Assistant

Mrs M. Aziz – Teaching Assistant

Mrs S. Naeem – Bilingual Teaching Assistant (Tuesday)

Click here to meet your new Reception team – Meet the Reception team


Welcome to your new Reception class at Mersey Vale Primary School and welcome to the first half of our Autumn term!

Between now and October half term we will be focusing on our topic of “Ourselves”. We will be introducing ourselves; looking at our friends, families and homes, our favourite things and toys, as well as our bodies. Our priority will be settling into our new school and new class and learning new rules and routines. We will be looking at our daily routines, ordering and sequencing the activities we do every day.

In literacy we will be working on and extending all the skills we learnt in nursery; name writing, handwriting, reading and writing simple sentences. We will be starting our Read Write Inc Scheme in phonics; learning the letter names and the sounds each letter makes – there will be a literacy workshop later in the term to explain this. Reading books and phonics work will be handed out in the future.

In maths we will be starting with recognising and forming numbers 1-10, and beyond for some children. We will be ordering numbers 1-10 and counting objects to match a certain number.

In our creative work we will be making our “shape family”; using shapes, patterns, printing with wax crayons and paints. We will also be studying the Funnybones book; making our hand and feet prints and measuring them.

We hope you enjoy the next half term and thank you for your continuing support!

Mrs Edwards and the Reception team.

Here is our Curriculum map for 2020/2021:

Reception curriculum map 20202021

Here are some starting back to school activities and information which can also be completed at home:

Returning to school in EYFS

EDS Returning to School English version (1)


YR_and_Y1_picture_books_about_fear_and_worry (1)

Here is the NHS handwashing song for you to learn:

The Mindful Monsters have created a new activity pack with lots of fun and exciting activities and ideas to do at home, just click the link – Mindful-Monsters-new-activities-digital-pack

What are the best maths picture books? Martin Williams Early Years Consultant has recommended these…

Reception Information

  • In writing please keep remembering capital letters are only for beginning of names and sentences and not in the middle of words.
  • We will start learning phonics through the Read Write Inc scheme. More information on this to follow…
  • Please bring book bags in daily. These are needed for any letters and pictures your child does in class as well as eventually reading and / or library books.
  • Homework will be sent out on a Wednesday and needs to be completed and brought in by the following Wednesday. It is encouraged that your child completes this themselves with an adult to support. More information on this will be sent out nearer the time.
  • Library book day will be Thursday. Please ensure you bring your library book back every Thursday to swap for a new one.
  • PE will be every Tuesday. Please make sure your child has a full kit with clothes suitable for outdoors. All items must be labelled. It is expected that all PE kits will be brought into school on a Monday and taken home on a Friday to be washed. More information on this will be sent out nearer the time.
  • Phonics Workshop-Advice for parents.


EYFS Guide for parents/ carers

Includes: Important information for parents and carers of children in EYFS and getting your child ready for school.

What to expect, when?

Guidance re: your child’s learning and development in the early years foundation stage

Building blocks for Reading (1)Building blocks for Writing 2Building blocks for Maths

Phase 2 and 3 phonics song

Jolly phonics song, to remember phase 2 and 3 letter sounds.

Phonics play games – for reading key words

We use this game in school to read and recognise key (CVC) words, and match it to the picture shown. Have a go at home!

Splat square! – for counting and recognising numbers

The children use this splat square to count and recognise numbers. Have a go at home!

Espresso maths games – counting, adding and subtracting

These are just some of the maths games we play in class. The children know how to count the actions, objects or sounds. Some of the harder games are adding or subtracting numbers. Have a go at home!

Please find many useful weblinks for home learning here: useful web links for home school learning