Welcome to the Reception Class at Mersey Vale Primary School!

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  • 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)

Ms C. Whitley – Reception Class Teacher (Friday)

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

Miss J. Hoey – Teaching Assistant

Mrs T. Daniels – Teaching Assistant

Mrs S. Naeem – Bilingual Teaching Assistant (Tuesday)

Traditional Tales / Favourite Stories

Welcome to our Spring Term!

We have a fun half term planned until our February break. We will start our half term off by looking at the New Year, and discussing what we enjoyed about last year and what we’d like to get better at. We will then move onto our Big Book of The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. We will be looking at the WOW words used to describe The Gruffalo and will be sequencing events to retell the story through pictures and writing. In maths we will be consolidating our numbers 1-20, looking at saying what is one more and one less than a given number as well as beginning to do some trickier addition and subtraction sums.

Part way through the half term we will be taking part in celebrating Chinese New Year on 25th January. During this week we will be looking at patterns; recognising colours and patterns, as well as recreating them. We will be tasting some Chinese foods and having fun exploring noodles in our tuff tray. We will be making Chinese lanterns and writing instructions to explain how we did this.

Towards the end of the half term we will move onto our next Big Book of The Gruffalo’s Child. We will be drawing and writing our own story maps, writing books reviews and using 2D and 3D shapes to make our own terrible creatures. In maths we will be consolidating our knowledge of 2D shapes and learning new 3D shapes. We will be describing their shapes and their properties. We will also be taking part in Winter hunts around the school, looking out for signs of Winter.

We will be continuing our Read Write Inc. phonics sessions; learning a new sound each day and what words start with that sound. We will have a strong focus on Fred Talk to blend individual sounds to read simple words. Please do continue learning your letter sounds at home too!

We hope you enjoy the next half term and thank you for your continued support!
Mrs Edwards and the reception class team


Here are some photographs from Reception – Keep a look out for more to come:


  • In writing please keep remembering capital letters are only for beginning of names and sentences and not in the middle of words.
  • In phonics we will be continuing our Read Write Inc. scheme. Please keep practising at home from your plastic folders.
  • 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 is 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 is Thursday. Please ensure you bring your library book back every Thursday to swap for a new one.
  • PE is 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.

Getting your child ready for school info 2018

What to expect, when?

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

EYFS Overview

EYFS-Yearly-Overview 2019 2020

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!