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)

Ms C. Whitley – Reception Class Teacher (Friday)

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

Miss J. Hoey – Teaching Assistant (mornings)

Mrs T. Daniels – Teaching Assistant (afternoons)

Mrs S. Naeem – Bilingual Teaching Assistant (Tuesday)

Winter Wonderland

Welcome to the second half of our Autumn term!
We have a busy half term until Christmas. We will be looking at the celebrations of Bonfire Night, talking about what fireworks sound like, what they smell like and what they look like. We will be asking ourselves what colours, patterns and shapes they can see, and what noises do they can hear. We will also cover Anti-bullying week and then move onto our topic for this half term of Winter Wonderland.
In literacy we will be working on and extending all the skills we learnt so far in Reception; name writing, handwriting, reading and writing simple sentences. We will be looking at the story of “Mr Popper’s Penguins”, in preparation for our school trip to the Sale Waterside theatre to see the production.
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!
In maths we will be consolidating our learning of numbers 1-10 and learning numbers beyond 10. We will be doing some addition and subtraction work, as well as using positional language to describe where something is, weighing and measuring objects and ordering measurements.
In understanding the world, we will be looking at winter. How the weather changes, what happens in winter, snow melting, animals that live in the Antarctica.
Towards the end of this half term we will be doing lots of activities around Christmas; learning about the history, making gifts, writing cards and lists and practising for our Christmas production with year one and year two. We hope you can come and watch us!
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!