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)

Autumn term in Reception

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 main focus 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 and letter formation. In our phonics we will be learning the letter names and the sounds each letter makes – there will be a literacy workshop later in the term to explain this.

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 Hugless Douglas books and 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 are some photographs from our first few weeks in 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 are working on phase 2 sounds. We are learing the saounds the letters make c (for cat), b (for ball) and not the leter names (as you would sing the alphabet).
  • 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.


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!