Reception 2021 - 2022

Mrs Edwards

Ms Ranson


Welcome to the Reception Class at Mersey Vale Primary School!

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

Ms J. Ranson – Class Teacher (Friday)

Mrs C. McDonagh - Class Teacher (Tuesday pm)

We are supported by an amazing team of teaching assistants - Miss Hoey, Mrs Martin, Mrs Daniels and Ms Lansdale.

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!

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

EDS Returning to School English version (1)


Here is the NHS handwashing song for you to learn:

Reception Information 2021-2022

  • Please bring book bags in daily. These are needed for any letters and pictures your child does in class. 
  • Please bring labelled waterbottles in daily and a small healthy snack in a pot if you are not having a school snack. 
  • Once settled children will bring home reading books weekly to read at home with an adult. These need to be brought back each Wednesday to be changed.
  • Once settled homework will be sent out on Classdojo on a Thursday and needs to be completed and loaded on through the portfolio section on Classdojo by the following Thursday.
  • Once settled your child will come home with a library book each Wednesday. This needs to be returned the following Wednesday for your child to swap for a new one.
  • Once settled PE will be every Tuesday. Your child will come to school dressed in their PE kits for the whole day. 
  • 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 using our Read Write Inc. scheme and the children will take part in daily phonics sessions. This includes learning a new sound, handwriting, reading and guided reading.

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!

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