Reception 2019 - 2020

Miss McGhee


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Welcome to Reception!

The staff in Reception are Miss McGhee and Miss Wignall. 

Times of the day

The EYFS door will be open at 8:45am and will close promptly at 8:55am ready for the school day to start. The children finish school at 3:15pm.

It is important that your child is in school on time and your child is collected on time at the end of the day as children often become distressed if they are collected late. If you are running late, please contact the school office by phoning 01517093672.

Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club is FREE for all children. It starts at 8am each morning. Reception children who attend breakfast club will be taken to their class at 8.45am.


If your child is ill, please inform us by phoning the school office on 0151 7093672. Please ensure that school has your up to date contact details in case your child is ill during school.



Our children enjoy continuous snack each day. We ask for a contribution of £1 per child per week to make sure this can continue. Snack money needs to be paid in cash please on a Monday morning. Please give to a member of Early Years Staff.


Please ensure all items of clothing are labelled, including coats and shoes. It is very difficult to identify lost items of clothing if they are not labelled.

Our P.E day is a Friday. Children will need to bring black shorts and a plain white t shirt to get changed into in school as well as black pumps.

We spend lots of our day learning outdoors. Children will need to be well dressed for all weathers. Please make sure they have hats and suncream on potentially warm days and waterproof coats on other days. Leaving a pair of old wellies in school for children to change into would also be a great help. 


Children are not allowed to bring their own toys to Reception as this can cause upset. However, we love to see things that the children have made at home or have found whilst out and about. These items can be bought into school to share with the rest of the class.


In the EYFS Unit we love to inspire creativity and our modelling area is always a popular area. If you have any recycling materials at home, please pop them into the large box under the shelter.

If you have any concerns or worries, please speak to one of us when you drop your child off in the morning or collect them in the afternoon.

Below is a litle insight in to what we will be covering this half term 


This half term we will be learning about ourselves and our class as we meet and welcome new friends. We will recognise and write our names and identify things in our classroom as ours. We will look at photographs of ourselves and use mirrors to make different representations of ourselves including snack faces, painted faces and mini me sticks.  


Our talk for writing focus book will be ‘The Gruffalo’ and we will be reading lots of books about mice. We are hoping to visit a forest on a trip and collect sticks, make animal houses and make some bark rubbings for display. We will use our role-play area which will be a forest to role play being the characters from the story and have meals in different animal houses. We will use character masks and on sticks to small world role play the story. Our reading area will encourage children to use a ‘Reading buddy’ or soft toy to read their stories to. We will be using our formation station to practice the sounds we are learning in our read write inc groups. Each time we learn a new sound will  bring it home to practice.  


In our number groups we will be learning to say numbers in order, count amounts and solve problems with numbers up to ten. We will be using Numicon to be confident and familiar with numbers up to ten. We will be learning the days of the week, months of the year and other time related words. We will be sorting animals linked to our talk for writing story. We will measure and compare the sizes of the children in our class to compare them at the end of the year. We will also learn our ‘Number of the Week’ which will change each week. Children may be challenged at the end of the week to find the number in their home environment.  

Knowledge and understanding the world 

We will be talking about how we are unique and the special events in our families including birthdays, new babies and our home and families. We are very excited about our new outdoor area which will support our knowledge and understanding in a range of ways. We have an amazing water area where we will explore capacity and the associated language. We also have a walk in sand area where we will use different resources to create and problem solve. We will be planting our winter plants and herb garden and watching them grow over the year. We will also have an investigation station focus each week encouraging our children to explore and ask questions.  


This half term our hall time PE sessions will be on a Friday afternoon. Children will need to bring a PE kit in a bag to school each Friday. In these sessions children will be split into groups to take part in activities including racing, ball control, moving in different ways and balancing. We will play warm up and cool down games and think about how we feel after lots of exercise. We will be using the outdoor area to ride bikes, climb and develop our balance and co ordination skills through games and activities. We will have Funky Fingers task each week to make our fingers strong and improve our fine motor skills for writing.  


This term lots of time will be spent building confidence and children becoming more independent to explore and develop within the unit. They will be encouraged to do things for themselves and help themselves to resources and equipment and use it effectively. We will be modelling how to deal with fall outs and how to resolve problems to make sure children can build strong friendships with their peers. Children will be encouraged to think about how they are unique and the talents they have and be confident to share those with others.  

Expressive arts 

We will be exploring lots of art this half term. We will begin by decorating our picture frames and making paintings of ourselves to decorate our new classroom. We will represent the characters from the Gruffalo in different ways and use drama to represent the characters or our feelings towards them. We will role play in our forest role play and through story based small world activities. We will also be baking and making some Gruffalo themed snacks including ‘Roasted fox’, ‘scrambled snake’ and ‘owl ‘iced cream’. 


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Holy Family Catholic Primary School

Upper Essex Street

Liverpool, L8 6QB


0151 709 3672

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