Reception 2019 - 2020

Miss Crawford

Foundation Stage Teacher

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Welcome to Reception!

The staff in Reception are Mrs Wilding 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 Thursday. To make life easier for everyone we are asking that your child comes in to school with their P.E kit on on their P.E day.


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.

Our theme for this half term is 'Food Glorious Food' which we know the children will really enjoy.

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 Celebrating and Gathering. Celebrating will include learning about what a celebration is and talking about our own experiences of celebrations. We will then learn about how the family parish celebrates in different ways and end with our own class celebrations. During the gathering topic we will be learning how and why people gather together, we will also learn about the joy of how people gather together and celebrate at mass.


Throughout our ‘Food Glorious Food’ topic there will be lots of opportunities for the children to apply their phonic knowledge.  We will be continuing to learn set 1 sounds (RWI) and using our knowledge of these sounds to read three letter words as well as segmenting to spell. We will also be starting to learn ‘red’ words such as I, the, no, go and to. The children will be coming home with a different reading book each week.  Please ensure you send it back to school so it can be changed.


We will be reading lots of books about food. We will begin by reading our ‘Talk for Writing’ focus book ‘Six Dinner Sid’ and looking at the food Sid ate throughout the story. We will be making some of the food to taste and also using our creative skills to make it in the play dough and creative area. We will have a role play of a restaurant which will serve food from the books we read or celebrations we are learning about throughout the topic. Our story corner will be bursting with stories about food and recipe books for children to explore. We will be applying our phonic knowledge to label and describe Sid as well as making menus for our Role –Play restaurant.


We will be using the Numicon to order and match the numeral to each piece. We will explore money and counting through our restaurant and fruit and vegetable shop role play, we will be applying our knowledge of addition to work out how much two items cost. In the outdoor area we will be matching large Numicon to their numeral. We will be using shapes to make real representations of houses and food. We will also be looking at 1 more, 1 less, subtraction and halving.

Knowledge and understanding the world

We will observe our school area as it changes from Winter to Spring and talk about the changes we see. We will explore technology by learning to use the I-pads, internet programmes, cameras and story phones. We will be learning about different foods and where they come from. We will be comparing the foods that we consider to be healthy and unhealthy and sharing experience of food we eat in different cultures.


Children will be challenged to be as independent as possible in their self care including putting coats on and fastening them up, Funky Fingers and Formation station activities will support this. Children will be learning about food and discussing what is healthy and unhealthy about the food they eat. We will be encouraging them to pick healthy choices as often as possible. Our P.E day will continue to be on Thursday. Please continue to send your child in their kit on this day.


This half term we will be developing skills of confidence in approaching new tasks and situations and speaking in small groups. Children are independently accessing the resources within the unit and will continue to be encouraged to be independent.  

We will use disagreements between the children to model and encourage positive problem solving and sharing.

Expressive arts

We will be making lots of different creations this half term linked to food including healthy and unhealthy food plates, fruit and vegetable collages, making characters from the story in different media. We will be using music and dance to express the stories and information we are learning about. We will represent characters from stories in different ways and use drama to represent stories or our feelings towards them. We will role play in our shop, restaurant and vet surgery and small world activities.



Thank you for your support

Mrs Wilding and Miss Wignall 








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Holy Family Catholic Primary School

Upper Essex Street

Liverpool, L8 6QB


0151 709 3672

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