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Excellence Everyday


Class Teacher

Mrs J O'Brien

Learning Assistant

Mrs K Renshall



Please view and download our most recent topic webs, knowledge mats and long term plans for this academic year, 2019-2020.

 Autumn 2 Topic Web.pdfDownload
 Knowledge mat autumn 1.pdfDownload
 Knowledge mat autumn 2.pdfDownload
 Knowledge mat spring 1.pdfDownload
 Topic Web Spring 1 Roarsome World REC.pdfDownload
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Outdoor Learning

Come and have a look at the amazing learning we do outdoors.  We love going in the forest area every Thursday and learning from nature.

Blue Cross Vets

We enjoyed learning about how a vet can help animals in our community. We learnt about different things that are needed to make sure we can care well for animals.

We Are Learners

Come and have a look at the amazing learning we are engaging in as we settle into our new class.  We have been busy exploring the different learning areas in the classroom and learning about people who help us. We have had a visit from Learning Street where we became, detectives, palaeontologists and doctors to enrich our learning even more.

About the class...

Class Teacher - Mrs J. O'Brien

Learning Assistants - Miss K. Goldsack

Reception class is a happy, safe and stimulating environment where children are cared for, nurtured and encouraged to learn and reach their full potential. We work in partnership with parents to enable our children to learn in a fun and exciting way through their play.

There are 7 areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage. We deliver the curriculum through planned, purposeful play that is based upon the individual interests and learning needs of each individual child.

Communication and Language Development

The children are given opportunities to develop their learning and competence in communicating, speaking and listening. We give children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The children are provided with experiences and support to enable them to develop a positive sense of themselves and of others. We support the children’s emotional well-being, helping them to know themselves and what they can do. We also help the children to develop respect for others, social skills and a positive disposition to learn.

Physical Development

The children are given opportunities to learn through being active and interactive, improving their skills of coordination, control, manipulation and movement. The children develop an understanding of the importance of physical activity and of making healthy choices in relation to food.


Children learn to read and write through daily phonics activities where children are encouraged to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. In our class children have access to a wide range of reading materials to ignite their interest. They put their new skills into practice by exploring a print rich environment with a wealth of opportunities to read and write.  We give children the confidence, opportunity and encouragement to use the skills in a range of situations and for a range of purposes.


We support the children to develop their understanding of numbers, calculations, shapes, space and measures in a broad range of contexts in which they can explore, enjoy, learn, practise and talk about their developing understanding.

Understanding the World

The children develop crucial knowledge, skills and understanding that help them to make sense of the world. Children have access to a range of ICT resources including digital cameras, an interactive whiteboard, ipads and beebots. We support children's learning by offering opportunities for them to use a range of tools safely, encounter creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environments and in real-life situations, undertake practical experiments and work with a range of materials.

Expressive Arts and Design

The children’s creativity is extended by supporting their curiosity, exploration and play. Children are provided with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role play, and design and technology.

Physical Education

Every week, Reception will have a PE lesson on a Friday.  Children can come into school wearing the school PE Kit on Friday's and bring their uniform with them to change afterwards. Please ensure all items are labelled.


Welcome to your new class, Reception.  Take a look at the fantastic learning and fun we had throughout last year (2018-2019).  Keep checking this page  for our new learning this year.

With the Wave of a Wand

our most recent topic has been focussing on witches, wizards and all things magical. We have been immersed in the story "A Magical Muddle" which has inspired so much of our wonderful learning. We have wrote our own spells, drawn our own characters and so much more. We applied our learning of maths and shape to make our own witch hat snack and learnt about hygiene practise with food. We have continued to embed our fluency in number with our potion games in our Kagan partners.

Becoming tomorrow's leaders of Science

We have developed our scientific thinking this week through accessing enabling experiments. On Friday we worked with our nursery children  with our own science fair. We set up experiments to look for lots of reactions. We lead our own learning and shared our knowledge of science . We made observations of plants, created reactions in milk and made fizzy paint by mixing ingredients together. Miss Hunter, our science lead came to see our science fair.


A love of Reading

Reading is at the heart of our curriculum. We develop a love of reading through immersing the children into stories and activities that capture the imagination. We use puppets, and games to develop our skills, and link all of our learning with different books linking with our current theme. 

Can you spot Pete the Cat activities and learning using the Funny Bones story as inspiration?

A Hunt for Mini beasts

Today the RSPB came to complete a work shop with our class. We learnt all about different mini beasts and their habitats. Inspired by a story about a ladybird without a home, we went outside in search of mini beasts. We looked all on top of things, under rocks, in the soil to find lots of creepy crawlies which we took photographs of.

Future Sports Stars.

We tried our very best at sports day events this year. We all celebrated each other's acheivements of our physical development.

Our Learning

We enjoy extending our learning through indoor and outdoor provision. We have lots of learning activities that we are able to complete independently and with our peers.

Health Needs Assessment for Reception Children

Parents and Carers of Reception Children

You will have been invited by the School Nursing service to complete an online health needs survey for your Reception child. This secure online questionnaire is about your child's health and well-being and can be used to address any concerns which you may have.

A member of the school Health Team may contact you following completion of the questionnaire if needed. All personal information collected from this questionnaire will be treated as confidential and held securely to meet with data protection requirements.

Although individual information is anonymous, the wider information may be collated and shared, (for example information about lifestyle choices and behaviour) with the school and other agencies to improve services and the PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) curriculum.

The survey portal will be open for the next 4 weeks. The link and password is detailed below:
Password: StHelens18

Maths in Action

We are always learning using maths. We practise our maths skills each day and we love using practical ways to develop our understanding.

We have blast off !

During our topic all about the solar system we used our scientific knowledge to think about how we can make things move. we made our own rockets which were powered by air. Through exploring we learnt that the more air we blew through the straw, the further the rocket would travel. We measured how far rockets went and made comparisons to enhance our maths skills.

Water, Water everywhere...

This week it has been raining lots. We love learning outside in different weathers. We helped each other put on our wet suits and wellingtons and then went outside. We splashed in puddles, used containers to catch rain and even painted the puddles. We took the primary colours powder paint and added them to the puddles to explore changes. We made observations about what we could see. We extended our own learning by making a channel to move the water between two tuff spots to see if we could change it even more.


Divali is the festival of light, where everything shines bright. We have been busy learning all about the festival Divali. Our learning opportunities have included making a mango Lassii, making and decorating Diva Lamps and exploring rangoli patterns. We have read lots of books, our favourite was called "Lots of Lights" which explained different aspects of the festival.

Happy Christmas

Following on from our nativity "Children of the World" we have been enjoying our festive celebrations this week with a party and Rock Kidz. We played lots of games and enjoyed our party food. We hope every one has a Happy Christmas.

Capoeira Workshop

To enrich our curriculum we took part in a capoeira workshop with Michael. We learnt that capoeira comes from Brazil and uses an instrument called a Pandeiro. We learnt different moves, one was called a ginga. We used amazing listening skills so we could follow directions well.

Fire Service Visit 

As part of our Marvellous Me topic we learnt about real life superheroes. The Fire Service came to visit us and speak to us about how important their equipment is on their fire engine. We completed a check list to find different pieces of equipment and key features of a fire engine, such as a the blue lights.  We got to sit inside the fire engine, spray the hose and try on helmets too.

Looking at Change

We have been busy finding signs of the new season. We went and picked apples from our orchard and used them to make our own faces, we left them outside so we were able to observe changes that happened to them over time.

Caring for living things

We worked together to create our own bird feeders using our fine motor skills and cereal to provide birds, who live in our trees, with some extra food as winter approaches. We thought hard about the best places to hang the feeders.

Physical Development

We all love PE lessons. We have been learning how we can move in different ways and express ourselves through movement. We have worked as a team to make different representations of topic objects such as aliens, moon buggies and planets.

Parent Workshops.


Please download our most up to date homework topic webs below.

 REC Long Term Reception.pdfDownload
 Reception Topic Web 1 Marvellous Me.pdfDownload
 Reception Topic Web Autumn 2.pdfDownload
 Reception Topic Web Spring 1.pdfDownload
 Spring 2 topic web Commotion in the Ocean.pdfDownload
 Summer 1 knowledge mat.pdfDownload
 Summer 1 Topic web if you go down to the.pdfDownload
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