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Welcome to Reception Class

Reception Class

        Welcome to Reception Class   


Mrs McDonnell (Class Teacher/Deputy Headteacher)
Mrs Groves (Teaching Assistant)

Reception Class have adopted the British Value of 'Helpfulness'.
Throughout the Reception year, we will be looking for ways in which
we can be helpful to each other in school and at home.

In Reception Class, we like to have lots of fun whilst we learn.
We aim for every child to be happy and feel safe in our class.
We like good behaviour, good manners and kindness.
We try to develop good listening and communicating skills.


Our class motto is: 'We try to be kind and helpful to others'
We hope your child enjoys their Reception year at St. Gregory's
Best wishes,
Mrs McDonnell & Mrs Groves



Our Curriculum

We are very flexible with our topics each half term as we plan from the children's interests. As well as our topic based learning there are some things that we do every single day. These areas of learning include Phonics and Maths plus Funky Fingers!



Parental Involvement

We value and acknowledge how important parents are in each child’s education. If your child does something at home that amazes, impresses or they are particularly proud of you can fill in a ‘Magic Moments’ sheet to let us know and celebrate their successes!

Parents are invited into class at selected times throughout each term where you will be able to share storytime/ phonics/ number sessions with your child.


We use '2build a profile' to record observations of the children during their daily play. The observations will be emailed to parents to keep you informed of your child's learning. We hope you find the observations informative. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated, thank you!

We learned how to brush our teeth and wash our hands to keep ourselves healthy, with a little help from our school nurses...

Our trip to The National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port, as our prize for winning the MADCOS Art Competition (Class entry) for the LL200 Leeds/Liverpool Canal 200th Anniversary...

Making cucumber sandwiches and Union flags for our 'Royal party' to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday...

Mad Wabbit Day (Walk it, bike it, bus it Day) & our 'Bling your bike' competition, judged by Anne-Marie Clegg from Sefton's Environment Team

Our 'Other Faith' Week. Mr Cohen came to tell us about Judaism.

Releasing 'Painted Lady' butterflies into our garden...

Enjoying our beautiful outdoor area

We sang a special Mother's Day song and recited a Mother's Day poem for all our lovely Mums...

We painted portraits of our wonderful Mums to show at our special Mother's Day Assembly...

Stay and Read session with parents and grandparents...Thank you to everyone who came to share a book or two with the children.

A frosty morning walk...We went for a walk around our school grounds to see the thick frost that had appeared overnight!

A visit from Doctor Coleman to learn more about the baby clinic...

Pancake Tuesday! Reception Class enjoyed some freshly made pancakes. They talked about the ingredients needed to make pancakes and the toppings they like to eat...

Making repeating patterns using shape and colour...

Learning about 2D and 3D shapes....Making 'Robo-Shape' and talking about the properties of 2D and 3D shapes

A visit from Henry from The Confucius Institute at Edge Hill University...Learning about some aspects of China and Chinese New Year

We all sewed stockings to hang on our Christmas trees and made snowman cards for our families...

Christmas Carol Service and Santa Dash!

Christmas Pantomime & Party day (with a visit from Santo too!)...

Visit from Olympic gymnast, Beth Tweddle...

Christmas dinner with all the trimmings!

Christmas Nativity Play 'Born in a barn'...

Our Trip to Tesco Superstore for a 'Farm to fork' experience...

Counting back from 10 with Reception class...

'Come and Count' Session with parents & grandparents

Other Faith 'Hinduism' Week. Making Diva lamps, decorating 'rangoli' patterns and tasting Diwali sweets to celebrate the festival of light, 'Diwali'

Acting out a Baptism. (As part of their 'Come and See' topic work on 'Welcome', the Reception children acted out a Baptism)

'Stay and Read' session with parents

'Snack' time and 'lunch' time... (Very important times in the Reception Class timetable!)

Talented Reception children painted their self portraits...

Reception children performed a song ('If you're happy and you know it!') to parents at a special Welcome Assembly. They showed their beautiful portrait paintings and recited the class prayer. Thank you to all our parents who attended.

First week in Reception Class