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This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118:24

Welcome to Mrs Liggat's and Mrs Oldfield's Reception Class. On this web page we will be putting lots of information and photographs about all the exciting things we have been doing in our class throughout the year.


Academic Year 2016-2017


Here is some useful information for the term ahead:


Our school day begins at 8.55am each morning, please try to have the children on the playground for when the bell goes so the children can walk into class with their friends.


Our day finishes at 3.00pm and the Reception children will leave through the Nursery gate.


Your child will be given a book bag when they start school and this needs to be brought into school each day.


Each day the children will have a snack and the weekly charge for this is £1.00. We ask that this is paid to a member of the Reception staff each Monday morning.


We do P.E. on a Monday morning and we ask that the children have a labelled P.E. kit that is left in school. Our P.E. kit consists of a pair of dark shorts, a white t-shirt and black pumps. Please ensure that this is in a named draw string bag.



In the next few weeks, some of the children will start to bring home words they need to learn to sound out and read. These words will be stuck in the children's reading record books. When we feel your child is ready they will bring home a reading book. For some children they will bring home a book with no words and we ask you to use the prompt sheets to share the book with your children. Other children will bring home books with words. The children will need to be encouraged to sound out and blend the words in order to help them read the text.

When your child has finished reading each day, please make a short comment in the Reading Record book and then we know that they have read and their reading book will be changed.


Reading books are changed at least once a week providing the Reading Record book has been signed.


Each morning, except Friday, the children complete a Letters and Sounds session, where they learn sounds and how to use them in their reading and in their writing. At the end of each 1/2 term the children will bring home a list of the sounds they have been learning and some examples of words that contain these sounds. Please work through these sounds with your child to help consolidate their learning.



At this stage we encourage the children to mark make as much as possible. This may take the form of drawing shapes, writing letters from their name and then eventually writing their first name and short words independently.


We encourage the fingers to hold a pencil correctly and we put a great deal of emphasis on correct letter formation.The children need to hold their pencil with just their thumb and forefinger - a pincer grip. (For help on this, please feel free to ask a member of staff.)


Our News, Your News Books

Each child has an Our News, Your News book which is to be backed at home to make it very personal to them. Please check your child's book bag to see if it is in there. If it is, a letter has been put in about our new theme with suggestions of some activities you may wish to undertake at home.


Magic Moments

Each half term we have a 'Stay and Share' session, usually a Friday morning at 9am. At this session we ask if you can stay with your child and read out their Magic Moment card. These cards are then placed on our Magic Moment cloud for the children and other visitors to see. Please keep an eye out for the Magic Moment card and an accompanying letter explaining exactly what we are looking for this half term. Please try to attend these sessions as the children really do love to have you there as they share their news with their friends.

Well done to our Reader of the week Evie MdcIntyre, Writer of the week Joel Daley and Mathematician Scarlet Reid

Well done to our Mathematician of the week Lewis Hodgson, Reader of the week Nataliya Symes and writer of the week Lacie Davies

Well done to our Mathematician of the week Thomas Gallwey, Reader of the week Callum Carter and Writer of the week Connie Greavey.

Well done to our Writer of the week Esme Gore, Reader of the week Thomas Gallwey and Mathematician of the week Kenzie Lawson - 24th March 2017

Well done to our Writer of the week Ruby Hurley, Reader of the week Joel Daley and Mathematician of the week Frankie Smith - 17th March 2017

Well done to our Writer of the week Evie McIntyre, Reader of the week Evie Smith and Mathematician Ethan Millhouse - 10th March 2017

Well done to our Mathematician of the Week Ella Rawcliffe, Reader of the Week Cole Kennedy and Write of the week Fin Roper - 3rd March 2017

Autumn 1 Newsletter

Spring Newsletter

What a fabulous first few days we have had in Reception!

What a fabulous Grandparent's Day we have had this morning - thank you all so much for coming and making it so special for the children.

Art in Reception! We created our very own sunflowers using lots of different seeds and pasta.

Thank you for making our first 'Stay and Share' so special. The children are wonderful!

Baking bread with Mrs Oldfield - we had it for snack and it tasted delicious!!

We had a drama company come to perform for the whole school. They helped us learn about being a good friend.

We made bakers hats to use in our class bakery. We had to measure around our heads to make sure they were not too big or too small. We then stuck on the crepe paper and finally joined the headband so we could wear them. We made amazing bakers!

The Little Red Hen

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We re-told the story in our own words using the ipad and an app called 'Book Creator.'

The Little Red Hen

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Some groups spoke words and some groups did some writing too.

The Little Red Hen

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The children were so excited to have their turn.

The Little Red Hen

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It was lovely to hear every child's voice.

Children in Need - we came dressed in our pyjamas and had lots of fun!

We went on a visit to the Post Office. We took our invitations to post to our parents, we hope you liked our writing!

'Christmas Counts' - the Reception and Nursery children were amazing in their Nativity play. Thank you for being such a fabulous audience and for making the whole experience such a wonderful celebration of what Christmas is all about.

Santa Dash! We all took part in a Santa Dash and we had some very special people come to help us - thank you!

Happy Birthday Jesus! We made birthday cards for Jesus and took them to church and put them infront of the crib. We then sang 'Happy Birthday' to Jesus.

Christmas Party Day - thank you for our party snack and thank you Mr Rimmer for the disco. We had a great time dancing with Year 1 and Year 2.

We studied the story of 'Stickman' and we made our very own stickmen. We had to use a variety of different techniques to create them.

Reception Weather Forecasters - Watch out the BBC!!

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We were scientists and investigated how rain is made. We made clouds out of shaving foam and then added food colouring to the cloud - look what happened!

We investigated what waterproof and not waterproof means - we had lots of fun using the hosepipe!

We investigated what ice is and how we could make it melt.

We have also made wind gauges and kites in our creative area. Our skills and joining techniques are really improving!

PE time - we have been learning about how to balance on different body parts, how to make different shapes, to point our fingers and toes and we are becoming gymnasts!

We have been learning all about growing, we looked at how plants grow and we also looked at how we have grown. The children each planted a runner bean and a broad bean - we hope you will look after them at home!

We read four different 'beanstalk' stories and completed a wide variety of tasks and challenges. Their favourite challenge was to create a pair of glasses for the giant from the story Jim and the Beanstalk. The children used the resources available and we think their efforts are amazing!!

In our Maths sessions we have been working on taking away and the children know that they take a smaller number away from a bigger number. The children have been taught the action for takeaway and have been encouraged to use it and the equals action. We have used 10 frames and counters, we have learned about whole and part numbers, we have created a trio of numbers and represented them on paper plates and we have looked at creating number sentences using the trio of numbers. Finally we are just starting to look at the relationship between add and takeaways and the children have been wonderful!!

Space - the space projects you did at home were amazing, thank you so much for all of your support.

Space - we read the story 'Whatever Next' we then role played the story outside building our own space rockets, finding the equipment we would need and finally blasting off into space like the teddy bear in the story. We had lots of fun doing this!

Mini-beast Play in a Day

Our school trip. We went to the Liverpool Academy and had an amazing time, the children were wonderful and then we went to Acorn Farm and had a lovely visit.

Teddy Bear's Picnic We decided to have a picnic with all our class friends and we thought it would be lovely to invite our teddy friends too! What a lovely time we all had together.

Maths - Estimation Station - Walk the plank - the children were challenged to estimate how many steps it would take to cross the plank. Each child wrote down their estimation and then actually walked the plank to see if their estimation was sensible. No-one fell so the sharks went hungry that day!