Reception 2020 - 2021

Miss Gilbert

Prior to becoming a teacher, I worked for Cheshire Police as a Community Support Officer for 6 years. Through working closely with school staff, parents and children of all ages, I developed my love of teaching. I completed my PGCE with Chester University and completed placements in two local schools. I have experience of working in Year 1, Year 5 and Year 6 but my real passion is early education so I am thrilled to join the school team as reception teacher.

I have 2 young children, but if I have any spare time then I enjoy reading, camping, bike riding and generally anything outdoors!

If you have any concerns surrounding your child then please feel free to talk to me.

Mrs Davies

I have been working at Westminster Primary School since 2013. After spending two years working in key stage 2, I was thrilled to be asked to work with the children in Reception. Prior to joining Westminster Primary School I worked for 7 years in the local nursery. I have been highly trained in the EYFS curriculum and have also completed the ELKLAN course. The ELKLAN course enables me to work closely with children who need support with communication development across the curriculum.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.




Welcome to Reception 2019/20

Home learning activities

Home learning activities are available for all children in my class. I have attached them to the files section below. I hope you enjoy working through the activities with your child. I will update the files at different points while the children are not at school so keep checking back.

The phonics scheme we follow (Read Write Inc) are running live phonics sessions from for children to watch at home; short Speed Sound lessons every day for 2 weeks. Your child has been covering the Set 1 sounds so please take time to watch this and join in! 

Each film will then be available for 24 hours via FB and on this YouTube link.
Speed Sounds Set 1 – 9.30 am
Speed Sounds Set 2 – 10.00 am
Speed Sounds Set 3 – 10.30 am


Useful website for home learning

BBC Bitesize

Classroom Secrets Home Learning Timetable

Oak Academy Reception

Phonics Play - Phonics Games

Top Marks - Maths Games


Returning to school

When we do return to school our classroom might have changed a little. I have had to make small changes to make sure that we can all stay safe when we choose our learning. You will still see me and Mrs Davies every day, and we are here to help you learn and have fun. We just need to work a little differently at the moment. We've been busy sorting the classroom ready for when you come back. I have put some photos here so you can see it!



Welcome to our Reception class page.

This half term we will continue our topic of 'transport'. We will be looking at a range of different transport methods and how they have changed or developed over time.

Alongside this theme, we will also look at seasonal changes and different celebrations such as Easter. We will investigate these through planned activities, continuous provision time and also our cookery lessons.


Phonics, Reading and Writing


Our focus text this half term is 'The Journey Home' by Emma Levey.

The intended outcome for our text is to write our own version of the story. 


We will be continuing with our daily phonics lessons. The children have been assessed and grouped appropriately. The children will continue to receive a weekly book to practice at home and we will encourage them to take a book home from our KS1 library to enjoy with you. Of course, we would still encourage you to read with your child using your books at home. It is important to read with them as often as you can as it will really support their development in reading and writing.


Image result for the journey home hattie peck


We will continue our number per week investigations this half term. Our focus in Spring are the numbers 6-14. We will look at the composition of the numbers and also ordering them. Alongside our number work, we will also be investigating space, shape, and measure. We will look at key concepts such as weight, height, length and time. 



We continue to work on our basic PE skills such as listening, running, jumping, hopping, balancing and finding a space.


Forest School

Every Tuesday afternoon, the children visit our Forest School. They have absolutely loved this so far this year! We will continue this throughout the year. Please ensure you have warm clothing such as hats, scarves, gloves for them to wear with their school-provided wet-suits. We will continue to work on our personal, social and emotional development through planned activities in the forest.


Trips this half term

This term we will be using different methods of transport to travel to Liverpool for lunch! More details to follow.



  • PE is on a Monday, please ensure your child has a full PE kit and suitable shoes. You can bring your PE kit in on a Monday and leave it in school. 
  • Reading folders to be returned daily.
  • Water bottles - children need to bring their own bottle with water in.
  • We finish at 3:15 and will dismiss from the yellow door. 
  • Funky Fingers club is on Wednesdays and finishes at 4pm (payment needed prior to attending)


Thank you for your continued support. As always, please come to us if you need to talk.


Miss Gilbert, Mrs Davies, Miss Coombes.

Files to Download

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Contact the School

Westminster Primary School

John Street,
Ellesmere Port,
CH65 2ED

Tel: 0151 338 2224