Reception 2021 - 2022

Miss Hall

I completed my degree in the summer of 2018 at the University of Gloucestershire. I am excited to be working with Reception Class this year as their teacher. I will always be happy to talk to you about your child and their progress and a member of our Reception Class Team will be on the door at the start and end of each day.

Miss Coombes

I have been working at Westminster Primary since 2014. My passion is working with our younger children and I feel privileged to be involved in their journey through school.

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!

 

I hope you and your child are as excited as I am for you to be in Reception Class at Westminster Community Primary School. I'm Miss Hall and I will be teaching you everyday. We are also joined by Mrs Davies who will be with us every day and Ms Coombes every morning who will help us learn, explore and play together. Reception is a very exciting year and your child will learn many new skills both academically and socially. During the first few weeks, we will be focusing on learning routines, gaining independence and getting to know each other. If you ever have any questions or queries please do speak to one of us on the door at drop off or pick up or email me on eleanor.hall@westminsterprimary.cheshire.sch.uk . I look forward to working with you and your child over the coming year. 

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Our Reception Classroom

As things have been a bit different this year due to COVID, here is a video tour of our classroom. Please watch it with your child to help familiarise them with what to expect when they arrive in September. We will be having lots of fun and learning lots of new things together in this classroom. 

 

 

 

 

 

Phonics

Within the first few weeks, your child will begin learning phonics. Phonics is a method of teaching children how to read and write by matching spoken sounds to individual letters or groups of letters. It is taught daily within school and children will begin by learning initial letter sounds and then progressing onto blending these together to read and write words. A written language is essentially a kind of code. By teaching phonics, we help children to crack that code. Within our school, we follow a scheme called Read Write Inc. Below, you will find 2 helpful videos on what Read Write Inc is and how to correctly say the sounds so that home and school are consistent. There is also a link to a useful page that contains more information on Read Write Inc if you would like to find out more. 

 

Read Write Inc. Phonics: Desktop Speed Sounds Chart Pack of 10 ...

 

This is a sound mat which shows the order in which your child will learn their sounds. They will use this daily within the classroom to help them spell words.

 

Read Write Inc - Parent Guide

 

Please read with your child at home at least 3 times a week and record this in their yellow reading record. Your child's reading record should be returned to school everyday. At the moment your child is taking home a book from our school library. There is no expectation of your child to read this book. Instead, spend time sharing the story together and talking about the pictures. When ready, your child will bring home a phonetically decodable book closely matched to what they have been learning which they can then read to you. If you have any questions about reading please ask. 

 

 

 

English

During our English lessons this half term, we are going to be looking at a story called the Gingerbread Man by Mara Alperin. We will be focusing on our listening skills when listening to the story being read aloud, engaging positively in story times and joining in with repetitive phrases. 

The Gingerbread Man (My First Fairy Tales) : Alperin, Mara, Latimer,  Miriam: Amazon.co.uk: Books

 

Maths

Within our maths lessons, we will be focusing on learning the class routines and key times of the day, figuring out where things belong and looking at positional language. We will then progress onto matching and sorting items in groups and comparing (amount, size, height) before moving onto looking at different patterns.

Numberblocks - Wikipedia 

 

Other Areas of Learning

During the rest of the school day, we will be learning through continous provision and free play with activities set up to be completed when the children wish to. Our first overarching theme is 'All About Me' where the children will discuss who is in their family, what their house looks like, where the school and forest school are and what life is like for children in other parts of the World as well as many other focus areas. Opportunities to write will be available throughout every area of the classroom. Within our classroom we will have:

  • a creative area where the children can practice their cutting, sticking and desiging skills, along with painting and glueing
  • a funky fingers area where the children can practice their fine motor skills through activities such as threading and using playdough
  • a construction area where desiging and building skills will be developed
  • a book area where the children can share a story and use puppets to recreate familiar tales to one another
  • a role play/home corner for the children to develop their imagination 
  • an outside area where the children can develop their gross motor skills such as running, climbing and riding a bike, as well being able to access the digging pit and a brand new mud kitchen. 

 

 

Below is a fantastic resource made by a local school. You can click on any book in the virtual library and it will take you to a webpage to read or listen to it. It's a great way to experience new stories. 

Virtual Library

 

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Contact the School

Westminster Primary School

John Street,
Ellesmere Port,
Cheshire,
CH65 2ED

Tel: 0151 832 3672
head@westminsterprimary.cheshire.sch.uk

SEN Contact: Sarah Davenport

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