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 our Reception Class page




Home Learning


During this current time, we have been asked to move to remote learning. I will be live daily at 10am to speak with the children and model daily tasks. Daily tasks will become live after the session for you to work through with your child (on Google Classroom). To follow our daily routine, at 2:30 I will upload a recording for story-time. You will find this on your child's Google Classroom log-in. 


We will need to work together more than ever to support your child's learning and progress and I am here if you need anything. You can message me on Google Classroom, email me or call the school office and I will call you back as soon as I can.


BBC Bitesize - Number Songs

Oak Academy Reception

Phonics Play - Phonics Games - Single sound practice

Top Marks - Maths Games 


Phonics Videos for Home Learning and Recapping


Please watch the videos below and practice the sounds.


Miss Coombes

Learning the sound: i

Learning the sound: n

Learning the sound: p

Learning the sound: g

Learning the sound: o


Miss Gilbert

Learning the sound: ch

Learning the sound: qu 

Learning the sound: x

Learning the sound: ng 

Learning the sound: nk


Mrs Davies

Learning the sound: x

Learning the sound: ng 

Learning the sound: nk

Learning to blend 1

Learning to blend 2





We will be continuing with our daily phonics lessons. The children have been assessed and grouped appropriately. We teach children to read through daily phonics lessons. This half term Read Write Inc. Phonics: Desktop Speed Sounds Chart Pack of 10 ...we will continue to learn the sounds that single letters make and begin to write short words. We use the Read Write Inc scheme to teach phonics. I have added various helpful guides to the files section at the bottom of this class page. Please also take the time to view the videos below.


Read Write Inc - How to say the sounds

Read Write Inc - Parent Guide











The children will be given to be given a reading book to take home and read with their grown-up. Their Read Write Inc. Phonics Overview Chartbook will be changed regularly. It is important to read with them daily as it will really support their development in reading and writing and it provides a great opportunity for you to have some concentrated time with your child. Please take the time to watch this video to ensure you are using the correct sounds to help your child. 




Our focus text this half term is 'I'm going to eat this ANT' by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros. We will be going on bug scavenger hunts, finding hidden word ants, and other activities to engage the children. Our focus outcome for this unit is to write short words in a list.




During the year we will be learning all about the numbers 0-20 and looking at concepts relating to space, shape, and measure. During this half term, we will continue to concentrate on the numbers 0-5 and move on to numbers beyond 5. We will be cNumberblocks games: 5 active ways to learn maths | 5 Minute Funoncentrating on one number a week and will use the number blocks characters to strengthen the children's understanding. Each week we will delve deeper into the number and look at all things relating to it. We will look at what the number looks like with practical resources and what other numbers are hidden within it!  




Forest School


Children will visit our Forest School weekly (Thursdays). Previous year groups have really enjoyed and benefitted from taking their learning outside. When the weather begins to get colder, I will ask you to bring suitable clothing for the children. Due to the current issues surrounding COVID, we will provide the children with their own assigned puddle-suit to protect their clothing but they will need wellies from home that can stay in school. We will continue to work on our personal, social, and emotional development through planned activities in the forest.





  • PE is on a Wednesday, but we will NOT be getting changed for this for at least the first half term. Children will not need any change of clothes or shoes.
  • Forest School is on Thursday PM. Please bring a suitable coat, wellies and hats etc if appropriate.
  • Reading folders to be returned daily.
  • Water bottles - children need to bring their own bottle with water in.
  • We finish at 15:00 and will dismiss from the yellow door.


Thank you for your support. As always, please contact me by email or by phoning the school office.


Miss Gilbert, Mrs. Davies



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Contact the School

Westminster Primary School

John Street,
Ellesmere Port,
CH65 2ED

Tel: 0151 338 2224