Reception 2019 - 2020

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 Dudley-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.

Miss Coombes

I have been working at Westminster Primary since 2014 during this time I have worked in Year 2, Year 6 and now in Reception. My passion is working in the foundation stages of learning and I feel privileged to be involved in the start of their journey through school.

Welcome to Reception 2019/20

Welcome to our Reception class page. 

We look forward to welcoming you and your child into our school community.

For the first few weeks of term we will exploring our classroom and the wider school. We will be learning about our school routines and our three school rules; Be ready, be respectful, be responsible. 

In the first half term we will be learning lots of new and exciting things! 

Our focus lessons are detailed below.


We teach children to read through daily phonics lessons. This half term we will begin to learn the sounds (phonemes) that single letters (graphemes) make and begin to write short words. You will be invited to join a phonics session where we can discuss this in more detail so you can work with your child at home.


Our first focus text this year is The Gingerbread Man. We will be exploring the text through lots of practical activities! As we begin to learn our phonemes we can begin to start writing some labels/marks in context.

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During the year we will be learning all about the numbers 0-20 and looking at concepts relating to space, shape and measure. During the first half term we will concentrate on the numbers 0-5 and some aspects of shape. We will be concentrating on one number a week. 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!  


The children will be given to be given a reading book to take home and read with their grown up. Their book will be changed twice a week. 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.

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go."

I Can Read With My Eyes Shut, Dr Seuss.


  • PE is on a Thursday 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 books should be returned to school everyday.
  • Water bottles - children need to bring their own bottle with water in.
  • Forest school sessions take place on a Wednesday afternoon. Please ensure the children have appropriate clothing for all weather (hats, wellies, coats)

Each week, we select some children from each year group to receive an award in our celebration assembly on a Friday. If your child is chosen for an award, you will receive a notification (via text) on a Thursday, inviting you to join us in the hall the following day. 

Thank you for your support. As always, please come to me if you need anything. I am always happy to talk to you.


Miss Gilbert, Mrs Davies, Miss Coombes

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Westminster Primary School

John Street,
Ellesmere Port,
CH65 2ED

Tel: 0151 338 2224