Reception. 2015 - 2016

Mrs O'Brien

Our Reception class is taught by

Mrs O'Brien & Miss Goldsack.

Miss Goldsack has had a baby and Mrs Bassett works with us in reception .

Reception class is a happy, safe and stimulating environment where children are cared for, nurtured and encouraged to learn and reach their full potential. We work in partnership with parents to enable our children to learn in a fun and exciting way through their play.

There are 7 areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage. We deliver the curriculum through planned, purposeful play that is based upon the individual interests and learning needs of each individual child.

Communication and Language Development

The children are given opportunities to develop their learning and competence in communicating, speaking and listening. We give children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The children are provided with experiences and support to enable them to develop a positive sense of themselves and of others. We support the children’s emotional well-being, helping them to know themselves and what they can do. We also help the children to develop respect for others, social skills and a positive disposition to learn.

Physical Development

The children are given opportunities to learn through being active and interactive, improving their skills of coordination, control, manipulation and movement. The children develop an understanding of the importance of physical activity and of making healthy choices in relation to food.


Children learn to read and write through daily phonics activities where children are encouraged to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. In our class children have access to a wide range of reading materials to ignite their interest. They put their new skills into practice by exploring a print rich environment with a wealth of opportunities to read and write.  We give children the confidence, opportunity and encouragement to use the skills in a range of situations and for a range of purposes.


We support the children to develop their understanding of numbers, calculations, shapes, space and measures in a broad range of contexts in which they can explore, enjoy, learn, practise and talk about their developing understanding.

Understanding the World

The children develop crucial knowledge, skills and understanding that help them to make sense of the world. Children have access to a range of ICT resources including digital cameras, an interactive whiteboard, ipads and beebots. We support children's learning by offering opportunities for them to use a range of tools safely, encounter creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environments and in real-life situations, undertake practical experiments and work with a range of materials.

Expressive Arts and Design

The children’s creativity is extended by supporting their curiosity, exploration and play. Children are provided with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role play, and design and technology.

Physical Education

Every Thursday morning, Reception will have a PE lesson with Jay Woods. Please ensure that children come to school in their PE kit and bring with them their uniform so they can get changed afterwards.

Reading books

Reading books will be changed weekly and reading records will also be checked and signed by staff. Please come in to the cloakroom where you can look at the colour of book band your child is reading and select a book with them at the end of the day.

Sunny the Meerkat

Sunny the meerkat, our class mascot, loves to come and stay at everyone’s house. He loves to go on adventures and we enjoy hearing all about it when he returns to school in his special book.

Ash the dog.

Ash the dog is our brililant beahviour mascot. He goes home every day for tea with someone and comes back to school the very next day. Children who remain on green all day with their behaviour have a chance of taking Ash home and being our star of the day!


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Easter Counting Challenge, by Mrs O'Brien

Astronaut Training!, by Mrs O'Brien

ALIEN INVASION!! , by Mrs O'Brien

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Contact the School

Ashurst Primary School

New Glade Hill
St Helens
WA11 9QJ

Main Contact: Christine Wilcock - School Business Manager

Tel: 01744 678150
Fax: 01744 678151

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