Welcome to our Reception class page! Here you can find out about what we are learning, important events and what Early Years is all about.

Early Years Foundation Stage Leader: Mrs McGuinness

Teachers: Mrs McGuinness and Miss Lees.

 Teaching Assistants: Mrs Butterworth, Mrs Brady and Mrs Tranter.


In St Edward’s Primary School we believe that children learn best when they are happy, feel safe and are given rich and purposeful learning opportunities. Our children develop their learning through enabling environments both in the indoors and outdoor areas. The children build on what they already know and what they can already do through first hand experiences and appropriate planning, which focus’ on our children’s interests. Teachers in the Early Years support and scaffold children’s learning by a balance of teacher-led and child-initiated activities. Children in St Edward’s school therefore learn about the world around them, become independent learners and develop their thinking and communication skills. The link below will take you to an overview of our long-term plan for 2019-2020. Please note that the planning is subject to change due to the interests of our cohort.

EYFS Long term plan 2019-2020



Water Bottles

Please send your child with a water bottle to use in class, clearly marked with their name (Water only please). The water bottles will remain in school until the end of the week. We will fill your child’s bottle up every morning and empty it every evening.

PE lessons

Please make sure your child has the two correct PE kits (indoor & outdoor) in school at the start of the school week. These should then be taken home each weekend. We stress the importance of labelling all items of your children’s clothes and shoes clearly with their name. Please encourage your child to practice getting dressed and undressed independently at home.

Both Reception classes have P.E on a Monday and Wednesday (sometimes P.E days are swapped for various reasons, so please ensure your child’s P.E. kit is in from Monday).

Keeping in contact in Reception

Tapestry Letter To Parents





Letters & Sounds Homework: please practise the letter sounds that we are covering each week as often as possible. We will inform you of the letter sounds covered each week in the Friday newsletter. Children are encouraged to draw pictures of items next to each sound that contain that letter.

Reading books and Activities: once the class teacher feels your child is ready, they will receive a reading record and book. Please share your child’s reading book with them as often as possible. If you could sign and comment each time, we would greatly appreciate it. Reading books will be changed twice in the week on a rolling programme.

Weekly Homework:


Take a peek at Reception’s learning journey so far…

Eating school dinner

The children have settled into school so well and have been trying hard with carrying their trays, cutting up their food and trying new things. These can sometimes be tricky things to do and we are very proud of all the children for mastering these skills.

Autumn Walk

We have been discussing the seasonal changes in autumn. We went on a walk around the school grounds to find autumn treasures and see some of the things that we discussed in the classroom.

Making apple crumble

Someone donated lots of apples to school so we decided to make some yummy apple crumble. We helped to cut up the apples, measure out the ingredients and mix it all together. We used weighing scales to help us to weigh the different ingredients. It was delicious!

Special Bonfire Sparklers

On Bonfire Night, we made some special sparklers from chocolate fingers and sprinkles. We discussed the story of Guy Fawkes and why we celebrate Bonfire Night. We also made sure we knew how to use real sparklers safely and how to stay safe on Bonfire Night.

Remembrance Day Abstract Art

As Remembrance Sunday is this month, we made some poppy pictures using different objects and materials. We used red for the leaves, black for the middle and green for the stem. We have learnt about the significance of the poppy and how it is important to remember the soldiers who fought for our country in the war.

Subtraction Game

Today we used items to learn about subtraction. We had to work together to work out the sum on the whiteboard. We put the items into the hoop and took the correct amount away in order to work out the answer. We had lots of fun!