EYFS Reception and Nursery 2019 - 2020

Mr Jameson

Miss Westhead

Mrs Furneyo

We would like to re-introduce our team:

Mr Jameson is the Reception teacher and Acting Deputy Head. Supporting him in this role are our Teaching Assistants Miss Pilak and Mrs Tatlock.

Miss Westhead and Mrs Furneyo are the Nursery teachers, with our Teaching Assistant Mrs Macgregor.

Mrs Clee, Mrs Wright and Mrs Arends support our children at lunchtime.

On Wednesday, Mrs Furneyo and Miss Pilak take the Reception children outdoors to Forest School and hopefully our Nursery children will benefit from Forest School later in the year.

We have recently made some changes within EYFS, with all of the children from both Nursery and Reception using our larger room and outdoor area for Continuous Provision.  The smaller room is now used for Read Write Inc., Guided Reading, Maths and other areas of learning, where the atmosphere is quieter and more conducive to learning through these activities. 

Your child could spend time with anyone of our team throughout the week, depending on the activity.  We feel that this change is hugely beneficial to your child’s/children’s development and the children are enjoying using all the areas throughout their day.

A huge well done to our new Nursery children, who have settled into Early Years life very easily!   



In Reception, we use the Read Write Inc programme which assists the children in learning the sounds that letters make to become fluent readers. Some Nursery children will start this programme in Spring Term 2. The children should remember to use their knowledge of speed sounds when they are reading at home too. In Reception, every child has a specific reading day when their book will be changed. Please fill in the home/school diary to let us know how your child is reading at home. You may find that your child brings home a book they have already read, this is to ensure they can read the book and explain it afterwards. 

Soon, we will be looking at high frequency words and we will be sending these home every week for the children to practise reading and writing. They will also practise recognising these words in class. 



We will cover different aspects of maths including number, shape, space and measure.  The children may sometimes be asked to bring in items from home to discuss in our Maths lessons, this is to encourage counting at home.



Reception has PE every week on a Tuesday, so please ensure that your child has their full PE kit in school at all times. It is best to take it home to be washed at the end of every half term. Please make sure all clothes are labelled with your child’s name. It would really help us if your child was able to dress and undress independently, not only for PE, but after Forest School, when they sometimes change their clothes. A huge well done to those children who are already showing independence. 

See our class pages at the top of the screen, to find out more information. 


We had an amazing time at our trip to Imagine that. Have a look at our video of all the fun we had!

Imagine that


The children have used the Bee-bots today to explore position and direction. They were very good at extending their learning to create paths for the Bee bots to follow. 


Easter Bonnet Parade!


Linked to our Come and See topic of 'Growing', we have been planting cress into sand, soil and cotton wool. The children will observe and record their findings over the next two weeks. They also put tulips into red, green and blue water to see what would happen.  Sara thought that stem would act like a straw and that the petals would change colour. Hmm... is she right?

Remember our new style Homework Sheet, which replaces our Newsletter. Please complete and return this each week. Thank you.



Our Reception children have been looking everywhere for the 'Evil Pea'.  We wonder where he has been hiding?

The children were eager to report their findings. Excellent writing Reception!




The children celebrated our Superhero topic by dressing up as their Superhero.

We enjoyed a fun-filled day, where the children used role-play as their main focus.  They used their imagination to 'become' their character.


The children had fun today finding out how to make pancakes. We read the story 'Mr Wolf's Pancakes,' and enjoyed tasting pancakes. We even got to have messy play with the ingredients!


The children were very lucky to have visitors this week from parents to talk about their jobs. They found out lots about Fairtrade through the story of Pablo the banana, and what it is like to be an optician. They were keen to ask lots of questions!


What a busy week making Valentine cards and love heart biscuits. We used the iPads to create winter pictures using Purple Mash. Don't forget to use the log in to access all Purple mash activities at home. Enjoy the half term break!


This week we have been looking after the birds in winter by making bird cake! The children have used the binoculars and checklists to find different types of wild birds!


We have really enjoyed the cold weather and snow this week, and used the opportunity to investigate ice! The children had to work hard to free the animals trapped in ice. 



Letters and Sounds - Rhythm and Rhyme

Outdoor Fun


Today we had lots of fun at our first ever Christmas Party! We had party games, party food, and a surprise visit from Father Christmas! What a fun day. Have a look at our party day video.

Merry Christmas everybody.

Party Day 2018


Investigating Shapes





Ordering Shapes


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.


It was lovely to see so many parents and grandparents at our Welcome Service today.  We are sure you will agree that the children were amazing!


A huge thank you to our Year 6 Children, who supported us so well in our service! 



The children looked brilliant today in their outfits.  It was lovely to hear about 'who they want to be' when they grow up.



The children are really enjoying our story of Goldilocks and the three bears and have been joining in with the repetitive words. This week we have been exploring what porridge feels like when it is dry and when it is wet and we had lots of great describing words from the children. It was fun tasting porridge! 



This week we have transformed out home corner into The Three Bears Cottage. We have enjoyed using the bears and bowls to retell the story. 


This week we have followed the children's interest in birthdays and celebrations. We have been making cakes as part of our Macmillan coffee morning.


We have been busy making special name cards as part of our RE topic ‘Myself.’


This week we have had so much fun preparing for our visit from Rory the Tiger. Linked to the story 'The Tiger who came to tea', we wrote a letter inviting the tiger to come to visit us for tea. The children have really enjoyed writing invitations and cards, and making sandwiches for the tea party. 




The children have settled well into Nursery ans Reception and have been looking forward to returning each day.  It has been lovely to see them making lots of new friends, who they have enjoyed exploring our areas with. 


Week commencing Monday 24th June

The children have been loving our Pirate topic. We have loved seeing the children's enthusiam and excitement and they have loved playing in the pirate ship. On Friday we had a pirate party and made the most of the beautiful weather. The children had a pirate picnic and ate fish and chips. 


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St Anne's Catholic Primary School
Monastery Lane, Sutton, St Helens Merseyside WA9 3SP