Reception 2019 - 2020

Mrs Furneyo

Miss Westhead

Welcome to Reception at St Anne’s Catholic Primary School

A very warm welcome to our school.  For those who haven't been with us in Nursery we would like to take this opportunity to wish you a warm 'St Anne's Welcome'. 

We would like to introduce our team:  

Mrs Furneyo and Miss Westhead will be teaching your children this year.  Mrs Furneyo is also our Forest School Lead and will be taking the children out to our Forest School Site throughout the year.  Miss Westhead is our Computing Lead, so lots of exciting Computing learning will be taking place.   

Alongside us is our wonderful Classroom Assistant Miss Lyon.

In Reception we will be continuing the experiences the children have had in Nursery and developing their independence even further. During this year the children will experience; visiting the local community, going on a school trip, taking part in PE sessions and getting to know one and other.

As you can appreciate we will have 26 very excited children coming through the door and with this in mind please ensure that all of their uniform is clearly labelled with their name. Whilst the children are encouraged to look after their belongings, sometimes bits and pieces go missing.  If they are labelled we can return them to their rightful owners.

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to pop in and have a chat.

Here are some useful ideas which may help to prepare your child for 'Starting school.'

As Spring is now upon us, we know that our days will not be the same.  Even though the sun is shining and new life is starting to grow, we wanted you to know that we are thinking about each and every one of you and we know that our days will be a little emptier without your smiling faces.

Keep safe, keep busy, enjoy the sun on your faces and most of all, keep smiling.

Please check updates, access our Home Learning link, our Forest School page and our ClassDojo.  Lots of fun things are continually being added to help with your learning.  We would love to see what you are getting up to at home.  Please send your pictures through our ClassDojo.  We are waiting...


Take a look at what the children have been doing at Forest School. Just follow our link at the top of the page. 


Today the children looked amazing in their World Book Day costumes. We all joined together in the hall and then some Year 6 children came to read to us! Don't forget to read at home each night and return your signed 'Starbooks' loyalty card to receive a special treat on Friday 6th March.


This week we celebrated Pancake Day, or the official name 'Shrove Tuesday.' We had lots of fun making and eating our own pancakes with lots of different toppings. We went to church on Ash Wednesday and all received ashes on the first day of Lent.

February Half Term Learning Project. What does...

mean to you?

Please see our Homework letters, explaining all about our project.  We can't wait to see your photographs!


What a busy week! From playing football, to practicing our kicking and throwing skills, to building a train station and a very long train, then selling tickets.  Writing out Friday snack requests and counting and recognising 20 in numerals!


This week the children have been introduced to the story, 'Handa's Surprise.' They have enjoyed learning about new exotic fruits, such as guava and passion fruit . Next week we will be exploring these fruits by opening and tasting them! Thank you to parents who have contributed activity money, as it enables us to provide fun activites like this!


What a busy week, both indoors and outdoors!

The children have been creative, building their own Great Wall of China and a bus to take them to China Town, in Liverpool! They have been finding doubles and adding them together to find the total on a number card.

Outdoors, they wanted to use the bikes to travel to Liverpool.  They were excellent at negotiating their way along the 'road'. They also wanted to make a lighthouse, including lights! 


We have been listening to and retelling the story of The Gingerbread Man.  The children wanted to make their own Gingerbread Man, so today we did just that.  A huge thank you to parents who have kindly sent in activity money, which enables the children to enjoy baking, messy play etc… We wonder what the children will want to do next?   


This week the children have been outside investigating ice.  We also linked this to our Maths topic of estimation.  We wonder how many Artic animals or objects are in the ice?  

Linked to our new Come and See topic, 'Celebrating', we have been to our Church to look and talk about which parts of the Church are used for celebrations.  The children were fascinated to visit Elizabeth Prout's Shrine.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and understanding with regard to our change in Nativity venue and times.

We are sure you will agree that our children were absolutely amazing and we couldn't have been prouder.  A huge well done children!


Reception went out to Forest School to see who has been planting new saplings... take a look through our tab at the top of our page.

What will my child be learning in the Autumn Term?

During the Autumn term we will be carrying out lots of fun activities with the children, both indoors and outdoors.  The children will be assessed during the first half term, using the new pilot Reception Baseline Assessment.  The first couple of weeks in Reception will also consist of; carpet time activities, writing our names, a number a week in Maths, investigating the school grounds, meeting new friends and developing a love and respect for our classroom.

Part of our first topic this Autumn will be ‘Owl Babies’ and we are very excited that ‘Owls for Education’ will be bringing a variety of owls to visit our class.  What a lovely learning experience for our children!  This will take place on Friday 13th September.

To help meet the cost of activities in Reception (baking, messy play, extra snacks and extra learning experiences) we normally ask for a small donation each half term.  This year we are happy to receive £1.00 a week, which can be put in a small envelope with your child’s name on it.


What a busy week!

We have been watching the builders preparing our old playground for the temporary KS2 classrooms.

We looked at our trucks and diggers to see if we could match theirs.  We counted one more and one less than 8. Joey even said, "We have two more and have ten!"

We have been busy re-creating our areas and decided we needed a new kitchen.  We dressed up and created potions, ready for our new book, 'Room on a Broom'. 



 Today we held a 2 minutes silence for Remembrance day. We watched the cbeebies animation  and celebrated by making paper poppies and poppy biscuits.



Thank you to all the families who attended our Welcome Service today in Church. It was lovely to formally welcome you all to the St Anne's community. We were extremely proud of the children's behaviour, and continued to celebrate with a Welcome party back at school! We you enjoyed our gift to you! 


This week the children have been introduced to the story of 'The Gruffalo,' and we have been busy developing a Gruffalo's cave reading area. For home work this week please visit Purple Mash where the children have been set a 2do to create their own 'Terrible Monster!' Please see a member of staff if you have any problems logging in to Purple Mash. 



Some of our girls who were missed off our class photos. They look amazing!


After talking about what owls eat, we have been thinking about what other birds might eat.  We wanted to make bird feeders to see if we can attract other birds into our playground. We wonder who might come and visit?


Take a look at what we have been doing at Forest School. Follow the link at the top of our page.


What an amazing experience we had today, learning lots of facts about indigenous owls (which live in our country). We know that some are nocturnal, so they hunt at night and they have black eyes. Some have yellow eyes which means they prefer to hunt in the day time and some have orange eyes, which means they are active around dawn and dusk.  A huge thank you to the parents/carers who donated £2.00 to help their children share this exciting, extra learning experience.

Each week we will be learning 'All about a different number'. Our first week is number 1.


Today we did our first PE lesson in the hall!  Well done to all the children who have brought their PE kit to school. They really impressed us how well they could change independently. Please send your child's PE kit to school in a named bag as soon as possible if you havent already done so. This will stay in school until the October half term.




Take a look at our first class pictures. We look amazing!  

What a fantastic first week the children have had! We are so proud of how well they are following the routines and how grown up they are! The children have been so independent, particularly at lunchtime. Well done everyone!

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