St Helen's Primary School

St. Helen's Primary School


Reception - Miss Bottomley and Miss Forster


Welcome to Reception

Miss Forster and Miss Bottomley are the class teachers and the teaching assistant is Mrs Oram.

My name is Miss Forster and I am very happy to be your teacher in Reception in September. I have met some of you from Nursery last year and for those of you that I have not yet met, I am really looking forward to getting to know you all.

My name is Miss Bottomley and I am very excited to be teaching Reception in September. For those that have been with me in Nursery, I am very excited and pleased to be joining you as you move into ‘big’ school! For those that are new to St Helens, I’m very excited to meet you and get to know you in September.

Reception is a very important year for continuing the development of both the prime and specific areas of Early Years Outcomes. The focus is on three prime areas of learning:

  •  Communication and Language
  •  Physical Development
  •  Personal, Social and Emotional Development

And four specific areas of learning:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Observations of child initiated learning are carried out continually to monitor each child’s progress throughout the course of the year. The children will also have an English, Maths and Phonics book that parents/carers can view at regular intervals.

Please do not worry about your child’s development or abilities at this time. We know that the children have missed six months or more of their learning. In September, we will be taking lots of time to embed routines and establish relationships to ensure a happy learning environment.


The Reception Day

School starts at 8:50am and finishes at 3:00pm every week day. Both Miss Forster and Miss Bottomley will be available before and after school, if you have any questions, concerns, or queries please don’t hesitate to talk to us.

Our Classroom and Environment

We have a lovely open-plan classroom which has a wide range of different areas to be accessed during child initiated play. These allow children to develop lifelong skills such as, perseverance and independence. Some of the areas include a role-play area, water area, creative area and story corner. We also have a fantastic outdoor area which is accessible from the classroom and is extremely beneficial in the learning and development within Reception.

Teaching this year will include phonics and we will work through phase 2, 3 and 4 of Letters and Sounds, incorporating a lesson into our daily routine. We will also have Maths and English lessons daily. Our English lessons will focus around a story of the week.



Each half term, we learn about a different topic. Some of the topics we are going to do are traditional tales, Julia Donaldson and under the sea. We also love celebrating different festivals and events around the world e.g. Pancake Day, Diwali, Christmas, and Chinese New Year.


Children will take part in 1 PE lesson a week. For this your child will need black PE shorts, a white t-shirt and some indoor plimsolls. Children can leave their PE kit on their peg in the classroom so they have it ready for the lesson. The day on which PE will take place will be confirmed in September.


Children will bring home a shared reading book and a phonics sheet or reading book every day. Please share the book with your child, listen to them read and make a comment in their reading journal. Both your child’s reading book and their reading journal should be returned every morning.

Your child will bring home homework every Friday. This work should be completed and returned to school by Wednesday.