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Teacher - Mrs S Davidson  Teaching assistant - Mrs J Quirk



A warm welcome to Reception

A lovely start

Mrs Quirk and I are so pleased with the way all of the children have settled into Reception.   Those children who did not attend our nursery have made lots of new friends and are becoming familiar with our routines.  Every day the children learn something new which is a delight to see.  We are becoming quicker at changing for PE and are learning the importance of tidying up safely and quickly.  We hope you enjoy following our exciting learning journey on our class page.


Some reminders

  • PE kits should be left in school all week. Although PE is planned for Tuesdays sometimes we do need to change the day.
  • Reading books must come to school each day.  Our home reading target is for children to read at least 4 times each week.  Please sign your child’s reading diary when they have read so that we know they have read at home. 
  • Hair accessories should be small and blue or grey please.
  • Check all items of uniform are named.
  • Each week the children will have some sounds to practise in their phonics book.  Forming the letters carefully is really important as habits form quickly and it is difficult to undo incorrect formation habits later on.
  • If you have any concerns at all about your child, make an appointment at the school office.
  • Snack money £2 per week can be paid weekly or termly.
  • If your child is absent due to illness please write a letter explaining the reasons for absence on their return to school.  We can cope very well with coughs and colds.  You are welcome to come and top up Calpol or anti-biotics at lunchtime if required.  Unfortunately we cannot administer any non-prescription medicines or antibiotics.



Key information about Reception

Click on the link above to read some key information shared at the 'New to Reception' meeting in July.

An amazing first week in Reception

Good morning to you!

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Each morning we begin with our ‘Good morning’ song. The children take turns to lead the actions. It has been lovely to watch the children grow in confidence during the term.😊

Creative children

Our outdoor classroom is a fantastic place to learn.

The ice-cream shop - look how are learning journey developed.

The children enjoyed sharing their favourite books #lovetoread

Healthy snack time

Reception read lots of stories about dogs at the start of term - Hairy McClairy video

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After reading the story, the children retold the story using props. They particularly enjoyed the part when Scarface claw a large, mean and grumpy cat chased the dogs!

Black History Day

The children went to their first whole school assembly today and were super listeners.  Liverpool poet Levi Tafari performed some of his poems for the children.  Back in class the children watched a BBC education programme about Rosa Parks.  We were so impressed with their understanding and the questions they asked.

Levi Tafari

A mystery egg was delivered to Foundation Stage - look what hatched out!

Foundation stage received a mystery egg in the post, but we did not know who it was from.  A letter arrived from ‘mummy’, but who was mummy?  After three days the egg hatched and out popped a baby dinosaur.  Another letter arrived from mummy a few days later.  We found out that we had hatched a baby T-Rex and that her name was going to be Tiffany!  Tiffany T-Rex has enjoyed her time with Foundation Stage but has now gone to live with mummy T-Rex.

Making our own playdough

Marvellous play dough creations - all food related!

Using technology for a range of purposes

Making our mark - we love to write and draw

The Dino Dentist - what lovely clean teeth they have!

Thank you to the children who have taken Oreo home this half term. We have thoroughly enjoyed listening to the adventures you have had together.

Independence - each day the children wash up after our snack.

So much learning this term

This is me! RE - I am special. We enjoyed singing 🎤 ‘This is me’ with Mrs Scott while showing our lovely ‘All about me’ posters.

Have you lost a bow? Our tree is blooming!

Harvest Festival

Thank you so much for all of your generous donations for our Harvest festival.  We were very proud of how the children sat and performed during their very first church service.  Well done to our speakers: Emily and Zachary you were amazing.  Such confidence speaking in front of a huge audience. 

It’s Harvest Time song

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We hope you enjoy a snippet of our rehearsal for the Harvest service at church.🎵🎵🎶

A wonderful autumn 🍂 walk in our amazing school grounds.

🏅🏅Congratulations to our Children of Excellence for the theme of Thankfulness this term - Jasmine and Maxwell

Thank you to our fabulous readers: Grace and Thomas - you were amazing! 😊

Read what our children said about our superstars Jasmine and Maxwell here.

Tiny Tasters is starting on the 6th November


Nearly all of the Reception children achieved their 100% attendance this half term.  What a fantastic achievement! Keep it up!  Can we be the class winners next term?🏅🏅🏅

Important dates next half term:

  • Eye tests - 31st October

  • Flu vaccines - TBC

  • Hearing checks - 6th November

  • Parent review day (PPRD)- 22nd November 1-7pm.  Children will go home at 12.00 that day and MUST return with you for your appointment with Mrs Davidson in order to get their afternoon attendance mark.

  • Reception height/weight - 5th December

Our topics next term will be hibernation and Diwali.  We will also be exploring the children’s interest in transformers.

Welcome back

Our young gardeners went out with Mr Coleman, our site manager,  today to identify types of leaves.  They came back showing me oak, sycamore, holly, birch and ivy 🍁 leaves.  I was so impressed by their memory of ‘evergreen’ when talking about the spiky holly.  Grace was our photographer today.  Pictures to follow...

Parents’ maths workshop this Thursday at 5pm.

A letter was sent home today.

Thank you to the parents who attended our maths workshop. All children should now have received the pack along with their Sumdog password.

Another busy week this week, with lots of lovely learning. Take a look!

Early morning learning 8.40-8.55. Every morning our wonderful Mrs Quirk works hard with our children to practise their basic skills. So much additional learning over the week!

Floating art work using beautiful gold, orange and red autumn leaves 🍁

Remembrance Day 2018 - preparing for our Remembrance service

To commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War, each child painted a red pebble.  Each pebble we laid represented 2000 soldiers who bravely lost their lives so that others could be saved.  On 12th November, the children listened to our Year 6 children explaining about Armistice Day before respectfully participating in a 2 minute silence.  We are very proud of how sensible our children were during this extremely important time of reflection. Well done, Reception!

Remembrance Day Service

Mr Tunstall played ‘The Last Post’ on his cornet as part of our Remembrance service

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Congratulations to Thomas our first keyword champion of the Year - Fantastic sight reading!🏆

Wonderful 100% attendance - congratulations Reception. Let’s do it again!

A visit from Pudsey bear. We were thrilled to meet him!

Children in Need - thank you for your generosity


Please encourage your child to take part in this sponsored read for a wonderful cause.  All monies should be paid directly to the Readathon website as detailed in the information sent home on Friday.  Thank you in anticipation for your support.


School closes at 12.00pm on Thursday.  There will be no after school club.  Please bring your child to the appointment so that they can get their afternoon attendance mark.  Appointments are up on our classroom window if you need to check your time.  

Thank you to all our parents for attending PPRD meetings this week.  #workingtogethertosupportthechildren

Shape detectives - developing our shape knowledge.

Remember our sponsored read is underway. Can you read 10 times in a fortnight?

An amazing Owl art attack!

Our class story at the moment: ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark’ by Jill Tomlinson is opening up so many fantastic learning opportunities. 

Please help us by checking your child’s hair weekly. They are an unavoidable hazard of school life but can be minimised through extra vigilance. Thank you!

Christmas Fayre

28.11.18 & 29.11.18 - 'Key Word Champions' 2 and 3 - Congratulations Grace and Finley - You are amazing readers!

Maths & PE - Ordering numbers 29.11.18

We are eagerly anticipating our visit from Stephen Green from S and R Birds tomorrow.  We are hoping he will bring us some owls!smiley

Ste and Derek and their wonderful birds of prey

Can you name the birds of prey?

...a Little owl, Harris hawk, Eagle owl, Kestrel and our favourite...the Barn owl.

What a fantastic opportunity - holding Star the Barn owl!

Star the beautiful Barn owl

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The children loved holding Star. They needed to keep their arm very straight and still.

Star in flight

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Star was a little reluctant to fly as he had a full stomach, however Ste persuaded him to fly on a line for a short while. He was incredible.

A sneak preview of our play singing rehearsal - One baby

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Our Nativity Play - Christmas Counts - Thank you grown ups for the wonderful costumes - Don’t the children look fantastic?

Our Wonderful Nativity - Christmas Counts #welovemaths! #ababyisborn #Jesusoursaviourisborn

We are so extremely proud of our Reception children.  One week to rehearse. They knew their songs, words, when to come onto the stage, no tears, all happy in their costumes....What more can Mrs Quirk and I say? Bursting with pride...It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. You are all superstars!⭐️⭐️⭐️👏🏻

We now have 5 key word champions. Congratulations to Emily and Zack who have joined the champions hall of fame this week.

A visit from Father Christmas - What a fantastic surprise for Foundation Stage when Father Christmas popped in to see us this afternoon. 14.12.18 - 12 sleeps to go!

Happy Birthday Zachary and Mollie - 5 this week xx

Thank you for all of your generous contributions for Christmas jumper day.

Happy Birthday Maximus - a big 5 now!

The Nativity - Talk Day 17th-21st December

We have been so impressed by the children’s talk day presentations.  Lovely story telling, nativity scenes and Christmas songs. Thank you for your support. 

Bible tales - Mr Freeze changed his mind about Christmas with the help of two very cool angels riding hover boards. What a fantastic performance!

Our snowy village enhancement has been a big hit this week.

Thomas chose to sing a verse from ‘The Innkeepers’ Nativity Play song: Can it be true? #courage

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Christmas carol service and Christingle

Sing Christingle it’s the light of Christ

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Such a moving moment as the children lit their Christingle and the lights went down. A moment to reflect upon Jesus the Light of the World.

Christmas disco 21st December - Beautiful outfits and fantastic dancing!

Child of Excellence - Thankfulness - Hawraa and Jacob - Congratulations to our two superstars this term

Talk day presentation

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After setting up her nativity scene, Abbie sang Away in a Manger...the perfect ending to our Autumn term.

Wishing you a magical Christmas from all of the Early Years team 🎄

Mrs Quirk and I were overwhelmed with your generous and very thoughtful gifts today.  Thank you very much.  We would like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas. We loved hearing about the children’s plans for Christmas Eve today.  Hopefully they will all sleep for 10 hours so that Christmas Day doesn’t begin too early! 🤞🏻🙂Have a lovely break and we look forward to some more super learning in the new term and even more ‘keyword champions’.

Merry Christmas! 🎄 


Spring term 2019

Happy New Year!


Happy Birthday to our big 5 year olds!

Investigating ice - curious and very involved children

Forgiveness is our Christian Value this term.

We really enjoy hearing about Oreo’s adventures - Thank you for taking such great care of him!

Parachute - big top

Circus skills - large apparatus PE

Circus days

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We have had 2 more keyword champions this week.  Please keep practising these words regularly at home.

The Smartest Clown in Town - We have had a brilliant time writing this book this week and acting out the character roles.

We are 5!

Thank you for taking Oreo on such wonderful adventures. We love hearing about them.

Busy learners this term - Winter and Chinese New Year

Two more keyword champions - Congratulations - you are the champions...of the words!

World Faith Day - Judaism with Jeremy - The children learned about the kippah - the skull cap that Jewish men wear and also learned a song about Yahweh or God.

Hebrew writing is read from right to left. The first five books of the Jewish holy book is called the Torah.

Judaism with Jeremy

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Reading in Hebrew

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w/c 25.2.19 Super reading Lily and Phoebe - 2 more key word champions - Fantastic!

100% attendance - amazing! We have beaten all our coughs and colds! Great work, Reception!👍🙂🏆

Grace and Barney were last term’s Children of Excellence - we are blessed to have you in our class.

Super thinking and problem solving, Louie! Spider-Man interest developing I think!

Healthy Living - veggie exploration. The children enjoyed smelling, tearing, breaking, feeling, peeling, exploring, observing....senses truly stimulated!

As part of our Healthy Living topic, our children made pipe cleaner people. They then used them to role play different exercises.

Music with Mrs Hughes our music teacher

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What a lovely way to finish the week with a sing song. We were very proud of how engaged the children were with their singing.

World Book Day

This Thursday you are invited to come and read to your child at our Big booky breakfast bash. A light breakfast will be served along with the chance to read our new story books.  We hope you can make it. 🙂🥐🥞🥛

Amazing home learning stories Hawraa! We have enjoyed listening to you telling us all about what you have been learning outside of school.

Bathing our dolls - keeping clean

We are very proud of this weeks keyword champions - congratulations!

Regularly reading these words will help to embed them in your child’s long term memory.


World Book Day 7.3.19

Thank you to all of the parents who attended our ‘Big booky breakfast’ today.  We hope you enjoyed it as much as the children did.  Remember to spend your free book token. Let us know which book you choose via @halewoodcofe


Dance - 6.3.19 - Following Let’s dance!

Congratulations to our most recent key word champions

Our Supertato topic has been brilliant - we have enjoyed every minute.

Fantastic achievements outside of school - sporty children

Super healthy smoothies

Look who is 5! Happy Birthday to you!

Beautiful outdoor paintings inspired by our pretty daffodils

Oreo loves his adventures with our lovely children - his diary is fantastic!

Our Easter bonnet parade and performance is 10am on Wednesday.

Our Easter church service is at St Nicholas’ on Monday 8th April at 1.30pm.

End of term is Tuesday 9th at 2pm.

3 more super keyword champions - Fantastic, girls!!

Easter bonnets 🐣 Don’t the children look amazing? We appreciate all the effort that went into these fabulous creations.

Our Easter performance - we are so proud of our confident singers, speakers and palm wavers! 🙂🐣

Happy Birthday Grace, 5 today! 5.4.19 🎂

The Easter Story - the children have enjoyed reading this version of the Easter story and can recall the events very well. When watching the Bible Tales Easter performance the children made connections to the story they had read.

The Easter Journey was led by our fantastic ‘Worship warriors’ and Miss Sudworth. It was brilliant. The children’s knowledge of the story is impressive.

Construction challenge

MOTM - we love hearing news from outside school - Congratulations, Barney. #teamplayer #skilful

Congratulations to this term’s Children of Excellence: Phoebe and Zack. We are extremely proud of you both. 🏅🏅

Happy Birthday Barney!

Our spring walk 23.4.19

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Blossom perfume - spring exploration

Proud moment - lovely writing, Zach!

News flash!

We are very excited to welcome a new friend to Reception this week.  Welcome Emily.  We are very pleased to have you join our class and are looking forward to getting to know you.

What a lovely term we have had - so busy learning and having fun!

Congratulations to our friendly Children of Excellence: Ewan and Lily. We are so proud of you both!

Happy Birthday little ladies! Big 5 now, so grown up!

Ginger scented dough enticed so many children to create in our malleable dough area.