Reception 2021 - 2022

Miss Gill

 Hello and Welcome to Reception at St. John's Church of England Primary School!

My name is Miss Gill and I am teaching the Reception Class this year. This is my first year teaching here at St John's having previously taught in a primary school in West Lancashire. I am am very excited to be working with such wonderful teachers and children.

I have a BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies and QTS in Early Years and Primary Education. I am thrilled to be continuing my teaching career in such an amazing school.

In Reception we will have lots of fun and I am excited to take the children on a wonderful learning journey. My aim as their teacher is to ensure that children leave school with great skills for life and happy memories shared by all.

About us

At St John's, we have a rich and exciting Early Years Curriculum that ensures all of the children at our school develop a JOY of living and learning. We believe that it is vital for young children to learn through play and exploration and we do this through a balance of carefully planned independent learning opportunities and adult directed activities both inside and outside the classroom. Nurture is also a strength that we pride ourselves on and all adults get to know each child in Reception very well. Our key person system, adds another layer of support for each child and we get to know your child and their individual interests and can plan for their next steps to ensure progress is always made. We also form a key partnership with our school families and enjoy sharing our class achievements regularly.

Key Information

Teacher: Miss Gill

Teaching Assistants: Mrs V Hawthorn, Miss S McDonald and Mrs J Jakstaite 

Spring 1 Topic

Our topic in Reception this half term is ' Where do we live?' and 'Traditional tales. ' Here we will be exploring maps looking at what country we live in and what our town is called. We will explore the different types of houses we live in. This links into our science topic which is exploring  different materials building a strong house for the three little pigs.

We have great fun exploring different traditional tales comparing different versions that have been retold for many years. 

Please keep your eyes open on Dojo for any important information related to this topic.


The children will take part in structured daily phonics sessions for half an hour each day. If you would like to check how to pronounce some of the phonemes we have been learning in phonics, please click on the link below. This will take you to our phonics scheme, 'Little Wandle Letters and Sounds'  parents page. Scroll down to see three different videos for our phases.

There are also lots of additional opportunities for reading throughout our day for your child to take part in.

This term your child will continue to bring home a library book as well as another book which will be matched to your child's phonics stage. These books are to share with an adult at home. In addition to these 2 books, your child will also bring home a further reading book which they will have read and developed their reading skills with at school during the previous week.  Please encourage your child to read this book independently to an adult at home.

Thank you for all of your continued support!

Receptions book change day: Thurdsay 

Please see below for top tips for supporting your child with reading at home!


P.E Day

Reception P.E days are Tuesdays and Thursdays. Children can come into school dressed in their P.E kit. Children can wear dark joggers or leggings if the weather is cold as well as pumps or trainers. Children also need to wear either their school jumper or cardigan.


In Reception we enjoy a healthy daily snack. If you would like your child to have a snack during the morning the cost is £6 per half term.

Other information

Below in 'files' are import documents for you to read and explore that will tell you about Reception in St John's.

To support your child's learning at home you may find the following websites useful:



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Reception: Gallery items

Rec Winter wonderland, by Miss Gill

Rec Christmas Santa Dash, by Miss Gill

Christmas Fun Day, by Mr Thomson