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 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 

Summer 2 Topic

Our topic in Reception this half term is ' I do like to be beside the seaside' 

This is a great topic to finish off a fantastic year we have had in Reception. 

We start off by recapping where we live and what our town is called. We explore a simple map of Southport and we notice that its not all land and that we are close to the seaside. We talk about Southport being a seaside town. We explore pictures of seaside towns over many years and discuss the difference between past and present seaside towns. 

In this topic in English we explore exciting fiction and non- fiction texts based on the seaside or the ocean. We might even stumble across a few pirates on our ocean adventure!

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 bring home 2 books, one which will be matched to your child's phonics stage and one guided reading book which they should be familar with as they would have read it thoughout the week in their guided reading sessions. These books are to share with an adult at home.Please encourage your child to read these books independently to an adult and dont forget to sign the reading record!

Thank you for all of your continued support!

Reception's book change day: Thursday

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


P.E Day

Reception P.E days are Mondays 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 important 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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