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Welcome To Reception


Class Teacher: Mrs Watson

Higher Level Teaching Assistant: Miss Peever

Teaching Assistant/Speech & Language support: Mrs Bates

Together we will support and guide your child to be 'the best that they can be'.

Thinking of joining us in reception?



It was lovely to see so many of you at our 'Meet the Teacher' meeting. If you were unable to make it or would like to revisit any of tonights presentation you can do so by clicking the PDF above. 

What a 'Marvel'ous end of year party

This term we have been learning all about superheroes. The children planned their own party to celebrate the end of this topic. They designed superhero capes, made their own super veggies, and helped to capture the evil pea. We all sang danced and played party games, I'm not sure who had more fun the teachers or the children! Thank you Reception for such an amazing year.

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Imagine That!

On Wednesday the children had an amazing day out at Imagine That! They visited the imagination village and became vets, hairdressers, firefighters and even performed on stage. 

They then visited the arts centre where they were able to paint a real car and decorated their own fridge magnets. They also enjoyed playing in the sand and water whilst looking for dinosaurs in the outside area.

They finished the day by visiting the discovery area, where they participated in a number of scientific experiments such as; making snow, slime and bath bombs!

The children represented our school excellently, their outstanding behaviour and attitude shone, what a wonderful way to end the school year!

Measuring in maths

This week the children have enjoyed following instructions to measure ingredients in non-standard measurements. Look out junior bake off, I think we have some future contestants here!

Supertato to the rescue!

This week we found something perculiar in our classroom. We discovered some peas frozen in ice. We explored different ways of melting the ice quickly to help free the chilly peas. However, after melting the ice with warm water and salt we were shocked to find that they were actually evil peas! The children used a variety of craft materials to create super veggies to save the day.... keep an eye out for those cheeky peas, they're always up to mischief. 

Fun in the Sun

In Reception we have been observing changes in the weather and our natural environment. We discussed all of the things we enjoy doing in the sunshine. We voted for our favourite summer activity and were rewarded with this for our treat time. We had lots of fun during our picnic. 


Silly Doggy!

We have been learning about the story 'Silly Doggy'. The character, Lily thinks she has found a dog in her garden. Really it isn't a dog at all! It's a furry animal with two ears, two eyes, a big wet nose and a tail. Can you guess what it is? It's a bear! We wrote to L:ily to tell her that she had made a mistake. Look at our fantastic writing..

Watch out Shape detectives about!

This week the children have been hunting for 2D and 3D shapes inside the classroom and around the outdoor area. For their homework they were set a challenge to become shape detectives and find lots of different shapes around their home and whilst out walking. Some children even completed the extra challenge of ordering sticks they had found according to length or by recording their answers. Well done Reception 👏🏻 👏🏻 👏🏻 

St George's Day - 23rd April 2021

Happy St George’s Day! This week we’ve spent lots of time learning about St George and making flags, knight and dragon puppets. We have also been retelling the story of St George’s courageous actions using small world figures.

We hope you all have a wonderful day.

Summer Newsletter 2021

For all information this term please see our summer newsletter, including hints and tips of how you can support your child's learning at home. 

happy Mother's day

Mothering Sunday is a day honouring mothers and mother churches. This year we celebrate Mother's Day on Sunday 14th March as it is the 4th Sunday of Lent. Unfortunately we cannot attend church for a special service so the children in Reception have a special message for all of our wonderful Mums.


World Book Day

Reception loved celebrating world book day. We read the book "The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse". We focused on some beautiful quotes inside the text and discussed how special and loved we are.

The children really enjoyed dressing up as their favourite book characters and reading stories to their friends. We love reading for pleasure!

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During half term we celebrated Shrove Tuesday and talked about Ash Wednesday which marks the first day of Lent. During Lent, many people decide to give something up that they love - perhaps chocolate, sweets or even using social media.
Others might decide to take up something, like helping out more at home or making an effort to be nicer to their brother or sister.
Here are some photographs of our children enjoying their delicious pancakes!


Bobby has been carrying out some experiments at home. He filled some water balloons and left them outside overnight to discover that they had frozen! He has added some glitter to his ice balloons too. I wonder what will happen to the ice balloon when it is left for a while. Can you predict what will happen next?


On Tuesday it was Safer Internet Day. This is a day where we consider carefully the importance of using the internet safely to protect ourselves, our families, our information and our devices. The children designed some fantastic posters to promote internet safety. 

Reception class has a super gymnast!


⭐️ Shining Star ⭐️ Harper has been working extra hard at home and is continuing to complete her gymnastics lessons virtually. She’s been spotted for making a great improvement on her lever holds. Well done Harper, we are very proud of you 👏🏻

Look at our Lockdown Legend!!


Miss Kavanagh entered the whole class into a special competition because we have been superstar learners whilst working from home. Florence was the lucky winner. She chose a selection of ballerina treats to take home and decorate her bedroom with. Well done to all of the children in Reception for their resiliance and determination to succeed during these difficult times. The Reception staff are so proud of you all. We hope you enjoy your prize Florence. 

It's good to be me - We have had lots of fun learning to sing and sign. Look at our video

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Look at this super maths learning!


Hannah has been impressing us all with her fantastic maths learning. Have a look, but hold on to your socks as she might blow them off with this amazing learning.

Mental health matters!

This week is Children's Mental Health week (1 - 7 February 2021) with the theme 'express yourself'.

The children have been completing activities to help them to be 'kind to their minds'. We have talked lots about the things we love about ourselves, how it feels good to be kind and do nice things for others and the importance of routine, sleep and exercise during these difficult times. The children have blown our socks off with their positive attitudes and super learning. Please take a look below at some of the learning we have completed at home. 

If you would like any support or futher information you can visit https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk or contact the class teacher for advice. 


MacMillan Fundraiser – FRIDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2020

Don’t forget it’s non-uniform day this Friday 25th September, to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support! Please bring a £1 donation to school on Friday and hand it to a member of staff in your child’s pod at the gate. Many thanks for your support.

Letter from Miss Kavanagh

Welcome to Reception!

Dear Parents/Carers,

I would like to welcome you all to Reception and look forward to working with you during the year. In Reception the teacher is Miss Kavanagh and the teaching assistants are Miss Peever and Mrs Bates.

So far the children have all settled in well and are enjoying learning in their new class. All staff are so proud of how the children have adapted to their new environment, rules and routines. We are very excited to see all of our children shine in their learning.

May I take this opportunity to remind you of a few important things:

Drink Bottles

All children should have a named water bottle (not juice) that is to be brought into school every day.

Snack Money

Snack money of £1.50 should be sent in a named envelope in on a Monday morning. The children have a snack provided in the morning such as crumpets, crackers and cheese, toast. All children will receive a piece of fruit as well as milk or water. Children are not allowed to bring their own snack into Reception as we try to encourage the children to try a variety of new and healthy foods.


We will listen to your child read regularly in school and we expect children to access reading eggs three times per week as part of their home learning. Regular practise of such a vital skill really does make a difference to your child.

PE Kit

We expect children to come to school wearing their PE kit every Wednesday. Children will access physical activities in our EYFS environment daily, however, they will only need to wear a PE kit on a Wednesday. If your child has their ears pierced, please remove the earrings or cover them with plasters on this day.


Please ensure that all uniform is named. All children should bring a waterproof coat to school each day as we do play outside in all weathers whenever possible.

Learning Journey

During this half term our learning journey will be Traditional Tales. Please find our key focuses in specific areas below.


In our literacy learning we will be focusing on two key texts ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and ‘The Enormous Turnip’. We will use these texts to captivate children in their learning enabling them to apply their phonic knowledge to write, words, labels and captions.

We will also be learning how to write our names, forming letters correctly, ensuring that there are no reversals.

In Reception we have daily phonics lessons to learn new phonemes and tricky words. We practise these phonemes and words, learning how to apply them in our reading and writing.


This half term we will be focusing on number. This includes counting, representing numerals and quantities and subitising.

The children will also practise and apply taught mathematical skills in their weekly challenges and in their own learning time.


In our RE lessons we will cover the topics of ‘Good News and Harvest’. Children will participate I daily collective worship and learn their new class prayers.

Parental involvement

Here at Latchford St James we are keen to work with parents as partners. If your child has impressed, you then please tell us all about it via email (Latchford_primary@warrington.gov.uk) so we can celebrate their learning too!

If you ever have any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to speak to us, as it is vital that we work together to help your child have a happy and successful year in school. If you are unable to speak to us at school, please ring and leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Yours Sincerely

Miss D Kavanagh

EYFS leader and Reception teacher

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