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Church Street, Pemberton, Wigan, WN5 0DT

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St John's Church of England

Primary School

Reception 2020-21


"Love one another as God loves us."

(John 13:34)

Welcome to our new Reception class page!


This is the place to access home learning, find information and to have a peek at the amazing learning journey we are on!

Look out for regular updates!


Week 7

Hickory Dickory Dock!

What a busy week it was! Full of exciting learning through play, big smiles and numbers! Our exciting week included:

  • A Hickory Dickory surprise in our nursery rhyme garden
  • Making up new verses with different animals running up the clock and using instruments to chime different times
  • Played a Hickory themed running game in PE
  • Learning how to sound out words and feeding Metal Mike the robot words
  • Name writing
  •  Investigating clues for mystery numbers of the day
  • Sorting objects and numerals  
  • Number hunts
  • Exciting small world play, especially with the “We’re Going On A Bear Hunt” 
  • Our photo was taken for the local newspaper
  • Looked after the baby dolls, bathing and dressing them
  • Fishing for numbers
  • Making our own clocks and mice
  • Cooking up a storm in the mud kitchen
  • Lots of building
  • Lots of Mark making 

Week 6


We’ve had a fantastic week filled with lots of fun. We started by guessing the clues to this week’s rhyme followed by lots of exciting activities including:

  • Learning new verses to the rhyme and playing with the parachute
  • We received a letter from the Snot Monster! 
  • We did some science experiments
  • We learnt about washing our hands with soap and water to get rid of germs 
  • We learnt about Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
  • We made our own verse up for Ring-a-Roses!
  • Building amazing towers and buildings
  • Hunting secret messages and creating our own to hide 
  • Identifying and creating patterns
  • Making our own perfume in the potions area
  • Fishing for numbers
  • Exploring magnets 

Week 5

Pat-Cake Week

What a week it has been! This week our nursery rhyme was ‘Pat-a-Cake’, we were given some clues from the baker - a plate of (pebble) cakes and one of them had a “B” on it. We’ve sung it, put it in order when it was mixed up, found rhyming words, put our names into the song and thought about the first sound in our names and clapped along mirroring our friends. On Friday we had a special treat, the baker brought us pancakes and we wrote our first sound from our names on them.
In Maths this week we have been doing lots of comparing. We started the week with a teddy bears picnic for Chester and Super Little Ted. We shared our the picnic basket into big and small, making sure the big teddy bear got the big bowl, cup and spoon and the little teddy got the small ones. Some friends joined in and we shared the cakes, making sure we shared them equally so everyone got the same. We have also been comparing height and length. We have built towers to vote for our end of day story and also for a roll the dice, build and compare game. On Thursday, we raced cars to see how far they would go and compare the lengths. On Friday we had our biggest surprise, we received a letter from the author of “Dear Zoo” asking us to help him find the right boxes to send the animals back to the zoo. 
It’s been a musical week in phonics with lots of body percussion and playing musical instruments. We have been really listening, following instructions and playing quiet and loud sounds as well as fast and slow ones. We even made some of our own instruments! 
Learning through play is our favourite way to learn and we’ve been really busy in continuous provision both indoors and outdoors. We received some brand new building blocks this week which the children have loved using to build amazing towers. In the play dough we have been putting our funky fingers to work making cupcakes and birthday cakes. We also challenged the children to use the scales to make sure the play dough was shared equally. In the role play area we have had lots of “baking” and cooking of different meals! Painting has been very popular this week and we have been painting with lots of different tool, including sponges, balloons, earbuds, feathers and spoons!
Have a lovely weekend, take care and stay safe.
Mrs Cheshire xxx

Week 4

Humpty Dumpty’s visit!
Another very exciting week in Reception, kicked off by our visitor, Humpty Dumpty this week. We have been very busy rhyming, building, playing games and taking turns, creating models, creating exciting concoctions in the home corner and water.
We have started phonics this week and have been using our listening ears very carefully to play animal bingo, sound effects for Humpty and I spy on the farm. 

We have also started our Maths inputs this week and the children were very helpful helping pairing up baby Rosie’s socks. They have really enjoyed playing matching memory games and sorting objects. I was very impressed with how they were able to tell me which object didn’t belong on Thursday!
As always, all homework and home learning an be accessed via Purple Mash. I love seeing your photographs showing me what you have been learning at home. If you need any assistance please ask. 

Have a lovely weekend, take care and stay safe.

Mrs Cheshire 


Week 3
Incy Wincy came to play!

We had a very exciting week, on Monday a visitor came to visit in our Nursery Rhyme Garden, Incy Wincy! We have been very busy playing together, taking turns, investigating, using our funky fingers, reading stories, painting, playing with the puppets and lots more besides! Have a look at our photos from our fantastic week!

Week 2
This week we have been rocking in our school shoes!
We have been reading the story ‘Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes’ and have made our own versions!

Our First Days!


Our Classroom...


We have been very working hard over the last few weeks to create a learning space that is safe and inviting for our children.

We can’t wait to fill it with new smiling faces and to fill our display boards with photographs and creations we are proud of!

Take a sneaky peek...!

Starting School...

This year is unlike any we’ve had before and starting school is a big, but very exciting step and we want to ensure that despite what is happening in the world, the experience a lovely and memorable one for all our families. We have carefully planned our starting school transition and hope all of our children will feel happy and safe.  

Here you will find some helpful advice to help your child with starting school.

Is your little one a fan of CBeebies?
They have a programme called ‘Time for School’ available on iPlayer which you might like to watch with your child and talk about some of the things they can expect to see when they start school.

Here’s a link:  



Road map to starting school!

Need some ideas to try at home?

Do you follow Tiny Happy People on Instagram? It’s a really good account to follow for ideas of really easy things to do with your child (and they also share the hilarious reality to parenting!). I follow them for ideas to do at home with my little one and they cater for newborns to five year olds.

Here’s a link to some fantastic, quick, easy and free activities you can try at home: