Merton Bank Primary School

'Never less than our best'

School Roper Street, St. Helens, Merseyside, WA9 1EJ


Welcome to Reception Class

Caring          Respect       Empathy       Courage      Resilience

Our Reception Team

Teachers - Mrs Clay and Mrs Seymour

Teaching Assistant - Miss Johnston 

Our Early Years Reception classroom is a warm and welcoming learning space which promotes curiosity and an excitement to explore and discover, often through new experiences.  We quickly get to know each child’s unique personality and interests and design learning challenges matched to their developing skills.  

We encourage and support children to be independent, take risks and develop confidence and resilience.  We give our children lots of responsibilities and they challenge themselves to achieve their full potential! With support from teachers and family at home, the children work hard on their goals. 

Stories, books and reading are at the heart of what we do every day and children are supported to grow a love of reading, becoming confident and independent early readers by the end of Reception.  Mental health and well-being are high priority in Reception and we teach children how to identify and talk about their feelings, consider the feelings of others and resolve problems together.   We work hard to support the children to be happy and free from worry and anxieties.  We promote positive self-talk and resilience and guide children through any difficulties they face. In summer term we support children in preparing for their transition to Key Stage 1.

Children leave our early years with knowledge, skills and memories to draw upon in their next stage of their learning.  Our children have the curiosity, resilience, self-control, independence and creativity necessary to succeed.  They have developed respect for themselves and others, built strong positive relationships and know they are a valued member of our school community.


What do we learn?


Over the Reception year, children spend a lot of learning time outside, experiencing the changing seasons and learning how to respect and take care of our precious natural world.  They learn about similarities and differences between people in our community and the wider world and begin to understand about things that happen in the past, present and future.  They develop a solid understanding of the numbers 1-10, learn

how to read simple sentences and learn how to form letters correctly to write simple words in a sentence.  They learn how to ride balance bikes, climb, run and jump confidently and safely and all about healthy eating, good sleep routines and how to look after their teeth.  They make lots of new friendships and learn how to share, take turns and show respect and kindness to others. 


We recap on learning by using ‘retrieval and rewind techniques to support children in ‘knowing more and remembering more.’  We ensure learning builds on what has gone on before and have opportunities to apply new learn.  This supports learning going into the long-term memory, so that new facts are retained.


Doors open 8:45am, registration closes at 8.55am.  Your child must be in school by 8.55am.

The school day ends at 3:15pm, however we open the Reception gates at 3.05pm as it takes us a little longer to dismiss our younger children.

Your Reception child will enter and leave school via the gate to the left of the main office.  Safeguarding is high priority at Merton Bank so please understand we may need to check if someone else is picking your child up.  Please always inform the office if someone new is collecting.  Thank you for your understanding with this.


We have PE every Thursday and Friday.  Children in Reception Class do not need to wear PE kit in the first part of the Autumn Term however once children are settled, our PE kit is:

Black shorts / leggings / tracksuit bottoms,

White teeshirt,

School jumper or cardigan

Black pumps.   


Look at some of the wonderful learning experiences we have had in Autumn Term in Reception. 

Birthday Baking

Pumpkin Inspired Art Projects 

History Enquiry: Same but Different 

Geography Enquiry: A Place Called Home

Seasonal Celebrations and Special Events 

Maths Adventures with Numbers to 5, Patterns and Shapes

Adventures into Space