Banks St Stephens CE Primary School

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11th July 20
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Welcome to Reception Class

Reception class is a wonderful learning environment with stimulating and vibrant areas of learning. The children enjoy discovering new concepts and ideas in their exciting surroundings.  

Our planning is started with the children using floor books and sharing ideas based on the children's interests. We record the main intended learning objectives in our medium term plans for each topic or theme. Click on the links under each topic heading to see how we link the children's ideas to the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.

Mrs Melling works with our fabulous teaching assistant, Mrs Fitch.

Our page is updated regularly to keep you up to date with what we get up to!


Hi Everyone!

Just to say a huge thank you for all your support during this worldwide, difficult time. Mrs Fitch and I are sending lots of love and well wishes to all of our lovely children and families. 

Firstly, it is important to say; home learning is not the most biggest thing at this time. The health and happiness or yourself and your family is the priority and whatever you are doing with your wonderful children is enough. Your best is always enough.

Things you can work on at home include the phonics and number work I sent home before we finished, two super resources to help you in these areas is Phonics Play and I also have sent each family their own PurpleMash login where you will find the MiniMash section which includes loads of brilliant activities and resources. 

More importantly, now is the time to learn through play! Young children get sooooo much more from playing and exploring, learning new skills and thinking critically. Build dens, hunt for bugs, watch for birds, play with playdough, learn to dress and undress independently, tie shoelaces, play boardgames, taking turns, talk about your emotions, learn new words, take part in new experiences, read! These will equip your children for life and cannot be underestimated. 

We are constantly finding new and useful resources which we are sharing on our school facebook page, along with our most up to date information around COVID-19. Please follow our page:

Finally, I am always reachable on our school email ( and also via our facebook page so please don't hesitate to send me a message if there is anything at all I can help you with. I would love to hear from you so feel free to send me pictures and things you have been up to! 

Stay safe and well and I look forward to seeing you all soon.

Lots and lots of love, 

Mrs Melling

Phonic Sounds


Below is a link to the pronunciation of our current phonic sounds, you can use these to support your child with their reading and writing at home.

Our Local Area


We moved much closer to home to explore our immediate surroundings in the lovely village of Banks. Mrs Yardley came with us on a walk arounf the village to tell us of the changes over the years and what the village used to look like. We had a visit to our local sandiwch shop, Debz Deli, who showed us around her shop and kitchen and even letus serve a real customer! By the time we got back the children we excited to create their own Debz Deli cafe and we transformed our classroom into a mini 'Banks'. 

Around The World


We first learnt about our own little island - The United Kingdom of Great Britain, we found it on the map and talked about what it meant to be a capital city and what sort of things we would find there. We learnt some amazing new vocabulary including architecture, government, villages, towns and cities. The children were fascinated by the world map so we went onto to learnt about some other countries around the world including China and Chinese New Year and also Russia because the children couldn't beliveve how big it was! We learnt about different cultures, food, traditions and famous people from those areas including learning about Tchaicovsky, the Russian Composer. We watched parts of The Nutcracker and Swam Lake and learnt about musical instruments and what an orchestra was. We got so much from this topic that parents came into school to tell our teachers how blown away they were by our new knowledge! 

Farmer Christmas


We went on a Chistmas trip to Farmer Teds. We had the most magical time meeting all the animals, going on tractor rides, feeding reindeers and seeing Father Christmas in his special grotto. We were so very well behaved and made the teachers and staff very, very proud! 

Our Narnia Experience


We went to visit Hesketh Bank Christian Centre for The Narnia Experience and what a WONDERFUL time we had!

Autumn Days


Autumn has meant learning about Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day and of course enjoying the crisp Autumn weather from inside and out. 

The Greatest Show


Many of our children this year started school with a love of The Greatest Showman which was this inspiration of our topic - Circus. What a wonderful time we have had! We learnt about circus' acts, circus skills, about animal habitats, wild and domestic animals and animal welfare, all finished off with a show planned and created by the children themselves - The Special Show. 

Our First Week At School


We have had the most wonderful week settling into our new class, exploring our classroom and making lots of new friends - this year is going to be fantastic!