Reception 2020 - 2021

Miss Jagota

Welcome to Reception!

Reception is taught by Miss Jagota

and supported by Mrs Williams & Mrs Smith

We've had a great start to the new term, with lots of little visitors to the classroom and our topic taking us on an exciting journey of exploration through A Bug’s Life (please see files to download Topic Overview for further information). We are learning about different minibeasts and plants around our school grounds and beyond, finishing off with a Brilliant Bug Ball, to celebrate all our hard work (further details for the ball will follow later in the term). 

We have created our own worm world and have been looking carefully at the tunnels and tracks the worms make through the soil and sand. We also had a delivery of caterpillars and have been enjoying watching them change and grow, munching on the food at the bottom of the tub!

We have also planted sunflower seeds, hoping to add these to our outdoor area in preparation for our new butterflies! Let's see which minibeasts arrive in our classroom next week!

This week has also seen the introduction of Rainbow Challenges- the children are encouraged to complete each of the 6 challenges (English, Maths, Topic, Fine Motor, Art, Understanding of the world)  to complete their rainbow by the end of the week- we had lots of children getting a sticker for completing the challenges this week. 

Don't forget:

  • Practise your key words or read your reading book every night (and sign the reading record)
  • Bring your book bag (reading book, reading record, key words) to school everyday.
  • Bring your water bottle with you
  • PE is every Tuesday & Thursday - Come to school in your PE kits on these days
  • Bring your big smile to school everyday!

We feel it is really important to work closely with parents and carers in order to support your child's learning and development. If you have any questions, worries or need support, please do not hesitate to contact me via the class or school office email address  ( or

Take care and keep safe

Miss Jagota


Useful websites:

Collins ebooks (Individual login details sent via email)

Oxford Owl ebooks (Class Username Login: hillsidereception Password: Hillsiders)

Teach your monster to read

Phonics play (Phase 2) [username:Jan21 password: home]

ICT games Phonics and maths games

Topmarks Phonics and maths games

Espresso [Username: student7161 Password: paradise]

Crickweb Early Years

Phonics Bloom (Phase 2)

Busy Things Educational games and activities


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Contact the School

Helsby Hillside Primary School

Bates Lane
Helsby, Frodsham
Cheshire, WA6 9LN

Headteacher: Mr C Richardson
School Contacts: Mrs Julie Ellis
& Mrs S Tregilgas

Tel: 01928 722991

SEN Contact: Mrs Lynda Thomas

SEN Email: