Reception A - Miss Ferns 2020 - 2021

Our topic this term is "It's good to be me and this is where we belong".

The first few weeks in Reception, the children will be settling into their new class, exploring their new environment and learning the routine and rules that we follow in school. The children will be talking about their favourite things for example; what they like to play with, what their favourite food is and what they enjoy doing the most with their families. This will give the children an opportuntiy to communicate and share their experiences with their peers helping them to develop friendships and a postive self-esteem.

The children will be learning about people who help us in our school environment such as the caretaker who helps to keep our school safe and the cook who prepares our meals. We will also discuss different people who help us in our local community for example; the PSCO who helps to keep us safe and the postal worker who delivers our letters and parcels. 

We will be ending our term with a fun trip to Queen's Park, where the children will explore the play equipment and go on a hunt for Autumn objects. 

We look forward to an exciting and action packed half term!


Miss Ferns

Mrs Lawton, Miss Ferns and Mrs Dewsbury are the Reception class teachers. The Reception team also includes Mrs Thomas and Mrs Lawton. Mrs Adamczyk is the Reception PE teacher. Mrs Dewsbury is the Early Years Foundation Stage Assistant Principal.

In Reception we follow the Development Matters national curriculum for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage. In Reception the morning consists of Read Write Inc, our phonics scheme, and Maths. Our afternoon begins with an input linked to our topics, this is then further developed during child initiated learning. Throughout the year children learn in both Reception classrooms and our outdoor area.

What does your child need to bring to school every day?

Please ensure that your child has a labelled water bottle in school every day so that they can access a drink throughout the school day.

Your child will need to bring their book bag daily. This will allow them to carry their Read, Write Inc book. 

Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather. The school does not have a supply of spare clothes for children so it is essential that they are well dress e.g. a waterproof coat with a hood for wet weather.

Your child must have wellies to be able to access the outdoor learning provision.


Our PE day is Wednesday. Please make sure that your child has a named kit, which includes black pumps or trainers, black shorts and either a green or white t-shirt. Long hair needs to be tied back.

All earrings need to be removed before school or the lesson for PE sessions. Where ears have recently been pierced, it is essential that children have their own plasters from home to cover their earrings. This needs to be done either at home or by the child themselves. This is in line with the school policy.


Excellent attendance is vital for achieving your child’s potential. The classroom door opens at 8:50am for morning registration. There will be a member of the Reception team waiting at the classroom door to welcome your child. If you have a message for your child's class teacher, unless it is urgent, if possible, please arrange to speak to her at the end of the school as mornings are a busy time inside the classroom.

It is important that children arrive on time for school every day. This helps them to settle into the school day quickly and calmly. This has a positive impact on their ability to engage in their learning. 

School finishes at 3.15pm and children need to be collected at this time.

Read Write Inc

Your child will bring home RWI sound sheets or books each Friday to share with you at home. Please support them by listening to them read and asking simple questions about what they have read and their new sounds. They might also enjoy teaching you the sounds and words they have learnt. RWI books need to be returned to school each Thursday.

There will be a charge of £2 for lost or damaged books.


Useful websites for developing your child's communication and langauge skills at home:

This site has been updated with further information you may find useful, recommended educational apps and links to on-line educational resources. 

Click the image to search Hungry Little Minds for simple tips and activities, or to find out what's available where you live. Children soak up every little bit of stimulation you give them. All the little things make a big difference to the development of their speech and understanding of words. Everyday moments can be used to boost your child’s learning, as they are interested in all sorts of things. The Hungry Little Minds campaign provides lots of simple tips and activities that you can slot into your routine and that children love. Such as:

• Play ‘I spy’ on the bus with them and you can see their imaginations light up

• Talk to your child about what has happened so far in the day – for example, “We went to the shops this morning, didn’t we? We bought some apples.” And talk about what is going to happen next – “After lunch we’ll do the washing up”

• Look at picture books together. With each new page, give your child time to point out things to you and talk about what they can see

Language and communication skills unlock literacy, Tiny Happy People can help you develop your child’s language and communication skills, so they get the best start in life.The ideas and activities are easy to build into your daily routine. They’re quick and inspiring, but they’re also based on expert advice and evidence, and are proven to help your child’s development. Click on the image to access resources and activities.

Support your child's development as they grow with the National Literacy Trust guidance, recommended reads and videos. If you can spare ten minutes a day to read with your child you can make a huge difference to their development. You don’t have to read a book, you could read a comic, magazine article or a story you have made up yourself. Small Talk is a new website from the National Literacy Trust. It’s full of guidance, activities and videos supporting parents of children aged 3 to 5 to chat, play and read with their child at home as much as possible. Click on the image to access resources and activities.

Ideas for healthy nutritional meals:

Young children need to eat well to...

  • establish good eating patterns
  • ensure they grow and develop appropriately
  • protect teeth
  • maintain a healthy body weight

You will find a range of resources which will provide you with information and ideas for healthy eating  by clicking on the image above. 

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Contact the School

Wistaston Academy

Moreton Road

Company registration number: 08882544
Place of Registration: England

Main Contact: Principal - Dominique Griffiths

Tel: 01270 685666

SEN Contact: Stephanie Tew

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