Reception B - Mrs Lawton and Mrs Dewsbury 2019 - 2020

Hi Reception!

I hope you are all well and keeping busy! We are missing you all but it is lovely to see your posts and updates on Tapestry. Please keep uploading pictures and messages about things you have been doing at home. Don’t forget we are adding a new daily challenge or task to Tapestry so keep checking.

There are some daily activities to keep you busy:
-Joe Wicks is doing daily PE sessions on Youtube at 9am Daily PE
-Ruth Miskin is streaming live Read Write Inc sessions on her Youtube page 
Set 1 sounds 9.30am
Set 2 sounds 10am
-David Williams is releasing a new audio book each day at 11am for the children to listen to. Audio stories. Each story lasts approximately 20 minutes.

If you are looking to complete some Maths activities and daily counting here are some links to some of our favourite songs and games.

-The Big number song
The shape song
Counting by 2s song
Counting by 10s song

There are many maths games available to play on Top Marks. The games cover all areas of the maths curriculum such as counting, adding, repeating patterns and shapes.

Phonics and reading
-Oxford Owl has Read Write Inc resources where parents can register and log on. The resources include eBooks, Speed Sounds practice sheets, Parent information booklets and Speedy Green Words.

-Read your favourite books and stories at home. Talk about the characters, settings and discuss the pictures.
Tell an oral story. Can you create a story map to help you recall the story?
Create your own characters for a story. Can you draw and label them?

We hope that these ideas help to keep you busy. We will be updating the website with new messages and ideas so keep checking. 

Keep busy and stay well.

Mrs Lawton


Mrs Lawton, Miss Ferns and Mrs Dewsbury are the Reception class teachers. The Reception team also includes Mrs Bracegirdle and Miss 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 and a library book. Children will access the library with their class either on a Tuesday or a Thursday. The library is also open to parents and children every day apart from Wednesday. You can access this through the main Reception.

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 8:40am 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 3.05 and children need to be collected from classrooms 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.

Irlam Library

We visit the Irlam library on a Wednesday afternoon. This gives the children time to explore and talk about the fiction and non-fiction books on offer. You can visit the Irlam library after school with your child on a Monday and Thursday. The library is open from 3:05pm until 3:40pm. 


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

Irlam Library

Reception visit the library every Wednesday afternoon. During this time your child has time to browse the books on offer and enjoy a sharing reading session with one of the Reception Team. 

The Irlam library has a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books for you and your child to explore, read and talk about.

You can visit the library with your child on the following days. 

Library Visiting Times

Monday 08:20am-08:35am  and  3:10pm- 3:40pm

Wednesday 08:20am- 08:35am

Thursday 3:10pm-3:40pm


Eating well is essential for children in their early years. Children from 1-4 years old need to eat well to establish good eating patterns, ensure they grow and develop appropriately and to protect their teeth.

First Steps Nutrition Trust have a range of resources to support eating well in the early years. They have many ideas for packed lunches which inform you about good food choices and portion sizes for 1-4 year olds. Their recipe book also provides examples of simple, cost-effective nutritious meals that the whole family can enjoy with portion size information for adults, schools aged children, 1-4 year olds and infants. Click on the image above to search First Steps Nutrition Trust website.


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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 or Karen Cutts

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