Reception 2016 - 2017

Mrs Evans

Mrs Clayton

Welcome to Reception!

Christmas Time!

The children are very excited as we count down the days of Advent.  We are busy practising for our traditional nativity play in Church and the children can't wait to put on their costumes and perform in front of their family.  Please read our weekly newsletter for further information about the nativity play. 

Stockley Farm Visit

We had a super time at the farm on Monday with the Year 6 big buddies.  The children were all so well behaved and the staff commented on how wonderful and polite our children were - well done children we are proud of you!

Photographs of our visit are on the website in the gallery. 

Don't Forget

Please ensure that your child bring a named water bottle into school everyday and if you haven't done so already, please could you provide your child with a pair of wellies to keep in school for the year.  We use the outside classroom, in the forest area, often and it does tend to get very muddy in there! 


Physical Education lessons are on a Friday afternoon for Reception with Mr Curren our PE teacher.  We will help the children to become confident at getting changed into their PE kits and putting their pumps on independently.  We will be sending PE kits home every half term holiday for a wash and this is also a good chance to check your child's pumps still fit them.   

Tapestry and Assessment

Thank you for all your observations from home.  It is lovely to see what the children get up to at home with their family.  Don't forget to have a go at the weekly Tapestry challenge that is on our newsletter. Thank you. 

Phonics and Reading

At Frodsham CE, we continuously encourage children to read for pleasure to enable them to become confident readers. We follow a structured phonics programme called ‘Read, Write Inc’ which supports and develops reading and writing skills.  To begin with we will assess the children during the first few weeks in school (baseline assessment) to see what they already know and from there we will start our daily phonics lessons. Once your child has started learning their sounds, we will assess their ability to blend them together to make words.  When we feel your child is ready they will bring home a reading book. For some children they will bring home a book with no words and we ask you to use the prompt sheets to share the book with your children. Other children will bring home books with words. The children will need to be encouraged to sound out and blend the words in order to help them read the text.

As they start to read we will begin to send home words they need to learn to sound out and read independently. These words will be stuck in the children's reading record books.

 The children will then be reading on a 1-1 basis with us in class every week.   As well as this your child will practice reading daily during their phonics lessons. We do expect that children read at home daily to ensure that they make consistent progress. We will communicate via the children’s red reading diaries and require 3 or more comments per week from parents to let us know how your child is getting on. Please keep your child's reading book and reading diary in their school bag and bring them into school every day. We will change reading books once a week.


At this stage we encourage the children to mark make as much as possible. This may take the form of drawing shapes, writing letters from their name and then eventually writing their first name and short words independently.

We encourage the fingers to hold a pencil correctly and we put a great deal of emphasis on correct letter formation. (For help on this, please feel free to ask a member of staff.)  

Autumn Term - Topic Web

Please follow the link below in 'Files to download' to find out what we will be learning about this half term.


Early Years Outcomes

Please follow the link below to explore the Early Years document. This is how we assess all children across the early years phase from birth- 60+ months.


What to Expect, When?

This document explains the Early Years Outcome through the voice of a child. It also gives you a range of ways you can support your child’s learning at home. We think this is a much more user friendly document to read.



Some useful web links

    Tapestry on line Learning Journal, login page.

Listening to your child read.    

   Games to play to support the learning of phonics.

Supporting learning in Mathematics.   

   Early Years' Foundation Stage Development Matters.


   Food - A Fact of Life.

Fun games to teach your child to read.

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NSPCC Workshops, by Mrs Bell

World Book Day, by Mrs Bell

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