Welcome to Reception

The Reception year is a very exciting time for both parents and children. At Woodham Ley Primary School,  children are offered the very best start to their education by being provided with rich opportunities and experiences.  Our curriculum is based on the framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and we deliver this through a play-based approach.  The curriculum is organised in a way which meets each child's individual needs, interests and fascinations, resulting in us planning 'in the moment' rather than through a 'one size fits all' topic.

Throughout the year, the children will have fun, make friends, learn and develop at a pace matched to each child's stage of development. We work hard to foster positive relationships with parents and value just how important these partnerships are.  Right from the start, we endeavour to ensure that caring, nurturing and warm relationships are developed between all members of staff and the children in our care.  We promote calm, positive interactions with all children in order to enable them to quickly grow in confidence and independence.

We encourage children to take risks, be curious and explore.  We want them to become resilient individuals who are able to problem solve and persevere with tasks even when they find them a challenge.  By doing this, we can rest assured that each child will be equipped with the skills to be a life-long, independent and effective learner.

For more information on the Early Years Foundation Stage:

Click here for a parents' guide to the EYFS

The Reception Team:


If you have any problems or queries, no matter how small, please do not hesitate to speak to one of the team who will be happy to help you.  

 Alton Garden Centre

On Friday 17th March, we were invited to Alton Garden Centre to take part in their 'Greenfingers' charity event. We had a tour of the garden centre and took part in their 24 hour 'plant-a-thon' to raise funds to install and maintain gardens in children's hospices.


We met celebrity gardener, Peter Seabrook, who demonstrated how to plant our containers and explained how to look after our plants.  


£50 worth of plants were donated by the garden centre for our planting area at school.  The children enjoyed planting them and will continue to look after them, using the advice given during the charity day.


We also managed to raise £110 for the Greenfingers charity. Thank you to all those who contributed.


Our First Half-Term at School:

We have only been at school for a few weeks, yet already we have done so much! We have learnt new skills; made new friends; investigated and explored; put on a show; created works of art; been on a 'boat' and a 'bus'; helped our friends; cared for babies...and had lots of fun! 


We had an amazing time exploring the 'Fantastic World of Dr Seuss'...