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.  

Our First Few Weeks 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; played the piano; mixed our own paints and created works of art; been ninjas; planted grass seed; helped our friends; cared for babies...and had lots of fun!

Our Visit to Great Tarpots Library

On Monday 5th November we visited Great Tarpots Library.  The children dressed up in 'spooky' clothing and took part in a number of fun games and activities, all with a spooky theme.

We met Wendy, the librarian, who told us all about the library and the different types of items that we can borrow, including talking books and DVDs.  She explained about the different types of books available before reading us a story.

The children then explored the library, shared books with each other and completed a Funny Bones 'spot the difference' activity before colouring in a rocket for the library's display.

The children and adults all had a great time.  If your child borrowed a book from the library, please remember that you will need to return this yourself. Whilst you're there, keep an eye out for our colourful rocket display!

Contact Us

01268 753 652


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