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.

Planning in the Moment

 For further information on our rationale behind 'planning in the moment', please read the document below:

For more information on the Early Years Foundation Stage:

Click here for a parents' guide to the EYFS


We provide a daily snack for the children which they are able to access each morning and some afternoons.  They receive free fruit and vegetables through the Government's Free Fruit and Vegetables Scheme (SFVS) which aims to help children achieve their 5 A Day.  In addition to this, children under 5 are entitled to free milk under the Nursery Milk Scheme.  We also provide fresh drinking water.

We ask for a voluntary contribution towards the children's snack so that we can also provide additional foods, not covered under the above schemes. These include biscuits, waffles, croissants, crackers, yoghurts, cheese, bread sticks, wraps and dips.  We also try to encourage the children to try more adventurous foods such as pomegranates, peppers and coconuts.  

The children take part in a cooking activity each week, where they bake goodies to share at our regular reading cafe.  The voluntary contributions go towards purchasing these ingredients too.  So far the children have made lots of different types of cup cakes, a birthday cake and bread stick sparklers. 

Please see the chart below which details the snack contributions and when they are due.  It is vital that we continue to receive these contributions in order to provide the above. 

Thank you

This week in Reception class... 

 The children have been back in full swing this week as the focus children cycle has started again.

They have learnt some new information about astronauts and what life is like for them in space such as having to be strapped to the wall in a sleeping bag when they want to sleep and why they have to be attached to the space station when they want to do some work outside. They have also learnt about gravity and how it keeps us on the ground.

In maths sessions, they have been learning how to count in sets of two and that these are called even numbers and all the others numbers are odd. They have been counting out objects to match a given numeral and have placed the numbers from 1-20 in the correct order.

In phonics sessions, we have now started work on our phase 3 graphemes and the children are coping extremely well with this and are always excited to learn the new sound of the day.

Last week in Reception...

The children have enjoyed learning about 3-D shapes this week and have started identifying them in the classroom environment. We have discussed how many faces and vertices each shape has, as well as their names, and have sorted them by different criteria.

In phonics sessions, the children have recapped the graphemes learnt in phase 2 as well as the words: the, to, I, go and no. Next week they will be starting to learn their phase 3 phonemes.

During the week, we have been discussing our key question "What do we see at night?" The children made suggestions of these things and were taught the word 'nocturnal'. At the end of the week, they had the fantastic opportunity to visit the mobile planetarium that cam in to school. They learnt lots of amazing facts about space such as the names of the planets and how planets and stars are formed, as well as how rockets are made and what happens when astronauts visit space. They all sat beautifully and listened carefully to the information provided.

A good first week back!

Focus Children

'Focus child' meetings will start from the week of the 30th September. I will be in contact with you when it is your child's week. If there are any worries or concerns, please feel free to come and speak to me. Please take pictures of things you have done with your child over the weekend after you receive your letter, and send them in to us to share with the rest of the class. I look forward to hearing all your news!

Focus children are provided with home bags on the Friday before they are a focus child. During the week they are a focus child, they receive a bag linked to communication and language with activities to do at home. The week after they are a focus child, they are sent home with a story pack for them to learn and re-tell. Both of these activities are there to support the child's development in speech and language and to encourage a love of books and stories. Please ensure that these packs are returned by the following Friday each week so that they can be shared with another child.

Reading books

All children will be given a phase 2 book as well as their coloured book starting from next week (w/c 11th November) and they will also have a set of sounds to learn and rehearse at home. As the children progress at their own rate, the level of book and sets the children are given to learn at home may change so please monitor this at home.

Please read with them regularly at home and discuss the book's characters and themes. Ask them questions about what has been read, give summaries of the book and see if they can make predictions about what could happen next as you read.

Recycling wanted!

We would like you to dig deep into your recycling bags for yogurt pots, tubs, fruit containers, egg boxes, kitchen tubes, bottles etc as we use them in the creative area. All containers, pots and bottles will need to be washed out before being brought into school.

Thank you.

Reading cafe

Our first reading cafe was on Thursday 26th September. The children enjoyed sharing a book with a relative and a yummy gingerbread biscuit which they had iced themselves.

The cafe is on every Thursday at 2:30pm for you to come and share a book with your child and you are provided with a delicious snack made by the children. Please come to the school office where you will be collected when we are ready for the session. 


 Fruity Friday's

Every Friday, our focus children will be making fruit smoothies to share with the rest of the class. They will be able to choose the fruit and whether they use milk or orange juice to go into their smoothies. They will also write a label for their drinks and suggest a name for their specially designed smoothies. Delicious!

We're Going On A Bear Hunt...

Our trip to Colchester Zoo to see the penguins.

Christmas Workshop

Contact Us

01268 753 652


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