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

Baseline Assessment

During the first six weeks of the children starting in Reception, we will be completing the Statutory Baseline Assessment. Please be reassured that the children will consider these assessments to be just a small practical task that we are asking them to complete which will feel like they're playing. Below is a link to the government website for more information regarding the assessment process.


If you have any questions about this, please speak to a member of the EYFS team.


The children will have the opportunity to 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, and there may be occasions when we can provide and encourage children to try fruits they may not have come across before.  We will also have a variety of other snacks made available each morning for the children to try, such as croissants, crackers, cucumber etc. In addition to this, children under 5 are entitled to free milk under the Nursery Milk Scheme.  We also provide fresh drinking water so the children can re-fill their water bottles during the day, if required.

Please make sure that you speak to a member of the EYFS team to make sure we are aware of any allergies your child may have.

One of the opportunities the children have, when they are a focus child, is to participate in a cooking activity. We try to vary the experiences they have each time and encourage them to try both sweet and savoury items. This opportunity is a very important life skill and also provides an avenue for lots of additional learning linked to: Maths, Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. Usually the children would share what they had made at our weekly Reading Cafe, but as we are not able to go ahead with that at the moment, the children will be given what they make to take home instead.

In order for us to continue this provision, we are asking for contributions towards these cooking experiences. £10 a term, per child, would cover the cost of the ingredients and food bags for sending the items home. These contributions can be made on parent pay. Please speak to the office if you need help with this.

Thank you!

Focus Children

'Focus child' meetings will start from the week of the 26th 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 (via the Evidence Me app) 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. The bag is linked to communication and language with activities to do at home. At the end of the week that 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 Monday each week so that they can be prepared and are ready to be shared with another child.

Reading books

Once all the children are settled and into a routine, every child will receive a few books to bring home.  Please share these and talk about them with your child at home on a regular basis. After October half term, once we have assessed the work we have begun on Phase 2, the children will also have a reading book to bring home. They will be given a phase book as well as their coloured book (these will be changed every Friday morning). As the children progress at their own rate, the level of book 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. Extra guidance on how to support your child at home can be found on the 'Reading' section of the website, under curriculum.

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 in advance!



Our Celebration Gallery

This week in Reception...

 The children have loved seeing their igloo come to life in the classroom, and helped to paint the boxes and create the snowflakes to decorate it. This has formed part of their learning about living in cold climates where they have watched a video of an igloo being built and discussed the type of clothing they would need to wear in order to keep warm. 

In phonics, they have learnt the tricky words: to, go, no and into and have revised the previous tricky words they have learnt. They have also learnt the new graphemes: z, zz, qu and ch and have started to read plurals of words e.g. hats, cats, dens etc.

In maths, the focus has been on the composition of numbers up to the number 5. We have used: games, five frames, songs that include the number 5 e.g. 5 little speckled frogs, five little ducks, five little men in a flying saucer and five currant buns to support their learning in lots of practical ways.


Last week in Reception...

The children have thoroughly enjoyed Nursery Rhyme week and have learnt five rhymes this week.

On Monday, we sang 'The big ship sails...' and discussed the different types of boats we may see: ferry, rowing, speed, sailing (to name just a few), the children then created their own boats in different ways within the environment.

On Tuesday, the rhyme was '1,2,3,4,5, once I caught a fish alive...' They then made puppet fish in a variety of ways.

On Wednesday, it was 'Five Little Speckled Frogs...' We learnt about the lifecycle of a frog and other interesting facts abut where they live.

On Thursday, the rhyme was 'BINGO...' and we played a game of Mrs Hambleton says which was lots of fun.

Lastly, on Friday, we learnt 'Twinkle, twinkle...' and celebrated Children in Need day at the same time. The children looked amazing in their outfits and it was a lovely end to a fabulous week of learning. 

Also, in phonics this week, the children learnt the graphemes: v, w, x and y (please see the video link below for some of the ways these sounds are pronounced - Reception Autumn 2) and the new tricky words: has, his, and, her.



                            Pumpkin carving

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Over the course of a week, the children learnt the story off by heart by using Pie Corbett's Talk for Writing story map process. We used actions to help to support their learning and rehearsed the story every day so it became embedded in our working memory. On the last day of the week, we actually went on our very own bear hunt and retold the story as we moved through the sequence of events. The children had an amazing time and were very excited about their adventures.

The Invisible String

 Hello, Reception!

I have prepared a video for you to listen to. It is about a wonderful story called 'The Invisible String'. Please watch it and discuss any questions you may have with someone who can help you at home. There is a task to do at the end which may help you to feel more at ease on your first day with us.

Enjoy the rest of your time at home, and we will see you very soon.

Have fun!

Mrs Hambleton

Stories to be shared

These stories are all about trying new things. They are lovely stories that could be shared with your child in order to prepare them for their first day.

'The Koala that could'


'Be brave little Penguin'




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