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

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Focus Children

'Focus child' meetings will start once the children are full time and are settled. 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!

Reading books

All children will be given a coloured reading book to share with you at home when they are full time. Once the children are ready to start more formal phonics lessons, they will then be sent home with a phase book that meets the individual needs of your child as well as their coloured book. 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

We will notify you when we want to start these sessions, after the children are completely settled in their environment.

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. 



Contact Us

01268 753 652


Rushbottom Lane