Welcome to the Reception classes at West Town Lane.

Bumblebees -Miss Chandler

Dragonflies-Miss Staines

Caterpillars –Miss Balmforth

From left to right: (Back row) Miss Thompson, Mrs Hogg, Mrs Lees and Mrs Constable

(Front row) Miss Chandler, Miss Balmforth, Miss Staines and Mrs Galliford

This section of the website will be here to give you termly overviews of what we will be covering in school and key information. Please check your child’s individual class doors/windows for regular updates and messages.

Article 28: Every child has the right to an Education.

A copy of our Information booklet can be found here:

booklet year EYFS R

Welcome to Term 2

Well done for a fantastic first term to all the children in Reception.  It is safe to say that everyone needs a well deserved rest, ready for a jam packed Term 2.

Term 2 can be a very busy time of the year!  Our project is aptly named ‘What do We Celebrate?’ and we will be developing our understanding of the world by learning  about Autumn, Bonfire Night, Eid, Thanksgiving, Remembrance Day, Diwali and of course…..Christmas!  Your children will have learnt the first sets of sounds in Phase 2 and will be beginning to read some simple words and captions.  To access the sequence in which we learn the sounds, and for fun phonics games to use at home see http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/.  It is a good idea for your child to practise reading and writing simple sounds and words little and often whilst at home.  Please check book-bags for resources.  Remember; children should always write in lower case when practising.  We will also be using numbers to 20, comparing quantities and thinking about more or less.  We will be looking at shape and pattern and doing lots of fun activities to explore this.  Why not come along to Stay & Play to explore your child’s classroom and have a chat with your child’s Teacher about how best to support your child at home.

Some things to remember:

-The school day starts at 8.55.  Please wait at the gates until the bell rings.

-Children will need a bookbag every day.  The children have started to bring home shared readers which are for you to share with your children.  These are not for the children to read themselves!  Phonic materials will be sent home alongside.  These will be simple sounds, captions and early books.

-Stay and Play will start in week 1.  This is an opportunity for you to come into the classrooms and play with your children until 9.20 once a week.  Siblings are welcome but we kindly ask that they are carefully supervised by yourselves.  Please see classroom doors for your child’s morning.

-Children are entitled to free school milk until they are 5 years old and a piece of school fruit every day for our afternoon snack.  Please provide one piece of fruit and a drink of water from home for morning snack.  If your child would like to have milk after their 5th birthday, please see the office for details of how you can pay the Dairy directly.

-Children will be changing for P.E.  Please can P.E kits be ready for week 1.  They can stay in school on your child’s peg.


Remember! Your child is entitled to a free meal which includes the salad bar or hot school meal option.  The school packed lunch is no longer available in Term 2.


Tuesday 10th October-Parents evening

Wednesday 11th October-Parents evening

w/b Monday 16th October-Teddy Bear Picnic celebration

Thursday 19h Oct-INSET

Friday 20th Oct-INSET

Monday 30th Oct-Term 2 starts

w/b 30th Oct-Reception WOW events (pumpkin soup)

Friday 17th November-Children in Need (wear something spotty)

Monday 27th November-Flu vaccinations

Saturday 2nd December-Christmas Fair

11th & 12th December-Christmas production 9.30

Friday 15th December-Break up for Christmas