Welcome to the Reception classes at West Town Lane Academy.

Bumblebees -Mrs Lewis

Dragonflies-Mr MacLeod

Caterpillars –Miss Balmforth


From left to right: (Back row) Mrs Lees, Mrs Constable, Mrs Burt, Miss Palmer, Mrs Milkins

(Front row) Mrs Lewis, Miss Balmforth, Mr MacLeod, Mrs Galliford

A copy of our 2018/19 information booklet can be found here:

booklet year EYFS R 2018

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.

Welcome to Term 1!

We are thoroughly looking forward to having your little ones starting school with us.  Here is an overview of the induction period at WTLA, as outlined in your packs.  At the end of week 2 your child will receive a letter informing you of their child’s class teacher for the year.

**Where possible, please wait by the playground Early Years gates (to help ease congestion outside of the Year 1 classrooms) ready for them to be unlocked at 8.55.**



Week 1

Tues 4th Sept

Older half of year attend 8.55-12.00


Younger half of year attend 1-3.15


Week 2

Mon 10th Sept

ALL full timeALL full time

Week 3

Mon 17th Sept

ALL full time MON, TUES, WEDS

THURS, FRI consultations

ALL full time MON, TUES, WEDS

THURS, FRI consultations

Week 4

Mon 24th Sept

ALL full timeALL full time

Learning at WTL

This term our project is called ‘All About Me’.  We will be talkingabout ourselves and all of the new friends we have made and grown ups we’ve met.  We will be thinking about our eye colour, our likes, our favourite things, and our similarities and differences.  We will be getting to know our new classrooms and outside area and learning about how to stay safe and happy at school.  We’ll have lots of opportunities for singing, music making and role playing along the way.  We will also spend lots of time practising writing our own names, exploring what we know about numbers, and covering Phase 1 of the ‘Letters and Sounds’ Phonic programme.  After half term we will start to learn the sounds of the alphabet in the order they appear in Phase 2.  For more information on Phonics, please visit the ‘Letters and Sounds’ website at http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/.  Please see the classroom doors for our project maps.

Important information

  • Your child does not need to bring a bookbag into school until week 3, but they may do so earlier on if they wish.
  • When your child is in full time, we will have two snacks a day. Children will need to bring a drink of water to school every day in a named bottle.  They will be provided with one piece of school fruit and milk each day for our morning snack.  Please provide an additional piece of fruit from home for our second snack.
  • When staying for lunch, the lunch options at WTLA are as follows:

Salad Bar

Hot School Meal

School Packed Lunch (specified days-see office for info).

Home Packed Lunch

Remember! Your child is entitled to a free meal which includes the salad bar or school packed lunch option.

  • Look out for signs on your child’s class door towards the end of September for information on your allocated P.E day. P.E kits do not need to be brought into school before then.
  • We will be accessing the outdoor area and playground straight away, so please provide a coat on chilly days or a hat on warmer days (wishful thinking!)  If you wish to bring a pair of wellies/old trainers to leave in school for use in the outdoor area you may.


The most important thing during this term is that your children feel happy and confident coming to school, and that we get to know your children in order to make their first year at West Town Lane a fantastic adventure.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask a member of staff; there will be lots of us around!  Don’t forget there will be opportunity in week 3 to have a consultation appointment to share any information and get to know your child’s class Teacher a little better. 



Key dates

Tuesday 4h Sept-Start School

Thurs 20th/Fri 21st Sept- Parent consultations,  school closed for Reception pupils.

Tuesday 2nd October-Parents evening

Wednesday 3rd October-Parents evening

w/b Monday 15th October-Teddy Bear Picnic celebration (see class doors for details)

Tuesday 23rd October- Learning in the Early Years meeting for parents (2.30, Upper School Hall).

Thursday 25th Oct-INSET

Friday 26th Oct-INSET


We are a rights respecting school.

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