From left to right: (Back row) Mrs Constable, Mrs Hendy, Miss Smith, Miss Palmer, Mrs Smith, Mrs Wide, Mrs Lees

(Front row) Mrs Galliford, Miss Foden, Miss Balmforth, Miss Staines

Welcome to the Reception classes at West Town Lane.

Bumblebees -Miss Castrogiovanni

Dragonflies-Miss Staines

Caterpillars –Miss Balmforth

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.

On behalf of all of the Early Years team at West Town Lane Academy we would like to say thank you to all of our children for working so hard, and our parents for being so lovely over the last 5 terms. We look forward to enjoying the last 7 weeks of your child’s Reception year together.


Term 6 starts on June 5th.

This term’s project is titled ‘What Shall I Pack?’ We will kick start the project by looking at Bristol and the surrounding area. We will move on to looking at our capital before exploring some of the holiday destinations we frequent both home and abroad. We would also like to take this opportunity to celebrate our diverse community. If you have anyone in your family who would enjoy coming to school to talk about different ways of life/birth places/countries of origins then please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s class Teacher. The children will be starting to learn Spanish on a Friday morning with Mrs Grases.

As you can imagine, Term 6 is going to be busy. Some important dates are;

Tues 20th June: New Parents meeting

Weds 21st June: Sports day (See details in Newsletter)

Tues 27th June: New Nursery Parents meeting

Thurs 29th June: Caterpillars Class Assembly 9.15 (parents invited)

Fri 30th June: Dragonflies & Bumblebees Class Assembly (parents invited)

Fri 30th June: Summer Fair

Tues 4th July: New Nursery Parents meeting

Weds 12th July: Class swaps and EYFS visit day

Maths: In Maths this term we will be doing lots of work on capacity, floating, sinking and non standard measures. We will of course be practising calculations with numbers to 20, but we’ll also be thinking about how we can use this knowledge to extend above and beyond 20.

Reading and Writing: We will continue to teach and revise phonics this term.  You can access the Letters and Sounds website here; which gives you a week by week overview of the new sounds and camera words the children have learnt.  The children are doing lots of writing in sentences and we will be focusing on reading our work back and improving it with describing words and connectives. We will be double checking that we always use finger spaces and full stops, and practising using capital letters in the correct place.



If your child is starting school with us in September and you are looking for information, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our school office. We are holding a ‘New Parents Meeting’ on Tuesday 20th June. Parents and Carers are invited to come along for a short presentation and a chance to have another look around your child’s new setting and meet some of the staff. You will also have an opportunity to purchase uniform, receive a new starter pack and visiting dates. It would be extremely helpful if you inform your child’s current setting of the school they are starting in September. This way, when we contact Nurseries/pre-schools we will get the chance to meet as many of your little ones as possible. 🙂

Things to remember this term

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

-Children will need a bookbag every day. Phonic materials will be sent home. These will be simple sounds, captions and early books.

-Stay and Play will continue in week 1/2. This is an opportunity for you to come into the classrooms and play with your children until 9.25 once a week. Siblings are welcome but we kindly ask that they are carefully supervised by yourselves. Please see classroom doors for details as days will have changed.

-Children are entitled to free school milk until they are 5 years old and a piece of school fruit every day. 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.

-P.E kits need to be returned ASAP ready for week 1.

Parent Helpers

If you are interested in helping out in your child’s class see your class teacher and ensure you have a full DBS check handed in to the office.