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 2018/19 information booklet can be found here:

booklet year EYFS R 2018


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 4th.

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 come and share your story with us.  The children will be counting the weeks until the summer holidays and we will be beginning the Year 1 transition shortly.

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

Tues 19th June: New Parents meeting (Reception)

Fri 22nd June: Summer Fair

Weds 27th June: EYFS Sports Day (Nursery and Reception)

Mon 2nd July: New Parents meeting (Nursery)

Thurs 12th July: Class swap day

Tues 17th July: Caterpillars class assembly (parents invited)

Weds 18th July: Dragonflies class assembly (parents invited)

Thurs 19th July: Bumblebees class assembly (parents invited)

The school year finishes on Monday 23rd July.


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; http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/ 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 in Reception 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 19th 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.

Some things to remember:

-P.E kits should be returned ASAP.  When (if ) the sunshine appears P.E will take place outside.  Please provide appropriate footwear (daps/trainers).  Look out for signs on your classroom door soon.

-Stay and Play will start in week 1/2.  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.

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