Welcome to the Reception classes at West Town Lane Academy.

Bumblebees -Mrs Lewis

Dragonflies-Mr MacLeod

Caterpillars –Miss Patterson


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.

We hope you have a fantastic Easter break and that you will be ready for the last 2 terms of the Reception year.


Our new project is called What’s Lurking in the Garden?  And it is a creepy crawly based project.  It will involve lots of learning based on understanding the natural world around us.  We will start the term with a minibeast hunt in the school grounds and begin sorting bugs by their number of legs.  We will shortly receive our teeny tiny caterpillars, ready to watch them grow and change into butterflies.  We will be planting beans, herbs and sunflowers and would love any donations of seeds, plants, soil or bulbs to help us along the way.  We will be heading down to the pond and forest area for Forest Schools so please provide wellies/old shoes that you don’t mind getting a bit mucky.  These can be kept by your child’s peg in school for the duration of the term.  Access our project map: What’s lurking in the garden project map.  All of this to fit into a very short 5 week term!

Maths: We would like all children to be secure with numbers to 20 by this stage of the year.  This will provide an excellent basis for all of the exciting Maths work this project lends itself to.  We will be exploring symmetry in butterflies and ladybirds and doing lots of doubling and halving with ladybird spots.  We will be classifying bugs by the number of legs they have and using ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ story to think about sequencing and pattern.

Reading and Writing: We will continue to teach and revise phonics this term, and move onto Phase 4 camera words.  Please try to practise reading with your child at least 3 times per week and remember to record in your child’s Reading Record as often as you can.  Here are some examples of the kinds of questions you could ask your child during or at the end of a story Reading together.  In writing we will be focusing on reading our full sentences back and improving them by adding adjectives and connectives. The children will be writing ‘What Am I?’ bug clues, butterfly diaries, instructions to plant beans, labels for our herbs and lots more.  Talk to your children about finger spaces and full stops whenever you are looking at text or doing writing at home.

We’re learning lots of new vocabulary so don’t forget to ask you child about Mrs Wordsmith’s ‘Word of the Day’.  Try asking your children to say the words in a sentence.

For more information on Phonics please visit the ‘Letters and Sounds’ website at http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/.  For an overview of the camera words and sounds we teach in Reception, please see Reception phonics.

Important information

  • Stay & Play begins in week 2.  Please see classroom doors for specific days.  Look out for info on classroom doors.
  • All Reception classes have their P.E on a Monday, kits should be brought to school and left on children’s pegs for the duration of the term.  The children need blue/black shorts and a white tshirt.  Children now need daps/trainers as P.E will take place outside as soon as the weather warms up.
  • Children need book bags in school every day as reading materials are sent home weekly. We ask that children read with an adult 3x a week and this is recorded in their diaries and celebrated at school.
  • 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.
  • We will be accessing the outdoor area and playground every day, 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 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.


Are you managing Tapestry at home? We would love to hear your feedback.  If you are finding Tapestry difficult to use please do not hesitate to contact a member of staff..

The most important thing is that your children feel happy and confident coming to school.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask a member of staff; there will be lots of us around!  We would love for you to come and help in the classroom.  Please see your class teacher for information.

Key dates

Tues 23rd April-Back to school


Tues 7th May-EYFS Drama workshops

Friday 24th May-Last day of Term 5

We are a rights respecting school.

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