Welcome to the Reception classes at West Town Lane Academy.

Bumblebees -Mrs Lewis

Dragonflies-Mr MacLeod

Caterpillars –Miss Balmforth & Mrs Lester


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.

Term 4

Welcome back!  Our project this term is titled ‘What’s that twinkling in the sky?’ and is a Space themed project.  We’ll be learning some exciting facts about the planets and stars.  We will jump on board our rocket and fly to the moon, reading lots of interesting fiction and non-fiction books to help us understand how it is different to planet earth.  We’ll be getting creative and designing aliens with silly names.  We will learn about Tim Peak and the first moon landing and finding out how astronauts eat and wash in Space!  We’ll listen to different types of music and make Space songs.  We will also be stopping our journey at different points to walk to tesco and buy some cooking ingredients, celebrate pancake day, Mother’s Day and go on a school trip to the planetarium.  Our project map can be found here What’s that twinkling in the sky project map or on classroom windows.

Maths: This term we will revisit the teen numbers and look at the relationship between tens and units.  We’ll continue adding and subtracting using practical resources, and see if we can solve any word problems. We will be building rockets using 2D and 3D shapes.  It is crucial at this stage of the year that the children practise recognising, counting and ordering with numbers up to 20 as often as possible at home.

Reading and Writing: We will recap Phase 3 of the ‘Letters and Sounds’ Phonics scheme so please continue with these sounds at home. 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 sentence structure, beginning to write captions and sentences that include finger spaces and full stops, as well as all of the new vocabulary we have learnt.  Don’t forget to ask you child about Mrs Wordsmith’s ‘Word of the Day’ and ask 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.  This term we will have a dedicated ‘Stay & Write’ session.  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 do not need daps.
  • 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

Mon 25th Feb-Back to school

Fri 1st March-World Book Day (dressing up day)

Mon 4th March-Walk to Tesco

Tues 5th March-Making pancakes

Mon 18th March-Caterpillars Planetarium trip

Wednesday 20th March-Dragonflies Planetarium trip

Thursday 21st March-Bumblebees Planetarium trip

Friday 5th April-Last day of Term 4





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