Welcome to the Reception classes at West Town Lane Academy.

Bumblebees -Mrs Lewis

Dragonflies-Mr MacLeod

Caterpillars –Miss Everson

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.

From left to right (back row) Miss Cox, Mrs Roe, Mrs Ashwin, Mrs Rayner, Mrs Perry

(front row) Mr MacLeod, Mrs Lewis, Mrs Galliford, Miss Everson

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.  You can access our information powerpoint here: Reception 2019 information

**Where possible, please wait by the adventure 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

Begins Tues 3rd September

Older children attend 8.55-12.00 Younger children attend 1-3.15

Week 2

Begins Mon 9th September

All children attend all day and stay for lunch

Week 3

Begins Mon 16th September

All children attend MON, TUES, WED

Parent consultations THURS, FRI

Week 4

Begins Mon 23rd September

All children in full time. All children in full time.

Parent consultations are an important time for parents and teachers to discuss key information about your children, and to discuss how the settling period has been.  Sign up sheets will be on class windows at the end of week 2.  Please sign up to meet your teacher when you know which class your child will be in.  Parents evenings will be in late October.  This will give the opportunity to discuss the first term and some next steps for your children.


This term our project is called ‘What makes me marvellous?’  Please find our project map here What makes me marvellous project map We will be learning about 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.  Toward the end of the term we will start to learn the sounds of the alphabet in the order they appear in Phase 2, and reading materials will be sent out.  For more information on Phonics, please visit the ‘Letters and Sounds’ website at http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/.

Important information.

  • Your child does not need to bring a bookbag into school until they are in full time (week 4) 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/afternoon snack.  When your child is in all day a piece of fruit should be provided 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 menus 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!)


During the parent consultations you will have an opportunity to sign up to Tapestry to access you children’s learning online.

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

Tuesday 3rd Sept-Start School

Monday 23rd Sept-All Reception children in full time.

Tuesday 8th October-Learning in Reception meeting for ALL Reception parents

Tuesday 22nd October-Parents evening

Wednesday 23rd October-Parents evening

Wednesday 23rd October-Individual pupil photographs

w/b Monday 21st October-celebration events (look out for info on class doors)

Friday 25th October-Term 1 ends today

We are a rights respecting school.

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