Reception 2020 - 2021



Hello! I am Mrs Ahmad and this will be my first year teaching at Woodlands Primary School. I enjoy teaching all the subjects but have a true passion for learning in the outdoors.
When I am not in school, you can find me on fun filled days out with my family. We usually end up walking in North Wales or taking part in outdoor adventure sports. We enjoy climbing, bouldering, gorge walking and mountain biking. We also love camping, running, exploring mountains and especially having a BBQ by a lovely lake.



I have enjoyed teaching at Woodlands for 19 years. I love the supporting community around our school and I have been privileged to work with so many wonderful children and families during my time here! I am passionate about the Early Years and giving each child the very best start to their school life!
In my spare time I enjoy running, baking and spending time with my family. I also like going back to Sweden, where I grew up, to visit family and friends.

Miss Edwards  OWLS

Miss Edwards OWLS

Hello! I am Miss Edwards and this is my second year teaching at Woodlands Primary School.
I am passionate about teaching all subjects, but I really enjoy teaching Literacy and PE. I love making lessons fun, creative and enjoyable.
When I am not in school, I am found being kept very busy in my hometown, across the border in Wales, with my little boy, Tomi. I am a devoted mother and enjoy spending time with my fiancé and our families, making lots of memories on weekend trips and days out.


A very warm welcome to Reception!

The children are very lucky to work alongside a team of experienced professionals who move between the spaces and provide lots of opportunities to have fun, explore and learn.

In Hedgehogs there are Mrs Ahmad (class teacher), Miss McLellan (teaching assistant) and Mrs Griffiths (teaching assistant) 

Owls has Miss Edwards (class teacher), Miss McLellan (teaching assistant) and Mrs Kennah (teaching assistant) 

Badgers have Mrs Webster (class teacher), Mrs Plage (teaching assistant), Mrs Thompson (teaching assistant) and Miss Horgan (teaching assistant) 

Click the links below to meet the staff in Reception and to see our EYFS department: - Owls - Hedgehogs - Badgers - EYFS Tour Video (Foxes, Owls, Hedgehogs and Badgers)

Polite requests:

Please send your child with a labelled book bag and water bottle (water only). We request a book bag only, due to restricted space in our cloakrooms. Please provide your child with spare clothes, in their book bag every day until the foreseeable future. 

Please label ALL of your child's belongings.

We encourage home/school communication, however due to COVID we will be unable to discuss matters verbally at the door, we would be grateful if you could email any information regarding your child to the school office.

Please inform of any changes in advance of the adult that will be collecting at the end of the day (Children under the age of 16, will not be permitted to collect a child). 

The outdoor environment is set up prior to arrival, please do not allow you child to play on the equipment.

As part of their curriculum, the children are encouraged to access outdoors, exploring and learning about the environment. We like to take the children outside whether it's sunny, rainy, windy or snowy. Having a coat in school will facilitate this. 

Please encourage independence with health and self-care, including dressing and toileting.

 We value your contributions to your child's learning journal. Each class has an E-mail address (see below) to allow you to send us pictures of your children doing things at home. We can then add these to your child’s profile and learning journey.


Autumn Term 2020

During the Autumn term we will be welcoming the children and settling them into their new Reception classes. This term our topic will be "All About Me". We will be exploring;

  • Celebrating similarities and differences
  • Likes and dislikes
  • Families
  • Where we live
  • Homes
  • Bodies and feelings

Through the topic, we will be assessing the children across all the areas of learning within the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This will enable us to support all children in their learning. 



Read Write Inc.

We use the Read, Write, Inc phonic programme for teaching reading. Your child is assessed every 6 weeks to ensure they are in the correct group. Children will take part in the sessions in small groups as they learn their sounds.  

Click on the link to check the way that each sound is pronounced.




Autumn Term 2 

A very warm welcome back after the half term. We hope you have enjoyed the break with your families. This term we will be launching Commando Joe's which teaches Resilience. As part of our whole school Behaviour Policy we will be introducing the children to their Team Houses to begin earning house points. This will involve learning about the inspirational identities of Marie Curie, Ade Adepitan, Tim Peake, Malala Yousafzai, Rosa Parks, and Stephen Hawking. We will also be celebrating the many events that unfold this half term, such as; Bonfire night, Remembrance, Children in Need, Diwali and Christmas. 

The children will continue learning their sounds through Read Write Inc. 



Spring Term 1

Happy New Year and welcome back! Hope you have enjoyed a lovely Christmas break.

We are looking forward to getting started with our new topic. This half term we will be exploring the topic of ‘Winter Wonderland’ as a majority of the Reception children have shown lots of interest in the Winter season. We will learn about this season through a range of stories linked to Winter. We have chosen to start with the story ‘The Gruffalo’s Child’ as many children enjoyed sharing ‘The Gruffalo’ during the end of the Autumn term.

We will continue to learn our phonics through tailored groups to meet the needs of each child. All the learning areas will be developed through the story. To begin our topic, we will learn about arctic animals, their habitats, diet and lots of other fun things. In maths, we will start by counting different arctic animals and finding one more and ones less.

There will be lots of Commando Joe’s Missions to look forward to completing!  

We will also celebrate Shrove Tuesday and Valentine’s Day.      










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