Reception 2021 - 2022

Mr Barnes

Mr Barnes

Hello everyone! I am Mr Barnes and I have been working at Woodlands Primary School for 15 years across EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
I am passionate about the Arts and have led a number of whole school art projects since starting at Woodlands. One of the most successful projects was the one based on the impact of palm oil on animals in Sumatra. It was in association with Chester Zoo and the school looked amazing when completed. The children produced work of such a high standard and more importantly, understood how important it is to look out for products using sustainable palm oil ingredients.
Outside of school, I have two children, Mia, 16 and Charlie who is 14. I enjoy running, cycling, football and most of all, being with my family. I cannot wait to learn more about you, and discover what your passions, hopes and dreams are!
I am very excited to be your new teacher this year in Owls and I cannot wait to help you to be the best you can be!



Hello, my name is Mrs Webster and I have worked at Woodlands for many years, both in Nursery and Reception.
I have a passion for Early Years Education and giving each child the very best start to their school life!
In my spare time I love running, baking and spending time with my husband and our two teenage daughters, Freja and Klara. I also have a little puppy, Lottie, who I love taking for long walks. In the holidays, I enjoy visiting my family and friends in Sweden where I grew up. I am really excited to get to know all of the children in Badgers and I’m looking forward to an amazing year together!



Hello! I am Mrs Ahmad and I am overjoyed to be entering my second year at Woodlands Primary School. I am so passionate about being part of the learning that takes place in the Early Years. I am so privileged to be the EYFS lead here at Woodlands Primary School.
This year is going to be such an exciting year for us all, as we begin implementing the new changes in the Early Years Curriculum. we are going to learn about lots of things together.
Our learning journey will take place using a child centred approach, enabling learning opportunities through your interests.
When I am not in school, you can find me on fun filled days out with Mr Ahmad and my two daughters, Malaika and Alishba. 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 am looking forward to getting to know you all, with lots of exciting things to do together!


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 Clay (teaching assistant), Miss Powell (teaching assistant) and Miss Wharton (teaching assistant)

Owls has Mr Barnes (class teacher) and Mrs Thompson (teaching assistant) 

Badgers have Mrs Webster (class teacher) and Mrs Griffiths (teaching assistant)

Click the links below to meet the staff in Reception and to see our EYFS department: - EYFS Welcome Tour Video 



Spring 1

A Happy New Year from the team.

We hope you have had a lovely Christmas!

We are so excited to begin the new year with an exciting new topic 'Amazing Animals' where we will learn lots of animal facts and information.  




Our literacy focus will be linked to the story 'Let's all Creep Through Crocodile Creek' by Jonny Lambert.


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Let's all creep through the crooked, creepy creek. There will be scratchy thornes and swingy vines,

but ABSOLUTELY NO sneaky, snappy crocodiles!

Hang on... what's THAT?

Eek! Watch out for the hidden crocodiles in this fabulously fun escapade!


Literacy Mastery Targets for Spring 1:

Form lower - case letters correctly

Write short sentences with words with known sound-letter correspondences

Spell words by identifying the sounds and then writing the sound with letter/s

Re-read what they have written to check that it makes sense



PHONICS - 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.  




Number - This half term we will be learning about numbers.The children will learn to make sets of objects and match them to the correct numerals. The language of more and less will be used to compare sets of objects and numerals. The children will also learn to count forwards and backwards with confidence

Shape, Space and Measures – The children will learn to use the language of length and height. They will compare the height and length of objects using the corrrect mathematical language. This will include short, shorter, tall and taller. The children will also be learning about time. They will continue to order and sequence important times of their day using language such as next, after, before, later and soon.


This half term our topic will be 'Amazing Animals' which we are so excited about. 

We will use this topic to explore and develop the skills across our creative curriculum. 


Please make sure that your child wears their PE kit to school on their PE day, this will be every Friday. The children will take part in both indoor and outdoor sessions on this day.

Kit: plain, dark coloured jogging bottoms, a jumper or hoody and outdoor trainers and socks.


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.

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.


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