Reception 2018-2019

Mrs Russell Class 1

Mrs Russell Class 1

I have worked at Woodlands for 14 years, starting as a teaching assistant, supporting pupils with SEND and mentoring pupils across both key stages. I specialise in Early Years and hold Early Years Teacher Status. I'm very excited to be the teacher in Class 1 this year. I am also a dance teacher and teach children aged 2-7 at a local dance school.

Mrs Smith Class 2

Mrs Smith Class 2

I am new to Woodlands but I have lots of experience in the Early Years! I had my own child minding business and loved encouraging the children that I took care to learn and develop through play based experiences. I love working with the children's interests and seeing where the adventures take us! In my spare time I like to visit National Trust properties and gardens with my husband and two young children.

Miss Oughton Class 3

Miss Oughton Class 3

I have a passion for the Foundation Stage and completed my degree in Early Years Education at Sheffield Hallam University. I love being creative and getting messy! I love working with the wonderful staff and children at Woodlands, this is my third year in Reception. In my spare time I like going to Chester Zoo and to the cinema with my lovely family.

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 Class 1 there are Mrs Russell, Mrs Wilkinson and Miss Butler

Class 2 has Mrs Smith and Mrs Sixsmith

Class 3 has Miss Oughton and Miss Leary

 If you have any questions please come and speak to your child's teacher and we will be happy to help.

We would be very grateful if you could advise us as to any changes to normal collection arrangements for your child as you drop them off in the mornings.



As the weather remains rather unpredictable, please send your child to school with a coat every day. 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 send a pair of named wellies into school for your child to use in the mud kitchen and enable them to go outside on rainy days without getting soggy socks!

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. Thank you for all of the pictures already received, these will be printed and added to your child's Learning Journal. Please, please, please continue to send us lots of pictures!




Our Nursery Rhymes this half term...





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. They will be bringing home copies of the sounds, ditty's or story books for you to practise with your child at home. Please ensure any ditty's or books are put back in your child's book bag ready for our phonics lessons! Please ask your child's class teacher if you are unsure.  

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

Magic Mondays

Magic Monday sessions are taking place throughout the year, from 3.15-4pm! This is a great opportunity for you to come into school and look through your child's paper and online learning journals to see all of the exciting and amazing things they have achieved! Please see your child's class teacher to book a place.












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