Reception 2020 - 2021



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.



I have worked at Woodlands for 15 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. Every child is unique, I enjoy engaging with children, finding out their interests and planning learning around their individual needs.
I am also a qualified dance teacher.

Mrs Smith OWLS

Mrs Smith OWLS

This is my third year teaching in Reception at Woodlands! I love working with the children's interests and seeing where the adventures take us! In my spare time I enjoy camping and being outdoors with my husband and two children. I also love to cuddle up with a good book.

  • 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 Russell (class teacher)  and Miss Butler (teaching assistant)

Owls has Mrs Smith (class teacher)  and Miss McLellan (teaching assistant)

Badgers have Mrs Webster (class teacher) who is supported by Mrs Plage  


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 label ALL of you child's belongings.

We encourage home/school communication, however as you can appreciate the number of messages we receive verbally at the door, we would be grateful if you could write information down with your child's name. We are happy to chat at the end of the day to address anything you would like to share/discuss with us or please email/ring during the day and we will get in touch.

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 send a pair of named wellies into school for your child to use in the mud kitchen /forest school and enable them to go outside on rainy days without getting soggy socks!

Please encouarge 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.


Summer Term 2020

During the summer term we will be reading one of our favourite stories, The Hungry Caterpillar which will support cross curriculum learning objectives. Children will learn about life cycles such as butterflies, frogs and plants. With the weather getting warmer, more outdoor learning activities will take place, such as minibeast hunts. As always, we will also be covering topics that follow the children's interests. On sunny days, please provide your child with a sun hat, water and apply sun cream prior to arrival at school.

Home Learning:

We are starting a new topic this half term.  Children will explore the rainforest and which animals live there.  In addition to this, we will look at World Ocean's Day and Healthy Eating Week. In a few weeks time, we will focus on the transition of moving from Early Years to Year 1.  


This term our learning objectives are:


  • Number recognition and ordering 1-20
  • Number formation
  • Number bonds upto 20
  • Solve subtraction and addition problems
  • Estimate quantities and check by counting
  • halving, doubling, and sharing
  • Build models, talk about properties of 3D shapes (cubes, cylinders, cones etc)



  • Reading simple sentences
  • Write simple sentences e.g. I can see a… I went to …
  • Learn tricky words (e.g. said my you he she be we)
  • Predict what will happen next
  • Talk about characters/settings/events
  • Practise letter formation
  • Make up own stories using language of First/next/after that/finally
  • Enjoy a wide variety of stories


Understanding of the World:

  • Noticing signs of spring – talking about change (weather, growing, planting)
  • Talk about similarities and differences between themselves and others
  • Know about similarities and differences among families, communities and traditions


Expressive Art and Design:

  • Use and explore and variety of materials, tools and techniques
  • Plan and adapt creations
  • Represent own ideas and thoughts


Physical Development:

  • Dressing and undressing independently (including un/zipping coats)
  • Road Safety
  • Discuss Keeping healthy (healthy eating/sleeping/exercise/hygiene
  • PE: outdoor team games, bats and ball, balancing and jumping


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.
















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