Reception 2019 - 2020



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 Mrs Sixsmith (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.


Spring Term 2020

Spring Term is such a wonderful term, the children are growing in confidence and becoming more independent in their learning. It is lovely to see them applying previous knowledge in their everyday activities, they have progressed well since September and we are so proud of them.

Our focused story this term will be Goldilocks and the Three Bears. It is a great traditional story that develop both literacy and maths.



This term our learning objectives are:


  • Number recognition and ordering 11-20
  • Introduce sharing, halving and doubling
  • Number bonds
  • Addition and subtraction number problems



  • Reading simple sentences
  • Writing simple sentences
  • Recognise and use some high frequency words
  • Apply phonic knowledge to write words
  • Enjoy a wide variety of stories


Understanding of the World:

  • Seasonal changes
  • Chinese New Year
  • Easter
  • Celebrations such as Valentine


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:

  • Ball control
  • Gymnastics
  • Dressing/undressing independently including coats


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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