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 and Miss Clay (teaching assistants).


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.


Autumn Term 2019/20

During the first few weeks of this term, we will be getting to know your child. This will be by interacting with them, observing independent play and completeing baseline judgements. These judgements help us to evaluate the children's ability, style of learning and interests so that we can deliver relevant and personalised learning to all. More focused teaching will begin on completion of judgements. The children will then have RWI phonics and focused daily inputs including maths. Reading books will be sent home after half term and changed weekly.

Children  will be taking part in PE weekly. We will gradually introduce changing into and out of PE kits independently.

Our focus will be personal, social and emotional development, including making realtionships, establishing boundaries, routines and expectations. This will coincide with our topic of 'All About me'. Please send in family photographs that we can display in class to support this topic.




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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