Welcome to Reception

General Information



In our Reception classroom we have two class teachers, Mrs Barker and Mrs O’Brien.

Mrs Dearden is our HLTA (all day Mon, Wed, Thur & Fri and Tuesday morning)

Mrs Parkin, teaching assistant (Wed-Fri)

Mrs Barnes, teaching assistant (Mon-Wed)

Mrs Wiberg, Nursery teacher joins us on a Tuesday afternoon  


PE: Our PE day is Monday.  Please ensure your child has their PE Kit in school.


Please support your child by reading to them as often as possible. Practicing writing their name and ensuring that children can form their letters. At Woodhouse West we believe that learning at home is a key aspect of children’s development. It helps children improve and consolidate key skills, and provides a valuable opportunity for children to share with their parents/carers learning they have been doing at school.

Each term, children will be encouraged to complete homework from a 'homework menu' from their class
teacher. This will be a range of activities relating to their current topic that parents can complete with their children. Please do share photographs of your children carrying out the tasks by e-mailing them to

The following resource contains lots of information and activities that you can do at home which will help your child understand numbers and the early Maths concepts.

Uniform: Please make sure that all school uniform and PE kits are clearly labelled as it helps the children to identify their own belongings. 


Medication: Please let the school and your child's class teacher know if your child has any condition requiring medication, including allergies or asthma. If your child needs to be on a course of medication then please complete the relevant form with the school office. 

Topic- Autumn 1- This is me

Our first half term is all about getting to know each other and to support all children in settling into their new surroundings and build strong foundations to become confident and independent learners. We will be focusing on developing our personal, social and emotional skills by making new friendships and learning the school’s routines. We want all children to develop a sense of pride and achievement and to gain a sense that they belong through creating an environment that reflects the children’s interests and showcases who they are.       

Our theme will give the children the opportunity to join in with conversations and share what is special about them. We will start by talking about the children’s interest and talk about friendships made in school. The children have been given a task to bring into school a family photograph from home to share during group times. We will be using mirrors to look carefully at our facial features before creating our own self- portrait. We will compare our own pictures to those of famous artists.

Throughout our theme we will be focusing on a healthy body. We will draw and label our very own body map, talk about healthy foods and discuss the effects of exercise on our body. We will support all children in developing their independence during self-care tasks and how to make healthy choices.


We begin the start of the year settling everyone into school and into the school routine. Our theme will be ‘This is me!’ and the children will discuss what makes them special and what their strengths are.

For more information on our topic and how this will be covered by the key national curriculum subjects , please refer to our curriculum newsletter.



Each week we focus on a story and during the school day we will have a whole group story time and we will listen to individual readers. We have created a cosy book area where we hope that all children will gain a love for books and develop an awareness of the structure of stories in preparation to them creating their own pieces of writing.

We encourage all parents to share a book with your child at home as it supports both their language and literacy development.   





Below are links so you can read the most recent letters.

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