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Woodlands Infant School

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The children have been busy at Forest school; now enjoying weekly visits as whole classes. The children have been using the natural resources in the wood to make smell pots and recently have been using the 'Leaf Man' story as inspiration to make thier own 'Leaf Man'.



Our first topics during the first term are 'All about me'/ 'People who help us'. 

We have been thinking about how we were a long time ago, in the past (and thank you for all the baby photographs). The children did enjoy trying to guess who the pictures were (some of the children's features haven't changed at all though!)


They used the creative resources to make equipment for 'People who help us' and we had fire hoses, handcuffs, lollipops for crossing the road, walkie talkies, and more. They really are imaginative and creative. 



We used the story Funny Bones to investigate, name and label skeletons and please take time to look out for these on our display board at parent's evening. The children have also been using their creative skills to make skeletons using the clever sticks. 

We have been enjoying the hospital role-play where we have been looking after each other by pretending to be doctor's and nurses and the patients in the hospital bed. 

The fabulous resources are from Sister Dickinson who came to demonstrate being a nurse to the children. 


Please take a look at the videos and the curriculum meeting document for an insight in to our learning this year.


Our videos are fantastic and we hope you enjoy watching them. These have been produced to give you an insight in to how we teach reading, phonics and key words, how we manage target books and on overall essence of a day in Reception. .

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS)

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A brief overview of the birth to five curriculum and how it is offered in Reception.


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Take a look. This is how we teach the sounds. The children will learn to read the sound, say the sound and write the sound. This links to the sound books they have recently brought home. Please come and ask if you have any questions.

Building Learning Power (BLP)

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We teach the children to use their learning power muscles to be Resilient (to keep trying, to be Resourceful (to access what they need independently), to be Reciprocal (to know if they need help) and to be Reflective (to think back and make links in their learning).

Target books and maths passports

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Please look and see how we set, check and renew targets. If you are ever available to help in school then we may well ask for help checking targets.

Key words

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This video will help you to see how we teach key words in school. Please come and see a member of the team if you have any questions. Key words are read by 'sight' and not through blending the sounds.
Key words are checked regularly and as soon as children know enough of each set of words and they can read them independently they will then get the next set. It is not a race to learn them but more the quality of knowing the words solidly and being able to read them independently in books.

Reading packs

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This video will help you know the routine of using the reading packs, the importance of reading at home and using the diaries to record the occasions you have read at home.

Frequently asked questions

Please see below some questions we have been asked that we think would benefit all of you.

Do Reception do 'WOW' moments and if so is there an email to send them to?

Do the children do chatter-bags and if so what days please?

We do NOT do emails or chatter-bags in Reception. The children can bring in show and tell items that are related to their current topic or learning. They can give these to the adult on the door as they come to school. The opportunity to share these will be on an ad-hoc basis depending on the time available each day.

I have a volunteer DBS from being a Forest School helper-does this stay valid all through school?

Yes. The DBS will be in place as long as you have a child at the school.

I am able to volunteer for Forest school- would it be helpful to help in the class before hand as well?

You are always welcome to help in class. There will jobs such as reading with children and checking targets where we appreciate the input from volunteers.


Welcome to Reception.


Welcome to Reception! 


Please keep an eye on this page and on the weekly newsletter because we will be adding new information in the next few weeks. 


We will be adding vlogs giving information about your child's year in Reception. For example, about the curriculum, BLP (Building Learning Power), Literacy, Target books, Reading packs etc.


Please keep an eye on the door for menus and forest school dates.


If you have ANY questions or queries, please do not hesitate to ask. We are here to help smiley






Information for Parents: How to say the sounds

Please watch this video for information about how to say the sounds correctly when reading with your children.

Follow the link to below to the CBeebies number raps. They will help your children to learn about the numbers 1-15.

Children develop number sense gradually over time and at different rates through exploring numbers, visualising them in a variety of contexts, and relating them in ways that are not limited by formal written methods.

You can track their progress by checking for the following:

  1. An awareness of the relationship between number and quantity
  2. An understanding of number symbols, vocabulary, and meaning
  3. The ability to engage in systematic counting — including notions of cardinality and ordinality
  4. An awareness of magnitude and comparisons between different magnitudes
  5. An understanding of different representations of number
  6. Competence with simple mathematical operations
  7. An awareness of number patterns including recognising missing numbers

Thank you for reading!

 Mrs Thomas & Mrs Knowles

Reception Class Teachers.

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