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Please see the school Facebook page and the news section of this website for all the up to date information about the return to school. 


If you have any questions please call school so we can have a chat with you. 


We can't wait to see you all!


Mrs Bailey, Mrs Heynes and Mrs Tolley



Summer Term PE


Reception children will have PE on Mondays and swimming on Fridays

Children need to come to school in their PE kit on a Monday. They will be playing outside during the day so they still need to be warm enough!


Swimming will start on Friday 30th April.

The children will need a NAMED towel and swimming costume/shorts in a NAMED bag.




The Early Years at Woodrow First School




“The Statutory Framework for Early Years Foundation Stage, given legal force from September 2014, is mandatory for all schools and Early Years providers in Ofsted registered settings attended by young children, that is children from birth to the end of the academic year in which a child has their fifth birthday.”

EYFS Statutory Framework


The Foundation Stage is a distinctive stage and the Early Learning Goals establish expectations for children to work towards. It is important to plan a curriculum that helps children make good progress


The introduction of the Early Years Foundation Stage does not change the point at which attendance at school is compulsory, which is the beginning of the term after a child’s fifth birthday.


The children will develop their potential through a well-planned, broad and balanced curriculum of activities. The curriculum will be accessible to all children, giving them equal opportunity. Any special needs will be carefully assessed and work will be planned appropriately. All children will be given full curriculum entitlement, working towards the Early Learning Goals. They will be constantly encouraged and helped to develop a positive attitude to learning.


The Foundation Stage curriculum is organised into three ‘Prime Areas’ and four ‘Specific Areas.’

These Prime Areas are particularly crucial ‘for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive,’


Communication and Language has been highlighted as a particular need in our school as it underlies so much of the curriculum. Speaking and listening skills will be developed through Letters and Sounds Phase 1 activities, drama, role play and storytelling activities, allowing the children to experience many real and imaginary situations. Mantle of the Expert provides a valuable tool to develop these skills. The children will be encouraged to share their own experiences and ideas. They will learn to follow instructions and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions and actions.


Physical Development. Gross and fine motor skills will be improved to allow individuals to achieve their movement potential and master skills such as using tools and equipment effectively, cutting and writing. They will also increase their understanding of how their bodies work and what they need to be healthy.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Each child is valued as an individual and a member of the group. They will develop a strong self-image and high self-esteem. As social and emotional skills develop, children will benefit from interaction and co-operation with peers. We will sensitively develop an appreciation of other cultures and beliefs as well as teaching children about their own cultures and beliefs.


Specific Areas


Literacy. We develop the reading and writing skills of individuals to allow them to record their own ideas and share the ideas and stories of others. Phonics is a key element in this development and due regard will be given to Letters and Sounds documentation. Mark making and letter formation is developed throughout the Foundation Stage using school agreed school formation and progression. Reading and writing are fundamental skills for life.


Mathematics will primarily be explored practically and the emphasis will be placed on investigating numbers, shape, space and measures. We use a variety of practical resources and methods to teach and reinforce concepts. The White Rose planning is used to inform the progression of maths teaching/learning.


“Young children will develop their mathematical understanding through stories, songs, rhymes and games, sand and water, construction on a large and small scale, imaginative

play, outdoor play and playground games, cooking and shopping, two- and three-dimensional creative work and by observing numbers and patterns in the environment and daily routines.” (Numeracy Framework)


The children will improve their Understanding of the World, starting from what they already know and using scientific, technological, geographical and historical skills to extend their understanding further. The children will develop their own ideas, make predictions and question their observations. They will find out about their own environment and learn about people and places that have significance in their lives     


Expressive Arts and Design will involve the children in using a variety of materials, tools and techniques. They will express their ideas and feelings through role-play, music, dance, craft and drama, developing their imagination and creativity.


“None of the areas of Learning and Development can be delivered in isolation from the others. They are equally important and depend on each other to support a rounded approach to child development. All the areas must be delivered through planned, purposeful play with a balance of adult led and child initiated activities.”

EYFS Practical Guidance

Please have a look on our policies page for our Foundation Stage Policy which will give you further information. 

Follow this link to find the policies. 

What's Happening in Reception.....




We have daily phonic sessions and have been learning phase 2 and phase 3 phonics. The phonic sessions enable the children to learn letter sounds and practice oral blending and segmenting. Phonics also enables the children to learn power words such as I, no, go, to, into and the.  They enjoy playing phonics games where they can apply their knowledge.





The children are reading twice a week with adults. They have their own reading book and reading diary. The children are encouraged to:


  • retrieve information from an illustration.
  • make inferences about how a character is feeling and what is happening.
  • answer who, why, what and where questions.
  • make predictions.  What do you think will happen next?
  • Use phonic knowledge to segment and blend words.


The children also enjoy story time as a whole class. They are learning about fiction and non fiction books and the meaning of the words author and illustrator. 




Maths in Reception is taught under two headings:


  • Number
  • Shape, space and measure


The children have been exploring the meaning of number and how numbers can be represented. They have:


  • represented numbers in a variety of ways using objects and pictures
  • counted with one to one correspondence
  • counted  in numerical order
  • learnt we can count on and count back
  • explored the meaning of more, less and fewer
  • learnt about compositions of number. Numbers are made up of smaller number


The children have explored shape by:


  • building and creating shape designs with construction materials
  • being encouraged to describe their constructions. E.g long, short, big, middle sized, small
  • learning the names of 2D shapes and their properties
  • exploring repeated patterns with shape.


Enhanced Continual Provision


The children have opportunities throughout the day to explore and learn through play. The Enhanced Continual Provision provides a variety of learning experiences that support and encourage the children to independently choose activities. Some of these activities maybe linked to maths, phonics, handwriting and Mantle. The children also have their own interests and ideas and these are also implemented within the provision provided.



Outdoor Learning


The children experience outdoor learning everyday. They have the opportunity to explore and learn on the playground, the woods and the undercover area.


The children enjoy a range of outdoor learning and this includes:


  • climbing frame and slide
  • bikes
  • construction equipment
  • mud kitchen


The outdoor area also includes learning that is taking place within the Enhanced Continual Provision inside the classroom. These areas of learning are continued and developed outside.

Family Learning


Unfortunately, we are unable to invite you into Reception to share the learning and skills the children are developing this year.


We have created a series of videos for you to watch which will give you some information about the important work your child is doing in school and also give you some ideas of things you can do from home to support them.  

Introduction to the Foundation Stage for Nursery and Reception

An introduction to the Foundation Stage curriculum and the key skills children explore in the Early Years with us at Woodrow First School.

Reading and Phonics in Reception

An introduction to information and activities to support Reading and Phonics in Reception.

Phonics and Reading in Reception

Other Useful Links to Support Reading


Jolly Phonics Songs

These are used to introduce the children to a new sound. 


JOLLY PHONICS SOUNDS & SONGS Complete by The Spirit School Alharamain Campus Scheme 7 Rawalpindi - YouTube


Sound pronunciation

Have a look at this video which shows you the correct pronunciation for each sound. 


Jolly Phonics Letter Sounds (British English) - YouTube





Writing in Reception

Please watch the video below for details about writing in Reception and how you can support your child at home. 

Writing in Reception

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.

Maths in Reception


Please see the video below for some information about early maths in Reception and some ideas to support your child at home. 

Maths in Reception

What to Expect When?


Please find the link to the government guidance

'What to Expect ,When?'. This guidance was developed to support parents with the development of their child in the early years. 


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Family Learning Courses

Below are a selection of courses available to parents through Worcestershire County Council. 


Courses are all listed at and at the moment they are free for all parents and carers to book onto.


Family Memories COVID-19 Time Capsule Course


COVID-19 is affecting almost every part of our daily lives, someday though it will all be a memory. We are living through a momentous, historic time but likely won't remember all of it - this course is to capture the moment. Together you will make things to help your family remember the significance of this time that don't cost any money. You will also take the time to make a memory box to store it all in to share with your family in years to come.


Managing Mindfulness for Parents and Carers of those with SEND 

This course is for adults, parents or carers who are supporting and caring for children, young people or adults with special needs and disabilities. The course will take you through mindfulness for anxiety management, the 5 steps to wellbeing and how to manage "coke bottle affects" or meltdowns. It will teach you positive risk taking, relaxation and calming techniques and give you knowledge of understanding behaviour and support you with prevention, de-escalation techniques and strategies. 

Family Crafts ESOL

A Family crafting session for parents and carers who have English as a second or other language. This course will support parents and carers learning the English Language and will support them with their child in the school environment and at home. 


Magnificent Maths Course for Parents Online

A course for parents of Pre-school children and Reception Children to teach parents about the maths they will be taught and to show them how to make maths resources to use at home to support their young child with maths. These crafty maths resources will be made in each session. Skills taught to parents include: recognising numbers, matching numbers, more/less vocab, add and subtraction, number and shapes, doubles, halves, sharing and outdoor maths.

Zog's Fire Breathing Adventures 

Join Zog with your pre-school child on his fire breathing adventures as a student in dragon school. This fun short course will have you roaring with laughter as you make some wonderful creative pieces with your fun Family Learning tutor online in the comfort of your own home. Each session a story will be read and you will be given ideas to make easy, yet wonderful, arty activities for your child.

Nurture Course for parents of children with SEND 

This course is for all parents and carers of children with special needs and disabilities to give them time for themselves to nurture their own health and wellbeing. This course will be led by our friendly Family Learning Tutor who will give you time to explore some new arty ideas and create some new crafting activities whilst offloading with other parents and carers in similar family situations. This course will give you 'time for you' to enjoy some new activities.

Time For You - Your turn to Learn 

This is a progression course from 'Your Turn to Learn' course. Learners on this course will progress from having time for them in a group with a tutor to start thinking about what their learning journey might look like and what they would like to learn next. We will aim to empower learners to take a step in their future and consider that it is their turn to learn and want to seek the next step. 

Art in your Heart - Online course for Parents 

This short course is an online course for parents and carers to explore different art in the comfort of your own home online with other parents. Using art can help you work through stresses you might be facing and empower you to feel positive mental wellbeing. This course really focusses on using art in different form to support you to feel happier and encourage your self-awareness. 

Time for You - Parents Online Course

 This course is for all parents and carers that are interested in having some time for them following the lock-down and isolation period this year. This course will be delivered by our friendly Family Learning Tutor and will give you time to do some mindfulness activities, take your mind off any issues you may face, use it as a time to offload and talk about what we have been through with Covid-19 and empower you to find a positive mental wellbeing. 

Thinking about Employment for Parents ONLINE

 Have you thought about returning to work having been a parent at home? Not sure where to start or how to feel ready for this big step of change? This course is for any parent who might be thinking about maybe starting to find employment having been a parent staying at home. This course will empower you to start to feel ready to consider your own future now that your children are at school. On this course you will learn about our Adult Learning Team and the courses you might want to attend next. 

Marvellous Me - After Lock down (Online) 

 This course is for parents and carers that would like some support and 'time for me' after "lock down". This is a course usually delivered in schools for parents but will be online. Returning to the "norm" after lock down may feel different for some. This course will offer mindfulness & positive well-being activities to nurture yourself with other parents. Each session (led by our friendly tutor) will give you time to offload, make friends, try activities, do art and colour therapy. 

Fun Phonics'

Fun Phonics' course to introduce parents/carers to phonics in the Early Years (nursery, pre-school, reception, key stage 1)  This course will focus on a different phonics aspect each week and every session parents will come away with homemade phonics resources to help their child. This course is to explain what phonics means, what the jargon means that they will hear at school and help them understand current school teaching methods to help their child at home.