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Emerald class
Class Teacher: Mrs Strachan
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Beech

Ruby Class
Class Teacher: Mrs Brooks, Mrs Tatham-James
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Soto

Amber Class
Class Teacher: Miss Arthurs
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Barnett


Term 5



In the reception classes last week, we were reading and retelling the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We have been exploring mini beasts that we find in our outside area as well as all the fruit and vegetables that the caterpillar eats. Caterpillars have arrived in our classrooms and so far we have seen them grow bigger and bigger in their little pots of special food.

We have been learning about their life cycle, so we know that they will be preparing their cocoons soon, when we will move them to their bigger nets.

We can’t wait for them to change into beautiful butterflies!



Term 1

Starting School


What a fantastic start to Westland Primary school! All the adults are so impressed with how nicely our youngest children have settled in to life at Westlands. The children have been busy making new friends, learning new routines as well as learning in many ways both inside and in our garden.


 We have been mark making using chalks, paints, pens, crayons and pencils.  We have been creative with painting, playdoh, collage and glue.  We have been getting messy and exploring the mud kitchen, messy play and sand pit.


 We have been reading lots of stories and singing lots of songs.  We have role played in the home corner, with dinosaurs, and as doctors.


 It has been fantastic to see how independent the children are becoming already and we look forward to a busy year ahead!


Foundation Stage Curriculum

Children are assessed throughout the year against 17 Early learning goals. The expectation is for children to be working within these Early Learning Goals at the end of their first year at school, to ensure they are ready for the progression into the National Curriculum in year 1.In the early years, teachers teach to the children's interests. We offer a play based curriculum in a safe and stimulating environment. Children are encouraged to use the inside and outside learning environment on a daily basis, to become independent learners.

The 17 Early Learning Goals include:

Personal Social and Emotional Development:

  • Making Relationships
  • Self-confidence and Self awareness
  • Managing feelings and behaviour

Physical Development:

  • Moving and Handling
  • Health and self-care

Communication and Language:

  • Listening and attention
  • Understanding
  • Speaking


  • Reading
  • Writing


  • Numbers
  • Shape Space and Measure

Understanding of the World:

  • Peoples and communities
  • The World
  • Technology

Expressive Arts and Design:

  • Exploring using media and materials
  • Being imaginative

 To encourage children to become independent readers and writers we have a huge emphasis on Phonics in the early years. To support this we follow the Read Write Inc programme written by Ruth Miskin. 

Read Write Inc Programmes

These sessions are fun and interactive for all children and continue into Key Stage 1.


End of Year Expectations

Expectations for the end of Early Years


Parental Partnership

To make transition into school as easy as possible for children and parents we have worked very hard to ensure positive relationships between school and home.At Westlands Primary school we recognise that parents are the childrens first and influential educators.


Transition into school

In the summer term before your child starts school we hold open mornings for parents and children, this is followed by an evening meeting where parents/carers are given the opportunity to meet Senior Leadership, the SENCO and the teachers and teaching assistant that will be working with your son/daughter. During this evening you are able to sign up for a Home visit, where the teacher and teaching assistant associated with the class your child will be in, come and meet with you in a familiar environment. In the term before the children start school we invite them in for a morning to see their new surroundings and meet their teacher and TA.

During term 6 teachers will also be out and about visiting children at their nursery, parents/carers are welcome to be present on these visits.


Stay and Play Sessions

Once the children are fully settled into school, we offer stay and play sessions. The idea of these is for parents/carers to come into the classroom and spend the last hour of the day learning alongside their son/daughter. This is a great way for you to see how the children have settled into their new routines and see how they have become independent learners.   


Parent swimming sessions

As we are very lucky to have a swimming pool at the school we offer parent and child swimming sessions once a term. This allows children to become familiar with the swimming pool and gain water confidence before they start having swimming lessons in year 1.  Parents/carers are expected to get into the swimming pool with their child but there will be trained staff, poolside.


Library Sessions

We like to offer Library sessions for you and your children every other week starting in term 3. The idea of these if for you to come and collect your son/daughter at 2:50 and take them to the school Library with a member of EYFS staff, where you can choose a story and share it together. We feel this is a real positive experience for children as they love to share a story with their family.