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Nursery and Reception - Seedlings and Saplings

A very warm welcome to our Early Years Foundation Stage Unit

Seedlings and Saplings

A very warm welcome to our page. We hope that you find all the information you are looking for,  if you need help with anything further please do not hesitate to ask a member of our team. 

Mrs Nicholson, Mrs MacKay, Mrs Severs, Mrs Wardle


                                   Play, Learn and Grow Together

Key Information

Arrival and collection points for Seedlings will be the main entrance to the unit located opposite the main school reception.
Saplings will arrive at the main entrance and be collected at the classroom door leading onto the main playground.

For arrival and finish times, please see our The School Day page.
For Transition and Early Years policies please see our Policies page.
For useful links to educational resources, including videos, activities and ideas to try at home, please go to our Home Learning page.

Please clearly label all items of your child's uniform. 

Please ensure that your child has a water bottle in school daily. This should only have water in it, not juice please.

PE day for both Seedlings and Saplings is a Thursday. On this day, children can come to school wearing their PE pumps or trainers.

Seedlings will come home each week with a rhyme bag and these are changed on a Friday.

Saplings sharing books will be changed each Wednesday and reading books changed on a Friday.


Key Dates

Monday 11th December - Nativity dress rehearsal.

Monday 11th December - film night.

Tuesday 12th December - Nativity performance 2.30pm.

Wednesday 13th December - Nativity performance 10.00am.

Friday  15th December - Christmas Fair.

Monday 18th December - Film night.

Tuesday 19th December - Christmas Wiggle Worship 9.30am.

Wednesday 20th December - Party Day!

Thursday 21st December - Christmas dinner.

Friday 22nd December - Finish for Christmas.




Nursery and Reception Curriculum

Our theme for the this half term is Once Upon A Time.

We follow the Revised Foundation Stage Curriculum 2021 which is currently split into 7 areas:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Seedlings - In the Seedlings we will be following Phase 1, Experiencing Phonics. The children will take part in daily activities taken from the seven strands which are:

  • Environmental Sounds
  • Instrumental Sounds
  • Percussion
  • Rhythm and Rhyme
  • Alliteration
  • Voice Sounds
  • Oral Blending and Segmenting

Saplings - The Saplings have now almost completed phase 2 of our phonics programme. Alongside daily phonics we will be consolidating and applying our learning through twice weekly group reading and weekly guided writing.

A parents meeting to explain the teaching of early reading and writing and the teaching of phonics was held in October. If you need more information on supporting your child, or were unable to attend the meeting, please speak to Mrs Nicholson or Mrs MacKay


This half term our themes for RE will be 'Special People' and 'Christmas'.