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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. 

We are looking forward to welcoming the children back from a lovely Easter break and hope that everyone has had a well deserved rest. As always this will be a very busy time and there is much to look forward to. We are particularly excited about the arrival of our caterpillars this week and our class assembly which will take place on the 3rd May. We are also taking part in the bunny hop to raise money for Bury hospice this half term.  

The Reception children will continue to bring home a reading book every Friday. Books must be returned every Friday so that we can allocate another book. Nursery will bring home a rhyme bag each week. Once again, please return each week so that another rhyme can be allocated.

This half term, as well as planning for the children's interests, we will be exploring the theme of 'Traditional Tales.' If your child has any favourite traditional tales at home they would like to share with us please do bring them in. 

Dates for your diary

Wednesday 26th April- Beep Beep Day 

Monday 1st May- School Closed (Bank Holiday)

Wednesday 3rd May- Early Years Class Assembly and Bunny Hop Day for Bury Hospice

Thursday 4th May- School Closed (Election Day)

Monday 8th May- School Closed (Bank Holiday)

Friday 12th May- Coronation Celebration day

Friday 26th May- Term Ends

Thank you
The Early Years Team

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.

Nursery and Reception Curriculum

Our themes for the this half term is Traditional Tales

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 completed phase 3 of our phonics programme and will be doing lots of revision of all the phonemes, digraphs and trigraphs we have learnt. Alongside daily phonics we will be consolidating and applying our learning through weekly 1:1 reading and weekly guided writing and will also be moving into phase 4 our our programme where children will be learning about consonant blends. 

A parents meeting to explain 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 Miss Bell or Mrs Jackson. 


SeedlingsNumber - Gaining confidence in numbers to 5; including experimenting with own symbols and marks. Space, Shape and Measure- 2D shapes and positional langauge. 
Saplings - The number focus this half term is addition and subtraction, counting on and back. The space, shape and measure focus this half term is looking at geometry (pattern) and shapes, comparing 2D and 3D. 


This half term our themes for RE will be 'Friendship and Special Places'


This half term our theme in Personal, Social and Emotional Development is 'Being My Best'


EdStart will be continuing to working with our children each Thursday morning. Sapling children will require a PE kit to change into. Seedlings do not need a PE kit but are able to come to school in their trainers on Thursdays.