Nurser and Reception - Seedlings and Saplings Class pupils at Christ Church Primary School
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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 back after the half-term break. We hope all the children had a well deserved rest and are ready for all the exciting learning that will be happening this half term. This will be a very busy time and there is much to look forward to. We are particularly excited about welcoming our mystery readers. All Myster Reader slots for Reception class are filled until the end of the term and slots are filling up fast for the Spring Term; thank you for your involvement and enthusiasm, it means such a lot to the children. Nursery would love to welcome a weekly mystery reader. If you can give up a little of your time, please speak to Mrs MacKay.

The Reception children will 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 library book each week. Once again, please return each week so that another library book can be allocated.

This half term, as well as planning for the children's interests, we will be exploring the themes of 'Festivals of Light' and 'Space'. 

Dates for your diary

Wednesday 7th December- You are invited to our Nativity Play which will be performed in the school hall at 2pm

Wednesday 21st December- School closes for the Christmas Break 

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 (Autumn Term 2)  are Festivals of Light and Space

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 - In the Saplings we will be completing and consolidating Phase 2 and beginning phase 3. 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 -Introducing numbers 4 and 5; singing and acting out number rhymes to support number sequencing and one more/one less. Space, Shape and Measure- 2D shapes; repeating patterns
Saplings - The number focus this half term is subitising within 5 (perceptually and conceptually); developing counting skills; exploring the composition of numbers to 5; comparing sets. The space, shape and measure focus this half term are 3D shapes; measurements; repeating patterns.


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


This half term our theme in Personal, Social and Emotional Development is Valuing Difference


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