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Nursery and Reception - Seedlings and Saplings

A very warm welcome to our Early Years Foundation Stage Unit

Seedlings (Nursery) and Saplings (Reception)

Welcome back to the summer term. We hope you have all had a  lovely Easter break.

A very warm welcome to our two new starters and their families, we are looking forward to getting to know you. 

We have an exciting summer term ahead.  During the first couple of weeks we will be observing closely the season of spring and looking for Bog Babies! After that we will begin a very exciting and fun topic all about our big wide world. 

Below you will find useful information for both Seedlings and Saplings. If you need help with anything further please do not hesitate to ask a member of our EYFS 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.

Children should be collected by someone over the age of 16. If someone different is collecting your child, please let their class teacher know.

At the end of the school day, any children who aren't collected after ten minutes will be popped into After School Club which is located in the portacabin.

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 small water bottle in school daily. This should only have water in it, not juice please.

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

PE day for Saplings - this summer term we will continue to encourage the reception children to change into their PE kit so please ensure they have a fully labelled PE kit in school and in a named PE bag. This can remain on their peg and in school until the next half term holiday when we will send them home to be washed. 

Seedlings will come home each week with a story 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 15th April - School reopens after Easter.

Thursday 2nd May - School closed for polling day.

Monday 6th May - School closed for May Day.

Tuesday 21st May - EYFS sports day (2.30pm - 3.15pm).

Thursday 24th May - Finish for May half term.





Nursery and Reception Curriculum

Our themes for the this half term are Spring and Big Wide World

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

Three Prime areas:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Four Specific areas:
  • 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 2 and phase 3 of our phonics scheme. Over the summer term we will be revising phase 3 and will begin phase 4. Alongside daily phonics we will be consolidating and applying our learning through twice weekly group reading sessions and weekly guided writing.

If you have any questions about phonics and reading or would like further information about how to support your child at home, then please speak to Mrs Nicholson or Mrs MacKay.


During the first two weeks of summer term 1 we will be continuing and completing our theme of 'ready, steady, grow' with a focus on the season of spring. We will also be looking out for Bog babies! 

For a detailed overview of our themes please take a look at our EYFS curriculum overview.



This summer term our themes for RE will be 'special places' and 'special times'.